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by Francesco Prisco


It's not often mentioned, but there is some movement down there. Despite the number of visitors having fallen for the past two years, Italian cave tourism is enjoying good health and, according to estimates by professionals, 2015's performance should show a 5% growth.

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by Eric Asimov

 

Wine is now made in all 50 states, though few suggest much of it is any good. But on a hillside just outside this small town in central Vermont, a little east of the Killington ski resort, Deirdre Heekin makes wines under the label La Garagista that are so soulful and ...

Life expectancy in Italy is increasing and Italians also place 7th in the world for the longest lives without disability, according to a study by the Global Burden of Disease published on the Lancet medical journal. 

 

"From 1990 to 2013 life expectation in Italy has increased, but ...

by Jonathan Bazzi

 

Founder of the automobile company bearing his name, with which he won nine Formula 1 world championships during his lifetime (15 in total), Enzo Ferrari was an exceptional innovator, and a true prophet of the union between technique and collective imagination.

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by Graylin Hughes

 

When you walk into Vinny's La Roma, chances are that the man himself will greet you. "We're like 'Cheers'," said Vinny Bellia, the owner of Vinny's La Roma. "Everyone knows everyone." Vinny's offers a special vibe that is people are hard pressed to find in ...

by Mauro Battocchi

 

San Francisco's Annual Italian Heritage Parade will hit the streets on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in North Beach, the historic Italian district of San Francisco. Last year, on October 12, almost 90 floats took part in one the largest Italian Heritage parades ever recorded. ...

By Caitlyn Belcher

 

Henderson residents can now experience Italy without packing a single bag or purchasing an expensive airline ticket. Opened May 28, Bravo! Cucina Italiana was part of the Galleria at Sunset mall's $7 million upgrade that brought six new restaurants and a ...

di Alessandro Papayannidis

 

Una protezione antibatterica subito, un'altra a rilascio graduale, nei tre giorni successivi all'operazione chirurgica. Così un idrogel italiano dal nome inglese, «Defensive antibacterial coating» (Dac), abbatte le infezioni che insorgono nella chirurgia ...

by Paul Ebeling


Vintage, Classic & Limited Edition Ferrari's Are Preferred Investments Buying an Italian Supercar from the from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80s have served up investment gains that are hard to beat.

 

Vintage Ferraris have risen nearly 700% in value since Y 2006, ...

by Tony Bravo

 

Frank Sinatra had many sobriquets — Ol' Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, Swoonatra — but to Amanda Erlinger, he remains simply "Grandpa." "I'm blessed to be part of this family for many reasons," says Erlinger, the youngest daughter of Frank's daughter Nancy ("These ...

The Center for Italian & Italian American Culture announces its kick-off celebration of the Italian Heritage Month: "Vino 2015," a wine-tasting event with wines offered by Gary's Marketplace from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., ...

Donato's Italian Restaurant transports guests to New York City's Little Italy, delivering the sights, sounds and savory tastes of a cuisine that emigrated from the motherland and evolved in the New World.

 

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by Tiziana Grassi

 

La Grande Emigrazione italiana tra Otto e Novecento ha trovato il suo giusto quadro in un prestigioso lavoro scientifico: il Dizionario Enciclopedico delle Migrazioni Italiane nel Mondo. L'ex presidente della Repubblica Giorgio Napolitano, nel suo saluto agli italiani nel ...

Italian deli and market The Italian Homemade Company, which quickly became a North Beach favorite after opening a year ago at 716 Columbus St., has now opened a second location in Cow Hollow and is seeking to expand its original store.


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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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An evening in Lazio - Benefit dinner

An evening in Lazio - Benefit dinner

Celebrating 35 Years of the Calandra Institute at PICCOLO FIORE RISTORANTE - 230 EAST 44TH STREET, Manhattan (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 7pm to 9pm   Lazio is a region of central Italy bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea, traversed by the waters of the Tiber River, and characterized by mountains and verdant hills that slope down to the coast. It is...

Welcome to the first seven stars hotel in the world, in Italy

Welcome to the first seven stars hotel in the world, in Italy

by Claudia Astarita   Although the "Dubai Sail" has often presented itself as the only 7stars hotel in the world, the American magazine Forbes is now revealing something different of which Italy should be proud. In fact, the Seven Stars Galleria in Milan is the only certified 7stars hotel in the world by SGS (the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company).   The...

KU hosts Italian social welfare students for unique study abroad experience

KU hosts Italian social welfare students for unique study abroad experience

New social workers will work increasingly with people from diverse immigrant groups who are often marginalized. The University of Kansas is working to increase study abroad experiences in a field that is growing its emphasis on international or global practice, including a current visit by students, faculty and staff from Milan, Italy.   Seventeen visitors from the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore...

