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From Michael Corleone to Tony Soprano, on-screen mobsters are far more violent than virtuous. Yet despite dealings in organised crime — and their ability to justify murder as "business" — these men, and their families, identify as Catholics. Baptisms, confessions and other religious sacraments are strewn throughout The Godfather trilogy and the HBO...

Vicenza, located in the region of Veneto in the north-east of Italy, was founded in the second century BC, but it wasn’t until many centuries later, when it fell under Venetian rule, that it began to prosper, turning into an important city from the 15th to the 18th century. The golden age of Vicenza began in 1540, when the Venetian aristocracy reor...

In Carmelo LaMotta's earliest memory of his family's 41-year-old south Fort Myers restaurant, he is 7 and the year is 1979.  "My first memory? The older clientele," LaMotta said. "Coming from New York and New Jersey I wasn't used to that. In New York we had all New Yorkers, but here it's always been kind of like a minestrone, people from the Midwes...

Nearly three years ago, I started writing this monthly column on how to research your Italian roots. I thought it might be useful to revisit the initial column which provided some tips for those who are just starting out. Learning about your ancestors can be extremely interesting and extremely frustrating at the same time, but I can tell you from o...

A brief introduction:  my name is Paolo and I am a realtor in the US (Maryland and DC). I also bought a property by financing it in Bolsena,  Italy and a know a thing or two about mortgages. When I applied for the mortgage (2007), lending regulations where pretty relaxed, but that is not the case anymore. However right now, after the pandemic,  you...

Pietro Mosconi, the so-called “Chef of Greenwich Village” who owns Villa Mosconi and Monte’s Trattoria, will open a new eatery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with the owner of two Queens restaurants, Commercial Observer has learned. Mosconi and Chef Raffaele Solinas signed a 10-year lease for 1,800 square feet at 458-460 Myrtle Avenue to open a yet-unn...

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West (IACCW) is an independent, private, not-for-profit US corporation devoted to fostering business and trade opportunities between Italy and the United States. The IACCW leverages local resources combined with a global network to provide businesses with strategic and effective services in support of their int...

Born from an idea by Sergio Ragone and Omar Gallo, and created by the award-winning director Giuseppe Marco Albano, in collaboration with photographers Mariano Silletti, Federica Danzi, Raffaele Contini, Pierangelo Laterza and Michele Lategana, with the original music by Robert G. Pellegrino , the texts by Sergio Ragone, the voices of Omar Gallo an...

An unlikely friendship between Nick Varano and Alain Allegretti is ushering in changes for Strega North End. The local restaurateur and the New York chef, whose resume ranges from his early Manhattan days at Le Cirque to his own NYC ventures like La Promenade Des Anglais, are making their relationship menu-official, bringing new food to the Hanover...

Somewhere around the early 1950s, in a small town in Sicily, a hard-working teenager by the name of Vincent Minuta became a barber’s apprentice. In 1956, not speaking a word of English, 15-year-old Vincent moved to the United States with his family. By 17, the skilled hairstylist with natural talent was the youngest licensed barber in New York. Now...

Poppies, cornflowers, daisies, violets and others paint the fields in rainbow hues, and tourists flock to take in the sight from the Apennine's highest village. La fioritura takes place in the Piano Grande – 'Great Plain' – beneath the Sibillini Mountains, in the summer months between late May and July. This year the blooms peaked in early July. Ca...

What is Lambrusco? Lambrusco is an Italian grape, used to make red wine and also the name of the wine that grape makes. The Lambrusco grape – In the Roman times, the Lambrusco grape was said to have yielded a lot and been highly valued in making wine. There are over 60 identified varieties of the Lambrusco grape throughout Italy, the main 6 are: -...