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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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St Anthony Holy Relics in NJ/CT/NY

St Anthony Holy Relics in NJ/CT/NY

This June, in honor of the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, Father Paolo Floretta will bring a holy relic of St. Anthony of Padua from his Basilica in Padua, Italy. Father Paolo will visit four dioceses in the Tri-State area: the New York Archdiocese, The Brooklyn/Queens Diocese, The Paterson, New Jersey Diocese and The Bridgeport, Connecticut Diocese.   Father Paolo is...

Two Italian Screenings at Brookline Library

Two Italian Screenings at Brookline Library

When: June 4 and 13, 2015Where: Brookline Coolidge Corner, Branch Library, 31 Pleasant St., Brookline MAThe Italian Consulate in Boston, in collaboration with The Public Library of Brookline and "C'era una volta...Brookline," is pleased to present "Two Italian Movies at Brookline". The double event will be held at Brookline Coolidge Corner, Branch Library, 31 Pleasant St., Brookline. The first screening, "Corpo...

Festa Italiana is Calling all Foodies to Submit Recipes in its Second Annual Che…

Festa Italiana is Calling all Foodies to Submit Recipes in its Second Annual Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest; Organizers Announce the Return of Celebrity Chef Rossella Rago

Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, is calling upon foodies everywhere to participate in its second Chef's Choice Recipe Contest taking place Sunday, July 19 in the Cucina Showcase. Beginning now through June 15, 2015, Festa Italiana is accepting Italian appetizer ("antipasti") recipe submissions by email or by mail. After the June 15 deadline, a Festa Italiana food committee will select...

ISSNAF Award for the Humanities - Call for Applications 2015

ISSNAF Award for the Humanities - Call for Applications 2015

ISSNAF - Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation and La Fondazione NY are pleased to announce the 2015 ISSNAF – La Fondazione NY Award for the Humanities. The award acknowledges the research of young Italian scholars in North America whose commitment to their discipline of study is innovative and honors their country of origin.   ISSNAF and La Fondazione NY...

Morto a New York Claudio Angelini, stava curando il premio Capri 2015

Morto a New York Claudio Angelini, stava curando il premio Capri 2015

È morto martedì a New York il giornalista e scrittore Claudio Angelini. Aveva compiuto 72 anni lo scorso 29 marzo. Lo ha comunicato la moglie, la giornalista Olga Cortese, ad amici che vivono a Capri (Napoli).   Angelini - si è saputo dalla moglie - si è spento in serata a causa di una malattia che lo aveva colpito di recente. Era...

Morgan Stanley: It is Morning in Italy

Morgan Stanley: It is Morning in Italy

by Mauro Battocchi   Today, on Italy's Republic Day, I wanted to bring you some especially heartening news about the bel paese. Morgan Stanley, the American financial firm, recently released an outlook report for the Italian economy that put forward well-grounded, bullish analysis with regards to Italian growth. Like the rest of Europe, Italy took a substantial hit during the Great Recession, but...

The Italian Americans at the Italian Club of Dallas

The Italian Americans at the Italian Club of Dallas

The Italian Club of Dallas will be showing the two-part series "The Italian Americans" on Sunday, June 7 and Sunday, June 28. Come out to the Club and enjoy watching this documentary with la famiglia! Refreshments and popcorn will be served during the movie and then dinner will be served at the end of the movie. Click HERE to make...

Taste: Lorenzo's serves up delicious Italian dishes

Taste: Lorenzo's serves up delicious Italian dishes

By Isabel A. Rodriguez   From creamy fettuccine Alfredo to bowls of warm minestrone vegetable soup, Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant is the perfect Las Cruces destination to satisfy any Italian food cravings. Located at 1753 E. University Ave., across from the New Mexico State University campus, Lorenzo's is a locally owned restaurant that has been serving up some of the best Italian food in...

The world’s oldest club “Circolo degli Uniti” is in Siena

The world’s oldest club “Circolo degli Uniti” is in Siena

by Carlo Marroni   One enters by passing under an ancient, frescoed 15th-century loggia. The streets of the city centre are left behind and, through the large glass door looms an unrivalled view of the Campo. This is the piazza where the Palio is raced twice a year. This is Siena.   And over the centuries in these ancient rooms - overlooking the world's...

Vinitaly International lands in Chicago for the first Italian participation in F…

Vinitaly International lands in Chicago for the first Italian participation in FMI Connect

From the 9th to the 11th of June, Vinitaly International will be taking part for the first time in FMI Connect as the co-protagonist of a project supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and organized by the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) with the aim of developing the Italian agro-industrial sector through the involvement of three major Italian...

The benefits of learning Italian early

The benefits of learning Italian early

by Debbie Monolo   What's good about teaching your child a second language? There's actually quite an impressive list of reasons according to current research. To name just a few ... Research published in Psychological Science suggests that just thinking in a foreign language can help people make quicker and better life decisions. Another proves those who speak a second language to be...

