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John Fusco says you know it when you’ve made it. He ought to know. Fusco spent about an hour last week on his 200-acre farmstead off Stagecoach Road in Stowe unspooling the story of his life, from a rebellious teenager with a fierce love for his father’s forbidden Hammond T-200 organ to his current eagle-eyed focus on the X-Road Riders, the band he...

The history of Villa Matilde began in the 1960s, when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an abiding interest in the “vinum Falernum” described in the accounts of Pliny and in the poetry of Virgil, Martial, and Horace, decided to bring back to life that legendary wine. It had disappeared in the early 20th century...

We are pleased to announce a new open-access online journal, “Simultanea: Journal of Italian Media and Popular Culture,” co-directed by Marco Arnaudo & Andrea Ciccarelli (Indiana University).  Simultanea is a peer-reviewed journal (double blind system), which specializes in Italian/ Italian American pop culture, including but not limited to comics,...

Guess what! Good Italian food actually exists off Staten Island! Even in New Jersey. At the seafood-rich Jersey Shore no less! Who knew? Staten Islanders flock to the Shore like swanky Upper West Siders escape to the Hamptons. So after day at, in or on the waters of the Garden State, and you’re looking for good food and good atmosphere, we discover...

There was something for everyone at the annual Saint Rocco’s Church Feast and Festival, a timeless tradition that completed its seven-day stay Sunday in Johnston. For Anna DeRobbio, 88, of Cranston, it was an opportunity to break bread with her friend Etta Branca, 90, and enjoy a sandwich featuring a freshly made roll from The Original Italian Bake...

I'm sitting stark naked, sweating profusely, as a woman in a bikini enthusiastically wafts steam infused with the scent of cinnamon in my face with a towel. It's taken me two days to work up the courage to enter the infinity sauna, or “show sauna”, where my very British anxiety about naked sauna-bathing is not being lessened by colourful lights and...

On the night before the Red Arrows flew over Boston Harbor, it was a flight of a more spiritual kind in Boston’s North End with the annual Flight of the Angel capping off the grand finale of the 109th Fisherman’s Feast in honor of Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca. The 2019 Flying Angel was Victoria Carregal with side angels Mia Graffeo and Gianna Pu...

For our series dedicated to true stories of buying and restoring Italian property, we speak today to husband and wife Jeff Marzilli and Robin Landis. Both from the U.S., Jeff and Robin lived in Rome from 1999-2003 and again from 2005-2010, when they were both working for the United Nations World Food Programme, which has its headquarters in Rome. ...

Italian-American cuisine has gotten a facelift in town with the arrival of The San Marino which opened a month-and-a-half ago at 35 Poquonock Ave. It’s owners, Enzo and Sammy Beskovic, are brothers who immigrated to the United States in 2001 from Croatia. “We’re originally from Croatia and are half Italian,” Enzo Beskovic said. He and his brother h...

“Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work”, Carmen C. Bambach. Thursday, September 5, 2019. 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium, 2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404. The most famous genius of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was notorious for leaving projects unfinished, especially paintings. This...

Giada De Laurentiis had no intention of entering into the family business of show. By now, it's hard to imagine the Italian-born granddaughter of famed film producer Dino De Laurentiis as anything other than the Food Network fixture we've known her to be for the last 15 years, presiding over her ever-expanding empire from one authentic (or, some mi...

“My grandfather had a dream: becoming successful in America. I am part of that dream, and I am part of Giovinazzo, where my father, my grandfather and my grandmother were born.” These aren’t the words of any Italian-American, one that comes back to the motherland during the Summer to find a bit of him or herself and visit what is left of the family...