Matty, an Italian American police lieutenant, and Victoria Ferrigno welcomed their son Louis on November 9, 1951. The family lived in Brooklyn, New York. As a toddler Lou suffered from a series of ear infections and lost an estimated 75% of his hearing. Though some might have seen this loss as a disadvantage, Lou didn't.   Even when he was t...

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents – Patricia (née Bianchi) and Gary Tomei – were both Italian and had family that came to America from Tuscany and Sicily. While she was growing up, Marisa became enthralled with Broadway musicals and plays.   Her parents encouraged her to take up acting, and she sta...

Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his trademark rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond measure.   The 50th anniversary of th...

"Ordering a quail!" shouts Rocco DiSpirito, the boyish but exacting executive chef and co-owner of Union Pacific restaurant. It's 7:48 on a Monday evening, and the first seating is polishing off its pineapple-and-salmon amuse-bouche.   A wall of frosted glass separates the Zen-like civility of the dining room, with its percolating waterfall...

Bright House Networks today announced the launch of Mediaset Italia, the #1 channel from Italy, bringing customers Italian-language news, dramas, comedies and thriller series as well as variety and games shows, entertainment events, seasonal sports coverage and Italian films.   The channel is available to Bright House Networks digital custom...

Annette Funicello was born on October 22, 1942, in Utica, New York to Virginia and Joseph – both Italian Americans. When she was four years old, her family relocated to Southern California. Annette grew up with a love of dancing and entertaining.   When she was just 12 years old she was cast as the lead in a local production of the ballet Sw...

di Francesca Favotto   Non una casa qualunque, ma quella dove abitò fino al giorno che ne segnò la fine per sempre, che segnò la fine di un'era. Il 17 settembre Casa Casuarina, imponente residenza dello stilista Gianni Versace a Miami, dove visse fino all'omicidio avvenuto per mano di Andrew Cunanan il 15 luglio di sedici anni fa, verrà mess...

by Silvia Donati   Inspired by her unrelenting love for Italy, 12 years ago, Kathy McCabe started a newsletter devoted to travel in the Bel Paese, 'Dream of Italy', to provide fellow Italy lovers with information and advice on how to experience the country in an authentic way.   As of May this year, Dream of Italy is also a six-part t...

Clint Eastwood hadn't actually seen "Jersey Boys," the Tony-winning Broadway smash about 1960s hitmakers the Four Seasons, when he was asked about directing a film version.   "I said I'd be interested in looking at it," Eastwood, 84, recalled. The Oscar-winning director saw "three different versions, in New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas...

by Anthony Schillaci   Two years ago when we visited the Sun WineFest at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Conn., we were standing in front of the booth of a wonderful new food magazine, Northeast Flavor, and talking with its editor, Jean Kerr. Feeling a presence standing next to us, we turned and quickly recognized the famed...