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Think you know everything about Houston's venerable, high-class hotel Four Seasons? The hotel is full of nooks, crannies, kitchens, wine rooms, special suites and ballrooms. Every Friday in July starting at 7 p.m., executive chef Maurizio Ferrarese and his staff of the ...

July 11, 2015 - Saturday 6:00 PM
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THERE WERE ONLY TWO FEMALE restaurateurs—Border Grill's Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger—on the Las Vegas Strip when Giada de Laurentiis opened her eponymous eatery, Giada, at The Cromwell a year ago. The unqualified success of her namesake restaurant has gained the 44-year-old Food Network star ...

Manasquan School District is seeking a certified Part-time Italian teacher for Middle School and High School Italian I courses who will develop and implement an Italian Program for the district


Anticipated future course offerings will be Italian 1-Advanced Placement

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Expo visitors can experience 360-degree views of hiking trails in the Dolomites, thanks to a project going on display at the Friuli Giulia Venezia Region stand from July 3-9 that highlights the images captured with a special Google mapping device for hikers. The project, called "Dolomiti ...

Thanks to a generous grant from Time Warner Cable and The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, the Antonio Meucci Young Inventors' Competition was a great success on June 15, 2015, hosted at Staten Island Tech High School.

 

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Set in the small town of Altamura (Puglia), Focaccia Blues tells the true story of a traditional bakery that puts a recently opened McDonald's out of business. The mocumentary explores the challenges of preserving local culture and traditions, amidst the crushing tide of globalization.

 

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Dal 21 maggio apre al pubblico in Piazza Gae Aulenti a Milano 'Panorama': uno straordinario racconto della Bellezza e delle Eccellenze Italiane che nasce
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The beautiful gardens of Villa Medici, which is home to the French Academy and located in Rome, as well as the English-style gardens of Ninfa near Latina are the top winners of the 2015 edition of the competition called 'The most beautiful park in Italy'.

 

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Bravo, Italia! After last year's sold out foray into French culture with "Fantastique," members of the Staten Island Museum will play host to "Bravissimo!" — a celebration of Italian wine, food, and music to be staged at a private hillside home with a panoramic ...

A Mediterranean plant belonging to the citrus family has been found to kill the malignant cells of the most common and incurable form of brain tumours, researchers of the Naples Second University (SUN) say.


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È pronto a sbarcare a New York, Miami e Sydney il gruppo competitor di Eataly. Ha già esportato il suo modello di business, con la formula del franchising, a Boston e Ridgewood in New Jersey. Ma si espande anche entro i confini domestici, e punta a Firenze, Trieste e Bologna.


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Essere o non essere Italoamericani? Un’introduzione. [da "Essere o non essere Italoamericani", Nuova Prosa n.50, 2009]

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Sono un Italoamericano. Anche se appartengo a quella generazione, sbarcata in America all'alba del 2000, che non lo ammetterà mai. Siamo emigranti (siamo venuti a studiare e lavorare negli Stati Uniti perché in Italia non c'erano possibilità, non c'era lavoro) abbiamo un senso della patria molto flebile (suvvia, non siamo nemmeno Francesi) giuriamo che in Italia non ci torneremmo mai ("a fare cosa?") siamo critici nei confronti del modus vivendi americano benché l'America ci abbia davvero dato opportunità nemmeno immaginabili in Italia (è innegabile) ci lusinghiamo tra noi a parlar male dell'Italia come se l'avessimo scampata bella (forse è vero) ma, consapevoli di come l'Italia sia di moda negli Stati Uniti, ci identifichiamo orgogliosamente come "Italiani". "Italiani all'estero". "Italiani in America".
Mai – mai – Italoamericani.

 

Eppure dieci anni fa siamo arrivati qui, sulla soglia dei trent'anni, senza valigie di cartone ma sotto sotto con la stessa speranza dei nostri compatrioti di cent'anni fa: che le strade fossero lastricate d'oro. Eppure l'America la sognavamo da piccini, grazie a Topolino e Paperino, a Hollywood, alla tivù, a "Dallas" ed "Happy days," ai romanzi di Mark Twain prima e Scott Fitzgerald poi - il nostro immaginario pregno dei cieli sconfinati in Technicolor, di spazi illimitati ricolmi di sole, di rosse pompe di benzina, vecchi motel e bottiglie di latte sulla soglia di casette stile Paperopoli, e naturalmente i grattacieli di New York, le sue strade luccicanti di pioggia con la voce di Frank Sinatra in sottofondo, i teatri di Broadway (il sapore intenso, magico, che sprigionavano – proustianamente - i nomi di luoghi americani, Grand Canyon, Far West, California...)
Eravamo Italoamericani ancora prima d'arrivarci, in America.

