by Claudia Astarita   Italy is a preferred destination by immigrants looking for new opportunities or to escape poverty in their home countries. Many of them have become entrepreneurs, and the most recent statistics reveal that over half a million commercial companies in Italy have been started by people coming from foreign countries. Moreov...

di Tiziana Pasetti   "Mia madre si chiamava Aurora. Mio padre Giovanni. Un giorno di quasi un secolo fa sono saliti su una grande nave. Insieme a loro c'erano i miei due fratelli, Eugenio e Matteo. Insieme a loro c'era una speranza. Partire, un sacrificio di dieci anni, non di più, e poi tornare a casa.   I sogni aiutano ad andare ava...

by David Wiegand   There is a kind of template for the immigrant experience, dating back to the 19th century: People come to the United States seeking better lives, often band together with their own kind for a while and eventually assimilate into the storied melting pot of American culture. Older generations are generally slower to adapt, o...

di Laura Caparrotti   Nella settimana in cui il documentario The Italian-Americans di John Maggio ha iniziato a raccontare aspetti a molti sconosciuti della storia italo-americana di questo paese, una famiglia italo-americana è la protagonista, fino al 28 febbraio, al Lion Theatre (410 W 42 street) di una storia di segreti dentro le quattro...

As immigrants from the different regions of Italy settled throughout the various regions of the United States, many brought with them a distinct regional Italian culinary tradition. Many of these foods and recipes developed into new favorites for the townspeople and later for Americans nationwide.   Italians arriving in New Orleans often wen...

by Tom Jackson   Author Paul Gentile, who wrote a biography of his Italian immigrant grandparents, will talk and sign books at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Mr. Smith's Coffeehouse, 140 Columbus Ave. in downtown Sandusky.   Gentile is the author of "Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise," 270 pages long, which tells of his grandparents...

"I owe my soul to the company store", recita una vecchia canzone popolare americana. Gli italiani che vivevano nella zona di Fairmont e Monongah, West Virginia – oggi il 60% della popolazione locale ha origini italiane – conoscevano bene questa verità.   Arrivati a fine Ottocento da tutto il Sud e in particolare dalla Calabria – tantissimi d...

Asked if she liked America, an Italian homeworker replied in 1911: "Not much, not much. In my country, people cook out-of doors, do the wash out-of-doors, tailor out-of-doors, make macaroni out-of-doors. And my people laugh, laugh all the time. In America, is "sopra, sopra!" [up, up, with a gesture of going upstairs]. Many people, one house; work,...

by Silvia Donati   Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano is the author of the film Mediterranea, which tells the story of two African migrants, Ayiva, played by Koudous Seihon, and Abas (Alassane Sy), as they try to make better lives for themselves in Italy, after traveling from Burkina Faso to Rosarno, in the southern region of Calabri...

Marc Cappelletti is a Philadelphia writer. A light snow is falling on the green awnings of Philadelphia's Ninth Street Market. It's a fleeting snow, melting almost as soon as it lands. Still, I marvel. It brings to mind the snow that fell in my grandfather's stories of his emigration from Italy to America, where he landed 85 years ago. &...