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THE birth of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), in 1931, was modest, not to say eccentric. Milton Schwartz, a local violinist, later described being approached by a “seedy-looking person in an old coat” who announced: “I am here to form a symphony orchestra. I just heard you play and I like you very much.”  The person was Hans Kindler,...

The festa della Liberazione is the event of April. On the 25th Italians celebrate the anniversary of the freedom of the country and this is the right time in which people boast their Italian spirit. +Parades and events are organized all over the country and the tricolore, the noun used to describe the Italian flag, becomes the real and only protago...

How do I get there? Tucked away in a particularly mountainous kink of the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre villages were shaped by their profound isolation. Today the villages’ exquisite ruggedness still presents a few challenges for accessibility. Although all the villages can be reached by car, you’ll need nerves of steel for the narrow, twistin...

In The Bronx, NY, neighborhood of Riverdale sits a Roman Catholic school named Manhattan College whose NCAA Division I baseball team bears a green and white logo strikingly reminiscent to that of Southern California Champion Park View Little League of Chula Vista. The Manhattan Jaspers have inducted several of their baseball team’s players over the...

The server at 99 Brick Oven Bar & Grille wasn't sworn in as a witness, but her words could have been introduced as evidence in the case of the People of Western New York vs. Boring Food. Every time I ordered a Neapolitan-style pizza at the Lancaster restaurant, she asked: with fresh garlic? Yes, I repeated. Why, at a restaurant with so much Italian...

The sea during the summer is not the only “solution”. In fact, the Italian mountains offer a fresh alternative to a “classic” seaside holiday. For enthusiasts, they are places which concentrate on relaxation and rejuvenation, where Nature plays a leading role even when there is no snow. Let’s take a look at the 5 most beautiful mountain places to v...

Please be informed that a consular representative will be in Nashville, TN for the acquisition of fingerprints and collection of Italian passport applications on September 19, 2018. Residents of Tennessee registered in this Consulate and registered in the AIRE (Registry of Italians Residing Abroad) will be able to have their fingerprints taken for...

Neapolitan pizza isn’t a delivery system for pepperoni and sausage. The dough is very soft, it’s cooked so quickly in wood-burning ovens that the edges puff and bubble, and the toppings are minimal, usually just uncooked crushed-tomato sauce and a few circles of fresh mozzarella, preferably made with sweet buffalo milk, maybe a few basil leaves spr...

Quando alcuni studenti di architettura, anni fa, parlarono con i loro professori del Teatro di Andromeda gli edotti risposero che non andava preso a modello perché dal punto di vista architettonico non rispettava molti criteri. Quest'anno, Lorenzo Reina, che questo teatro lo ha costruito pietra su pietra nel corso di trent'anni, si è preso una bell...

“Il multilateralismo è nel DNA dell’Italia; il dialogo ne è lo strumento e intendo usarlo con determinazione, energia e guardando avanti”. Così Mariangela Zappia nuova Rappresentante Permanente d’Italia presso l’Onu a New York, dove ha iniziato il suo mandato il 31 luglio scorso, sostituendo l’ambasciatore Sebastiano Cardi. Diplomatica di carriera...

In una saga ispirata ai ricordi dell’infanzia, il fascino svanito di un’epoca passata abbraccia Lucy Salvatori e i suoi fratelli mentre affrontano le sfide della vita con un padre eccentrico e stravagante, noto come Maestro, che gestisce un piccolo teatro dell’opera. I segreti di famiglia ormai sepolti che complicano ogni aspetto della vita della s...

After racing down a two-mile runway, a van carrying top airport officials rattled onto a patch of asphalt overrun with tall swaying grass, wildflowers and herbs. “Ah, smell that oregano,” said Antonio Maria Vasile. “It’s wild fennel if it’s anything,” replied his boss, Marco Franchini. “No, it’s oregano,” grumbled Mr. Vasile as Mr. Franchini steppe...