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January 7 is the National Day of the Flag and this year Italy celebrates the 219th anniversary of the birth of the First Tricolore, was invented in the city of Reggio Emilia in 1797, as the flag of the Republic Cispadana. That day, the representatives of four cities (Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna and Ferrara) proclaimed the tricolour flag with red...

By Kathryn Carse   If "The Godfather" is at the top of your favorite movie list, HBO has an offer you can't refuse. "The Godfather Epic" is a seven-and-a-half version of Francis Ford Coppola's films about the Italian-American Corleone family's rise in organized crime based on Mario Puzo's best seller. It cuts together "The Godfather" an...

by Susan Stapleton   Tony Lemmo and his team at Café di Scala are back,now with a different name and a new monthly dining concept. Aposto, loosely translated from Italian, means "everything is right," said Lemmo, who closed his decade-old Café di Scala at the end of 2015.   Now Aposto takes its place with ticketed dinners, brunches an...

by David Patch   When two Wabash Railroad trains collided southwest of Adrian in rural Lenawee County on Thanksgiving Eve, 1901, the official death toll was only 23. "Only 23" because the real number was much higher than that.   Scores of Italian immigrants traveling in two coaches of the westbound train went uncounted, and five...

by Claudia Astarita   "Visit Italy's magnificent monuments on your rail trip!" – that's how the InterRail webpage advertises itself, adding that, as an assortment of mesmerising attractions, "Italy has something for every traveller". As most people know, the InterRail pass is a railway ticket, available only to European residents and al...

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016 - From 9:30 am To 4:00 pm Where: S. Dillon Ripley Center. 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit) Entrance : Ticket Purchase Required. More info here The history of Venice is rich with the names of great painters, from Bellini to Titian and Tiepolo to Canaletto. However, Venice is m...

Even before Valentine's Day, our local grocery installed an imposing wall of Easter candies: foil-wrapped Cadbury Creme eggs; Peeps in impossible shades of yellow, pink and blue; speckled malted milk balls made to mimic robins' eggs — all the makings of an industrial sugar swoon.   For Eastertide treats with a more personal touch, I visited...

Archaeologists in Italy have discovered what may be a rare sacred text in the lost Etruscan language that is likely to yield rich details about Etruscan worship of a god or goddess.   The lengthy text is inscribed on a large sandstone slab that was embedded in the foundations of a monumental Italian temple where it had been buried for more t...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016. From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Organized by : ICI. Entrance : Free. Book Now   Book Presentation: Cephalonia, by Luigi Ballerini, translated from the Italian by Evgenia Matt, published by The Brooklyn Rail (2016). The author will talk about his work with Tom Huhn (School of Visual Arts). Cephalon...

Like most red-blooded Americans, I love pizza. No matter what style, or whether it's served at a Casey's or a small family-style restaurant in Chicago, I'll probably adore it.   That's why I had high hopes when I went to Solon's Red Vespa, a restaurant that promises authentic Neapolitan pizza — and they certainly live up to that promise. Red...

On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse. Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.   The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably sc...

Award-winning actor, director, producer and writer Joe Mantegna was born on November 13, 1947, in Illinois. His parents – Mary Anne (née Novelli) and Joseph Anthony, Sr. – had family from Italy and Calascibetta, Sicily. Joe's performance career began over forty years ago when he was cast in the stage production of Hair in 1969. In 1978, he made his...