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August 8, 2015. The renowned production house Titanus, founded in Rome in 1904 by Gustavo Lombardo, is still operating today under grandson Guido Lombardo. During the golden age of cinema-going in the mid-twentieth century, Titanus embraced melodrama, epic, mystery, and comedy; their famous logo on ...

Come to the Pick Room of the Main Santa Fe Public Library on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. There you'll find David performing a public service in Italian – teaching a free class for kids and beginner adults who want to learn to speak Italian. Now in its third year, the class is a labor of love for the ...

by Sandra Tornberg

 

An eagerly awaited new business opened in Shelby Township on July 15. Eataliana Homemade Pasta, located at 52901 Shelby Road, at 24 Mile Road, sells many varieties of fresh pastas and sauces that are made on the premises. The many pastas include spaghetti, fettucine, ...

Presented by Salvatore J. Turchio, M.S.Ed., State Historian - Grand Lodge of New Jersey  - Order Sons of Italy in America. You are cordially invited to attend an interactive PowerPoint presentation on the life and legacy of Frank Sinatra, and the cultural impact of his ...

by James Hansen

 

Italians are very smart. The idea of comparing the average IQs of single nations is so obvious that people keep doing it even though the intellectual etiquette of the moment - "political correctness" - considers speaking of the results to be highly inelegant.


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by Linda Tyssen


Kathy Frank had opened the shop before 5:30 a.m., as she's done for more than 25 years. She put the coffee on and prepared for the regulars to arrive. Only this Friday, July 17, was to be bittersweet, the last day for business at the Eveleth Italian Bakery. "It's a sad day," ...

Aero Theatre - 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 - 7:30pm
Los Angeles' recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Uprising gives us a unique opportunity to better understand the recent violence underscoring the continuing practices of inequality in our ...

by Richard Khavkine

 

For 15 hours beginning Thursday evening, congregants of the church of Our Lady of Peace commemorated nearly 100 years of history. Following a noontime Solemn Mass on Friday, there would be no more. The red brick church with neat white stone trim on a tidy ...

Bartolomeo Durante and Rosa Lentino, both from Salerno, came to New York in the 1870s and 80s, respectively. They had four children. Their youngest, James "Jimmy" Francis, was born on February 10, 1893. As soon as he could, their little boy pecked at the keys on any piano he came across. It was ...

Sono 5.003.908 gli italiani all'estero registrati nelle anagrafi consolari. Il dato emerge dall'Annuario 2015 del Ministero degli Esteri, presentato questa mattina alla Farnesina. Nel capitolo dedicato ai connazionali, il Ministero conferma che anagrafe consolare e servizi nel 2014 sono ...

"Christmas in Tuscany," Friday, December 11, 2015, at Lorenzo's Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret in Staten Island, New York, is a heartwarming way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. The evening includes a four-course modern Italian dinner with wine pairings and a traditional Christmas ...

It started with nausea and vomiting. It ended with a winning strategy and a marriage proposal. Simone Ruffini's victory in swimming's version of the marathon, at the world championships, involved a parade of emotions on Saturday.

 

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Come join the fun when Holy Rosary Church on Sixth Street in Historic Downtown Jersey City celebrates 112 years of bringing its community together for lively summer fun.

 

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Ridge High School in beautiful Basking Ridge, NJ seeks a HS Italian teacher for a tenure track position for the 15-16 school year. Qualified candidates should send their resume to the Supervisor of WL, Katherine Stotler, at kstotler@bernardsboe.com.

 

Mille grazie,

Katherine Stotler

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced Paolo Nespoli is to return to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. The veteran Italian astronaut will be making his third trip to the orbital outpost, following missions in 2007 and 2010 – the latter concluding with ...

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

5848 123595348593 2100359 ndi Emanuele Pettener

 

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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Alfa Romeo, il ritorno in America è sulle spalle (da culturista) di Reid Bigland

Alfa Romeo, il ritorno in America è sulle spalle (da culturista) di Reid Bigland

di Alessandro Vai   Il ritorno dell'Alfa Romeo negli Stati Uniti, dopo venti anni di assenza, è forse una delle operazioni più ardite di tutta la storia dell'automobile. Gli obiettivi sono importanti, le aspettative alte e i prodotti (per ora) pochi. La 4C, sia berlinetta che Spider, è in vendita da poco più di un anno ma è un antipasto tanto gustoso...