Stillitano's rise from MLS GM to world soccer's best-connected American

Stillitano's rise from MLS GM to world soccer's best-connected American

by Grant Wahl   How do you go from being a washout as an MLS general manager to being the best-connected American in European soccer? It's a question worth pondering when you're watching TV on a Saturday morning, and the camera shows Sir Alex Ferguson at a Manchester United game, and the guy sitting next to him is ... wait ... is that...

Aperitivo Italiano – Member networking event

Aperitivo Italiano – Member networking event

Italy America Chamber of Commerce Southeast is glad to invite you to APERITIVO ITALIANO - The original after work networking at Tamarina - 600 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell) Wednesday, September 16th from 6 to 8 pm. Come, discover the new Italian hot spot in town, and enjoy a free drink and authentic Italian hors d'oeuvre.   Join us at Tamarina Restaurant in welcoming the members that became...

Pizza, la migliore al mondo è di Teresa Iorio. Il premio a Napoli

Pizza, la migliore al mondo è di Teresa Iorio. Il premio a Napoli

di Eduardo Cagnazzi   E' Teresa Iorio ed ha quarantadue anni il migliore pizzaiolo al mondo. Lo ha decretato una giuria di esperti presieduta dallo chef italo-americano Lydia Bastianich, della quale faceva parte anche il pluristellato Gennaro Esposito. La competizione si è svolta nel corso di Napoli Pizza Village la manifestazione turistico-gastronomica che si tiene fino a domenica sul lungomare di Via...

La Scuola d'Italia Galileo Galilei touts Pittsburgh's Italian heritage

La Scuola d'Italia Galileo Galilei touts Pittsburgh's Italian heritage

By Katherine Schaeffer Angela Hertz's Italian-American grandparents taught her to love her heritage — the food, the culture and the sense of family.  But it wasn't until Hertz started college that she learned the language, studying abroad to hone her language skills. "I made it my career," said Hertz, 38, who has taught Italian at the high school level and the University...

Mario Lanza: The Man and His Music

Mario Lanza: The Man and His Music

Join Us For "Mario Lanza: The Man & His Music" at Casa BelvedereTuesday, September 15th @ 7:00 PM. A one-hour audiovisual presentation and talk on the life and career of the legendary tenor from Philadelphia by noted Lanza authority Bill Ronayne. The presentation includes rare early private recordings and radio appearances, a photo slide show, clips from all seven films plus a rare live...

Silver Street celebrates Italian style Saturday

Silver Street celebrates Italian style Saturday

By Tom Stankard Celebrate Italy and Iron County's Italian heritage Saturday during the city's annual Festival Italiano on Silver Street. This year, there's something for everyone, said Rita Franzoi, the Hurley Chamber of Commerce event coordinator. There will be live music, street dancing, outdoor dining and more throughout the day.   Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a three-on-three basketball tournament, according to event fliers. Then,...

Gallery Talk: A Conversation on Contemporary Art with Fabrizio Ruggiero

Gallery Talk: A Conversation on Contemporary Art with Fabrizio Ruggiero

September 14, 2015 -  06:00 PM. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011 Artist Fabrizio Ruggiero in conversation with Idanna Pucci. On the occasion of the exhibition of works by Ruggiero The Transformative Power of Art, on view through October 1 at Casa Italiana. In ENGLISH.   Since his childhood in Naples, Fabrizio Ruggiero has been fascinated by surfaces shaped by nature over time;...

SEAS, ovvero come creare l’acqua dall’aria

SEAS, ovvero come creare l’acqua dall’aria

di Orlando Manfredi   Per un pianeta in allarme rispetto alle risorse idriche e alla desertificazione potrebbe essere un motivo di speranza. Creare acqua dall'aria è possibile. La startup svizzera SEAS - Société de l'Eau Aérienne Suisse prende infatti l'aria e la trasforma in H2O. Come, lo ha raccontato sabato 29 Agosto nel Padiglione Svizzera a Expo Milano, in occasione dell'evento "Acqua dall'aria...

Congratulations to NIAF member Gina Furia Rubel, Esq.

Congratulations to NIAF member Gina Furia Rubel, Esq.

Congratulations to NIAF member Gina Furia Rubel, Esq., president and ceo of Furia Rubel Communications Inc., who has received SmartCEO Philadelphia's 2015 SmartCEO Brava Award, presented to Greater Philadelphia's top women CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high-impact executives.   Rubel is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Justinian Foundation of Philadelphia which serves attorneys of Italian ancestry in Philadelphia and the surrounding community.   Source:...

