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By Cookie Curci   Through the years, I've discovered bits and pieces of the past that when put all together, make up my extraordinary grandmother Maria Carmela Curci-DiNapoli. I knew that she came to this country as a young immigrant from Italy and married my grandfather Antonio Curci in 1910.   A few years later, she was widowed with...

by Dolores Alfieri   In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak to author Maria Laurino, who has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, and whose essays are widely anthologized. Her first memoir, Were You Always an Italian?, (W.W. Norton, 2000) was a national bestseller and explored the issue of ethni...

"Italian-Americans across the United States, please help out!" This is the bare-bones message from Vito M. Campese, who ranks among the most prominent nephrologists in the field and is current President of the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF).   Campese, who was also one of the founding members of the foun...

When people hear the name Benedetto, beautiful and priceless guitars come to mind. The man behind the brand is Robert "Bob" Benedetto, born on October 22, 1946, in the Bronx, New York. He was born into a family of musicians and builders. When he was 22 years old, Bob decided to try his hand at building an archtop jazz guitar.   Archtops are...

by Mario Angotta   An Italian-American man who didn't want to be named was ejected from a Major League Baseball game because he was intoxicated and Italian, with a video of the incident being posted on Social Media. The video, which was posted on Sunday night, shows the staff member telling the baseball fan he was being thrown out becau...

Lady Gaga is keeping the mic aside to help her father, Joe Germanotta, with the release of an Italian cookbook. The book will be titled Joanne Trattoria Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Scenes from an Italian American Restaurant, and is inspired by the 30-year-old singer's family restaurant in New York. The book is named after the "Bad Romance" hitmak...

Growing up, I was always told I was a rebel. People would say things like, "You're defiant," and "Why are you dressed that way?" But I continued to do what I wanted and wear what I wanted—because, clearly I haven't changed. For a long time, though, there was a shame that I carried with me.   I'm an Italian Catholic—I grew up with a lot of gu...

With Christmas just around the corner, The Local spoke to some Italians to find out what Christmas is really about for them. An Italian Christmas is a mixture of centuries-old regional traditions and more modern touches, often with a slight American influence. But at the heart of the holiday for most Italians is the idea of celebrating the bir...

The Italian American One Voice Coalition (IAOVC), an anti-defamation group that includes multiple Italian American organizations, expressed dismay and disgust with the airing of the recent AFLAC commercial, depicting the kidnapping of the iconic AFLAC Duck by characters that are clearly meant to portray Italian Americans in a bad light.   "T...

"In Italia siamo grandi, qui dei nani. Dobbiamo crescere, è il mercato ad imporcelo". Francesco Zonin - vicepresidente della casa vinicola vicentina e responsabile commerciale – non ha dubbi.   Il mercato statunitense offre al vino italiano grandi soddisfazioni ma le regole del gioco qui sono profondamente diverse, anzitutto dal punto di vis...

Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time — period, no parenthesis or qualification, the kind of actor who creates icons like Travis Bickle, Jake LaMotta and James "Jimmy the Gent" Conway.   But for younger filmgoers today, this screen acting legend may be most familiar as a daft, cranky father in the Meet the Parents movies....

An Italian-American's attempts to pronounce a classic Great British sauce has left close to a million YouTube viewers in stitches. Pasquale Sciarappa, 75, of New Jersey, started uploading his recipe videos to YouTube in 2008 - wanting his passion for cooking to be experienced by the world, and not just his family.   Read more   Sourc...