Katie Parla’s grandmother had told her that their family was from Naples. So when Parla moved to Rome in 2003, she took trips south to explore the city of her ancestors. She became convinced after several trips that the connection she felt to sprawling, robust, unique Naples was in her blood. Then, after her grandmother passed, Parla learned she wa...

With her book Authentic Italian (2018), author Dina M. Di Maio aims to disseminate The Real Story of Italy’s Food and Its People, as the subtitle explains, among American readers (and, presumably, also diners).  She wants to dispel the prejudices and biases about Italian immigrants and their food by demonstrating and reclaiming the authentic Italia...

On Tuesday, March 19, Alessandra Belloni and her I Giullari di Piazza performance troupe will return to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., with a concert, "Healing Journeys With The Black Madonna," and an accompanying book launch. The launch is for Belloni's book, "Healing Journeys With The Black Madonna" (Inner Traditions -...

"Ero Gracile: La Rivincita Della B12," an article about growing up in Italy in the 1960s was originally published in Oggi7, the Sunday insert of the U.S.-based Italian-language daily newspaper AmericaOggi, on July 8, 2018. After a seven-month gestation, it was developed into a book at the urging of some of the newspaper's readers, who posted on the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6pm. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10036. Assassins against the Old Order: Italian Anarchist Violence in Fin de Siècle Europe - Fraser M. Ottanelli, University of South Florida The image of the anarchist assassin haunted the popular European imagination in...

Bestselling cookbook author, award-winning television personality, and successful restaurateur Lidia Bastianich comes to The Music Hall as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series on Tuesday, March 12. She will discuss her new memoir, MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, which recounts her journey from idyllic childhood to...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 5:30 p.m. Webster Library, Auditorium. 1465 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10021. Join professor and author Maria Laurino as she discusses her writing in The Italian Americans: A History: "In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! The new book by We the Italians, the Yearbook of 2018, has been released: you can find it here. In 2018 we interviewed 26 leaders, 26 friends who gave us 26 different views about 24 different topics of the relation between Italy and the US. History, education, Little Italy, sport, language, rese...

Regarding innovation and "best green practice policies and procedures", one must be aware of the fact that such phenomena are coming to life more than ever in Italy, and at the same time worldwide.  Starting from eco-practices in the sector of mobility, to procedures used by bio-medical companies or in the field of cosmetics, researchers, scientist...

When Katie Parla set out to study art history in Italy, she found herself far more interested in food and wine. A New Jersey native who grew up in a restaurant family, she thought she knew Italian food until she moved there. She’s spent the past 16 years exploring the cuisines, living in Rome and pursuing recipes from chefs and grandmothers alike....