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Promotions highlighting the arrival of Italian abate fetel variety pears into the U.S. are taking place on the East Coast. Abate fetel pears from Italy's northeastern Emilia Romagna region are making their U.S. debut, according to a news release, and promotions will offer sampling events in Delaware and New York City. On Jan. 29, an Italian p...

By Stefania Spatti   Da Nino Rota a Ennio Morricone, da Nicola Piovani ad Armando Trovajoli. Le grandi colonne sonore italiane sono state protagoniste del concerto Italian Great Movie Classics, ospitato ieri sera dall'Ambasciata d'Italia a Washington.   A rievocare davanti a un folto pubblico la magia del cinema segnato dalle note dei...

By Suzanne Loudermilk Haughey   The tiny storefront on South High Street is back in business—this time as Joe Benny's Focacceria. Owner Joseph Benjamin Gardella, pictured above, is the genial host. Joe, 36, a first-generation Italian American, has long hoped to own a restaurant property.   "I've always loved food," he says, havin...

Cultura italiana nel mondo in primo piano in questa nota dedicata, non ad un artista ma ad un gruppo di studiosi che convinsero il Presidente degli Stati Uniti ad inviare in Europa con le truppe americane anche esperti d'arte che aiutarono a mettere in salvo od a recuperare opere d'arte che i tedeschi consideravano bottino di guerra.   Un'op...

By Rosa Colucci Little Italy Days started in 2002 with a mission to celebrate Bloomfield's Italian heritage. Event planner Sal Richetti was involved from the start. As owner of Big Day Entertainment and a Bloomfield native, he booked the entertainment for the festival. That all changed three years ago. "The festival was going to fold and so I volu...

New Jersey's deep connections with Italy -- from the rush of immigrants more than a century ago to its original namesake, "Nova Caesarea" -- are being explored in depth by a little-known commission that has created a curriculum for the state's public schools.   The state's Italian and Italian-American Heritage Commission has released a wealt...

By Eric Althoff  Supreme Court deliberations are famously conducted behind closed doors, so veteran Washington actor Edward Gero can't spill the details of his lunchtime conversation in the chambers of Supreme CourtJustice Antonin Scalia. "The content of that [conversation] is off the record," Mr. Gero told The Washington Times. "But I c...

The East Hanover Italian American Club (EHIAC) announces Michéal Castaldo as the Grand Marshall for the 2015 Columbus Day Parade, which will be held in East Hanover, New Jersey, on Sunday, October 11.   Castaldo is also being honored as the EHIAC Music Achievement Award Recipient for his outstanding performances, arranging and composing tale...

di Manuela Cavalieri e Donatella Mulvoni   Il suo nome è sinonimo in tutto il mondo di scandalo politico, ma il Watergate ha molte altre storie da raccontare. Il complesso fu costruito nei primi anni '60 da una società italiana, la Generale Immobiliare (poi controllata da Michele Sindona fino al fallimento). Fu l'ingegnere milanese Giuseppe...

by Erin L. Nissley   When the Dante Social Club's 82-year history comes to a close next month, it won't take with it Scranton's only link to the medieval Italian poet best known for an epic poem that took readers on a tour of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell.   Tucked away in a quiet corner of the University of Scranton's campus near the Sc...

Joseph Del Raso, the Pepper Hamilton partner who chairs the National Italian American Foundation -- NIAF -- had to send out for an extra tuxedo shirt Wednesday night so he could go to the Union League dinner honoring Philadelphia Energy chief Phil Rinaldi.   It's been that busy and formal a week for Italian American leaders, what with Italia...

UNICO Rehoboth Beach Chapter presented Opera at the Beach Oct. 22 at St. Edmond Church, featuring Andrea Arena, mezzo soprano; and Dante Fiore, tenor. Arena has been recognized for her extraordinary talents through her ability to bring polished classical style and rich soulful emotion to the operatic stage.   A native Delawarean, and a gradu...