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Il suo ristorante nel 1998 ha ricevuto "L'insegna del ristorante Italiano" dal presidente della Repubblica, mentre in seguito, nel 2001, il suo rinomato locale è stato premiato come miglior "Ristorante Lucano nel Mondo" dalla Regione Basilicata. La motivazione del premio fu proprio per l'attenzione posta alla gastronomia lucana e per l'ottima attiv...

Reality star Frank Sorrentino, most commonly known as the older brother to the Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from his appearances on the Jersey Shore, is set to make his Off-Broadway debut in "My Big Gay Italian Funeral" opposite creator Anthony J. Wilkinson as his former gay lover Dominick Vitale.   Currently being played by Addison LeMay...

by Mauro Battocchi   It's a rich season for documentary exploration of the Italian American experience. Fresh on the heels of Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California, which premiered on KVIE (PBS Sacramento) on Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 pm and will be re-broadcast on KVIE 2 on December 25 at 7:30, we are also lucky to...

by Maria Gloria   Dear Readers, An April assortment of Italian connections for you: Pietro Di Donato was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey on April 3, 1911, to Abruzzese emigrants and died at the age of 80. He took up writing during a period in which he was an out-of-work bricklayer.   His first story "Christ in Concrete" pub...

by Katherine Schaeffer   On his front porch in Brighton Heights, Mario Mancini holds a newspaper photo spread, yellowed with age and smoothed beneath a wooden frame. Mancini, 74, points to his teenage self in a photo, standing in New York City just hours after escaping one of the biggest modern maritime disasters — the sinking of the An...

by David Bauder   Cooking for family is fun for actress Valerie Bertinelli. Cooking for Betty White was intimidating. For the debut of "Valerie's Home Cooking," her new Food Network show premiering Saturday (12 p.m. EDT), Bertinelli invited co-stars White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick from the now-defunct TV Land sitcom "Hot in Clevela...

Being a third-generation Sicilian American, pesto sauces were not common in my family. Sure my grandmother had all the ingredients: fresh basil from the garden, good extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano and pine nuts (a Sicilian favorite) from the local deli shop. But it just wasn't in the family tradition.   Curious, I tried it in lo...

By Ronnie Schreiber   From the late 1940s into the 1960s, Chrysler had most of its high profile concept and show cars fabricated by Ghia in Italy. Chrysler liked how the Italians did high quality work at prices far below what union labor would have cost them in Detroit, and Ghia liked the work and the revenue as Italy was rebuilding after Wo...

Who would you want to star in the movie of your life? That's a question single mom Joy Mangano never thought she'd be asked. But when Jennifer Lawrence was tapped to play her in the new film Joy, she couldn't have been more pleased.   It's the perfect meeting of superpowers: shopping-TV's star moneymaker (Joy can clean up $1 million an hour...

He may be best known for his tough guy roles in (Licence to Kill and Showgirls), but as Robert Davi put it, when it comes to singing, he's "not just your grandmother's Oldsmobile."   This is an interview that almost wasn't. Within hours of posting word that Robert Davi is going to perform an evening of Sinatra tunes Saturday, May 7, from abo...

E' ormai un'abitudine per i migliori prospetti del nostro baseball e del nostro softball cercare un'esperienza negli Stati Uniti. Anche recentemente, sul sito ci siamo occupati dei giocatori che hanno partecipato a diversi Showcase, alla ricerca di un contratto da professionisti o di una borsa di studio universitaria. L'esperienza americana non è...

by Phil Angelo   From 1932 to 1953, every New York Yankee team that won the World Series had at least two Italian-Americans in the lineup. Joe DiMaggio is best known, but there was also Yogi (Lawrence) Berra, Phil (Fiero) Rizzuto, Vic Raschi, Frankie Crosetti and Tony Lazzeri.   Lazzeri was the first Italian-American baseball sta...