Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) is making history with its dramatic growth. Hundreds of delegates gathered in Buffalo, N.Y. at ISDA’s Biennial Convention last week, and were the first to hear the news: National President Basil Russo unveiled plans for three lodges — one in New York City and two in New Jersey — that will become new corn...

This is the second episode of the Italian American Power Hour. These episodes will air periodically and will feature Italian Americans talking about the Italian American community today and current cultural topics. In this episode we talk about the long-debated subject around sauce vs. gravy. We discuss the different opinions around this topic and...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we will be introducing a brand new segment of the show called the Italian American Power Hour. The hosts of this segment will be John Viola and Patrick O’Boyle. They are both very passionate and active members of the Italian-American community and will be talking about Italian American related issues...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we traveled out of the studio for a conversation with John Viola, former President of The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), just 10 days after he stepped down from the position he held for six years. The conversation was rich with topics of importance to Italian Americans like family, fait...

The annual gathering of the National Italian American Foundation in celebration of Italian American heritage was held the weekend of November 4 in Washington D.C. The NIAF 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend program consisted of a medley of events, from entertainment to education. Italian Americans from Sicily, this year’s region of honor, were particula...

Ciao from Rome, and (in a few days) Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a very intense month for us at We the Italians. First of all, we celebrated Veterans Day with the interview to Anthony Ficarri, the new President of Italian American War Veterans: the interview is also on this November issueof our magazine. On October 17th, in Rome, we attended the...

As I watched the disturbing events unfold in Charlottesville, Va., several weeks ago, I knew our Italian-American community would soon be called to once again address questions about statues celebrating Christopher Columbus and the day named in his honor. We would once again be called on to “defend Columbus” against efforts to remake his day into I...

The attacks against Christopher Columbus are almost every day in the local and national news. Cities that decide to celebrate Indigenous Day instead of Columbus Day, statues vandalized, articles describing Columbus as guilty of genocide, angry people everywhere. Angry are also the Italian Americans, or at least the majority of them. We the Italian...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces the resignation of John M. Viola, president and chief operating officer of NIAF, effective December 31, 2017. The NIAF Board has begun a search for Viola’s successor. “John Viola’s leadership of NIAF connected the successor generation with its Italian culture, heritage and values,” said NIAF...

This episode features the second part of a series of interviews with National Italian American Foundation President John Viola, and Anthony and Patrick O’Boyle; all three are members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George. We have a candid conversation with these passionate and active members of the Italian-American community ab...