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Until the cocktail revolution of the last 20-odd years, the Negroni was Patrick Stewart before Star Trek called. The Italian-born mix of gin, vermouth and Campari had its fans, enjoyed the critics’ respect, and was well-known in the country of its birth, but it was far from a household name in America or the rest of the world. Now, of course, it is...

Matt Dellapina’s show ADULT ED. premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The show tells the story of a disgraced former teacher (Matt Dellapina) as he starts tutoring fellow failures around New York City while coming to grips with the toughest lesson of his life: fatherhood. In April 2019, NOIAFT founder, Taylor Taglianetti, had the opportunity...

Italian American phenomenon Ariana Grande was born on June 23, 1993 in Boca Raton, Fla. She first broke into the business by singing the national anthem at a professional hockey game, nailing even the tune’s highest notes, at just 8 years old. Realizing performing was her calling, Ariana worked her way up from regional theatre to Broadway by the ti...

What is it about Italian food that makes it so delicious? The ingredients? The preparation? Perhaps the wine? All of these things help, but cookbook author Elizabeth Minchilli said more than anything, the social aspect of eating is what sets Italian cuisine apart from the rest. “Because that’s what it’s all about … It’s really about sitting down an...

Recent efforts have been launched to rescind Columbus Day. I, speaking on behalf of the Dante Alighieri Society, firmly believe that the voyages of Christopher Columbus represent a tremendous human achievement. Collectively, they symbolize a documented “first encounter.” That being said, the importance of Columbus’s voyages should not be – should n...

On a whim I pull out my phone, in search of a midday distraction. Soon, I find my escape: a photo of Olivia Culpo, the social media sensation and former Miss Universe, on my Instagram feed. She is posing on the hood of a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen in a red crop top, chiseled midriff exposed, like a millennial pinup. As I scroll through her recent photos...

I cannot remember a time as a youth when I did not assist my Dad in the making of wine. I must have been 3 or 4 years old when I first began helping him in the cellar in Verona, Penn. The grapes had that sweet, sticky smell and touch. The white grapes were called muscatel, and the purple ones — which looked black to me — were zinfandel. This was ba...

What happens in Italy does not stay in Italy, my friends. Let that be a word to the wise. This summer, Lifetime has their Book to Screen Saturday movies, and on the list was Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine starring Kelen Coleman from Big Little Lies. The real star of the movie was Jacqueline Bisset as the coolest, prettiest, and most awesome gran...

On his 29th birthday, back in 2004, Staff Sgt. David Bellavia almost single-handedly fought off a nest of insurgents during the second Battle of Fallujah, in Iraq. Later this month, he’s set to see the Silver Star he received for that action upgraded to a Medal of Honor, which would make him one of now seven Operation Iraqi Freedom Medals of Honor...

Thursday, June 6th marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 95-year-old Bernie Trifoso of Laguna Niguel walks with the help of a cane. But time has not dimmed the sparkle in his eyes, the spirit of his conversation. He told us he couldn't believe 75 years had passed since the Normandy invasion. "It seemed like it was yesterday", Trifoso said. For Bern...

Searching for scholarships is a long and tedious process. As a first-year student in college, I remember the days of senior year of high school where I applied for scholarships almost every day. The process is challenging. How do you know which scholarships are best suited for you? What are your best chances at getting help to pay for college expen...

The National Italian American Bar Association has announced the election of Officers and Directors for the term 2019-2021.  The Association is comprised of lawyers who support, promote, and exemplify the best traditions of law, history, and culture arising from Italy. The Association originated in 1982 in Los Angeles, California and expanded across...