La Festa Della Repubblica in Philadelphia

La Festa Della Repubblica in Philadelphia

June 7, 2015, Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PMEast Passyunk Avenue - 1601 E Passyunk AvenuePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania 19148Filitalia International & Foundation Presents La Festa Della Repubblica – Italian National Day, which will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2015. 11am-7pm Rain or Shine This wonderful event will be located in South Philadelphia, on East Passyunk Avenue from Broad to Moore Street. With a special unveiling of...

Chef Robert Del Grande to be honored at tasting event

Chef Robert Del Grande to be honored at tasting event

By Syd Kearney Robert Del Grande, the first Houston chef to win a James Beard Award (1992's Best Chef: Southwest), will be inducted into the Wine & Food Week Chef of Chefs Hall of Fame on June 6. Del Grande is the chef behind RDG & Bar Annie and the Grove. The induction ceremony will take place during the Wine Rendezvous Grand...

Chef Nick Lama opens Italian restaurant Avo in New Orleans

Chef Nick Lama opens Italian restaurant Avo in New Orleans

Chef Nick Lama opened his Italian restaurant Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com) May 20 in the former Martinique Bistro space. A great-grandson of Sicilian immigrants, Lama describes his food as "regional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.   "I'm trying to get ingredients that have been grown as close to here as possible," Lama says. "I think...

Golden Gate Park Band - Italian-American Day in San Francisco

Golden Gate Park Band - Italian-American Day in San Francisco

June 7, 2015 - Sunday 1:00 PMGolden Gate Park, Transverse & Kennedy Drives- San Francisco, CaliforniaThe Golden Gate Park Band, under the direction of Michael L. Wirgler will present a concert as part of its 2015 season on Sunday, June 7, in Golden Gate Park at the music concourse, located at Ninth Ave. and Lincoln Way, San Francisco . The concert will begin...

Italy rescues more than 4,000 migrants

Italy rescues more than 4,000 migrants

Italy's coast guard said it coordinated the rescue of more than 4,200 migrants off Libya's coast while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea since Friday. In some of the most intense Mediterranean migrant traffic of the year, a total of 4,243 people were saved from fishing boats and motorized rubber dighies.   The 22 operations took place Friday and involved ships from a...

Master Italian Wine at Toscana Divino and Ironside Pizza, hosts of Two NA Sommel…

Master Italian Wine at Toscana Divino and Ironside Pizza, hosts of Two NA Sommelier Association Courses

There is no better way to learn about Italian wine than from Italian Sommeliers. And, to further enhance the wine tasting and education experience, this year's Miami presentation of two North American Sommelier Association (NASA) courses will take place at Toscana Divino (Mary Brickell Village) and Ironside Pizza (Upper East) – two restaurants known for bringing authentic Italian food, culture,...

The Valentino Effect: How Two Unsung Designers Redefined the Look of Rome and Wo…

The Valentino Effect: How Two Unsung Designers Redefined the Look of Rome and Won the CFDA International Award

by Sarah Mower   It's not exactly a Cinderella story, but the way two unpretentious accessories designers rose to reinvent the house of Valentino already has the aura of a fashion fairy tale about it. Since they took over as creative directors in 2008, the success of Maria Grazia Chiuri's and Pierpaolo Piccioli's gentle conversion of a storied couture house into a...

Dante in Florence - Poetry, Dance and Music

Dante in Florence - Poetry, Dance and Music

Dante's Poetry in Italian and English - Marco Zanelli Medieval Dance - Chiara Durazzini & Emanuele CapoanoSolo by Ornella Iuorio Music by Renaissonics Click here for more details   Sunday, June 7, 5:00 pm41 Hampshire St, Cambridge  - (617)876-5160 Free Admission  - Light Refreshments   Source: Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts  

Festa della Repubblica celebrated at Filippo Ristorante

Festa della Repubblica celebrated at Filippo Ristorante

Boston's Italian American community came together on May 31 to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Italy as a Republic. Rainy conditions shifted the annual celebrations from Christopher Columbus Park to Filippo Ristorante. Organized by the local COMITES chapter and the Federazione Associazioni Italiane e Italo-Americane New England, the Festa kicked off with the Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (Casit) awarding ten individual...

It's Giannetto's vs. Rocco's in Pizza Wars finale in St. Joseph County

It's Giannetto's vs. Rocco's in Pizza Wars finale in St. Joseph County

by Heidi Prescott It's down to the final two in the Pizza Wars battle. Giannetto's Pizza in Granger will take on Rocco's Restaurant in South Bend in the final round of voting that kicks off Thursday in St. Joseph County. More than 76,000 votes were cast in the first two rounds of the competition across northern Indiana, blowing last year's Burger Wars voting...