Bruno Serato presents "Caterina's Club" - September 10 @ 6:30 PM, IIC

Bruno Serato presents "Caterina's Club" - September 10 @ 6:30 PM, IIC

On the occasion of EXPO Milan 2015, under the Auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West cordially invite you to CATERINA'S CLUB - Presented by Chef Bruno Serato, Founder and President   In 2005, Chef Bruno Serato of Anaheim White House and his mother Caterina visited the Boys and Girls Club, down...

Italian Manufacturer Sets Up in Michigan Aiming for Lightweight Plastics Market

Italian Manufacturer Sets Up in Michigan Aiming for Lightweight Plastics Market

The impetus for many non U.S.-based companies to build facilities in the U.S. is to be closer to customers. Sometimes it's to be closer to a particular industry or supply chain.    The INglass Group SpA earlier this week announced it chose West Michigan as its new North American headquarters in order to capitalize on the growing market for lightweight composite materials,...

Surfer Joe's brings Italian ice to Cocoa Beach

Surfer Joe's brings Italian ice to Cocoa Beach

by Suzy Fleming Leonard   I thought I knew what Italian ice was. In my high school days, I briefly worked at a New Orleans-style snowball stand. Same thing, right? It took a visit to the new Surfer Joe's Tropical Ice in Cocoa Beach to make me see the error of my ways.   Where snowballs, snowcones and other chilly treats are ice drizzled in flavored...

Digging Into Carbone

Digging Into Carbone

One of the most buzzed-about restaurant openings of the next few months is Carbone, which is slated to open its doors in Aria in October. The restaurant is a spinoff of the popular Greenwich Village restaurant of the same name, which is known for its Italian-American cuisine and tableside preparations, and which was a finalist for the James Beard award...

Panerai Opens Flagship Boutique In Miami Design District

Panerai Opens Flagship Boutique In Miami Design District

By Anthony De Marco   "Code" is a word used often by luxury watch brands. It pertains to historical, cultural and other significant signs (maybe even myth and legend) that are identifiable with a particular company. The various ways these codes are protected and expressed by the brands vary.   For some it's paid lip service while for others they are treated with absolute...

Stefano Versace Holdings Expansion In The US (By Stefano Versace Holdings, LLC)

Stefano Versace Holdings Expansion In The US (By Stefano Versace Holdings, LLC)

The origin of STEFANO VERSACE HOLDINGS began with an idea from its founder, Stefano Versace, to give life to an Italian gelato shop chain called: STEFANO VERSACE – GELATERIE ITALIANE & GOURMET. The overall objective of the chain is to introduce to the American consumer an authentic Italian gelato referred to in Italy as "Gelato Artigianale Italiano". The first store opening...

Enchanting inspirations: The 10 muses of Italian cinema

Enchanting inspirations: The 10 muses of Italian cinema

by Jonathan Bazzi   Infatuations, incandescent passions, intellectual exchanges and life-long associations with fetishised actresses or those who were conceptual or writing partners: the history of cinema is full of female figures who embodied the role of the muse for directors (and not only male directors).   The muse was historically understood as a mediator between the artist and the divine, and is now...

Downtown Phoenix's Forno 301 Is Reminiscent of Best Italy's Best Cafes

Downtown Phoenix's Forno 301 Is Reminiscent of Best Italy's Best Cafes

by Robert Pela   My Italian is lousy, but I know a lot of the swear words, so when I spotted cazzone as one of the specials of the day at Forno 301, my new favorite restaurant, I laughed. Cazzone means "big dick," not as in "giant penis," but more like "you're an idiot." Forno 301, on the other hand, is very smart.   The...

The Sicilian of the Sicilians

The Sicilian of the Sicilians

By Niccolò Graffio   The travesty that produced the modern country of Italy worked to suppress in no small way the native cultures of Southern Italy, but it could not destroy them. As the advocates of Risorgimento moved to center the political life of the nascent state around Rome (and the economic life in the north) they likewise tried to stifle the...

Gia Coppola and Peroni presented the Grazie Cinema Series screening in L.A.

Gia Coppola and Peroni presented the Grazie Cinema Series screening in L.A.

by Nancy Casas   Bringing the art of classic Italian cinema to Los Angeles, the Grazie Cinema Serieshosted a screening of a cinematic Italian film, prefaced by the premiere of an original short film directed by Tracy Antonopoulos. The series had a grand kick off by hosting the screening of Pietro Germi's comedy Divorce Italian Style (1961), on June 9th up on...

