Ciao from Rome! But almost on the plane for New York. Hello to all We the Italians readers. I'm about to leave for New York City, where as usual We the Italians will be at the NIAF Spring Gala. And I'll be bearing a gift! The new book is out, at the beginning of every year we will publish a yearbook about the year before, and so this is the We the...

Nicola Vaccari may have been born and raised in Italy, trained with NATO in Canada and spent time parking celebrities' cars in Beverly Hills, but for more than 50 years the man known as Northeast Arkansas' "Grandfather of Aviation" made his home in Walnut Ridge. Vaccari, who passed away Feb. 10 at the age of 88, began his aviation career as a memb...

Little Italy's history received recognition today from the Pulaski County Historical Society. An article highlighting Little Italy's role in Prohibition was awarded the 2017 F. Hampton Roy Award for best research article. It will be published in the Spring edition of the Pulaski County Historical Society's journal.

In our journey to discover Italy in the 50 states, today we dive between the Delta Italians, our compatriots who with great effort and sacrifice settled in the wide area of the delta of the Mississippi River, which gives its name to the Magnolia State. The adventures of the Delta Italians described by Paul Canonici's books are intriguing and instru...

Originally called Alta Villa (the “high place”), Little Italy was settled in 1915 by a group of northern Italian immigrants who came to Arkansas looking for an opportunity to achieve the American dream. Though smaller than other Italian colonies in the state, like Tontitown or Lake Village, Little Italy’s centralized location and skilled winemakers...

In a town where pizza crust is treated as a vehicle for conveying the most toppings possible to your mouth and most Italian restaurants are marketed as a vehicle for conveying pasta to your mouth, Marco T's Pizzeria is keeping it real. Each of the eighteen items on their menu has only a handful of ingredients and there's nary a pasta noodle to be s...

The 58-seat pizzeria Roger and Sandra Cappucci opened in September of 2015 in Harrison that focuses on Neapolitan pies now has a broader menu serving Southern Italian fare. "People were asking us for more than just pizza," says Roger. The new offerings are dishes from Roger's grandmother, 87-year-old Nanna Giovanna.    "I grew up i...

A 2001 Mountain Home High School alumnus was recently awarded a Fulbright Foundation for Southern Italy Award, an honor often given to senior faculty members. The 33-year-old visiting assistant professor of Italian at the University of Arkansas, Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, said he went into Italian studies because he has "always been fascinated with la...

by COMITES - Houston   We have all been very moved by the images we have seen of the overwhelming destruction resulting from the massive earthquake that struck central Italy in the pre-dawn hours on August 24. If you would like to make a donation toward relief efforts, COMITES - Houston (representing the Consular District which includes...

Those passing through Tontitown in late July will be met with the aroma of homemade pasta, spaghetti sauce and tradition wafting from the kitchen in the parish hall of St. Joseph Church in preparation for the historic Grape Festival.   Steeped in Italian heritage, the festival began as a picnic of thanksgiving for immigrant families who had...