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Few American cities, with the possible exception of Chicago, do urban ethnic drama like New York. In the late 19th century and into the 20th, Gotham's Italians and Irish mixed it up in a prizefight for power, influence and access.   Pint-size pol Fiorello La Guardia battled debonair James W. Walker in mayoral politics, while Frank Sinatra jo...

Italian immigrants arrived in America in the late 1800s as relatively unskilled labor that helped paved the way for a booming industrial economy. They were hundreds upon hundreds of thousands until they were more than four million. Fate was cruel to them as they had to face overwhelming prejudice, poverty and the isolation of being in a strange and...

This month, Eataly, the titan of Italian cuisine, is putting a Tuscan bent on the menu at its in-house restaurants. The famed region will be the focus of the entire enterprise for the month of March, including a special Tuscan-inspired restaurant debut called Ristorante Toscano. Each of the restaurants will be featuring Tuscan-inspired dishes that...

By Lakshmi Gandhi   It's been 521 years since the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus "sailed the ocean blue/in fourteen hundred and ninety-two." Since then, there have been thousands of parades, speeches and statues commemorating Columbus, along with a critical rethinking of his life and legacy. But the question remains, how did a ma...

by Allison P. Davis What could make Prada, mustachioed race car drivers, and spaghetti even more Italian? Taking all of those things and running them through Wes Anderson's retro-sophisticate whimsy-cam. For its latest Prada Classics short film, Castello Cavalcanti, the Italian house commissioned the auteur to transport us to a trippy, neon-colore...

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of identity, a cultural touchstone as powerful as pasta and Neapolitan music. Out of the artifacts of their memory and imagination, Italian immigrants and their descendants used embroidering, sewing, knitting, and crocheting to help define who they were and who they have b...

UK and US buyers are increasingly looking to Italy to buy property. According to Robert Fawcett, a partner in Knight Frank's Italian team, Italy's traditional treasures – food, culture, wine, architecture – continue to attract overseas buyers.   Italy is still struggling to free itself from the after-effects of the 2008 crash and the Eurozon...

by Curt Wagner   Eight months ago, Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy didn't know how to ride a horse, sword fight, do martial arts or use a bow and arrow. Now, after playing the title role in Netflix's new series "Marco Polo," the 24-year-old can do all those things—and speak English.   "I didn't know English at the beginning of thi...

by David Jackson   Just a couple of guys hanging out at the White House, talking about Italian wine, food, art, and the threat of the Islamic State. President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi seemed to get along famously Friday, praising each other on a first-name basis during a White House news conference.   "I brou...

The Order Sons of Italy in America elected Daniel J. Longo of Maryland to serve a two-year term as national president during its 54th biennial national convention in August in Bonita Springs, Fla.. The former national director of client services for Prime Care Technologies, Longo stated that his administration "will focus on the possibilities....

Sicilian immigrants Guiseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio welcomed their son, Giuseppe Paolo, on November 25, 1914. His family lived in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California, where they worked as fisherman. When Joe was a boy, he and his brothers would play baseball at various sandlots and playgrounds around Fisherman's Warf. In 1932, h...

There is a devastating exchange in The Story of a New Name, the second of three—soon to be four—books in Elena Ferrante's masterful Naples novels, in which Lila, one of the two main characters, runs into her former schoolteacher, Maestra Oliviero, on the street.   To the teacher's dismay, Lila, now in her late teens, did not continue her edu...