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Born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from her Sicilian cultural matrix. Her grandfather came from Naso, a small, isolated, aristocratic town with 4,000 residents only an hour away from Messina. “If it is true that Lady Gaga has such a strong c...

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and County Commissioner Peter Silvestri recently presented Edward Lezza, Jr. with a resolution honoring the 113-year history of Lezza Spumoni & Desserts. The resolution reads: Whereas, the origin of Lezza’s famous spumoni is in Naples, Italy; and the recipe came to Chicago’s West Side with Salvatore Lezz...

Sitting at the kitchen table in the late-1960s, I recall listening to my parents lament “the new highway,” or what we commonly refer to today as “290.” Beginning at the shoreline of Lake Quinsigamond and stretching across the city to the border of Auburn, homes, backyards, schools, businesses, ponds, and playgrounds vanished. The new landscape upro...

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) is pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Sen. John J. Marchi Memorial Athletic Scholarship as Marissa Nicoletti, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square. The $3,000 scholarship is offered yearly by the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators to high school students...

Among the crop of new Dallas dining destinations, Perfect Union Pizza Co. and Fachini make the strangest of strange bedfellows. Owned by local celebrity chefs Nick Badovinus and Julian Barsotti, the Italian restaurants are stacked one on top of the other in the same shopping center and are definitely chasing the same upscale-customer dollar. But in...

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and its 5.5 degree lean have vexed engineers for centuries. Partially constructed on unexpectedly soft soil, the ancient bell tower began to lean before it was even finished, a historical goof that went on to become one of the world's historical oddities — and made the tower a UNESCO World Heritage site. How can something...

The Italian Trade Agency launches "Innovation Days 2018", initiative aimed at highlighting Italy's position as a top solution provider to the US while encouraging engagements between some of the country's leading companies and universities to create and further enhance existing partnerships with their US counterparts in commercial and research area...

Fazoli’s, America’s largest elevated quick service Italian chain, announced today the opening of its newest franchised location in Paragould, Arkansas, marking the brand’s second restaurant in Arkansas.  The newly built restaurant is located at 1515 W Kingshighway Blvd. The Fazoli’s restaurant officially opens its doors on June 26th and will showca...

Bertazzoni, the family-owned Italian manufacturer of award-winning kitchen appliances, has launched entirely new models to its Professional and Master Series. What's more, the company has completed its full kitchen suite with new refrigerator and dishwasher products. The products are now available for purchase nationwide throughout the United State...

Sul siciliano scritto e parlato c’è molto interesse da diversi studiosi nazionali ed internazionali, come dimostrano i numerosi libri e saggi che continuano ad essere scritti sia in Italia sia all’estero. Sappiamo che la “Poesia Siciliana”, scritta nel 1230 in siciliano presso la corte di Federico II di Svevia, è la prima documentazione in lingua n...

Gathering his family together for meals was important to Anthony Gattuso, so his family will bring coffee and the cream-filled Italian pastries known as pasticiotti to Queen of Heaven Cemetery on Father’s Day. They’ll meet at his mausoleum and talk about their patriarch, the star cook at the family restaurant, Paul’s Pizza & Hot Dogs in Westchester...

Bangor’s Baldacci family may today be better known for its political figures, including former Maine governor John Baldacci and former Bangor city councilor and mayor Joe Baldacci, but for most of the 20th century, they were known as restaurateurs. On Thursday, the building at 12 Alden St. in Bangor, which for more than 30 years housed Momma Baldac...