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Dr. Tom Ferraro, the marvelous commentator for Blank Slate Media, last week highlighted that there are 319,602 Italian-Americans in Nassau County. In the 2000 Census, there were 408,572 in Suffolk. Our two suburban counties ranked among the highest population percentage of Italian-Americans in the U.S.  (Suffolk was 2nd with 28.8), and Nassau was 7...

A homage to the Ginori Manufactory and its population of statues. Starting from May 18 the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence will host an exhibition devoted to the porcelain statues manufactured in Doccia and to those statues’ original sources of inspiration. Founded by the Marchese Carlo Ginori in Doccia near Florence in 1737, the Sesto Fio...

Everyone understands the risk of handing a Chicagoan ketchup, so what's the right condiment to pass? That's easy. Giardiniera. (Say it with me, "jar-din-air-ah.") It's the quintessential Chicago condiment, one that's as brazen and boisterous as the city itself. This fiery mix contains some combination of pickled chiles, celery, cauliflower, carrots...

There is a very good reason why, on May 11, the Leonardo da Vinci Society, in collaboration with the San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute, presented “Guglielmo Marconi-A Conference.” It was the second in a cycle of conferences celebrating Italian scientists who have made unique and stellar contributions to the world at large and have left their...

A completely illustrated scholarly catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which is underwritten by Christie's. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. 124 Raymond Ave Box 703. Poughkeepsie, NY 12604. (845) 437-5632. Admission is free and open to the public. All galleries are wheelchair accessible. Francesco de Mura (1696-1782) could be termed the last g...

White Pie, a wood-fired Italian restaurant and pizzeria, is now open at 1702 Humboldt Street. The neighborhood eatery owned by brothers Kris and Jason Wallenta of Dos Santos is set in a space that feels inviting and modern. The bones of the old building, a place that once housed the catering operation for Strings, are honored by allowing the expose...

Are you spending your summer in Italy and don’t know where to celebrate the 4th of July? Well, there is likely no better way to do so than with a travel package that includes wine, delicious food, spa treatment and Andrea Bocelli. The Italian city of Orvieto in the Umbria region, celebrates the American Independence Day in Piazza Duomo with the Fou...

Josephine Milani, an Ossining resident, died Monday at the age of 100. Milani was born in Illinois and raised in New York City. She received a BA from Hunter College and an MA from Columbia University. Her main subject of study was foreign languages and was licensed to teach French, Spanish, Italian and English. She taught for 25 years in various h...

In the wine world, Italy is known for its abundance of indigenous grape varieties - nearly 400. Of all those, sangiovese rises above in quantity, as Italy's most planted variety, and in quality (except for nebbiolo). The sangiovese grape is most responsible for the great wines of Tuscany. The Tuscan hills seem to have been created to nurture this...

When Gianluca Butticè moved from his native Sicily to the U.S., he faced the challenges of learning English and American culture. Surmounting that learning curve inspired him to make the journey easier for others. So after spending the past several years teaching Italian, he is branching out into offering tours of Italy that encompass language and...

Until recently, an olive oil's label and the bottles' position on a grocery store's shelf guided my purchase. Those boasting "first cold press," "extra virgin," "Italian," or similar alleged indicators of quality from the top shelf were what I grabbed and happily used. So I was skeptical when I read that my $25 bottle of oil was likely a sham and l...

There was Plenty to see and eat at this year’s South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. Just about everywhere you looked on Saturday people were enjoying pizza, pasta, sausage and peppers, meatballs and roast pork sandwiches and a whole lot more. “I think the Italian Market Festival is fun because it’s not as cookie cutter as some of the other fes...