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At the ongoing three-day St. Mary of Mount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Italian Festival, it's all about the pizza fritta — or at least, partly. On Saturday, for example, festival-goer Mike Tartaglia and his step-son were waiting for a taste of the deep-fried pizza in an already almost 40-person-long line."It's all homemade — I love it," he said. "You...

The granite crypt topped by the trumpet-playing angel stands on what was once a horseracing track, a fitting final resting place for the pony-loving Louis Prima. The inscription on his tomb in Lakelawn Metairie Cemetery is taken from one of his most famous recordings: "When the end comes I know, they'll say, 'Just a gigolo, ' as life goes on withou...

By Timothy B. WheelerAn Italian renewable-energy company won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic waters off Maryland's coast with an $8.7 million bid Tuesday.   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management declared US Wind Inc. the provisional winner of a daylong auction for a pair of federal leases...

While two major International Film Festivals are taking place in Venice and Toronto, the American Initiative For Italian Culture (www.aific.org) based in Washington, DC, offers the first Film Festival entirely dedicated to the Italian Cinema, called Italian Film SUDestival, September 19-24, 2014, at West End Cinema.  The name SUDest...

Chazz Palminteri stars in "A Bronx Tale," his acclaimed one-man show that launched him to fame, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Friday, October 17 at 8 pm. Tickets are $49-69.   Written and performed by Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the worl...

Last week, Google celebrated its 16th anniversary. Behind the creation of the web giant, as well as of others the likes of Amazon and Wikipedia, there is a generation of brilliant Montessori-educated founders. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, and Jimmy Wales all attended Montessori schools in the U.S., inspired by the innovative educational...

Each year the Hazleton Chapter of UNICO and Maurice C Raymond "RMR" Knights of Columbus honor an outstanding Italian-American as part of their Columbus Day dinner in celebration of their Italian heritage.   The organization asked community members to nominate individuals who exemplify the true spirit of an Italian-American – one who demonstr...

The Greater New Haven Sons of Italy Lodge #37 will hold the 4th annual ladies luncheon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Italian American Social Club, 40 Hamre Lane, Branford, according to a release.   The male members of the lodge will prepare and serve the food, the release said. The cost is $35 per person. Seating is limited to the first...

Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife.   Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels...

The United States wasn't her first choice, but by the end, Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini would leave a lasting legacy in the heart of southern Louisiana. The patron saint of immigrants hailed from Italy and, by her early 30's, founded the Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She had dreams that this mission would take her beyond the real...

by Dominic Massa   Paul Ferrara, a drummer who played with Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and other greats during a 65-year career, died Wednesday at his home in Kenner. He was 76. Ferrara had been battling cancer for the past year, according to his family. Despite his illness, Ferrara continued to perform, even maki...

Dozens of southeast Kansans celebrate Italian culture with food this afternoon. "Too often what we see is our parents and our grandparents had certain traditions that maybe our younger people don't carry on. And so, by hosting these kinds of events we're able to make sure that that heritage lives on," says Linda Grilz, co-host of the Italian Exhib...