La prima volta entrò dalla porta di servizio, accolta negli States da sorrisetti scettici. Quello strano minuscolo giocattolo con fanaloni sproporzionati, inguardabili rostri sui paraurti e un motorino a due cilindri che vibrava come un frullatore, tentava l’improbabile avventura in Usa. Siamo nel dicembre 1957, Fiat ha adeguato alle normative d’ol...

Anthony J. “Tony” Fornelli, who became one of the most prominent Italian-Americans in the Chicago area, drove a meat truck to put himself through law school. He went on to be a civic leader and a partner in a chain of currency exchanges that grew to 50 locations in three states by the mid-1980s, said Paul Basile, editor of Fra Noi, a Chicago magazi...

Move over, rosé; take a break, prosecco. Aperol is having its moment in the sun this summer. Everyone from Vogue to GQ has hailed the Aperol spritz as the drink of the summer. The cocktail has for decades been popular in Germany and Italy as a light before-dinner cocktail and has made its way to America. Typically made with Aperol, sparkling wine,...

Thirty years ago, Temple St. Clair came to jewelry design serendipitously. She was a student in Florence, Italy, when her mother paid her a visit—she'd flown in from their hometown of Roanoke, Virginia—and asked to have an ancient coin set in a necklace. St. Clair, on a mission to find the perfect craftsman for the job, hit the Florentine streets....

Hanno sguardi pieni di curiosità e pensieri rivolti a ciò che, tanti anni fa, raccontavano i loro nonni: i biglietti solo andata «Cuggiono-Magenta-Genova-Stati Uniti d’America», la speranza di una vita lontana dalla fame e il lavoro nelle miniere, che durava dieci-12 ore al giorno e anche di più. E poi le discriminazioni subite, e perfino i raid de...

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Charlottesville and Poggio a Caiano, a town in Tuscany, Italy, with a population of 10,000. In celebration, a delegation traveled to the area to spend a week exploring the history that connects the two cities. The seven-member group of government officials and their wives...

Flushing poet Vincent J. Tomeo has given Monterosso Calabro – the bucolic, rustic town that inspired his most acclaimed poem “A View from a Tower in Calabria, Italy” — a place in the sun. After his trip to that quiet corner of the world back in April 2015, Tomeo’s host and friend Antonio Parisi, a well-known patron of the arts, told him he had been...

On the 4th of July, it’s important to remember that a key stone in the foundation of our country’s understanding of democracy was put in place by none other than an Italian by the name of Filippo Mazzei. Born just outside of Florence in 1730, Mazzei practiced medicine in Italy and the Middle East for several years, before moving to London to take u...

As a boy growing up in the northern Italian city of Milan, one of Stefano Landini's favorite memories was poring through his mother's cookbooks and making dinner for her when she came home from work. His interest in food was clearly in his blood, as the Landini family was full of chefs. His grandmother, Ida, owned a well-known pizzeria, his Uncle G...

We’ve talked about “italsimpatia” often in this column, yet this is the first time we’ve stopped to appreciate it in the media, in this instance on the online streaming service by production company Netflix. Master of None is unique in the italianità of the second season’s trailer: set to Peppino di Capri’s “Il nostro concerto,” it opens in black a...