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In this special issue, the Chicago Quarterly Review turns to Italy and its writers during a time of great unrest, both socially and politically.   Guest edited by translator Michela Martini, this is a diverse, vibrant collection of poetry and prose translations from the 1960s to the present, featuring these writers, translators and artists:...

In questo articolo vogliamo spiegare cos'è e di cosa si occupa la tanto "temuta" Food and Drug Administration, più comunemente nota come FDA e quali sono le procedure che un produttore italiano deve attuare se desidera vendere i propri prodotti alimentari nel mercato statunitense.   Che cos'è l'FDA? La Food and Drug Administration (Agen...

The fourth night of the IN SCENA! Italian Theater Festival NY was presented at the beautiful and intimate Casa Italiana in Greenwich Village. There in the downstairs auditorium, I experienced Cingomma, written and performed by the wildly talented Jessica Leonello.   With a variety of lush and complex characters, this comic yet highly moving...

by W. Blake Gray   We don't think of spirits as having terroir. Amari are a big exception.  "Amaro" means "bitter" in Italian. These traditional spirits, flavored by roots and herbs, are drunk at the end of a meal in Italy to aid the digestion.   For a long time in the U.S., an Italian restaurant might keep a single dusty bottle in the far reac...

by Sophie Jane Evans   Three people have been killed and at least 13 others have been injured - three, seriously - in a head-on crash between a bus and a tractor-trailer on a highway in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountain region. The two vehicles - one of which was an Italian tour bus - collided in the northbound lanes of Interstate 380, nea...

By Karen Matthews   Mario Biaggi, a former 19-year congressman whose career ended in disgrace after a pair of corruption convictions, has died. He was 97. Biaggi died Wednesday at his Bronx home, said Mortimer Matz, his longtime spokesman.   A highly decorated New York City police officer prior to his political career, Biaggi was...

By Helen Williams   Proceeds from the 2015 West Bank Italian Open were presented at a recent Italian-American Society meeting to Luis Arocha, executive director of Café' Hope, a restaurant training program in Marrero for at-risk youth.   The presentation was made by the golf tournament's honorary chairman, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni, and...

by Bonnie North   After spending 17 years living in Italy, lardo (Italian for lard) was the only thing, food or otherwise, that Wendy Olsen did not fall in love with. She recently published her first book, titled Loving Lardo, chronicling her experience in the country she loves.   Born in Orleans, France, and raised in Wisconsin, Olse...

by Elise Balzotti   In the eyes of a passerby, the small Caffè Paolina, tucked discreetly in the corner of a quaint strip mall on Swampscott's main road, does not beckon customers in. Once inside, however, diners feel an unusual sense of comfort and welcome.   Greeted by the proprietor, herself, in a true Calabrese fashion, with open...

By Emma Sarran Webster   Two years after opening, Siena Tavern is still one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago, and this summer, its star chef Fabio Viviani is proving that lightning can strike twice. Bar Siena, Viviani's newest restaurant with partners Lucas Stoioff and David Rekhson, opened its West Loop doors on July 25 to an already e...

by Patt Johnson Max Stanco wants to bring a bit of Italy to Des Moines. The New York businessman is opening an upscale Italian boutique in downtown Des Moines that will feature clothing, shoes and accessories, mostly for men. He has rented street-level space in the Des Moines Building, 513 Locust St., and will open a modern boutique that...

by Pamela Silvestri   Called the "Feast of All Feasts" by organizers, the San Gennaro street festival is ready to roll for 2015. The event, which attracts over a million revelers in a salute to the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, is set for Sept. 10-20.   1. THE HISTORY Little Italy's San Gennaro festival began in 1926, a celebration...