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Bartholomeo "Bennie" Ficeto is turning 98 years old this week, but he's not interested in retiring. He still works at the Stop & Shop in Edison, New Jersey, as a "bag boy," and wouldn't want it any other way. "You got to enjoy work, you got to enjoy what you're doing. I see people running around and saying 'Oh, I have to go to work!'" he told CBS N...

Following Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's resignation, Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday began talks aimed at resolving the political crisis. But what happens now? Conte handed in his resignation after lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Conte accused the Interior Minister of pursuing his own interests by pulli...

After 50 years, Maria Merola has decided to retire and close Maria’s Pastry Shop at 46 Cross Street in Boston’s North End. The last day of business will be September 15, 2019. Tucked away on Cross Street, Maria’s was a local favorite with authentic, homemade offerings and a sanctuary from the Mike’s vs. Modern cannoli wars on Hanover Street. The 66...

The annual St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival takes place in Glassboro on Sept. 14. A procession from the St. Anthony’s Mutual Aid Society on Church Street to Rowan Boulevard will feature the St. Anthony’s statue decorated with flowers and carried by club members with traditional Italian musical accompaniment band. The Glassboro High School It...

Com’è bello far l’amore da Trieste in giù, sang Italian television icon Raffaella Carrà back in 1978. What a beautiful line: it means “it’s awesome to make love from Trieste southwards.” Though I wonder, how does it work exactly? I mean, communicating in different languages can be hard, especially if you’re from Trieste and ask a Sicilian out on a...

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2-4PM. Mulberry Street Public Library, 10 Jersey Street, New York, NY (Corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets, near Lafayette Street, one block south of Houston Street). Wheelchair accessible. Q+ A with authors will follow the reading. IAWA [Italian American Writers Association] National Translation Month. Open Mic followed by Fe...

Crossing over Hempstead Turnpike headed south on Franklin Avenue into Franklin Square, you’re greeted for the most part by blue collar storefronts featuring a certain and undeniable air of industrial manufacturing. But that slate of gray and brown got an injection of brightly hued color with the opening of Dolce Cafe & Gelateria this past July. Ser...

Come Celebrate the Joy of Figs! September 15, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00PM. Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, 1055 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Click here for tickets: $35. Children age 11 and under free. Includes: Fig-based delicacies demonstrated and prepared by Vallozzi Exec Chef Josiah Henry; A complimentary fig-based Wigle cocktail crea...

Jupiter Anxur is a large sacred area located along the original tract of Via Appia, Regina Viarum, that passed through the strategic and military centre of Terracina (Latina). The archaeological area situated at the top of Sant’Angelo mountain is 136 km from Rome and around 3 km from the old city. The road to reach it is comfortable and well signpo...

Say the word “bocce” and it evokes images of old-time Italians playing on courts in quaint towns of their native country as they test their mettle against the “pallina” – or the bocce ball. Perhaps the ultimate representation of Italian culture, it’s believed that in ancient Rome soldiers were the first to play bocce, inasmuch as the game provided...

A new Roman-style trattoria restaurant will be opening soon at The Yards in D.C., according to a report. The Washington Business Journal reports that the new restaurant is Maialino Mare, which will specialize in dishes such as pasta and grilled fish. It is a sister restaurant to Maialino, which opened in New York City in 2009, and it will be locate...

The Elenian Club welcomed its 2019-20 president, Maria Villafranco, with a recent luncheon at II Tony's Restaurant. The club, celebrating its 85th year, has chosen ACCESS Pregnancy, a Catholic charity of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, as its charitable organization this year. The club is a philanthropic group of women that are of Italian descent o...