 

Non ci diciamo mai Italoamericani, eppure la nostra lingua comincia pericolosamente a corrompersi, la struttura inglese si sovvrappone e si confonde a quella italiana, alcuni di noi si lamentano di non riuscire più a scrivere in Italiano, cominciamo a pronunciare frasi quali "Ho avuto un buon tempo" (I had a good time) o "Sono aspettato di fare questo" (I'm expected to do this) se non addirittura "sono supposta" (I'm supposed). Spesso la parola inglese arriva prima di quella italiana oppure formuliamo, più o meno coscientemente, orrendi neologismi: in ambiente accademico, scriviamo un paper (un saggio) o droppiamo un corso (to drop, ritirarsi). E non solo questo: non è più scandalosa l'idea di far colazione con uova e salsicce, viviamo in case più grandi di quello che ci servono, facciamo debiti, celebriamo Thanksgiving, beviamo caffé lunghissimo davanti a una partita di football, alcuni di noi – quelli ormai senza speranza – mangiano maccheroni&cheese.
Ma non ci diciamo Italoamericani.

 

Forse perché la parola ha in sé una sfumatura grottesca – Italiano è stato mozzato e Americano si affardella sulle spalle Italo, come un peccato originale da cui è impossibile liberarsi. C'è un che di macchiettistico, di ridicolo, di oltraggioso, di miserabile che risuona in Italoamericano – provate a chiedere a un Italiano le prime cose che gli vengono in mente a pronunciare Italoamericano, vi dirà spaghetti, mandolino, o sole mio (gli Italoamericani hanno ereditato l'immagine stereotipica che per decenni è gravata sugli Italiani) . Chiedetelo a un Americano, vi dirà: mafia.


Gli Italoamericani, si badi, hanno le loro colpe – si veda il saggio di Anthony Tamburri – a cominciare dal fatto che difficilmente si identificano come tali, nemmeno i più anziani: si dicono Italiani ma l'Italia non l'hanno mai vista o non la vedono da anni (però se la sono inventata, come noi più giovani, prima d'arrivare, ci siamo inventati l'America: questa Italia immaginaria, nutrita da vecchi racconti, dalla nostalgia, dagli inganni della memoria – ecco di nuovo Proust - occupa nella loro vita uno spazio maggiore di quello che occupa nella vita di chi l'Italia la vive quotidianamente). Inoltre non parlano una parola d'Italiano (anche se molti sono convinti di sì) e nei loro ristoranti italiani offrono specialità italiane mai sentite nominare in Italia.

 

Ma per tutte queste ragioni siamo gente affascinante, noi Italoamericani, difficili da definire: si pensi che io, Italoamericano del 2000 che non s'è mai definito tale fino a questo momento, insegno Italiano a giovani studenti che sono nipoti o bisnipoti di emigranti. Questi studenti – orgogliosamente – si dicono Italiani. Si badi, Italiani. Non Italoamericani (ci risiamo). Perché l'Italia è diventata, nell'immaginario americano, soprattutto quello dei giovani studenti, catalizzatrice di tutto ciò che non è Americano, è il Paese dove corre la vita vera – tanto per usare una frase che usava Pavese per definire la bramata America settant'anni fa – perché gli Italiani sanno vivere. Chi ha messo in giro questa bufala, non so. Ma la cosa interessante è che questi studenti dicono che vogliono imparare l'Italiano per poter parlare con i nonni italiani. Non con i genitori, che non sanno spiccicare una parola d'Italiano e questi sì, si definiscono Americani, in quanto i loro genitori – i nonni dei miei studenti – han fatto di tutto per americanizzarli, per fare in modo che non apparissero italiani, che non soffrissero gli stessi pregiudizi sofferti sulla loro pelle. Qualcosa è cambiato.