Boston archdiocese sells closed East Boston church for $3 million

Boston archdiocese sells closed East Boston church for $3 million

By Michael Levenson  The Archdiocese of Boston has sold a former East Boston church for $3 million, signaling to former parishioners the ongoing transformation of the working-class Italian-American neighborhood into an increasingly lucrative real estate hot spot, sought out by wealthy investors.   State records indicate the buyer, Frankfort Gove LLC, was set up in June and is run by Richard Egan and...

How to Cook for a 16th-Century Banquet: Bartolomeo Scappi

How to Cook for a 16th-Century Banquet: Bartolomeo Scappi

Bartolomeo Scappi (ca. 1500-1577) was a great Italian cook. Born in Dumenza, in the province of Varese, he worked at the service of various cardinals before reaching the height of his career as chef for Pope Pius V. Scappi also published a cooking essay that is considered the most important of his time.   Philosophy historian Tullio Gregory, in his introduction to...

Lend Me a Tenor

Lend Me a Tenor

By Susie Tommaney Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor tells the story of a world-famous Italian opera singer, Tito Merelli, also known as "Il Stupendo." When he's unable to take the stage in Giuseppe Verdi's Otello, an unwitting theater staffer steps in, resulting in a door-slamming farce of mistaken identities, crossed wires and romantic overtures. "I think Ken Ludwig...is looking at the...

Pasta feed fundraiser set for Sons of Italy

Pasta feed fundraiser set for Sons of Italy

Camelia-Colombo Lodge No. 1294, Order of the Sons of Italy, will host its semi-annual fundraiser Pasta Feed from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in the parish hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 815 High St., according to a news release.   Cost is $15 for adults and $3.50 for children 5 to 12 years of age. It's free for children...

New Jersey's oldest pizzeria still sizzles

New Jersey's oldest pizzeria still sizzles

by Sarah Griesemer   A 2-year-old boy wears a white apron, his sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He is perched atop a chair, too small to reach the counter without it. His small hands are starting to shape a soft round of pizza dough, an action he doesn't yet know he will repeat for the next 66 years.   That little boy is Nick...

Authentic Italian Pesto: The Evolving World of Pesto

Authentic Italian Pesto: The Evolving World of Pesto

Being a third-generation Sicilian American, pesto sauces were not common in my family. Sure my grandmother had all the ingredients: fresh basil from the garden, good extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano and pine nuts (a Sicilian favorite) from the local deli shop. But it just wasn't in the family tradition.   Curious, I tried it in local restaurants and it was good,...

In Italy, olive oils now have their sommelier too

In Italy, olive oils now have their sommelier too

by Giorgio dell'Orefice   The quality of olive oil is certainly a feature, but it can also become a true profession. Those skills, simply handed down from father to son, have been turned into a real profession by the Association of Olive Oil Tasters (ONAOO).   The organization was founded in Imperia in 1983 and after 30 years of honorable service (with more than...

Mamma mia! Italian exhibit focuses on motherhood on sidelines of Expo

Mamma mia! Italian exhibit focuses on motherhood on sidelines of Expo

by Colleen Barry   They called it "The Great Mother," but organizers of an exhibit focusing on motherhood opening this week on the sidelines of the Milan Expo world's fair may just as well have been called "Mamma mia." Curator Massimiliano Gioni said there was some irony in the choice of theme "because motherhood and the mamma is part of the Italian...

Chazz Palminteri’s Vision to Bring ‘A Bronx Tale’ Musical to Broadway

Chazz Palminteri’s Vision to Bring ‘A Bronx Tale’ Musical to Broadway

by Michael Calia   In everything he does, Chazz Palminteri wants to tell you a story. Whether he's pitching vodka or telling you about his new restaurant, or even describing the acting talents of Tom Hardy, the 63-year-old actor, writer and director frames it as a narrative. But if there's one story he will always be known for, it's "A Bronx Tale,"...

Un progetto italiano porta il wi-fi anche sott’acqua

Un progetto italiano porta il wi-fi anche sott’acqua

di Barbara Millucci   Dopo l'Internet delle cose, è il momento dell'Internet of Underwater Things. Ovvero le connessioni ultrarapide sott'acqua. Nasce al dipartimento d' informatica dell'università La Sapienza di Roma un nuova spin off, specializzato proprio in tecnologie per la comunicazione sott'acqua. Il wi-fi sott'acqua per intenderci.   Che permetterà di chattare ed inviare foto e video anche in apnea (al momento è possibile...

