NEWS FROM : USA  

by Tony Lo Bianco   On June 25th, I won an Emmy for my work on the Just A Common Soldier video. And my producing team also won an Emmy. In my hundred plus film career, I'm extremely proud of the message that honors America's military veterans who we owe our freedom to.   As of now, this beautiful video has received over 19,200,00...

By Julia della Croce "I was still young when my life changed.... drastically. Shortly after midnight one Saturday... the smell of smoke awakened me. I ran to my mother's bed.... The next thing I saw was a wall of fire shooting up the staircase. Grabbing my one-year-old brother from his crib, I fled out my bedroom window to the roof and yelled to m...

Durante i vostri viaggi in America o semplicemente cercando informazioni sui ristoranti italiani negli Stati Uniti, vi sarà sicuramente capitato di imbattervi in un particolare piatto: le fettuccine Alfredo (o meglio, fettuccini. O ancora meglio, fetucini). Presente nei menu di quasi tutti i ristoranti italiani all'estero che -non- si rispettino (...

Michéal Castaldo is the living embodiment of authentic Italian culture for modern North Americans. A native of Calabria in the "tip of the toe" of Italy, Michéal is an accomplished pop-classical crossover singer of his native songs and a purveyor of his family-made, heirloom Italian luxury products in North America. Michéal's music is a life-long...

Dalla Baia di Oakland, in California, Renato Sardo, 45 anni, guarda con curiosità agli americani e al loro strano rapporto con la pastasciutta. «Devono ancora capire la differenza tra pasta fresca e secca. Prima o poi dovrò decidermi a organizzare un corso», dice, a metà tra lo scherzo e il progetto.   Negli Stati Uniti Renato è arrivato die...

Communities — cities — need Catholic schools. Why? What is to be done in an environment when the closing of Catholic elementary and secondary schools have big cities and small towns alike?   In their book Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America, Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Garnett document the importan...

The American Institute for Verdi Studies (AIVS) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies. This biannual award honors the noted Verdi, Schubert, and Mozart scholar, Martin Chusid (1925-2013), who was Professor Emeritus of Music at New York University and the AIVS's Founding Director. Any book, book chapter, articl...

by Michael Traversa   Being born in a family with a distinct heritage is one thing, how said heritage is perceived and the respect paid to the family roots is what really matters. Among those who always felt a deep connection and quickly became one of the most beloved Italian American actors in the community is Lorraine Bracco. Lorraine was...

By Josh Cooper   Team USA World Cup general manager Dean Lombardi picked John Tortorella as the squad's head coach for four clear and obvious reasons. 1. Tortorella's track record of success as a Stanley Cup champion and the winningest American born coach in the NHL   Tortorella has an understanding of his players as an NHL coach...

I didn't grow up around Italian Americans in Southern California but I am fascinated by their strong sense of La Famiglia. My boxing gym is owned and run by a bevy of Italian American cousins, half-brothers, and brothers who speak a distinct dialect called The Lake language.   Their most famous cohort is Matt LeBlanc from the sitcom Friends....

by Carlos Greer   John Travolta was in such a good mood Sunday at Serafina Always on East 61st Street, the "Grease" star put on his dancing shoes. We hear Travolta — in town for a VIP screening of "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson" at the Paley Center for Media — had a private dinner at the popular Italian eatery and lef...

Francesco Rosario Capra was born in Bisacquino, Sicily, on May 18, 1897. When he was five, his family made the 13-day trip to New York. Even though he was just a child, Frank remembered seeing "a statue of a great lady, taller than a church steeple, holding a torch above the land we were about to enter" (McBride). The Capra family eventually settle...