New Britain's Library Hosts Talk About 20th Century Italian Immigration to Conne…

New Britain's Library Hosts Talk About 20th Century Italian Immigration to Connecticut

"Farms, Factories and Families: Italian-American Women of CT" is the topic of a talk by Anthony Riccio scheduled for June 6 at the public library downtown.   Riccio will tell stories of the experiences of women who moved from Italy to Connecticut between the early and mid-20th century. His talk is set for 10 a.m. at the library at 20 High St. For...

Italy’s Mouth of Truth

Italy’s Mouth of Truth

Long before the modern lie detector and its harmlessly jittering graphs and wires were invented, the untruthful faced a much more severe fate between the jaws of the Bocca della Verità, or Mouth of Truth (or Mouth of Fate), an ancient carving that is said to bite the hands off of liars.   While no one is exactly sure when or why...

Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story - The romantic, debut…

Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story - The romantic, debut novel by Joe Giordano

What turns the gentle mean, and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York's streets were paved with violence and disappointment. Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fortune. Carlo Mazzi committed murder and escaped. Azzura Medina is...

Statement by Ambassador Bisogniero on the occasion of Italian National Day

Statement by Ambassador Bisogniero on the occasion of Italian National Day

Dear fellow Italians,Today, June 2nd, 2015 we celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Founding of the Italian Republic. This is also the first time that our new Head of State, Sergio Mattarella, celebrates this special day. We recognize, in particular, the core values at the base of our unity: freedom, democracy, equality, and peaceful coexistence between Peoples. These are the...

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington

June 9, 2015 - Tuesday 5:30 PM (on various days)St Anthony of Padua - 901 N. Dupont Street - Wilmington, Delaware 19805The St. Anthony's Italian Festival returns on Sunday, June 7 and continues through Sunday, June 14. The 2015 Festival theme is Abruzzo, a region to which many in Delaware's Italian-American community trace their ancestry.   Throughout the week, the Festival will feature Italian food...

Medium-sized companies start growing again, study says

Medium-sized companies start growing again, study says

by Paolo Bricco   Nothing to complain about for 2014. And this year looks good too for Italy's medium-sized companies. In fact, in 2014, for the first time since 2008, the number of companies with rising revenue outnumbered the ones whose sales fell: 45.2% versus 27%, according to an annual report on mid-sized Italian companies issued by Mediobanca. That's a positive spread of...

Familiarity breeds longtime deliciousness at Ristorante Machiavelli

Familiarity breeds longtime deliciousness at Ristorante Machiavelli

By Leora Y. BloomIN A CITY where it's increasingly difficult to keep up with the list of restaurant openings and closings, what keeps a Seattle institution such as Capitol Hill's Ristorante Machiavelli popular for so long?   Linda McElroy, who opened Machiavelli in 1988 with her husband, Tom, says the key to the restaurant's success has been consistency. Their customers like it...

6th Annual Italian American Heritage Festival

6th Annual Italian American Heritage Festival

June 7, 2015 - (rain or shine). Rose Tree Park - 1671 North Providence Road ~ Media, PA ~ 19063. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Italian food, music, games and entertainment for the whole family!!~~~~~~~~ No admission fee for festival!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FREE on-site parking!!! ~~~~~~~~~2015 Festival produced by CIAO of Delaware County and Eventfully Yours, Inc. Thank you to our sponsors!!! More than 65 Delaware County...

It's Official: Lamborghini's SUV Coming In 2018, Will Be Built In Italy

It's Official: Lamborghini's SUV Coming In 2018, Will Be Built In Italy

by John Halas   Lamborghini has finally green-lighted the development of a new SUV with production to take place at its Sant'Agata Bolognese facility in Italy. The third model in Lamborghini's tight vehicle range after the Huracan and Aventador will go on sale in 2018, with the VW Group-owned firm expecting annual volumes of around 3,000 SUVs, which will double the double the...

Chef Loris Navone Becomes Executive Chef of Coastal Italian Concept Restaurant, …

Chef Loris Navone Becomes Executive Chef of Coastal Italian Concept Restaurant, Tamarina, Located in the Heart of Miami's Financial District

Husband and wife duo Tunu and Yona Puri are proud to announce Chef Loris Navone as the Executive Chef of their coastal Italian concept, Tamarina, located in the heart of Brickell, Miami's booming financial district.   Celebrated chef, Loris Navone, former Chef de cuisine of Dolce Italian South Beach and winner of Bravo's Best New Restaurant, now helms the kitchen of the...

ItaliaNY: Iconic images of successful Italians in the U.S.

ItaliaNY: Iconic images of successful Italians in the U.S.

by Nancy Casas   The Italian influenced visual celebration entitled ItaliaNY by Alexo Wandael – aka Alessandro Cacopardo - is being hosted in Santa Monica by the non-profit organization Building Bridges Art Exchange. With Peroni, Italy's number one beer as a sponsor, ItaliaNY was not only showcased in New York but also has expanded to Miami and Los Angeles. This wonderful collection of...

