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Michéal Castaldo will officially release a digital single of Toglimi il Respiro (Take My Breath Away) on Vital Records on March 3, which is first day of the love song's 30th year.   The arrangement is by Michéal Castaldo and Stein Berg Svendsen, who also produced it for Majestic Castle Music Productions, New York, NY. Recorded and performed...

by Mike Riccetti   Italian restaurants have been an especially beloved fixture in America for at least a century.   Featuring flying pizzas, slippery strands of spaghetti paired with plump meatballs that most have savored since childhood, tomato sauce ladled and consumed by the pint, garlickly and buttered toasted bread quick to leave...

The Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. and Eduitalia, an association of 80 qualified schools and universities that offer courses for foreign students in Italy, have partnered to offer 21 scholarships aimed to promote Italian language and culture in the U.S..   The grants will allow winners to live an unforgettable study experience in Italy....

"But that's not the way I heard it said by my parents," I responded when told how to pronounce "hard-headed" in Italian. " 'Desta dutta' is the way they said it, not 'testa dura.' " Oh, the complexities of trying to learn to speak Italian in the sixth decade of your life.   But as a second-generation Italian-American, as with most of my gene...

It was Rocky Balboa who said, "It ain't how hard you hit, it's how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." Of course, Balboa also said, at the end of the first Rocky film, that he didn't want a rematch with Apollo Creed. But they had one. They always do. There's always another fight, just as there's always another boxing film.  ...

Italian vocal trio Il Volo is headed Stateside in 2017 with a tour full of tunes from one of the group's greatest inspirations. The group will be performing material from its latest album, Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors, which honors the legendary vocal trio. Il Volo released that album earlier this year and its performance of the co...

Il 17 febbraio del 1984, per la storia del cinema, fu contemporaneamente un gran giorno e un giorno sbagliato: un gran giorno perché ci fu la prima proiezione al pubblico, dopo più di 10 anni di lavorazione, di C'era una volta in America, di Sergio Leone, uno dei più grandi film di sempre; un giorno sbagliato perché, nelle due sale americane in cui...

by Carlo Rotella   FOR REASONS that have to do with my family's immigrant history, the Fourth of July always reminds of my Sicilian grandmother, my Nonna. I used to sit at the table in the basement kitchen of her house in Queens, eating seconds and thirds of her pasta and sausage while the neighborhood cats looked down at us through the wind...

IASA MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP ($1000) IASA awards this annual fellowship to the author of the year's outstanding Ph.D. dissertation or MA thesis proposal in Italian American studies. We welcome all approaches to the field of study.   ELIGIBILITY: Graduate students in any discipline whose work focuses on Italian American culture are eligible and...

by Tim Ott   On November 25, 1914, Joe DiMaggio was born to poor Sicilian immigrants in San Francisco. He grew up to become baseball's most famous player, a graceful outfielder with a regal presence off the field, but behind the always-impeccable appearance lurked a complicated man. Here are seven facts about the life of this imperfect but c...

by Bruce Weber   The Army-Navy game of 1963 was an important one in that season's college football landscape. With a Heisman Trophy winner and future pro star at quarterback, Roger Staubach, Navy, the No. 2 team in the nation, won by 21-15 and went on to face top-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl. (Texas won.)   The Army game is better...

By Niccoló Graffio   Since I began writing for this blog, my articles have dealt mainly with famous indigenous inhabitants of Southern Italy/Sicily. It behooves me to mention, though, since the destruction of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1861, the majority of the members of our ethnos were born outside the borders of the modern state...