Avon UNICO Citizen of the Year Named

Avon UNICO Citizen of the Year Named

by Tim Jensen   The Avon Chapter of UNICO is honored to announce that the 2015 Avon UNICO Citizen of the Year Award recipient is William (Bill) J. Newman, Past Commander of the Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post #3272. UNICO will present its 18th annual award at Avon Day, Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., on the grounds between Pine Grove and...

Citrine: Chef Peter Deruvo, Restaurateur Nick Neuman to Ppen Italian Restaurant …

Citrine: Chef Peter Deruvo, Restaurateur Nick Neuman to Ppen Italian Restaurant in Tempe

by Lauren Saria   It's been about three months since we told you that well-known local chef Peter DeRuvo had quietly re-entered the metro Phoenix dining scene after a brief stint working in the Second City. For about six months, now DeRuvo's been at EVO in Scottsdale, bringing back his signature style of Italian fare that includes a selection of handmade pastas...

Seattle Trentino Club – Let’s bring CORO SAN ROMEDIO to Seattle fundraising

Seattle Trentino Club – Let’s bring CORO SAN ROMEDIO to Seattle fundraising

Dan and Seattle Trentino Club are starting a Kickstarter to bring to Seattle the Coro San Romedio in Fall 2016. Coro San Romedio is an a cappella mens group from Northern Italy, precisely from Val di Non, Trentino, in the beautiful Dolomites. They have been traveling around Italy and Europe to represent the trentino folks culture.   It is about time to have...

A Look at the 2015 Festa di San Rocco in Astoria, Queens

A Look at the 2015 Festa di San Rocco in Astoria, Queens

Saturday afternoon (August 29th), I joined members of the Societá Gioventú Quagliettana in Astoria, Queens for the Feast of San Rocco. This year's celebration marked the Golden Anniversary of the society's beautiful statue, imported from Naples 50 years ago.   Joining the Quaglietta Society on their special day were Nicola Trombetta (President of the Federazione Delle Associazioni Della Campania USA), Joseph DiPietro...

Afternoon of Italian Opera at the Botto House

Afternoon of Italian Opera at the Botto House

September 13 (Sunday) 3:00 pm - Afternoon of Italian Opera at the Botto HouseAnnamaria Stefanelli, lyric soprano, Rory Angelicola,tenor, and Andrew Macirowski, accompanist will perform from Italian operas enjoyed by laborers 100 years ago. (Rain date: Saturday, September 19 at 5:00 pm). Sponsored by American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark. Museum's Old World Gardens -83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJAdmission: $20 (general), $18 (seniors/students), $15...

The anti bias committee of UNICO National and the One Voice Coalition score agai…

The anti bias committee of UNICO National and the One Voice Coalition score again

In 2013, the Mercer County Italian American Festival Committee donated and erected a statute of Christopher Columbus on the site of their building in Hamilton Township, a municipality comprised OF 70% Italian Americans. Shortly thereafter, irresponsible vandals defaced the statute by blackening the face. Cavaliere John Scarpati called it a despicable act of discrimination against his fellow citizens of Hamilton....

After a false start in July, Una Vita Olive Oil set to make its Santa Fe debut o…

After a false start in July, Una Vita Olive Oil set to make its Santa Fe debut on September 16

Cancelled due to a conflict with the Santa Fe Opera, this special dinner event is back on the front burner. So, what happens when New Mexico's foremost olive oil expert collaborates with the Osteria d'Assisi's acclaimed executive chef? The answer: a special event menu to die for at the Osteria d'Assisi in Santa Fe on Wednesday, September 16 at 6pm...

Festival Italiano in Belmar

Festival Italiano in Belmar

Festival Italiano will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th at Belmar Shopping Center. Belmar is located at the southeast corner of Wadsworth and Alameda. If you've never attended this event, you should! It's the largest Italian festival in the state and has free admission. Can't beat that!   The IABA (as well as many of the other clubs)...

Denver Star Shines as Italy Wins

Denver Star Shines as Italy Wins

by Drew Davis   The Denver Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari continues to shake off rust, leading Italy to a third straight win in EuroBasket. Gallinari, who has missed a lot of time over past few seasons for the Nuggets, led Italy to a 68-63 victory over Russia. The game was another warm-up for the EuroBasket 2015 tournament, also to be played in Trieste, and...

Mario Lanza Society Fall Luncheon

Mario Lanza Society Fall Luncheon

September 12 (Saturday) 1:00 pm - Mario Lanza Society Fall LuncheonCelebrate the great voice and career of Mario Lanza with good food, music and those interested in the beloved tenor. Activities include updates by Bill Ronanye, Society President, a live performance by an upcoming young opera singer, highlights from Mario Lanza's performances and our usual "Name the Tenor Quiz" by Opera...

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We the Italians Magazine # 66

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