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I will always cherish the memorable Thanksgiving of 1947. My father came to New York City to meet the family he had left behind in Italy many years ago. When we arrived in America we traveled to Sharon, Penn. by train. My father’s distant cousin and her husband picked us up, and we went directly to their home. A traditional Thanksgiving meal was re...

The Vatican City is now on the UK's quarantine list announced by Grant Shapps yesterday afternoon. I was there at the time, savouring the once inconceivable pleasure of having the Vatican Museums almost to myself. In the Pinacoteca picture gallery I sat alone admiring the larger than life tapestries made from Raphael’s cartoons, Leonardo da Vinci’s...

The Conference of Presidents of the fifty largest and most influential Italian American organizations in the United States has unanimously elected Basil M. Russo to serve as the organization’s new president. The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, as the organization is officially known, is headquartered in New York Ci...

During the XX Week of the Italian Language in the World, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC, in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy, has launched a series of 12 read-along podcasts from the book "Telephone Tales" by Gianni Rodari (1920-1980). To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of this great Italian author, his “Telephone...

Thursday, November 5th • 7:00-9:00pm edt. Organized by Casa Belvedere. Register Here. With religious roots as old as the dawn of modern civilization, Italy teems with churches central to the identities of cities that built them. Naturally, visitors flock to St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Mark’s in Venice and Florence’s Duomo which defined Italian Renaiss...

È uscito il volume del Centro Altreitalie, Il mondo si allontana? Il COVID-19 e le nuove migrazioni italiane, Maddalena Tirabassi e Alvise Del Pra’, Prefazione di Piero Bassetti, Torino, Accademia University Press. I primi mesi della pandemia vengono esaminati attraverso il racconto dei protagonisti delle nuove migrazioni con 30 interviste e un que...

Snaidero USA has re-opened its New York Flagship showroom after completing an ambitious redesign that ushers in a new direction for the company. After several decades of activity in North America that saw Snaidero USA become the #1 importer of European kitchens, company Founder and President, Dario Snaidero envisioned a new style of showroom. He wa...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will celebrate its 45th Anniversary Gala virtually on Saturday, October 31, 2020, and honor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The evening comprises a robust and special program, including the Foundation presenting Dr. Fauci with NIAF’s 2020 Le...

Last week, I returned to Bologna’s historic center for the first time since the end of February. Bologna is my hometown and I live in the suburbs and, in normal times, I may go to the center once a week or, in normal tourist season, more often to run my tours. In normal times, it’s a regular experience I don’t give much thought to; in Covid times,...

Even before he watched American soldiers drive the Nazis from his Italian village, Rocco Blasi dreamed of living in the United States. "It was something I wanted so badly. It becomes so much a part of you," remembers Blasi, who made good on his dreams by becoming a member of the U.S. Army, a college professor, a founder and early president of the A...

A new Italian Geographical Indication adds to the European register. The Colatura di Alici di Cetara PDO has been officially registered in the European Official Journal. This brings Italy to 308 food specialties with a Geographical Indication. Colatura di Alici is a liquid product obtained from the maturation of anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus L....

Mimi Thorisson is a mom, a chef, an international nomad, a nonna wannabe, and a cookbook author. Known for her envy-inducing life with her family in the French countryside (including two beautiful French cookbooks), Thorisson and her brood decided to move to Italy, a country whose culinary traditions had a siren call she simply couldn’t resist. Lea...