 

Si può capire come un' identità così ricca di impulsi da diverse direzioni, così (ecco, mi viene l'aggettivo inglese invece di quello italiano) fluida e in perpetuo smottamento (ma come tutte le identità, probabilmente) sia divenuta origine di meditazioni, scritture, studi intensi, appassionati, vitali – spesso sottovalutati, sia in Italia che in America in quanto italoamericani ma anche perché, mi sembra, diversi scrittori e intellettuali che s'identificano come italoamericani stanno chiusi nel guscio, rischiando di autoghettizzarsi e di raccontarsela fra loro.


L'importanza di questo volume sta proprio in questo: proporre – anzi, raccontare - al pubblico italiano (non al pubblico italoamericano) una realtà di storie, riflessioni, produzioni intellettuali ed artistiche ancora sconosciute. Sbarazzandosi degli stereotipi sulla scrittura italoamericana, cresciuti all'interno e all'esterno della comunità italoamericana. È un mondo vivo, palpitante, non è solo nostalgia e lamenti e cibo – anche se è pure questo, certo – e forse vale la pena conoscerlo.

 

Spero, quindi, che il volume offra uno spettro più ampio possibile di temi e di scritture – si va da quella più scanzonata e briosa a quella più analitica, dal racconto più divertito a quello più sofferto, dall'autobiografia alla storia, dalla critica letteraria alla fiction. Il volume si divide idealmente in tre parti. Nella prima gli autori raccontano e invitano il lettore a condividere nodi, sfaccettature e passioni dell'identità italoamericana. Tanto che lo scritto autobiografico di Louise DeSalvo, che apre il volume, s'intitola: Diventare italoamericana (dal Meridione). A seguire, L'anno di Cristoforo Colombo, dove Alessandro Carrera ci racconta le tragicomiche vicende di un Italiano alle prese con le celebrazioni di Colombo, figura sacra per gli Italoamericani. Sacra è anche la figura dell'Italoamericano padre di famiglia, cattolico e virile: ma Ilaria Serra, in La letteratura gay italoamericana: le streghe son tornate smonta un altro stereotipo legato all'italoamericanità, quella del machismo, ed illustra l'intrecciarsi di identità italoamericana ed identità omosessuale. Dopo il già menzionato saggio di Anthony Tamburri Uno stato d'animo italiano/americano, che critica dal di dentro certi aspetti della cultura italoamericana, chiude la prima sezione il saggio di Peter Carravetta, Migrazione, storia, esistenza che fissa un punto di partenza per qualsiasi indagine su cosa siano gli Italoamericani oggi, risalendo la corrente e andando all'origine per interrogarsi sulla storia e sulla natura del migrare.


Come naturale sviluppo della prima parte, dedicata agli aspetti dell'identità italoamericana, e introduzione all'ultima parte, dedicata alle short-stories di gusto italoamericano, ecco tre saggi specificatamente d'analisi letteraria: ma anche qui, tre momenti assolutamente diversi, tre autori lontanissimi fra loro. Martino Marazzi, in Lacrime e libertà. Profilo di Ludovico Michele Caminita c'introduce all'opera di uno scrittore italoamericano insolito, capace di adoperare ironicamente uno dei brani più celebri di Manzoni per farne spunto di denuncia sociale. Nel Diritto all'etnicità:
Italoamericanità nei legal thriller di Lisa Scottoline Chiara Mazzucchelli, demolendo un altro tabù, si occupa di un'autrice, Lisa Scottoline, che pur definendosi italoamericana, pur essendo i suoi personaggi italoamericani con tutto quel che ne consegue, pur trattando, come si legge nel saggio della studiosa, temi cari alla cultura italoamericana – viene considerata, in quanto autrice popolare, indegna d'entrare nei santuari dell'accademia. Infine, Robert Viscusi, in Spaghetti Western ci parla di sogno americano, tratto essenziale per gli Italoamericani, che nella vicenda di The Fortunate Pilgrim di Mario Puzo si mescola continuamente all'immaginario prodotto dall'epopea Western.


A concludere il volume, la fiction. Il luogo comune (il che non vuol dire che sia del tutto falso) sulla fiction italoamericana è che si parli sempre di cannoli, nonne, e rosari. Rita Ciresi invece, vincitrice del prestigioso Flannery O'Connor Award, autrice che si identifica assolutamente come Italoamericana e non solo per il cognome, si presenta per la prima volta al pubblico italiano con un racconto che non ha nulla di specificatamente italoamericano, e la donna di cui narra potrebbe essere qualsiasi donna di qualsiasi etnia: gli scrittori italoamericani non scrivono solo per gli italoamericani.


