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by Mauro Battocchi   It's a rich season for documentary exploration of the Italian American experience. Fresh on the heels of Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California, which premiered on KVIE (PBS Sacramento) on Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 pm and will be re-broadcast on KVIE 2 on December 25 at 7:30, we are also lucky to...

by Richard Lehnert   What must it be like to have a small farm, say 10 acres, and have it in your family for decades, maybe centuries? You grow up there and know every hill, every rock, every tree so well you could walk the place blindfolded. Now you're the owner, and one of your children is out there walking around the place. The kid w...

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization's 3rd Friday Night Fights is more than your typical fundraiser or brawler's ball. An absolute must for boxing fans, it also raises crucial funds for a variety of worthy causes.   Featuring at least seven boom-boom amateur bouts, Friday Night Fights will rock Medinah Hall in Addison on...

La Corsa all'Anello di Narni si fa onore negli Stati Uniti. In un concorso fotografico di Bluffton, nella Carolina del Sud, la foto della dama del terziere Fraporta, Oriana Spadino, è arrivata seconda a soli due punti di differenza dalla prima classificata.   Il fotografo è Wesley Grady che nel mese di maggio 2014 è stato in Italia dove ha s...

To host one of the most important cultural events in town, there is no better place as the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.   On Sunday 25th, in particular, the estate was the location of the 2015 "Music in the Mansion" opening. The music festival will run until July 24th, with a total of 7 high-level classical and jazz oriented performan...

The IFF Opening Night party promises to be a memorable evening filled with great food, fantastic cocktails and wine, music and raucous live auction hosted by WCCO news anchorman Frank Vascellaro. Ask anyone who attended last year's lively IFF opening night: It's a not-to-be-missed event.   Don't wait until the last minute--tickets are going...

by Peter Goonan   Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will honor the owners of Albano's Market on Wednesday by presenting them with a ceremonial "Key to the City" as they prepare to close the business after being family-run in Springfield for 74 years. The key presentation is scheduled at 2:30 p.m., at the market, located at 1167 East Columbus...

by Mauro Battocchi   Giorgia Efficace, one of the great officers of the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco, has been in Portand yesterday and today and will be in Seattle until Sunday to issue electronic passports. As you know, this process generally requires nationals to travel to San Francisco and present themselves at the Consulat...

The new restaurant going into the space formerly known as Porter & Frye will be called Monello. Jester Concepts will open the new restaurant at Minneapolis' Hotel Ivy this summer, according to the restaurant's website, which went live Wednesday.   Monello is Italian for "sea urchin," according to a post by food critic Dara Moskowitz...

Dal profondo Sud dell'Italia a Palo Alto in California, con l'orgoglio delle radici. Emigranti di successo. Il coraggio delle sfide. Con la voglia di fare bene. E di riuscire. Protagonisti due fratelli di Scalea (Cosenza) e un amico di Ginosa Marina (Taranto). Si sono messi insieme ed hanno aperto un ristorante nella Silicon Valley. Affari d'oro. U...

By Domenica Marchetti   In 1858, Tuscan pastry chef Antonio Mattei opened up shop in the town of Prato and began selling crunchy, twice-baked cookies based on a centuries-old recipe. His original ingredients were flour, sugar, eggs and almonds or pine nuts from nearby groves. The soft, nut-studded dough was shaped into loaves, baked, sliced...

by Maria Gloria   Dear Readers, An April assortment of Italian connections for you: Pietro Di Donato was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey on April 3, 1911, to Abruzzese emigrants and died at the age of 80. He took up writing during a period in which he was an out-of-work bricklayer.   His first story "Christ in Concrete" pub...