Italian Festival this Weekend in Danbury

Italian Festival this Weekend in Danbury

by Megan Carey   The Amerigo Vespucci Lodge #160 is hosting their annual Italian Festival this weekend, Friday July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd. There will tons of authentic Italian food, games, rides, and refreshments perfect for these hot summer days.   Admission is free and all are welcome. This is great festival perfect for the whole family. The festival is being held at 10...

Hooked on Bocce

Hooked on Bocce

What better way to ensure the future of the great Italian game of Bocce in New Mexico than to teach kids how to play? That was the motivation for John and Cathy Paolino to conduct a four-day Bocce Training Camp in June at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho. It was also a good way to give back to the community...

IACS Member Shirley Martignoni Fedeli Receives Ordine Della Stella D'Italia

IACS Member Shirley Martignoni Fedeli Receives  Ordine Della Stella D'Italia

by Sandra Tornberg   On June 2, 2015, Shirley Martignoni Fedeli received the Knight of the Order of the Stella d'Italia Award in Chicago, Illinois. Conferred by the President of Italy, it was presented by the Consul General of Italy in Chicago, Adriano Monti, and Italian Senator RenatoTurano. This award is given for outstanding work in promoting Italian Culture, education and language.   A...

Premio New York, in palio 4 mesi nella Grande Mela

Premio New York, in palio 4 mesi nella Grande Mela

Al via la XIII edizione del Premio New York: in palio per i giovani artisti emergenti c'è la possibilità di vivere per 4 mesi nella Grande Mela a contatto con il suo effervescente ambiente culturale e artistico.    Oltre al biglietto per New York, i due vincitori avranno un assegno mensile di 4mila dollari per vitto e alloggio, la possibilità di disporre...

Coming Up: Annapolis Sons of Italy hosting Festa Italiana

Coming Up: Annapolis Sons of Italy hosting Festa Italiana

The Annapolis Sons of Italy Lodge will host their annual Festa Italiana from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Knights of Columbus, 2590 Solomons Island Road (Route 2 south) in Edgewater. The festival will feature all sorts of Italian food and beverages available for purchase along with live music, dancers,...

«Così trasformiamo l’orzo italiano nelle migliori birre del mondo»

«Così trasformiamo l’orzo italiano nelle migliori birre del mondo»

Dalla Basilicata alla Lombardia, Agroalimentare Sud sfida le grandi multinazionali puntando sull'eccellenza italiana. La storia di questa azienda è legata alla nostra terra. Una tradizione che si articola in due principali attività: un'importante malteria nel Meridione d'Italia e una società sementiera in val Padana.   La produzione prevalente si svolge nello stabilimento di San Nicola di Melfi, in Lucania. È qui che...

How the Amalfi Coast Keeps Drawing Us In

How the Amalfi Coast Keeps Drawing Us In

by Peter Jon Lindberg It's all here, looking entirely as it should, as it always has. The cove-hidden beaches reached only by boat. The terraced lemon and olive groves on near-vertical hillsides.   The glittering cliff-top resorts, the pier-side tavernas, and the Cubist-painting townscapes—Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano, Positano, Nerano—overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, nattily threaded together by one of the world's most spectacular roads.   Read...

Close-up on the Church of the Gesù

Close-up on the Church of the Gesù

Here are the frescoes and decorations that embellish the vault ceiling and dome of the Church of the Gesù in Rome, a masterpiece of Genoa-born Giovan Battista Gaulli, known as Baciccio or Baciccia (1639-1709), whom we wrote about a while back.   Thanks to the generous collaboration of the Jesuits who are now in charge of the mother church of the Society...

Two Lyndhurst High School students chosen for scholarships

Two Lyndhurst High School students chosen for scholarships

The Italian American Club of Lyndhurst recently presented two scholarships to Lyndhurst High School students. One of this year's recipients is Natalie Vendola (pictured), who will attend Montclair State University.   More than 30 students applied for the two $1,000 awards. The students were required to be of at least 50 percent Italian heritage, attain greater than a 3.5 GPA, be in...

Con Scenes from an Execution Artemisia Gentileschi in scena a New York

Con Scenes from an Execution Artemisia Gentileschi in scena a New York

di Laura Caparotti   La vita di Artemisia Gentileschi ha ispirato numerosissimi artisti, dal teatro al cinema alla televisione ai libri. Solo a New York, in teatro, ho visto almeno tre produzioni negli ultimi dieci anni sulla vita della pittrice vissuta a cavallo fra il 1500 e il 1600.   In occasione di una retrospettiva quasi completa a lei dedicata dal Metropolitan Museum of...