Con Terremoto napoletano, John Domini ci propone il primo capitolo del suo nuovo romanzo, nato originariamente come short-story e qui presente in quanto tale, laddove una famiglia di Americani si trova d'improvviso catapultata a Napoli.
Mi benedica Padre, di Fred Gardaphe, narra invece di un giovinetto italoamericano che deve sbrigarsela fra un'esuberante e gioiosa sessualità adolescenziale e i precetti cattolici della mamma e di padre Frank.


A chiudere il volume, Vito di Salvatore Mammano, un gioiellino che ha una vicenda romantica alle spalle: un giorno del 2007 il figlio Nick, professore di chimica in pensione, ha scovato dei fogli sparsi, fittamente scritti a mano, tra le pagine di vecchi libri di scuola e quelle di un suo vecchio e consunto quaderno d'appunti, oltre a una ricevuta per la riparazione di un televisore datata 1948: erano l'autobiografia del padre, morto nel '64. Ha consegnato i fogli ad Ilaria Serra, sempre in cerca di autobiografie d'emigranti, che m'ha segnalato in particolare l'episodio di Vito, che ho trovato straordinario sia per la scrittura sia per la sua modernità - in quest'epoca di religiosità ostentata e strumentalizzata. A mia richiesta, Nick Mammano ha accettato di limarlo per eliminare i rari refusi, qualche ripetizione ed altro, ma lasciandolo intatto nella forma e nella sostanza. Io l'ho tradotto fedelmente e qui è presentato come short-story proprio per il suo squisito andamento di racconto, perché l'autore evidentemente non si limita ad informare ma reinventa il ricordo, perché sembra scritto per un pubblico e mi sembra suggellare la varietà di questo volume, dimostrando peraltro come lo storytelling, talento attribuito più spesso ad altre etnie, possa appartenere anche un uomo nato a Brooklyn all'inizio del secolo, figlio di Siciliani - un Italoamericano.

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West Trenton Italian American Club awards scholarship

West Trenton Italian American Club awards scholarship

By Rich Cuccagna   At a recent meeting held at the West Trenton Italian American Club, Cav. John Scarpati, President of the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association presented Richard Prunetti, President of the West Trenton Italian American Club with a check for their scholarship foundation.   This year's recipient is Lauren Colanduoni, who graduated from Hopewell Valley H.S. She will be attending the...

Cresce La Voglia Del Made In Italy, Le Ricerche Google Segnano Un +22% Negli Ult…

Cresce La Voglia Del Made In Italy, Le Ricerche Google Segnano Un +22% Negli Ultimi 3 Anni

Il marchio Italia ha visto crescere le ricerche su Google, negli ultimi tre anni, del 22%, restando un punto di forza nel Mondo, sinonimo di creatività, qualità e bellezza. Lo rileva il rapporto Italia - Geografie del nuovo "made in Italy" di Fondazione Symbola, Unioncamere e Fondazione Edison, presentato, oggi, a Treia (Macerata) nella sessione di apertura del XIII seminario estivo.   Il...

Diego Meraviglia and the secrets of Italian wine

Diego Meraviglia and the secrets of Italian wine

by Nancy Casas   Having grown up in an area in Italy bountiful in vineyards, Diego Meraviglia has made a successful career as a sommelier. After beginning as an aspired musician, his journey took a different route, influenced by his love for food and wine.   Now he is VP and Director of Education at NASA (National American Sommelier Association), committed to educating, selling,...

In wake of Lancaster mascot controversy, Newstead moves to establish Indigenous …

In wake of Lancaster mascot controversy, Newstead moves to establish Indigenous Peoples Day

By Barbara O'Brien   Akron lacrosse players took a stand in March when they refused to play a game against the Lancaster Redskins because of their name, and now their hometown has made another statement.   The Newstead Town Board, consisting of two Conservatives, two Republicans and one Democrat, unanimously designated the second Monday of every October – otherwise known as Columbus Day –...

