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Of the two of us, Suzanne is the better poet, but she writes for herself, to express her own thoughts and not for general consumption; perhaps one of the best motivations for writing poetry. I am somewhat more incontinent in my efforts and less gifted. Recently, I have been reading up on the Sicilian School of poetry, headed up by Giacomo da Lentin...

A 92-year-old local tradition that commemorates the Virgin Mary and a miracle will be vastly different this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel — a beloved annual event that typically attracts hundreds of faithful followers who march together through the streets of Westerly behind an an enormo...

It has taken two attempts to return to Rome and just a smidge of patience, but I finally arrived back in the Eternal City on June 26th. Of course, I was flying from within the EU – Ireland – and that certainly made things easier. Yet, at the beginning of May when I began looking for flights there were slim pickings indeed. While both Ryanair and Ae...

After making some controversial comments calling for Philadelphia to allow indoor dining, Marc Vetri announced today that he’s taking the Fiorella name to Las Vegas for a long-term pop-up with the potential to turn into a permanent project. Starting July 10th, Osteria Fiorella will open inside the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, serving a much larg...

It is the dream of many: becoming the owner of a beautiful home in Italy. An apartment in the center of Rome, a townhouse in mesmerizing Milan, a rooftop pad in artistic Florence: but how much would that cost us? We’ve recently looked into real estate prices in Italy’s largest cities, finding out that, unsurprisingly, Rome and Milan are the most ex...

Frances Brigandi, known for her keen eye for fashion and interior design, celebrated her 103rd birthday with daughter Rosemary Klein and granddaughters Dr. Diane Klein and Dr. Christina Klein, who practice dentistry at Dynamic Dental in Great Kills, in her New Springville home. To celebrate, the awesome foursome indulged in an authentic Italian din...

City officials removed the Christopher Columbus statue at Seaside Park and placed it in storage out of an abundance of caution for the preservation of the historic artifact, the need to respond to modern-day sensitivities, as well as public safety at large. Community leaders of all cultures and ethnicities are discussing ways to continue to honor...

What’s left of Baltimore’s Christopher Columbus was lifted out of the Inner Harbor Monday morning as officials continued to debate the monument’s merits days after protesters pulled it over, dragged pieces of it to the water and tossed them in with no immediate response from police. Private crews with Specialty Underwater Services and Iacoboni Site...

When Tony and Cathy Mantuano met at Milwaukee’s Nantucket Shores, he was a student at UWM working in the kitchen. She worked front of the house. Food and wine brought them together, but their relationship is the foundation for everything they do.  For 35 years, Tony, the founding chef at Michelin-starred Spiaggia, kept Italian dining in the spotlig...

Italians have been a foundational part of the city since at least the 1880s. Now, a group of members of the Board of Alders is proposing an official recognition of that history with an Italian Heritage Day to be held on the second Monday of October. Six alders submitted a resolution calling for that date, currently recognized as Columbus Day, to be...

Join NIAF for A Mangiare: A Cultural History for Foodies, with Author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Carla Gambescia. Tuesday July 14, 7:00pm EST. Test your knowledge about Italian cuisine while discovering little-known facts and the origin stories behind some of Italian cuisine's most iconic in...

Italian-Americans plan to meet with Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar after two people were arrested during Sunday's rally over the Christopher Columbus monument. Pueblo police say 66-year-old James Pospahala of Pueblo was cited for disorderly conduct and 28-year-old Daniel Gilette of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested for interference, resisting arrest. Bo...