Discovering Rome with the help of American ex-pats

Discovering Rome with the help of American ex-pats

When we think of American writers living and working overseas, most of us turn to those authors who lived in Paris.   We recollect Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, that fine account of his life in Paris in the 1920s; we imagine Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald making the rounds to such bars as La Rotonde and Les Deux Magots; we conjure up...

Fiorella’s To Celebrate Fifteenth Anniversary

Fiorella’s To Celebrate Fifteenth Anniversary

by Carla Balzano   Fiorella's in Newtonville is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in August. Throughout the month, it will be offering delicious dishes for $15. The dishes will vary and rotate daily. Some of the meals they are offering are Lobster Ravioli Florentine, Chicken Limoncello, Pork Chop Madeira, and etc. If that isn't incentive enough, they are offering another appetizing offer. In August,...

True Tuscan Flavors at SE Division’s New Pinolo Gelateria

True Tuscan Flavors at SE Division’s New Pinolo Gelateria

By Karen Brooks   While other food businesses are scrambling for media coverage, Sandro Paolini is too busy actually crafting his goods to field a phone interview about his new gelateria: "I can't talk. I must go. The gelato is making!!" Click. Never has getting hung up on felt more inspired.   Here's the deal. The day before, I had rampaged through a small...

NEMPAC Children’s Choir to Sing at Italian Night with Landmarks Orchestra, Augus…

NEMPAC Children’s Choir to Sing at Italian Night with Landmarks Orchestra, August 5th

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is very excited for their Children's Choir debut with the Landmarks Orchestra next Wednesday evening at the Hatch Shell! Italian Night is scheduled for next Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. This is NEMPAC's first program in partnership with the Landmarks Orchestra.   The NEMPAC Children's Choir is a collection of youth singers...

Laura Morelli to speak at Literary Guild

Laura Morelli to speak at Literary Guild

On August 11, author and art historian, Laura Morelli, will speak to the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island. Laura holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and Mellon Doctoral Fellow.   She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called "The Genuine Article" and contributes pieces about authentic travel to national magazines...

Bianchi offering mountain bikes in the US again

Bianchi offering mountain bikes in the US again

After an approximately four-year hiatus, Bianchi USA is once again offering mountain bikes here. The Italian company stopped offering mountain bikes in the U.S. in 2010 as it focused on its 'cross, road, track and city bike categories.   Bianchi has always offered mountain bikes in Italy and began selling them to retailers in Mexico again last year. "We were confident that our road...

Italian wines are the focus of several new Minneapolis restaurants

Italian wines are the focus of several new Minneapolis restaurants

For those who love Italian wine and food, this truly is the best of times. Call it kismet or karma. Whatever the terminology, Minneapolis this summer is the right place at the right time for those of us who love Italian food and wine.   No fewer than three ambitious Italian eateries have opened in town over the past month or so, with...

Portolano Cavallo launches in New York

Portolano Cavallo launches in New York

The New York office will advise the firm's clients on Italian and European issues. Mr Pecoraro's practice focuses on representing non-Italian clients looking to make Italian investments or to establish and operate businesses in Italy.   'The United States has always been a key market for us. A significant portion of our clients are US multinationals and we felt the need to...

Author Senses 'A Real Movement of Urban Resistance' in Detroit

Author Senses 'A Real Movement of Urban Resistance' in Detroit

Don't judge an upcoming Detroit book by its author. That may seem hard initially in the case of "Detour in Detroit" by Francesca Berardi, whose bio invites cheap-shot target practice:   She's 31, from Turin, Italy, and has a master's degree in contemporary art.She has "curated multiple art projects, all focusing on the role of art in postindustrial sites."She moved from Europe to...

City, Dane County considering Bellini Italian Restaurant site for homeless day c…

City, Dane County considering Bellini Italian Restaurant site for homeless day center

The city and Dane County are considering a historic former church that now houses an Italian restaurant three blocks from Capitol Square for a long-sought homeless day shelter, officials confirmed on Wednesday.   City and county officials have already done a "walk through" of the Bellini Italian Restaurant and the county is conducting a feasibility study, said Josh Wescott, chief of staff...