Christopher Columbus Statue Vandalized With Red Paint, 'Black Lives Matter'

Christopher Columbus Statue Vandalized With Red Paint, 'Black Lives Matter'

by Danielle Abreu   The Christopher Columbus Statue on Boston's North End was vandalized Monday night with red paint and the phrase "Black Lives Matter," Boston police said. Red paint was poured over the top and sides of the white marble statute.   The slogan, which has become a common refrain at demonstrations across the U.S. in protest of police violence towards African Americans, was...

Lanciato in Usa il Premio Casillo

Lanciato in Usa il Premio Casillo

Il Gruppo Casillo (Corato, Bari) ha lanciato in America la prima edizione del "Premio Casillo per la Dieta Mediterranea" il riconoscimento alle eccellenze che promuovono i valori e le tradizioni dell'alimentazione del Sud. Per l'occasione, lunedì scorso 29 giugno, nella location mozzafiato del Tuscany Hotel di Manhattan, graziata dalla vista dell'Empire State Building e del Chrysler, l'esempio più rappresentatovo dell'Art Deco...

RIP Spaghetti Western Director Sergio Sollima

RIP Spaghetti Western Director Sergio Sollima

By Dennis Cozzalio   When he spoke these words, Italian film director Sergio Sollima, who died this week at age 94, was referring to his love of travel, of the ability to visit far-flung parts of the world, observing and absorbing varied and unfamiliar cultures afforded to him by his career.   But he always seemed to translate that love of observation and experience...

The San Francisco Opera’s production of “Two Women” is first taste of a “triple …

The San Francisco Opera’s production of “Two Women” is first taste of a “triple treat”

Not so many years ago, American opera lovers tended to think of New York's Metropolitan Opera Company as a sort of Holy Mother Church outside of which there was no salvation. Of course there were other ensembles scattered here and there throughout the country, but most of them offered short seasons with restricted repertoires.   This is no longer the case. Companies in...

Team from Veni Vidi Vici to open il Giallo Italian restaurant in Sandy Springs

Team from Veni Vidi Vici to open il Giallo Italian restaurant in Sandy Springs

Veterans from the recently-closed Veni Vidi Vici are opening an Italian restaurant called il Giallo at 5920 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in August. The restaurant's former executive chef Jamie Adams describes il Giallo as an "authentic Italian concept with emphasis on pasta made fresh in front of everyone during service" and offering new Coastal Italian cuisine.   Veni Vidi Vici's general...

OK Mozart Celebrates Youth, Italy and Opera

OK Mozart Celebrates Youth, Italy and Opera

Putting Oklahoma and Mozart back into the 2015 OK Mozart (OKM) Festival (June 6 – 13) with Italian flair proved to be an exhilarating venture for artistic director and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos and the Amici New York Orchestra.   "Italy is where young Mozart cut his teeth when it comes to opera," says maestro Kitsopoulos, "...and opera is what I love most."...

Expo 2015 astounding architectural masterpieces

Expo 2015 astounding architectural masterpieces

One of the protagonists of Expo 2015 is certainly architecture as a genre and its remarkable impact. Visitors passionate about it, should start their tour from the Zero Pavilion, where a 5 thousand squared meters path leads the guests through a deep insight of the humanity food story, stressing the global right to food security.   A second stopover not to miss...

The Civil War Was Won by Immigrant Soldiers

The Civil War Was Won by Immigrant Soldiers

by Don H. Doyle   In the summer of 1861, an American diplomat in Turin, Italy, looked out the window of the U.S. legation to see hundreds of young men forming a sprawling line. Some wore red shirts, emblematic of the Garibaldini who, during their campaign in southern Italy, were known for pointing one finger in the air and shouting l'Italia Unità! (Italy...

La Masseria Is NYC's Theater District's Best Italian Restaurant

La Masseria Is NYC's Theater District's Best Italian Restaurant

by John Mariani   One peek into the dining room of La Masseria--or now, in good weather, just a glance at the outdoor tables on West 48th Street--shows that after eleven years it is still one of the most popular and eminent restaurants of any stripe in the Theater District.   And, after my recent dinner there, I find its culinary excellence has risen...

We must speak out against defamatory portrayal of Italian Americans

We must speak out against defamatory portrayal of Italian Americans

by Manny Alfano   Read article http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/de-blasio-accuses-cuomo-political-revenge-article-1.2276709 The front page of today's (Wednesday July 1) New York Daily News has pictures of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio with the headline "VENDETTA." They are both dressed like the stereotypical mobster in suits and ties and each wearing a fedora. They are each pictured with a machine gun in their hands firing them...

