I have strong beliefs about food. I believe sausage goes only in gravy and the gravy goes only over biscuits. I believe tomatoes should be avoided, because they feel squishy in your mouth. I believe olives are fine for decoration, but should never be eaten. And I believe that pasta of any kind is just way too complicated – to prepare or to eat....

The faces on Mount Rushmore, an American icon, were brought to life by the hands of an Italian immigrant. Luigi Del Bianco, a native of the northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, was the “chief carver” and “granite expert” for the massive monument.“Out of Rushmore’s Shadow” written by Luigi Del Bianco’s grandson, Lou Del Bianco, chronicles L...

Si rinsalda l'amicizia tra la Toscana e la nazione Lakota, uno dei tre gruppi storici dei Sioux d'America (il ‘continente della tartaruga", come lo chiamano i nativi), nipoti di Nuvola Rossa, Toro Seduto e Cavallo Pazzo. Una delegazione proveniente dal Sud Dakota, lo stato del monte Rushmore con le sculture di quattro presidenti degli Stati Uniti m...

The Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend a book reading and signing for "Out of Rushmore's Shadow: The Luigi Del Bianco Story" by Award-Winning Actor, Singer, and Storyteller Lou Del Bianco on Monday, October 9th at 3:00 PM. For reservations please call the Museum at 212.965.9000, send an email to ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we are changing it up. I will be taking you on a trip with me and we will be heading to the black hills of South Dakota to attend a ceremony where Luigi del Bianco will be named the Chief Carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. We will also speak with Lou Del Bianco about the role he played i...

About nine months ago I received an email from Lou Del Bianco telling me that he was looking for a publisher to publish the story of his family’s 25-year fight to gain recognition for his late grandfather Luigi Del Bianco, who they believed was the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore.  I read the email and was intrigued. I had remembered interviewing Lo...

The chief carver of Mount Rushmore who was responsible for refining the expressions on the faces of the monument's four presidents was honored Saturday with a plaque that recognizes his work. Luigi Del Bianco was an Italian immigrant and stone carver whose job included the challenging tasks of sculpting Jefferson's lips and Lincoln's life-like e...

«CmstP&P Rr»: quasi un codice fiscale, una sigla dietro la quale si cela la «Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad», conosciuta negli Stati Uniti d’America con la più comoda denominazione di Milwaukee Road. Una compagnia ferroviaria di prima classe, certamente, ma anche un pezzo di storia dei trasporti a stelle e strisce. Una rete che c...

Fazoli’s, America's largest fast casual Italian chain, announced the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota—marking the brand’s first location in the state. The new restaurant, which is set to officially open its doors on, August 1, is located at 4224 West Empire Place. The Sioux Falls restaurant will feature an as...

Most states have communities named Florence. Not all are cities. There are towns and villages and unincorporated communities in several states that still are important enough to get attention from Wikipedia. It seemed likely that some would have been named for Florence Nightingale but I found none. Several were named after Florence, Italy, the I...