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Federica Pellegrini da domani e fino al 7 marzo si allenerà negli Usa: tre di altura a Flagstaff, in Arizona, e due a Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Con lei ci saranno Filippo Magnini e Gianluca Maglia, guidati da Matteo Giunta.   Dopo il gruppo di Paltrinieri (da ieri in Messico) e la partenza oggi per Charlotte della ranista Lisa Fissneider (...

The Italian mafia has been a prominent them in the media for centuries. The portrayal of mobsters and the mafia in the U.S.'s motion picture industry has created a stereotype for Italians that is very well accepted in the American culture. In this paper I will discuss various films and TV that address the topic of the Italian mafia and the way in w...

By Dr. Jon Gaudio   Immigration is a hot topic. I'm not sure why. We are all immigrants. Even the Pope is an immigrant. Let's face it: people of all races move around. And it's a good thing, I think. I have a patient whom I enjoy seeing because he's a "paisan," a fellow Italian-American named Frank.   Frank told me how, when...

Foreign Policy yesterday released its seventh annual Global Thinkers issue, naming MOAS founders Christopher and Regina Catrambone among their list of 100 Global Thinkers. Mr and Mrs Catrambone founded MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) to mitigate loss of life at sea in response to the ongoing refugee crisis. Since 2014, the organisation hel...

by Dan Niemiec   A few years ago, I received a phone call from a cousin I had not heard from in some time. Some years earlier, this distant relative and I had been in regular contact while I was working with them on their branch of the family tree. They gave me the data on the descendants and photographs, so the tree would be up to date. I g...

by Dolores Alfieri   And then late August comes, full of its heat and humidity, and we know it's time to pull out the wide steel drums, the plastic crates stacked full of clean Mason jars, the old bed sheets and blankets, and the comically large wooden spoons, because it's time to jar the tomatoes. Clear your schedule for the day, and come o...

By Francesca Bezzone   I am an odd Italian coffee lover: I started drinking it when I was in my twenties, spending my youngest years in worship of the more exotic world of teas. I still like tea, but coffee... coffee is a different story. And as I lived for decades outside of Italy, I developed a taste for non traditionally Italian kava: I l...

by Ryan Calabretta-Sajder The American Association of Teachers of Italian recently bestowed its Honorary Membership Award (Socio Onorario) upon longtime Fra Noi Associate Editor Fred Gardaphè. A pioneering voice in the field of Italian-American studies, Gardaphè recently gave a keynote lecture at AATI's 2016 International Conference in Naples. A...

Reelz Channel's newest reality show, "The Capones," opens with Romeoville resident Lou Fratto boasting about his family's ties to notorious mobsters.   Fratto, whose toupee, mustache and sunglasses make him look like he's in the World's Worst Witness Protection Program, introduces viewers to the star of the show: his nephew, Dominic Capone....

For many Italian kids nowadays, bruschetta is the new pizza, and it can be thought of in the same way in terms of toppings, no matter how simple or complex. The word bruschetta comes from the Roman dialectical verb root bruscare, meaning "to cook or roast over hot coals."   In contrast to the literal translation, at OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria in...

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School is a three-week summer program at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende) that takes place June 15th through July 3rd. The Summer School is designed to introduce participants to cultural studies of the Italian Diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives and to foster development of individual...

When things that don't seem to matter anymore, mattered. In 'Back in the Day' a young boxer, Anthony Rodriguez (William DeMeo), a half Italian – half Puerto Rican young teenager who had to endure an abusive, unemployed, alcoholic father but was blessed with a nurturing, hard-working mother who he loses at a very early age and is devastated by it is...