A Los Angeles il museo del cinema firmato Renzo Piano

A Los  Angeles il museo del cinema firmato Renzo Piano

Los Angeles avrà finalmente il suo museo del cinema grazie a Renzo Piano: l'architetto italiano ha firmato infatti il progetto approvato per creare nella città della hollywoodiana un "tempio" dedicato che finora mancava. L'Academy Museum of Motion Pictures si svilupperà su quasi 90mila metri quadri e ingloberà anche lo storico edificio della May Company, realizzato da Albert C. Martin e ultimato...

Next Stop: Italy

Next Stop: Italy

July 11 - November 2015. Western Reserve Historical Society - 10825 East Blvd. - Cleveland. Presented by the Consulate of Italy in Detroit & Hon. Consulate of Italy in Cleveland, WRHS and NOIA Foundation   A journey to discover Italy, its brilliance, innovation, and excellence anchored in the present and driven by an unparalleled past. This exhibition encourages reading and art appreciation through the pairing...

A Look at the 2015 Festa Della Madonna Delle Grazie in Ridgewood, Queens

A Look at the 2015 Festa Della Madonna Delle Grazie in Ridgewood, Queens

Last Sunday (June 28th), I returned to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Ridgewood, Queens for the annual Festa della Madonna delle Grazie, Patroness of Montevago, Sicily.   Mass was celebrated in Italian with Father Italo Barozzi (visiting from Saint Mel's Parish in Flushing, Queens), followed by a procession through the neighborhood with the Gigio Band and statue of the...

Uncle Louie G's reveals Staten Island's Italian ice flavor

Uncle Louie G's reveals Staten Island's Italian ice flavor

by Anthony DePrimo   The Italian ice lovers have spoken. We asked readers who fancied themselves ice aficionados to visit their nearest Uncle Louie G's to sample a trio of tasty flavors — then vote for the one they wanted to rep Staten Island.   After all, Brooklyn already has its own namesake flavor — Brooklyn Cheesecake Ice Cream. Since Uncle Louie G's is headquartered...

Lamborghini Beverly Hills Presents the Lamborghini SV Aventador Speaker Series i…

Lamborghini Beverly Hills Presents the Lamborghini SV Aventador Speaker Series in Beverly Hills

July 9, 2015 - Thursday 7:00 PMLamborghini Beverly Hills - 125 South Robertson Boulevard - Beverly Hills, California Matadors Wanted. Lamborghini Beverly Hills Presents the Lamborghini SV Aventador Speaker Series Be a part of the history. Be a part of the tradition. Thursday, July 9th | 7PM The world was introduced to the Lamborghini Super Veloce in 1971. Lamborghini Beverly Hills gives you the...

Honoring Saint Padre Pio in Boston’s North End

Honoring Saint Padre Pio in Boston’s North End

by Matt Conti   Honoring one of the newer saints, a group from St. Leonard Church held the fifth annual procession for Saint Padre Pio on Sunday, June 28th in Boston's North End. The statue of St. Pio was carried from St. Leonard Church after an Italian Mass and walked through the neighborhood streets where devotees pinned donations on ribbons. The procession...

A perfect Italian Summer menu

A perfect Italian Summer menu

Especially during summer, all of us love to stay out of doors, enjoying the sunny hot days and, why not, summer dinners with friends. And if you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen in order to make the perfect dinner, know that there are some easy yet delicious summer recipes you can easily make at home to delight...

Wanted: Families To Host Italian Students in July

Wanted: Families To Host Italian Students in July

by Susan petroni   An Italian High School leadership program is bringing 14 international students to Framingham in mid-July. The high school students were selected to take part in this pilot initiative and will arrive in the Commonwealth for a 3-week program.   Each student will live with a local family to discover what day to day life is like in typical North American households. During...

27: The Verdi Documentary Film Project

27: The Verdi Documentary Film Project

You are cordially invited to attend a special screening presentation at the Italian American Museum on Thursday, July 9th."27" is the title of a fascinating new documentary film-in-progress that explores the unique opera culture of Parma, Italy and its fierce connection to the 27 works of Giuseppe Verdi.   Producer-director August Ventura will present selected footage and completed scenes from "27", along...

