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by Andrew Griffin   Mario's "woo-hoo", and the jingle of coins, might be the most iconic sounds in video game history. And, according to the man behind them, they very nearly didn't exist. Charles Martinet, who has been the voice of Mario ever since he became able to speak, has spoken on the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.  ...

What is the Feast of the Seven Fishes? According to Mario Batali, "It's what Italians do when they say they're fasting." More precisely, the Feast is a meal served in Italian households on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve). In many parts of Italy, the night is traditionally a partial fast, during which no meat should be served.    But in true...

by April Neale   There's nothing like a deep masculine crooner voice in the vein of Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra. Lucky for us a 20-year-old from Long Island named Sal Valentinetti packed his whole famiglia and headed to the America's Got Talent stages and, not for nothin', he earned a Golden Buzzer!   Last week was all about Gra...

Don't look now, but a group of Sicilian-Americans is doing something besides telling each other how much they love cannoli and pasta and Godfather movies. You are reading this right....some Americans are now actively involved in raising money in the United States and supporting Sicilian students FOR FREE by issuing academic grants to a QUALIFI...

di Agnese Gazzera   Da quando ha vinto la quarta edizione di MasterChef negli Stati Uniti, non si è più fermato. Luca Manfé, friulano d'origine e trapiantato da anni a New York, nel 2013 è stato incoronato nello show culinario più famoso d'America e da allora ha pubblicato un libro di ricette, inventato un servizio di showcooking a domicilio...

Whether it's the "universal translator" of Star Trek fame or the weird but effective Babel fish from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, devices (and animals) for overcoming the language barrier have long been loved in science fiction.   Today, the reality might be closer than ever. Over the weekend, Google announced that it will soon release...

by Mike Hughes   Over the past century or so, the U.S. has been energized by people from one small country. Or, actually, from a fraction of that country. PBS' "The Italian Americans" says most of the surge came from one piece of Italy.   It's "not the experience of Milan (or) Florence," said journalist Gay Talese. "It's not Rome...

John Cabot University and We the Italians are pleased to announce a new scholarship that represents the strong link between Italy and the United States that has existed for centuries. As an American university located in the heart of Italy's capital city, John Cabot University embodies this strong bond.   Italian navigators and explorers, in...

By Kathleen Ganster With a name like Salvatore Patitucci, it isn't hard to determine that Mr. Patitucci is Italian. Born and raised in Italy, Mr. Patitucci followed his parents to the United States in 1960. Newly married to Elena, who was already an American citizen, the young couple settled in Aspinwall near his parents.   In 1964, he...

di Riccardo Chioni   "Ho appreso con enorme tristezza della scomparsa dell'ex Governatore di New York Mario Cuomo, un grande uomo, promotore dei valori progressisti e della tradizione italo-americana. Orgogliosi delle sue origini, gli Italiani si uniscono agli Americani nell'onorare un leader eccezionale". Con queste parole l'ambasciatore a...

"Genealogy Roadshow" returns Jan. 13 for its second season on PBS, and it will feature a group of genealogy experts traveling to New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis to help participants discover their family histories.   The format of the show is simple: Three genealogy experts travel to a new city and residents apply to have their famil...

by John A. Fratta   Italian Americans are the last group left in this Country that it is acceptable to negatively stereotype. It is done on a daily basis in the movies, books, tv shows and video games. Now, the New York City Department of Education is allowing a book to remain on its "approved list" called "Al Capone Does My Shirts". Our chi...