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Longtime Iron Range lawmaker David Tomassoni has died at 69 after a battle with ALS, the Minnesota Senate announced Friday morning, Aug. 12. Tomassoni, an independent lawmaker from Chisholm, was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1992. He was elected to the Senate in 2000, where he served the rest of his time in the Legislat...

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning ancient sculptures and other works of art that were illegally exported from Italy, the museum announced Thursday. The Getty will return a nearly life-size group of Greek terra-cotta sculptures known as “Orpheus and the Sirens,” believed to date from the fourth century B.C., according to the museu...

When we write about the iconic labels of Italian wine, we usually talk about them — rather unjustly — as mostly investment wines, quoted on the Liv-ex indices, and then we almost forget to uncork the bottles and enjoy the wine. Fortunately, though, a good number of Italy’s top brand wines end up in the wineries and on the tables of wine lovers arou...

The Menagerie Hospital Group has announced the grand opening of Charlotte’s newest Italian restaurant, Figo 36. The doors open for guests on Thursday, August 16th. The new Italian restaurant is perched on 36th Street in Noda, alongside the Novel apartment complex and the CATS lights rail. Riders and residents can visit with ease! Fig36 visitors can...

Strenuous climbs on bumpy, dust-caked roads: this was how people traveled in the boot of the 1950s, before a dense zipper of avant-garde roads criss-crossed the country, uniting Italy forever. The expansion of road networks, as well as the increase in incomes and paid vacations, helped turn August into the month of the summer exodus: a typically It...

The 55th annual Holy Rosary Italian Festival is underway. The event is also taking place on Friday and Saturday. Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into this event. There is homemade food, live music, and even rides for the kids! This event is bringing people together. “I think for us it’s just a wonderful time for us where families have come t...

Rome is thronged with tourists this summer, with the capital set to return to pre-covid levels in 2023, according to Alessandro Onorato, the city's councillor for tourism, major events, fashion and sport. "Culture has always been the asset on which Rome has made its fortune" - Onorato told Italian news agency AGI - "We are enhancing the city's extr...

Il Bracco, a sleek Italian restaurant that originated in Dallas, is bringing its freshly made pasta to Houston’s Post Oak area. Occupying the space that previously housed California Pizza Kitchen at 1705-A Post Oak Boulevard, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant will open on Monday, August 15, and staying true to its Italian repertoire will serve up an...

The National Organization of Italian-American Women (NOIAW), the Greater New York Region Staten Island Network, will celebrate “Ferragosto” -- an Italian holiday with roots in Catholic traditions -- with a meet and greet, a gallery tour and a brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sunday, Aug. 14 at 11:30 a.m.  The event, open to both NOIAW members and n...

The population of Venice's historic centre has fallen below 50,000 for the first time, the city council said Thursday. As of yesterday, August 11, the number of residents in the centre of the iconic lagoon city, including the Giudecca island, was 49,997. On Monday the resident population count was 50,011. The de-population of Venice's centre has be...

Columbus Citizens Foundation today announced William (Bill) Amelio as an Honoree of the 2022 Columbus Celebration. Amelio, Executive Chairman & Co-CEO of financial start-up DoubleCheck Solutions, will join Tom Golisano, who was previously announced as the 2022 Grand Marshal. The annual Columbus Day Parade, the largest celebration of Italian America...

We spent last week filming in one of the most overlooked (and criminally underappreciated) corners of Italian America… deep in the Ozarks in a little Italian village called Tontitown, Arkansas! In this week’s episode of The Italian American Podcast, we’re sitting down with two of the new paesani we met during our travels, Heather Ranalli Peachee an...