Feast and play this weekend at 30th annual Festa Italiana

Feast and play this weekend at 30th annual Festa Italiana

by Allen Pierleoni   Get your hunger on for a cornucopia of Italian fare from area restaurants and savvy home cooks at the 30th annual Festa Italiana. Heap your plates with Italian sausage and meatballs, pasta, chicken Parmesan, calamari, cannoli, gelato and much more. The festival of all-things-Italian goes still further, with singers, bands and dancing, games and rides for children, bocce ball...

50 things to do in Sicily once in a lifetime

50 things to do in Sicily once in a lifetime

As you may have noticed already, Sicily is definitely one of our favorite places in Italy. Its unique natural, historical and cultural heritage are what made it one of the most charming and attractive Italian regions, welcoming every year thousands of tourists from all over the world, who never leave unsatisfied, with their eyes full of wonder and their stomachs...

Benvenuto Deacon Doug!

Benvenuto Deacon Doug!

That fantastic new booming voice heard from the pulpit of Saint Leo's of late is that of Deacon Doug Kendzierski who says he is thrilled to be assigned to Saint Leo's parish in a neighborhood where he once hung out.   Memory pulls him back to his high school days [Archbishop Curley] when "my girlfriend lived on High Street. I was a...

The “Silk Gardens” on Italy’s Lake Como

The “Silk Gardens” on Italy’s Lake Como

by Chiara Beghelli Renzo, the lead character of Italy's most celebrated 19th-century novel – "The Betrothed" by Alessandro Manzoni – was a silk-weaver: a sought-after profession along the shores of Lake Como, where this Italian classic was set. As early as the 1500s, the Como province began to establish itself as Italy's premier hub for silk weaving.   To this day, the sector...

Irish and Italian Catholics in New York – the definition of love/hate

Irish and Italian Catholics in New York – the definition of love/hate

If you visited Williamsburg, Brooklyn, last week, you will have seen a colorful reminder that certain sections of that borough were not always colonized by tattooed, pierced and bearded hipsters, with their bicycles and skateboards and skinny jeans.   The parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel hosted its annual feast. It runs over a week and is highlighted by a parade...

Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Italian Night (Aug. 5)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Italian Night (Aug. 5)

When: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — 7 p.m. (rain date: Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m.)Where: DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Boston The Golden Age of Italian opera is about passion writ large. Its music now occupies a central place on the concert stages of the world. The thrilling voices of two stars of American opera join a coalition...

Annette Marten’s art exhibit

Annette Marten’s art exhibit

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, located at 420 Tompkins St. Staten Island, on July 11, 2015 hosted an art exhibit of Staten Island artist: Annette Marten.Annette is well known in Staten Island for her fundraising efforts. In 2004, her exhibit "Bridging the Gap", raised funds to alleviate the devastation caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.   Her natural talent was improved...

Greater Youngstown Italian Fest continues tradition

Greater Youngstown Italian Fest continues tradition

by Guy D'Astolfo   The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest continues to extend a welcoming hand to the downtown crowd. The annual street festival is this weekend and – continuing a tradition – the food vendors will get an early start by opening for lunch Friday. This year, the lunch rush will morph into an early happy hour with the band Punk Willie performing...

New bocce ball courts to celebrate Italian American Club 40th anniversary

New bocce ball courts to celebrate Italian American Club 40th anniversary

By Natalie Hurst & KBOI Web Staff   Boise's Italian American Club celebrated its 40th year and dedicating new bocce ball courts Wednesday night. The games began on the new courts with a wine toast at Boise's Municipal Park. The original courts were built back in 2008 when there was one league with eight teams. Now the group has grown to 3 leagues with...

Overhauling La Guardia, an Airport With a Historical Name but a Tarnished Image

Overhauling La Guardia, an Airport With a Historical Name but a Tarnished Image

By David W. Dunlap   Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has declared that the $4 billion rebuilding planned at La Guardia Airport in Queens will amount to replacing the airport "in its entirety." So is it time, after 76 years, to replace the name, too? Patrick J. Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs New York...

Remembering… mustard greens, more than just a pretty valley flower

Remembering… mustard greens, more than just a pretty valley flower

by Cookie Curci   For many years, my Italian-American family worked the valley land; they were prune ranchers, cherry growers, farmers and cannery workers. The cuisine they enjoyed was essentially food from the land and some of the food they enjoyed came to them freely from the hills and orchards of the Santa Clara valley. Much of what they grew, they ate...

