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Times were tough during the early 1940s; there was a war going on. Food and jobs were in short supply, and as a group, Italians were classified as enemies of the state by our President. Of course, no jobs meant no money, and food was rationed. Basic necessities, such as grocery items, shoes, metal, paper and rubber, were scarce. Families and indivi...

Every night that his parents would let him, and even some nights when they wouldn’t, Thomas Di Pauli would wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning, go to the computer and watch hockey. Growing up in Italy, the time difference forced Di Pauli to wake up at this time to see his favorite NHL stars. Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Mario Lemieux, he couldn’t wait t...

Former NYPD detective Sonny Grosso, whose police work with partner Eddie Egan was used as the plot for the classic 1971 cop flick “The French Connection,” died Wednesday. He was 89. Grosso’s death was confirmed by his longtime friend, and former NYPD captain, Ernie Naspretto. Grosso died in Manhattan after battling a long illness, Naspretto said. “...

In the parliamentary elections of 2018, right-wing populism and anti-establishment politics profoundly reshaped Italy’s electoral geography and party system. The xenophobic Lega (League) and the anti-establishment Movimento 5 Stelle (Five-star Movement, M5s) made substantial electoral gains in the domestic constituencies, paving the way for a coali...

“Rocco! Rocco! Rocco!” The shouts echoed around ACF Fiorentina’s 88-year-old stadium on a Sunday evening in January as the home crowd celebrated a narrow win against Spal that may prove crucial in keeping their team in Italy’s top football league. The adulation wasn’t for a star player or coach, but for the club’s new owner, Rocco Commisso, the bil...

Benedetta Moresco’s tournament history is diverse. Type her name into the World Amateur Golf Rankings and the hit produces a list of tournament starts in which a U.S. flag appears only once, to indicate Moresco’s turn on the European Junior Solheim Cup team for last fall’s matches in Scotland. This week’s Annika Invitational USA was both Moresco’s...

For 30 years Mary Ann Esposito has been a part of our lives on “Ciao Italia”, American television’s longest running cooking show on PBS. Undeniably, this is the First Lady of the Italian American kitchen. Yet while we all know and love this consummate educator, the Italian American Podcast is bringing you a chance to see the lady behind the lens… a...

Jimmy Garoppolo prefers to keep his family life away from the public eye, something that is difficult to do for an NFL quarterback. Jimmy has granted just a couple rare interviews discussing his parents and brothers dating back to his college career at Eastern Illinois. Jimmy’s nationality is Italian and his family is proud of their heritage. Prior...

It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you of the death of our dear friend Robert Viscusi, Professor Emeritus of Brooklyn College. He died this morning at Lennox Hill Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy, and two children, Victoria and Robert. For those of us who knew Bob well, we knew a...

Sometime in the late 1920s, a first-generation Italian-American named Daniel Terra took part in a tap audition. He wasn’t recalled, losing out to fellow Pennsylvanian Gene Kelly. But what might have been showbusiness’s loss became the art world’s gain. Kelly went on to Hollywood stardom. Terra went back to school, studying chemical engineering at P...

Kaley Cuoco might have complained that she looked "too Midwest" as she played Penny on "The Big Bang Theory," but the actress is over in Europe right now. Kaley is shooting her new TV show "The Flight Attendant," and she's been keeping Instagram updated on the whole thing. FYI, if you need an insight into Kaley's experiences so far in Italy, they'v...

Acclaimed actor Robert De Niro is receiving a Life Achievement Award at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. The award is given annually to someone who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." De Niro has been starring in films for more than 50 years. Gabrielle Carteris, president of the trade union SAG-AFTRA, called De Niro "one of...