In search for a better life, Frank Damico at the age of 18 left his home in Italy. He left his mother, dad and thirteen brothers and one sister to come to America. It was a long and difficult journey on a crowded ship that took many days.  Upon arrival on Ellis Island, all of the passengers were put through many tests. His ultimate dream was to com...

June 28, 2017 will always be an unforgettable day for the Italian American community of Detroit.  We were fortunate to share with twin priests Fr. Giuseppe “Pino” and Fr. Antonino “Nino” Licciardi the 50th anniversary celebration of their ordination to the priesthood.  The day began with a beautiful Mass at Holy Family Church, officiated by Auxilia...

Alberto Bombassei made at least two major moves as chief of Brembo SpA that helped land him in the U.S. Automotive Hall of Fame last week. He made an eyebrow-raising bet in sticking with brakes for thirsty performance vehicles for the U.S. market even in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline and the Great Recession.  And the long-time chairman of the It...

In terms of this week’s soccer friendlies, Tuesday’s Detroit City FC-Venezia FC encounter might be dismissed as an undercard to the following day’s AS Roma-Paris Saint Germain clash at Comerica Park. That would be shortsighted. Perhaps no soccer team has compiled a more compelling story than the Winged Lions of Venice. In two short years, the club...

Italy and the United States are united by an unwavering alliance and bond of friendship forged in the aftermath of World War II. At the end of the conflict, the U.S. helped to consolidate democracy in Europe and bolster the economic recovery of nations, including Italy, which were emerging from the ashes of war. In time, NATO and the European Union...

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures presented awards to outstanding students in the Italian Language Program on April 25, 2017. Italian Consul in Detroit Dr. Maria Manca was in attendance to honor the students for their achievements. Faculty members James Michels, Dr. Raffaele DeBenedictis, and Irene Marletta...

Dagli Stati Uniti all'Italia per un mese di studi a Firenze, con l'opportunita' di visitare le più belle città del Belpaese. La Palazzo Strozzi Foundation Usa si conferma ambasciatrice del Rinascimento italiano nelle scuole americane, dando a 18 studenti di alcuni istituti fra i più problematici di New York, Los Angeles e Detroit l'opportunità di p...

On June 4 the IACS and its Council of Presidents welcomed the Italian community to its celebration of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Italy.  Always an exciting event, this year was particularly extraordinary because we were fortunate to have Dr. David DiChiera, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Michigan Opera Th...

The latest outpost of the Barbieri family's Da Edoardo Italian restaurant empire is making the most of its 60-year-old downtown roots. A portrait of patriarch Edoardo Barbieri, clad in a V-neck-sweater, pipe in hand, adorns a wall. A framed April 1958 copy of Michigan Restaurateur headlines, "A Rigid Standard of Quality at La Lanterna Pays Off!" La...

The M1 Concourse, an 87-acre auto enthusiast "country club," will host the largest gathering of Italian vehicles ever in Michigan Sunday, June 11. More than 600 Italian cars and motorcycles are expected to be at the concourse in Pontiac. In addition, the "Italian Happening" will feature 40 wines from different regions in Italy, a beer garden and It...