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by Shuja Haider   In 1953, Ava Gardner, the love of Frank Sinatra's life, had left him. One of Frank's best friends, the composer Jimmy Van Heusen, was planning to take him out and get him laid, get his mind off of Ava, as if it had ever worked before. But when Jimmy went to pick him up, he found Frank in a bathtub, wrists slit, bleeding out...

Congratulations to NIAF Chairman Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq., who received the Gerald Abraham Alumni Association Award for Service to Villanova University School of Law, which recognizes outstanding service by alumna mater.   Created and named in honor of Professor Gerald Abraham upon his retirement from Villanova Law School in 1999, the award...

by Eric Degerman and And Perdue   In its native Italy, barbera is the third-most-planted red wine grape — after sangiovese and montepulciano — but here in the Northwest, it isn't much more than a niche variety.   But interest in the bright, rich red variety is beginning to grow as winemakers and consumers alike begin to stretch their...

by Tim Adams   One of the pleasures of lunch with Stanley Tucci is that it gives me the excuse, beforehand, to rewatch his film Big Night, easily the best movie ever made about running a restaurant.   It's 20 years since Tucci co-wrote (with his cousin), co-directed and starred in his homage to the Italian immigrant experience in New...

by Paul Ebeling Vintage, Classic & Limited Edition Ferrari's Are Preferred Investments Buying an Italian Supercar from the from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80s have served up investment gains that are hard to beat.   Vintage Ferraris have risen nearly 700% in value since Y 2006, according to data that pools prices of 13 of the most so...

di Elena Spadiliero   Non essere cattivo, opera postuma di Claudio Caligari, è piaciuta al pubblico statunitense (addirittura è stato lodato dall'ex star del porno, Sasha Grey, che ha condiviso la foto degli attori protagonisti con Valerio Mastandrea sui suoi canali social).   Presentato in occasione dello scorso Cinema Italian Style...

Rosaria Piomelli (née Agrisano) was born in Naples, Italy, on October 24, 1937. She stayed in her hometown where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in 1954 and 1955, respectively. By 1960, M. Rosaria had immigrated to the United States and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fo...

One of the primary reasons we started The Italian American Podcast was to help fellow Italian Americans learn more about their Italian ancestors.   Our goal is that our podcast interviews will inspire you to want to learn more about your ancestors and where you came from; but once you become inspired, how do you actually do it?   Read...

In this episode we talk with Pat Harrison on the Italian-American values she received from her family, the unique leadership of Italian-American women, and Italian-American stereotypes. The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison is the president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the leading funder of public...

Francis Ford Coppola signed on to direct The Godfather when he was just 29 years old. The film centers on a fictional Sicilian crime family in New York City and Coppola knew nothing about the Mafia, but he did understand Italian-American culture and tradition — and he was determined to avoid stereotypes.   Released in 1972, The Godfather wen...

by Christina Mildred Horn   When WWII broke out, the Italians fought for America. This was how John Rotunda, our father and grandfather, respectively, always began the story of our family s connection to the Rotunda Pool in Newark, New Jersey. All families have their tales of relatives, living and dead, that are passed through the generation...

The Sicilian mafia offered to kill Rudy Giuliani for $800,000, the former Mayor of New York has revealed. As the U.S. attorney and mayor of one of the largest cities in the world, Rudy Giuliani made his share of enemies.   "I don't think anybody prosecuted more mafia members than I did," Giuliani recently said on "Oprah: Where Are They...