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The Italian immigrants who arrived at America’s sandy gates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came in search of many different things. Some sought the economic opportunities presented by a vast and growing economy that sprung notions of wealth and grandeur. Some yearned to break free from a distant northern-centered government that suffered...

A second location for coal-fired pizza from Brooklyn opened in the Des Moines metro on Friday. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria debuted at West Glen Town Center in the former Club Envy space. Zach Baldwin said he first tasted Grimaldi’s pizza in New York City and really liked it. Then he ate Grimaldi’s again in Arizona, and he said the quality and taste were th...

Andrea Bocelli is known for his incredible vocal range, but it looks like his kids are just as talented when it comes to the music department. Fans of the Italian singer saw the musical genes on display when he and son Matteo sang a duet of his song "Time to Say Goodbye"during the 2024 Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment. Well, Andrea's 12-year-old daugh...

The Italian Heritage & Cultural Committee announced its scholarship winners for 2024. Four awards of $1,000 scholarships were given to high school seniors of Italian descent who practice community service and demonstrate a strong work ethic in and out of school, which “exemplifies qualities for a successful career,” stated a press release. The winn...

Over the decades, Italian botanical gardens have served as green lungs and experimental sites for non-native botanical species, fostering the dream of self-sufficiency in certain food products. In the north, tea plants were tried, while in the south, coffee was the focus. Specifically, in the early 20th century, Palermo's Botanical Garden attempted...

There’s a new Italian restaurant in town from Chef Rocco “Rocky” Scarpino, who has been crafting Amalfi Coast dishes for decades. Scarpino has cooked for his family in Italy since he was 12 and arrived in the U.S. from Salerno, Italy, in 2015 to help his brother at his Bradenton restaurant.  In Italy, “kids are taught to make handmade pasta and sau...

For racing enthusiasts, just mentioning the Autodromo di Pergusa is enough to stir excitement. This racetrack, active from 1962 to 2003, hosted the Grand Prix of the Mediterranean, filling the surrounding mountains with the deafening roar of race car engines. The track, which encircles its namesake lake, saw thrilling competitions where drivers aim...

Organized by the Consulate General of Italy, and in the presence of the Consul General Michele Mistò, the Biltmore Hotel Country Club of Coral Gables, Miami hosted the presentation of the upcoming schedule of the most beautiful race in the world: the Warm UP USA in autumn (from October 22 to 27, 2024), and the Experience Florida next winter (from F...

“What is it with the Americans and Cinque Terre?” asked a Danish fellow dining beside me at La Cantina di Miky in Monterosso al Mare. “We thought we found a hidden gem, then we got here, and I’ve never seen so many Americans in my life.”  For better or worse, Italy’s famed Cinque Terre, or “Five Towns,” is an American darling. The craggy, vertigino...

The Marilyn Horne Museum at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host a bit of Italy in Bradford during a multimedia lecture by opera author and speaker August Ventura. The presentation will be entitled, “There’s Something About Verdi.” It will be held at 1 p.m. June 15 in Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The presentation will of...

We the Italians launches IT-AM Expo, the virtual platform for Made in Italy, developed by Carraro LAB. We the Italians, the leading company in connecting Italy with the community of more than 20 million Italian Americans in the United States, next Monday at their annual gala will present IT-AM Expo, an innovative project to promote Made in Italy ma...

David Lee strummed a guitar while sitting on his front porch in New Haven. He lives two blocks away from Wooster Square Park, where the city installed a new sculpture representing an Italian American immigrant family, replacing a controversial one of Christopher Columbus which was removed by the city. Lee understands why the old statue means so muc...