Enfield’s 90th annual Italian Festival to celebrate heritage, family, friends, f…

Enfield’s 90th annual Italian Festival to celebrate heritage, family, friends, food

by Annemarie A. Smith For Carl Sferrazza, the 90th annual Mount Carmel Society's Enfield Italian Festival is a testament to the community's love of God and country, family and friends, and, of course, Italian heritage. "This festival is an opportunity for us to celebrate the values our ancestors brought here," Sferrazza said Tuesday as he motioned to the lights, banners, and tents...

Cavaliere Dominic Candeloro

Cavaliere Dominic Candeloro

Senatore Renato Turano presented Dominic Candeloro with the Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia at the Festa della Repubblica celebration hosted by Italian Consul General Adriano Monti on June 2 at the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago.   The award was bestowed by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano upon Dominic in honor of his academic and community efforts on behalf of...

Best, storie di cervelli e imprese che ritornano dalla Silicon Valley

Best, storie di cervelli e imprese che ritornano dalla Silicon Valley

di Barbara Millucci   Un target potenziale almeno 100 imprese innovative, con una dotazione iniziale di 50 milioni di euro. Parte con questi numeri Invitalia Ventures, il nuovo fondo di venture capital di Invitalia che sarà guidato da Salvo Mizzi, esperto di innovazione startup, fondatore del Working Capital Accelerator di Telecom Italia e responsabile del fondo Tim Ventures.   «Investiremo nell'equity di Pmi e...

Select Italy Presents Its ‘How to Pronounce Italian Wines’ YouTube Series

Select Italy Presents Its ‘How to Pronounce Italian Wines’ YouTube Series

Select Italy (http://selectitaly.com), the boutique travel company specialized in the Bel Paese, boasts an exclusive, high-end food & wine portfolio thanks to a partnership with distinguished and prestigious Italian wine brands. Select Italy's collaboration with Italy's finest wineries consists of vacation packages, winery visits, and exclusive stays in historic family's estates.   In order to introduce travelers and wine lovers to the...

Italian home furnishings company leases 10,000 s/f at Madison Avenue

Italian home furnishings company leases 10,000 s/f at Madison Avenue

Elliot Klein of EVO Real Estate Group, a member of NAI Global, has negotiated a lease for Poliform USA, a luxury home furnishings brand, for a showroom and store at 112 Madison Avenue. The space comprises more than 10,000 s/f on the ground floor, mezzanine and basement.   According to Klein, Poliform was impressed with the space's street-level presence, high ceilings and corner...

Café Mercato offers inviting Italian-American fare

Café Mercato offers inviting Italian-American fare

by William Porter   Whatever other virtues Café Mercato possesses — and there are several — the newish spot in Denver's Lowry neighborhood has to be the only upscale Italian restaurant anywhere with a close-up view of a B-52 Stratofortress.   That's how close the establishment is to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, where the Cold War-era bomber is parked outside. So...

La Magnani a Hollywood Vita randagia di una tigre

La Magnani a Hollywood Vita randagia di una tigre

di Cinzia Romani   Le star internazionali, da Brigitte Bardot a Sophia Loren, prima d'essere attrici erano donne sexy e attraenti. Fa eccezione Anna Magnani, che non era né glamour, né seducente, pur essendo arrivata in vetta, a Hollywood: fu la prima attrice italiana a vincere l'Oscar con La rosa tatuata (1955), film scritto per lei dal commediografo Tennessee Williams, due premi...

Eating Italian in Vermont, New York-Style

Eating Italian in Vermont, New York-Style

by Hannah Palmer Egan   Utter the word "pizza" to New Yorkers living in Vermont, and they'll wax poetic about the thin-crusted, orange-grease-dripping, foldable slices of paradise of their hometown. There, they'll tell you, a typical lunch means two slices and a soda for about $5. Usually they'll lament the lack of comparable fare farther north.   In the first six months of 2015,...

Who will be the next Columbus Queen?

Who will be the next Columbus Queen?

One of the most thrilling and glamorous events in the Chicago-area Italian-American community is the contest to determine who will reign as La Bella Regina of the Columbus Day Parade. Sponsored by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, this year's Columbus Day Queen Contest will be held on Sept. 20 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison.   The event will be chaired...

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We the Italians Magazine # 65

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