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Michael D’Orlando took the greatest risk of his life in October. He walked away from a lucrative job as a banker in Manhattan to open a restaurant at a time when the pandemic was beginning a resurgence and the economy was stagnating. Not to mention a skyrocketing unemployment rate that was shrinking wallets up and down the Shoreline. “It could have...

talian-American racing legend Mario Andretti, 81, is one of the most successful racers of all time, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the hardships of life, such as grief. Andretti lost his wife and sister in 2018, his nephew to colon cancer in 2020, and his twin brother, Aldo Andretti to COVID-19 complications in December 2020. The Associated P...

Tuesday, May 4 - 7:00 pm Pacific Time. Register Here. A Zoom link will be sent the day before the event. Organized by: Portland Italians. Join us for a Unique, Engaging, & Interactive Italian Language Lesson! Pina Di Rosa will take us on a journey through three beautiful Italian songs; Volare, Con te partirò, and Il mare calmo della sera. We will l...

It’s the aromas of the Mediterranean, the taste of homemade pasta, and the love of her Italian heritage, that has led Martha Napoli to share her passion with a circle of people in her community. Circolo Italiano, a new Italian conversation group, meets on the last Saturday of each month, via Zoom, at 11 a.m., and is hosted by the Bigelow Free Publi...

For many, George Clooney might be the first name that springs to mind when one thinks of Lake Como. But if you’ve actually spent time on the lake, he’s likely just an afterthought (no disrespect, Mr. Clooney!). With something for everyone, Lake Como has a variety of appealing elements: colorful waterside villages, centuries-old historic villas, hik...

When Lawrence Ferlinghetti died in February, for some it felt like the poet and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers co-founder took a piece of San Francisco with him. Like the store, Ferlinghetti was a literary landmark, his presence in North Beach and around the city as much a given as the fog or cable car bells. While his death at age 101 was pe...

When you write a book, people ask you what it’s about. When people ask me about Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure, I tell them that it’s the story of a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides he never wants to leave—pretty much what’s written on the back cover. That’s accurate and appropriate from a traditional book mark...

Hofstra’s Italian American Lecture Series presented a film screening and commentary on “Arrangiarsi (Pizza ... and the Art of Living)” with director Matteo Troncone on Tuesday, April 13. ‘Arrangiarsi’ translates to overcoming obstacles, and it is the main theme of the film. The film is a documentary not only about the gastronomy of Italian culture,...

Italian director Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio is not the sunny, cheery cartoon tale of your childhood memories. The Gomorrah auteur's darker, yet thrillingly fantastical adaptation remains true to Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio, which began as a weekly series of cautionary children's tales set in the impoverished Tuscan countryside. Cost...

In what might be Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus — the 2009 film Inglorious Basterds — there is a scene in which Brad Pitt’s character Lieutenant Aldo Raine is tasked with disguising himself as an Italian by the name of Gorlami in order to infiltrate a Nazi movie premiere. It’s a rather iconic scene, with Pitt having to repeat the name with increas...

An Italian-American manufacturer of 3D parts and printers with its U.S. headquarters in Houston is touting what's billed as a first-of-its-kind innovation — an innovation that's helping drive the need for more local workers. Roboze recently introduced Roboze Automate, and it's being promoted as the world's first industrial automation system to brin...

Classified as one of Italy’s most beautiful historic villages, Civita di Bagnoregio will be vying for Unesco World Heritage status.  The proposal came early this year from the Italian Unesco commission and is backed by the Lazio region, where the village is located, and by Italy’s Culture Ministry. A response is expected in 2022.  Surrounded by ste...