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I cannot remember a time as a youth when I did not assist my Dad in the making of wine. I must have been 3 or 4 years old when I first began helping him in the cellar in Verona, Penn. The grapes had that sweet, sticky smell and touch. The white grapes were called muscatel, and the purple ones — which looked black to me — were zinfandel. This was ba...

What happens in Italy does not stay in Italy, my friends. Let that be a word to the wise. This summer, Lifetime has their Book to Screen Saturday movies, and on the list was Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine starring Kelen Coleman from Big Little Lies. The real star of the movie was Jacqueline Bisset as the coolest, prettiest, and most awesome gran...

On his 29th birthday, back in 2004, Staff Sgt. David Bellavia almost single-handedly fought off a nest of insurgents during the second Battle of Fallujah, in Iraq. Later this month, he’s set to see the Silver Star he received for that action upgraded to a Medal of Honor, which would make him one of now seven Operation Iraqi Freedom Medals of Honor...

Thursday, June 6th marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 95-year-old Bernie Trifoso of Laguna Niguel walks with the help of a cane. But time has not dimmed the sparkle in his eyes, the spirit of his conversation. He told us he couldn't believe 75 years had passed since the Normandy invasion. "It seemed like it was yesterday", Trifoso said. For Bern...

Searching for scholarships is a long and tedious process. As a first-year student in college, I remember the days of senior year of high school where I applied for scholarships almost every day. The process is challenging. How do you know which scholarships are best suited for you? What are your best chances at getting help to pay for college expen...

The National Italian American Bar Association has announced the election of Officers and Directors for the term 2019-2021.  The Association is comprised of lawyers who support, promote, and exemplify the best traditions of law, history, and culture arising from Italy. The Association originated in 1982 in Los Angeles, California and expanded across...

Long before he was the "Jersey Guy" partnering with Craig Carton and Casey Bartholomew, Ray Rossi patrolled the WPLJ airwaves as "Bobby Valentine" Rossi, who did a "goodbye" show on WPLJ, which is going off the air this weekend, tells us how it all came about: "Most DJs use 'air names' instead of their own names," Rossi said. "Usually to create an...

With the traditional vacation month about to begin, my thoughts turn to June trips, ones both from my childhood back to Boston, my father’s homeland, and also from the buddy road trips I’ve taken to see baseball in cities like Chicago, Baltimore and New York. On one such trip in 1988, I grabbed a former teaching colleague of mine, John Williams, an...

Our cookbook of the week is Food of the Italian South by Rome-based culinary writer Katie Parla. To try a recipe from the book, check out: Manell’(fried polenta fritters), orecchiette con burrata, pomodorini e pesto (orecchiette with burrata, tomatoes and almond pesto) and cozze ripiene (stuffed mussels). Stuck in a sheep traffic jam as wild horses...

Premio Artusi 2019 è Lidia Bastianich. Italo-americana, ristoratrice di successo negli States, celebre volto televisivo oltreoceano, autrice di numerosi best seller, grande appassionata di cucina italiana. A scegliere il suo nome è stato il Comitato scientifico di Casa Artusi, con questa motivazione “quale cuoca, scrittrice e imprenditrice, per la...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce its 2019 Region of Honor: Molise. Each year, NIAF collaborates with a region in Italy by promoting its culture, business and tourism in the United States, while also traveling to the region to promote cultural exchange. The region will also be prominently honored at the NIAF 44t...

In the night between June 4th and 5th 1944, Allied soldiers arrived in Rome and the city became the first Axis capital to be liberated from the Nazis. One of those to greet them was an American writer and undercover agent who had spent months working with the Italian resistance to pave the way for Rome's liberation. His name was Peter Tompkins and,...