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Even before Valentine's Day, our local grocery installed an imposing wall of Easter candies: foil-wrapped Cadbury Creme eggs; Peeps in impossible shades of yellow, pink and blue; speckled malted milk balls made to mimic robins' eggs — all the makings of an industrial sugar swoon.   For Eastertide treats with a more personal touch, I visited...

Archaeologists in Italy have discovered what may be a rare sacred text in the lost Etruscan language that is likely to yield rich details about Etruscan worship of a god or goddess.   The lengthy text is inscribed on a large sandstone slab that was embedded in the foundations of a monumental Italian temple where it had been buried for more t...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016. From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Organized by : ICI. Entrance : Free. Book Now   Book Presentation: Cephalonia, by Luigi Ballerini, translated from the Italian by Evgenia Matt, published by The Brooklyn Rail (2016). The author will talk about his work with Tom Huhn (School of Visual Arts). Cephalon...

Like most red-blooded Americans, I love pizza. No matter what style, or whether it's served at a Casey's or a small family-style restaurant in Chicago, I'll probably adore it.   That's why I had high hopes when I went to Solon's Red Vespa, a restaurant that promises authentic Neapolitan pizza — and they certainly live up to that promise. Red...

On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse. Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.   The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably sc...

Award-winning actor, director, producer and writer Joe Mantegna was born on November 13, 1947, in Illinois. His parents – Mary Anne (née Novelli) and Joseph Anthony, Sr. – had family from Italy and Calascibetta, Sicily. Joe's performance career began over forty years ago when he was cast in the stage production of Hair in 1969. In 1978, he made his...

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm Where: Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Ave, New York, NY 1002 Entrance : Free Italian Psychology and Jewish Emigration under Fascism, From Florence to Jerusalem and New York, by Patrizia GuarnIeri. With the participation of Guido Calabresi.  Fascism and the r...

In 2009, Bill de Blasio and Mark Green, both Democrats running for public advocate, were asked to name the most interesting New Yorker they knew.   Mr. Green paused a moment, then singled out John Sexton, the erudite Jesuit-trained magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, best-s...

Top 10 Italian Restaurants – St. Louis is known for their authentic Italian restaurants. There are several online rating services, but one of the oldest and most popular that covers the entire nation is TripAdvisor.   The Hill is the most popular place for consumers to visit for authentic Italian cuisines and a great atmosphere.   Rea...

by Missy Frederick   Casolare may be chef's Michael Schlow's second Italian restaurant in D.C., but don't expect a menu that's very similar to his new Alta Strada restaurant in Mt. Vernon Triangle. At Casolare, the coasts of Italy are the focus, which comes into play with the restaurant's light, seafood-influenced menu.   The space ha...

Due to my foot surgeries two years in a row, our family has been sidelined again this summer. We usually travel near the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to my husband's hometown to participate in the Mount Carmel festival, sponsored by the Italian parish Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania. We have attended so man...

The problem with eating a home-cooked Italian dinner is that three days later you're hungry again. Fortunately, Enfield knows how to throw a four-day party. From Thursday to Sunday, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel hosts its 91st annual Italian Festival for family, friends, and anyone who wants to check out the "world's largest collection of Dean Martin memo...