Get Ready For An Italian Gelato Fix in Southtown

Get Ready For An Italian Gelato Fix in Southtown

By Jessica Elizarraras   Last year as the Spurs gathered a few thousand of their most passionate fans at the Alamodome to celebrate a fifth championship, a few hundred foodies gathered to support the Hot Wells Conservancy's second Harvest Feast.   Let's just say organizers chef Robbie Nowlin and artist best friend Justin Parr won't have to compete with basketball celebrations this year during...

Bruschetta: glorious toppings for toast

Bruschetta: glorious toppings for toast

by Susan Russo   Toast. It may just be the world's most gloriously humble and satisfying food. It can comfort — buttered toast. It can nourish — toast with peanut butter and jam. It can impress — garlic rubbed and olive oil doused toast with fresh tomatoes and basil. The latter, Italian bruschetta, (pronounced broo-SKET-ah) is not only one of Italy's most...

Festa della Repubblica Italiana at San Diego Italian Cultural Center

Festa della Repubblica Italiana at San Diego Italian Cultural Center

San Diego Italian Cultural Center - 1669 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT) Come celebrate with us an important birthday....On June 2nd 1946 the Italian Republic was born! Learn more about the day in which the Italian people decided on their form of government. Our President, Roberto Ruocco, will introduce a video explaining...

50 simboli del design italiano

50 simboli del design italiano

Design, cibo, moda: quando si parla di Italia, e di genio italiano, la triade resta questa, ma non è una colpa e neanche un limite. L'attualità di certe soluzioni e la bellezza senza tempo di diverse proposte, soprattutto nell'ambito del design industriale, grazie anche a un tumultuoso per quanto tardivo sviluppo industriale nel secolo scorso, è la dimostrazione che l'eccellenza...

Our Ancestors Gave All They Had

Our Ancestors Gave All They Had

By Salvatore Buttaci   Who has not heard the classic cop-out, "I would if I could, but I can't, so I won't"? That old "Shoulda, coulda, woulda." So many wondrous events would occur if fewer folks wielded "would" as a weapon instead of "will." The former is built on conditions; the latter on volitions. "Would" tries to excuse the speaker who refuses to...

FVCC goes Italian for Big Night 5

FVCC goes Italian for Big Night 5

By Ryan Murray Flathead Valley Community College invites lovers of Italian cuisine and world travel to its Big Night 5, a fundraising event to help pay for student scholarships for the annual Semester in Venice program. The event has raised more than $66,000 for 18 Semester in Venice students since its inception. The Venice trip, an immersive arts and language program in the...

Yogi Berra’s Values Shape Museum’s Mission

Yogi Berra’s Values Shape Museum’s Mission

By George Blecher   May 12 marked Yogi Berra Day in New York and New Jersey, and except for the Drums of Thunder, a drum corps of fourth and fifth graders from Hillside Elementary School in Montclair, it was a quiet, tender affair — part photo opportunity, part nostalgia.   Yogi Berra. the New York Yankees' Hall of Fame catcher of the 1940s, '50s...

Andarsene sognando di Eugenio Marino - Book presentation

Andarsene sognando di Eugenio Marino - Book presentation

Join us for a wonderful afternoon as author Eugenio Marino discusses his book, "Andarsene sognando, L'emigrazione nella canzone italiana" Introduction by Adolfo Gatti, Segretario PD Boston. Sen. Renato Turano and Nicola Orichuia, founder of Bostoniano Magazine will join the author in the panel discussion. Saturday, June 6 - 1:30 / 2:30 pm - 41 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA   L'emigrazione si racconta... in musica. Emigration is said...in music. Click here for more...

Celebrating Italian culture

Celebrating Italian culture

By Joe Goldeen   "Winner! Winner! Salame dinner!" declared Deborah Casagrande of Galt after winning not one but two salames in three attempts at the Molinari and Sons Salame Toss booth, just one of the fun things to do at Sunday's Festa Italiana at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.   Billed as "A Celebration of Everything Italian" and organized by San Joaquin County's long-established...

IA LITERATI - A Celebration of Italian American Authors from the Chicago Area

IA LITERATI - A Celebration of Italian American Authors from the Chicago Area

Seminar Format---Works in Progress--- Book Sales, Signings, Raffles, Give Aways! WE SUPPORT ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITERS---you should too! Network Network Network.... Bring your checkbook and credit card---100s of titles from our presenters and from the library......call 708 345 5933 to reserve your place or Register on our Casa Italia Web Site. June 6 at Casa Italia—Florentine Room 9:30am........coffee, rolls book sales 10 am...

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We the Italians Magazine # 61

WTI 61

Umberto Mucci's Interviews

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