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In the summer of 1940, six-year-old Beno Weiss's family was awakened by pounding on the door of their home in Abbazia, then in northeast Italy. It was a year and a half after Benito Mussolini had bowed to the influence of Nazi Germany and passed the Italian Racial Laws, which stripped civil rights from Italian Jews. "Pandemonium broke out," accordi...

Independent filmmaker Mark Spano, along with celebrated Kansas City Chef Jasper Mirabile Jr., are pleased to report that the U.S. premiere of Spano’s new documentary “Sicily: Land of Love & Strife” sold out the Screenland Armour Theater in North Kansas City, MO., last week. Although Spano lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he chose Kansas City -...

In 1918, Philippe's fortuitously invented the French Dip in Los Angeles. Or in a totally different year, it happened totally differently at Cole's. What is considerably less in dispute is the origin of the Italian dip. That goes to Pirolo's Panino, a new Italian sandwich shop from James Beard semifinalist Michael Pirolo of Miami's Macchialina. It o...

Scene dal teatro italiano classico nell'originale lingua italiana! Studenti della Washington University sotto la direzione della professoressa Rebecca Messbarger interpreteranno selezioni di Machiavelli, Goldoni, Pirandello e Fo, martedì 24 aprile dalle 10:15 alle 11:30 a.m. al McMillan Cafè della Washington University. Ovviamente l’ingresso è grat...

The second Monday in October, a federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, would be Indigenous Peoples Day in Mankato under a resolution the City Council will consider in coming weeks. Dave Brave Heart — backed by about 30 community members — brought the request to a council work session Monday night. Brave Heart first offered praise for the ci...

Portillo's, the fast casual concept restaurant known for its highly-praised menu of Chicago-style favorites has announced a new location in Avon at 10444 E. U.S. Hwy. 36, set to open this fall. Portillo's says the Avon location follows spots in Merrillville, Fishers, and Mishawaka, with an Indianapolis restaurant set to open later this summer. "Tho...

Dear Friend of PI-Philly, Join us for an architectural excursion of Old City and Society Hill districts with architect designer Pablo Meninato. This event is organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy. Saturday, May 12th, 10am (Rain date: Saturday, June 9th). Partecipants will meet at St. Peter's Episcopal Church - 3rd and Pine...

Most small towns in Italy have a market at least once or twice a week, while in the larger cities you can find a market on almost any day of the week. But why make a trip to the market part of your weekly routine? Apart from the fact that most markets offer everything you could wish for, they also get you outdoors and plunge you into natural light....

They passed the pasta — and the prizes! Some of the borough’s most civically minded Italians partied at the Federation of Italian-American Organizati­ons’ 41st-annual gala at El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin on April 8. The organization’s executive director said the event went off without a hitch because they were able to honor some of the boro...

The Italian Cultural Society of North Brunswick held its annual Festa di San Giuseppe at the Pines Manor in Edison on March 18. Guests enjoyed a celebration which included a buffet dinner, traditional sfinge for dessert, music, dancing and festivities. This year, the society bestowed its all-expenses paid scholarship for a six-week study at a unive...

A millennium before there was Cabernet Sauvignon, there was Barbera, a northwestern Italian native with high-yielding, purple-black fruit; in fact, it’s such a heavy producer it usually needs to be pruned heavily to produce excellent fruit. It’s the third most-planted red wine grape in the Boot (after Sagiovese and Montepulciano), but Italian immig...

The expression Made in Italy itself is almost perfectly synonymous with Italian craftsmanship, or artigianato, to say it as we do. From culinary products to clothing, from jewelry to leather goods and fabrics, the importance of human hands and of their skilled work in the creation of Italy’s own excellences is undeniable.   However, in a world made...