Slice of Italy in Dallastown: Try the stromboli and a cannoli

Slice of Italy in Dallastown: Try the stromboli and a cannoli

by Rebecca Hanlon   Walking into Slice of Italy feels like you've just arrived at a friend's home. Seat yourself at one of the green tables and get ready to fill your belly with whatever homemade Italian treats you desire. With more than 25 years of experience in York and Lancaster county restaurants, Peter Ferrante jumped at the chance to open a third...

St. John’s lands ‘big-game’ Italian guard for 2015

St. John’s lands ‘big-game’ Italian guard for 2015

Chris Mullin's 2015 recruiting class got a major boost Monday morning. Touted Italian guard Federico Mussini told St. John's coaching staff he was turning down professional dollars to come to Queens and later signed a financial aid agreement. The 6-foot Mussini – ranked as the No. 13 European prospect in his class, according to EuroHopes.com, and No. 7 by DraftExpress.com — was...

L'Italia buona per natura si mette in mostra al Summer Fancy Food di New York

L'Italia buona per natura si mette in mostra al Summer Fancy Food di New York

di Maurita Cardone   L'Italia torna ad invadere l'America di sapori, profumi, tradizione e innovazione. Sono tantissime le aziende italiane che partecipano quest'anno al Summer Fancy Food, l'evento di specialità gastronomiche più grande del Nord America che ogni inizio estate porta al Javits Center di New York migliaia di aziende dell'alimentare da tutto il mondo. L'Italia, anche quest'anno, si presenta in grande. Non...

Italian state fund eyes investments in food sector

Italian state fund eyes investments in food sector

Italian state-sponsored investment fund Fondo Strategico Italiano (FSI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with an agriculture Ministry's agency to jointly invest in the food sector. Investors' interest for premium food and beverage companies in Italy is on the rise.   Italian wine maker Masi Agricola last week successfully completed an offer of its shares which will start trading on the Milan's stock...

Marconi Lodge of The Sons of Italy in America in Whitehouse Station make donatio…

Marconi Lodge of The Sons of Italy in America in Whitehouse Station make donation

Marconi Lodge of The Sons of Italy in America in Whitehouse Station runs an annual "Pasta Festa" Spaghetti dinner to raise funds for local charitable giving. Sons of Italy in America in Whitehouse Station lodge treasurer Janine Jaloway recently presented a donation check to Alyson Kovacs and Gerri Repousis of the Lightbridge Academy in Flemington.   The Lightbridge Academy Foundation supports parents and...

The Silk Road is reborn in Veneto

The Silk Road is reborn in Veneto

by Barbara Ganz   The Silk Road has been reborn in Veneto, thanks to a network of businesses that has rebuilt and reorganised the entire cycle - from the cultivation of the mulberry tree to the breeding of silkworms, all the way to the transformation of the yarn - and that aims to restart the industry, create employment and social inclusion (thanks...

An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of NY's Irish and Italians

An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of NY's Irish and Italians

This is an excerpt from the introduction to An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians, a book by former Newsday reporter Paul Moses that is to be released July 7 by NYU Press. On those chilly March days when I walked home with the other boys from Mary Queen of Heaven School in the Flatlands section...

Frist Center dazzles with ‘Italian Style’

Frist Center dazzles with ‘Italian Style’

by Sara Estes   From Gucci to Versace, designs by the world's foremost clothing designers are currently on view at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in the first major survey of post-war Italian fashion, "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945."   Curated by Sonnet Stanfill of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition aims to give viewers a sense of the rich and...

Frank Lollino - Exceptionally talented coach and renowned high school teacher.

Frank Lollino - Exceptionally talented coach and renowned high school teacher.

Frank Lollino has always been somebody that was considered as being an overachiever. Chicago native is a very proud Italian-American who was raised in the Galewood community a popular area in northwest Chicago. He and his sister were always raised to be very focused on completing goals in life.   His parents Frank and Anna Marie always gave him motivation and personal...

Spritz: The Aperitivo of The Veneto

Spritz: The Aperitivo of The Veneto

By Emma Leiper   Italy has introduced to the world many wonderfully sumptuous drinks, from Treviso's prosecco wine, to Giuseppe Cipriani's Bellini, but perhaps none are as famous, or as aesthetically distinctive, as the Venetian spritz.   A concoction of prosecco, soda or water, and a splash of Aperol or Campari liqueur, the flame-coloured aperitif – or aperitivo in Italian – has grown up...

