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Umberto Eco's "Numero Zero," a best-seller in the novelist's native Italy, will come out in the U.S. this fall. On Monday, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced a Nov. 3 release date for Eco's story of a ghostwriter in Milan caught up in an underworld of crime and conspiracy. Eco is known for his complex plots, and his publisher said the latest...

By Serena Cosmo A recent email got me humming Louis Armstrong's "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen." It was from a friend asking me to refer him to a winning fettuccine Alfredo recipe. Intent on romancing his lovely bride, he was looking for a delicious version of this creamy pasta dish and thought of me, he explained, because I am Italian....

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors recently voted to create a special one-time NIAF Emanuele and Emilia Inglese Memorial Grant of $100,000 to support the "Save the Saint" restoration project by the International Patrons of Duomo di Milano. "It is our hope that this grant will serve as a leadership gift to encourage...

On April 23, 1960, Nancy and Andrew Bertinelli welcomed their only daughter, Valerie, to the world. Andrew was an executive at General Motors and his family moved around quite a bit during his children's childhood. When Valerie was 11, the family relocated to Los Angeles. While on the playground at her new school, she befriended another young girl...

by Melissa D'Arabian   Classic holiday dishes usually are fattier, sweeter and heavier than our normal fare, so when a traditional dish actually is healthy without any tweaks, that's something to celebrate, indeed! So if cioppino isn't somewhere on your holiday menu, let's change that.   Cioppino is a tomato-based fish stew tha...

Former Ramsey mayor Richard Muti's fourth book "Essays for my Father: A legacy of passion, politics, and patriotism in small-town America" has been named a 2013 USA Best Book Awards finalist in the Anthologies: Non-Fiction category.   "Essays for my Father" is a collection of Muti's essays about Chris Christie and Jersey-style politics, unne...

by Naomi O'Leary   Amanda Knox, the American student who became tabloid fodder, will not be in court on Thursday to hear Italian judges give their verdict in her retrial for the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher when the two were roommates studying abroad in 2007.   Knox, who is living in Seattle, is standing trial alongside her Itali...

Congratulations to NIAF Board Member Anita Bevacqua McBride on receiving the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Coalition of Ethnic Organizations. Anita will accept the award at a ceremony on May 10 in the historic Great Hall at Ellis Island, New York.   A former assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First...

Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production of La Bohème , the most-performed opera in Met history, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the poet Rodolfo and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as the fragile seamstress Mimì, airs on Great Performances at the Met on Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m.   Opolais made headlines and history when she agreed...

Veltroni, who served as Rome mayor from 2001 to 2008, will wed the pair on September 29th in the former Doge's Palace, Ca' Farsetti, Corriere della Sera reported.   Clooney and Veltroni reportedly met when the actor came to Rome to receive a Summit Peace Award for his humanitarian work in Darfur from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2007,...

This is a valuable and enjoyable collection of authentic Italian folk music and song for mandolin, suitable for beginners as well as professional musicians. The first and foremost book ever published in the United States on traditional Southern Italian mandolin.   The book includes 36 songs, both instrumental and vocal pieces and delves deep...

Award-winning songwriter, producer, and recording artist Michéal Castaldo announces the Fifth Anniversary release of Aceto as a high-resolution digital album. With the growing popularity of online streaming sites, high-resolution audio for music is able to deliver sound that is exceptionally better than standard CDs and MP3s.   Every sound c...