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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...

Benjamin O’Hara was a 2020 NIAF Congressional Fellow and is currently a senior at Georgetown University. This fall semester, I had the opportunity to work remotely for the office of Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.). I have felt very privileged to work for Congressman Pascrell not only because of his work on behalf of the Italian American communit...

Today we’re diving into Italian witchcraft, also known as Italian-American Stregheria. Italy has a long history, and each of Italy’s regions has its longstanding traditions and culture. These traditions also include various beliefs, superstitions, and witchcraft.  This tradition was popularised in the later 20th century by Italian-Amerian witchers....

A longtime special teams coordinator, John Bonamego recently ascended the NFL coaching ranks thanks to his dedication to teaching the fundamentals. After a long career as a special teams coordinator in the National Football League, John Bonamego says there is one thing he’s most proud of. “I have never had a previous relationship with the coaches I...

“Never eat a meatball sandwich outside your home,” is what the old Italians used to say. And their further refrains were “You never know what they put in it,” and “Mine are the best anyway, so why would you try another? You can trust my meatballs.” I paused to ponder their philosophy.  Was it their pride in believing they were the only ones who cou...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) condemns the recent vandalization of the Columbus statues at Union Station, a National Park site in Washington, D.C., and at Columbus Circle in New York City, and requests that elected officials and law enforcement protect these public memorials from further damage so that a substantive dialogue to de...

If you’ve been in the olive oil section of the grocery store lately, you’ve likely been confronted with a lot of choices. Possibly even a wall of olive oils, with different symbols on the bottles and a whole lot of brands to choose from. For most of us, the world of olive oil is a bit of a mystery, and you may find yourself with the same kind of un...

Presepi, pomodori, produce and pane on Pasqua— what ties these alliterative phrases together you ask? Well, they are some of the ways in which three very special Italian American Podcast listeners have worked to revive and celebrate beloved hallmarks of our Italian American heritage. During this unique, meandering episode, co-host Patrick O’Boyle i...

New Hampshire-based author and TV anchor Mary Ann Esposito has devoted her 30-year career to championing Italian regional cuisines. In this interview, the host of America’s longest-running television cooking program, Ciao Italia, recalls the beginnings of her love for Italian food, explains the charitable work carried out by her foundation and hum...

The controversy over Columbus predates today’s partisan gridlock, but as we saw last summer the great navigator quickly became a volatile flashpoint during the racial injustice riots. Lines were drawn, sides were taken, and overnight Columbus represented yet another deepening thorn wedged between conservatives and liberals. But it’s not that simple...

Felix Silla, who worked inside a body-length hairpiece, behind a pair of sunglasses and underneath a bowler hat in his guise as the mumbling Cousin Itt on the 1960s ABC comedy The Addams Family, has died. He was 84. Silla, a longtime Las Vegas resident, died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his friend Gil Gerard, his co-star on the 197...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has elected a new Board of Directors on April 13, 2021 for the 2021-2025 term. Robert E. Carlucci, founder and Chief Executive Officer of The RC Group, and former NIAF Vice Chair of Development, was elected to serve as the Foundation’s Chairman. Mr. Carlucci succeeds Hon. Patricia de Stacy Harrison an...