Civico 1845 arrives in Little Italy

Civico 1845 arrives in Little Italy

by Ed Bedford   Is Little Italy on the move or what? Latest opening is at the Piazza Basilone (named for San Diego's Italian-American war hero). It's in the spot that was Zia's, on the corner of India and Fir. This is Civico 1845. (Pronounce it "CHEE-vee-ko," they say). Sounds historic, right? Wrong. "That's just our street number," says this guy Dario.   "And 'Civico' just...

Paolo Bongianino: Patterns of Nature at Agora Gallery NYC

Paolo Bongianino: Patterns of Nature at Agora Gallery NYC

Chelsea's Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Milano artist Paolo Bongianino in Répartie in Art. The exhibition opens on July 7th and will run until July 28th, 2015.   The opening reception will take place Thursday, July 9th, from 6-8 PM. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

To protect and serve: Former Ulster County Undersheriff Frank Faluotico shares h…

To protect and serve: Former Ulster County Undersheriff Frank Faluotico shares his culinary adventures

by Paula Ann Mitchell   It's always been a toss-up for Frank Faluotico. He never really made up his mind which he liked better—law enforcement or cooking. He ultimately chose a 28-year career in police work, but there never was any question about his culinary prowess and love for good food.   As a matter of fact, the former Ulster County undersheriff often would merge...

Carnevale Italiano set for July 15-19

Carnevale Italiano set for July 15-19

The Italian American Social Club of North Brunswick's annual Carnevale Italiano will be held July 15-19 at Route 130 north and Apple Orchard Lane in North Brunswick. The hours are 6-11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 5-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.   There will be food, games, rides and entertainment nightly. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday will be wristband nights. A fireworks display...

Chris Christie Is Italian, In Part, And Here’s Why It Matters

Chris Christie Is Italian, In Part, And Here’s Why It Matters

by Chris Tognotti   The Republican presidential field was already big, but it grew even further on Tuesday morning. After declining to run for the highest office in the land back in 2012, when his political stars seemed most aligned, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is finally taking the plunge, officially entering the 2016 race. It's big news by any measure, even...

Andrea Pirlo revealed as New York City FC player on club website

Andrea Pirlo revealed as New York City FC player on club website

by Caitlin O'Connell   New York City FC's very own website revealed that Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has joined the club, according to a page that was on its website on Tuesday night but was later removed after the details spread throughout social media. By accidentally publishing the page to the public, New York City FC confirmed what most have been...

2015 NM Italian film & culture festival generates record donation to the UNM…

2015 NM Italian film & culture festival generates record donation to the UNM children’s hospital

On June 3 members of the board of Italian Festivals of New Mexico made an official presentation of $37,384 to UNM Hospitals CEO Steve McKernan. Later in the month the ceremonial check was presented to a gathering of Hospital administrators by members of both the festival board and the festival production committee who received a standing ovation for their efforts.   The...

Italian NHS inducts new members

Italian NHS inducts new members

The Boardman High School chapter of the Societ Onoraria Italica, the Italian National Honor Society, the Maria Montessori chapter, recently had its annual induction ceremony on May 15. Sixteen juniors were inducted in the event, as well as one honorary member, Mr. Eric Simione, a social studies teacher at Boardman.   The ceremony featured a performance of the national anthem by Boardman alumnus...

2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus: A compact crossover with Italian style

2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus: A compact crossover with Italian style

by Tom Strongman   The Fiat 500X compact crossover is the antithesis of the original Fiat 500, a tiny city car whose 479cc, two-cylinder, air-cooled engine delivered 13 horsepower. The first 500, called Cinquecento in Italian, was built from 1957 to 1975, and it was Italy's equivalent of the Volkswagen Beetle.   The 500X, designed with the American market in mind, borrows design cues...

Zita’s Ice Cream and Italian Ice in New Providence Celebrates 15-Year Anniversar…

Zita’s Ice Cream and Italian Ice in New Providence Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

by Michael M. Shapiro   For Pete Elefante, owner of Zita's Ice Cream and Italian Ice in New Providence, working at Zita's is a dream job. "Even though Zita's is now 15 years old, I'm only at the beginning...I want Zita's to be one of those places that's around for 50 years, where people who have moved away have to stop by to...

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We the Italians Magazine # 63

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