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Thursday, November 5th • 7:00-9:00pm edt. Organized by Casa Belvedere. Register Here. With religious roots as old as the dawn of modern civilization, Italy teems with churches central to the identities of cities that built them. Naturally, visitors flock to St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Mark’s in Venice and Florence’s Duomo which defined Italian Renaiss...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will celebrate its 45th Anniversary Gala virtually on Saturday, October 31, 2020, and honor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The evening comprises a robust and special program, including the Foundation presenting Dr. Fauci with NIAF’s 2020 Le...

Even before he watched American soldiers drive the Nazis from his Italian village, Rocco Blasi dreamed of living in the United States. "It was something I wanted so badly. It becomes so much a part of you," remembers Blasi, who made good on his dreams by becoming a member of the U.S. Army, a college professor, a founder and early president of the A...

Mimi Thorisson is a mom, a chef, an international nomad, a nonna wannabe, and a cookbook author. Known for her envy-inducing life with her family in the French countryside (including two beautiful French cookbooks), Thorisson and her brood decided to move to Italy, a country whose culinary traditions had a siren call she simply couldn’t resist. Lea...

An obscure Italian supercar brand from the 1960s is trying to rebuild itself … in America.  De Tomaso, the company that built the oddly chiseled Pantera supercar famously owned by Dimebag Darrell Abbott, the lead guitarist of the ’80s thrash metal band with the same name (pantera is the Spanish and Italian word for panther), has announced it will m...

The World Pasta Day is back. An event conceived and organized by Italy’s pasta makers of Unione Italiana Food (former Aidepi) and IPO – International Pasta Organization, which every October 25th celebrates this symbol of the Mediterranean Diet. It is a way to tell and taste the Italian excellence of pasta, which has always been an icon of a good an...

Leave it to one of the world’s greatest entertainers, Tony Bennett, to recognize the power of a kitchen sing-along. With clubs, theatres and bars closed for large gatherings, the pleasure of a spontaneous dance party in the kitchen can brighten any meal. On Friday, the singer shared a Spotify playlist and an inspirational video called “Italian Cook...

I can barely catch my breath. Keeping up with the Italian American gardener is always a challenge, but never more so than at this time of year. Just when the gardening season is winding down for most of us and the tomatoes have been canned and stored, my gardening friends are still planting, harvesting, and preserving. Their gardens are as green an...

Stop what you’re doing! The Italian Trade Agency has launched an exciting new digital platform that brings the ‘bellissimo’ of Italian fashion right to your fingertips like never before. Milan Fashion Week might have just wrapped, but while we’re all still on a high after witnessing the opulent glamour, make sure you peruse the newly-launched EXTRA...

The 1980 biographical sports film Raging Bull transcends both genre descriptors often attached to it. Yes, it tells the true story of Jake Lamotta, an Italian-American boxer who hit his peak in the 1940’s and 50’s. So technically it is biographical and about sports, yet neither of these words leap to mind when trying to summarise the experience it...

October, the month Italo-American organizations throughout the United States celebrated Columbus Day with parades and public festas, is becoming a thing of the past. Since the 1992 Columbus Quincentennial commemorations, political activists have been watering down Columbus Day Discovery celebrations, to Indigenous people celebrations and anybody bu...

November 4 (Wednesday) 5:30 pm. Sponsored by: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor. Contact: 212-966-3245 / danteinitalianonyc@yahoo.com The Dante in Italiano Midtown group has been reading and talking about the Commedia since January 2018. Our slow and steady descent into the Inferno mo...