The centennial of Frank Sinatra's birth will be celebrated by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars event celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood.   Rising star Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, known for his "Pavarotti Ping," will be the first celebrity guest to pay tribute to Sinatra on...

By Giovanni di Napoli Today we are honored to interview Mr. Domenic Varuzza. I first met Dom years ago during the lifting of the giglio at the Feast of San Paolino di Nola in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was immediately impressed by the young man's character and his passion for his cultural traditions.   Recognizing his leadership skills, the...

It is ready for its close-up! The Giglio festival will dance its way onto the silver screen in the new mob film "The Brooklyn Banker," opening Aug. 5. The flick, which follows a bank official from Williamsburg with ties to a local organized crime family, features scenes set during the 113-year-old Italian-American festival, and to get the right lo...

by Angela Hart   Whether it's the music, the people, the sense of community or the culinary fare, Cotati's celebration of the accordion is growing more popular every year, event organizers said Sunday. This weekend's festival, the 24th since its inception, drew an estimated 5,000 people to downtown's La Plaza Park — some from as far awa...

È bene ripeterlo una volta ancora: la cucina italiana strappa applausi ovunque. Se poi si aggiunge una location suggestiva ed elegante - in questo caso il lussuoso Hotel Mr. C di Beverly Hills -, il gioco è fatto.   L'occasione era il Savor the Flavor, vetrina di prodotti tipici del sud d'Italia presentati in prima persona dai loro esportato...

The 33rd annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival wrapped up on Sunday evening. This year was bigger and better than ever before. From the bands to the bocce ball, thousands of people from all around the Ohio Valley seemed to have a great time at Heritage Port.   Wheeling's Mayor Andy McKenzie said the festival means a lot to...

The 31st Annual Bravo Italiano Festival kicks off Friday. At the Italian American Club in Watertown, volunteers are busy whipping up more than 600 meals. They're cooking up plenty of pasta and sauce. Usually the event is held at the Fairgrounds Arena, but with the work going on, there they're moving the event in-house.   "We're ho...

SIFF's Cinema Italian Style returns for the seventh annual festival of the best in current Italian films. The week features 15 extraordinary feature films with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema today.    Featuring David di Donatello Award-winning films God Willing, Nanni Moretti's My Mother, nuanced drama The Dinner, and actor...

by Valerio Viale   Tiziana Rocca, general manager of the Taormina Film Fest since 2012, has been largely innovating the historic Sicilian festival, founded in 1955. Her main concerns are to celebrate and foster Italian young talents, as well as to assure female filmmakers of an equal visibility as their male counterparts.   The c...

Heroes are everywhere, if we look hard enough. The honor of being grand marshal for Monday's Memorial Day parade in Goshen has been bestowed on John B. Cristiano, 87, of Goshen, N.Y.   Cristiano immigrated with his family from Castlegrande, Italy, in 1947. His father had been crossing the Atlantic to earn money in the United States to send h...