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After a delightful trip to the New Haven Little Italy, our next stop is a neighborhood in South Hartford, Connecticut. This neighborhood's main strip runs for about a quarter of a mile along along Franklin Avenue.   Underlying our journey is one major curiosity. Coming from Brooklyn, where all of the Italian neighborhoods throughout our enti...

By Rita Cipalla A century ago in Black Diamond, Wash., the freight trains arrived empty twice a day and twice a day they left, loaded with coal. Railroad assistant Amos Ungherini would go down the line each day in a hand-pumped "speeder" to weigh the cars. Back then, the railroad was more than just a way to get coal to market. It was the lifeblood...

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT). In anticipation of the upcoming performances of "Falstaff" conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti at the Chicago Symphony Opera, the Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to present "Giving Shape to Falstaff," a lecture by Gabriele...

To connect with the rural charm that defines Tuscany, consider exploring by car and staying not in towns but in farmhouses. Savvy travelers can slow down and get a taste of Italian rural life in the traditional-yet-cozy lodgings of a countryside B&B or an agriturismo — a working farm that takes in guests.   As the names imply, these lodg...

Un'opera veneziana torna in vita dopo tre secoli. Accade però non in Italia bensì a San Francisco. È qui infatti che, dopo il successo dell'anno scorso con La Cleopatra, opera veneziana mai sentita in tre secoli, Ars Minerva, un'organizzazione no-profit artistica con base a San Francisco, riporterà in vita "Le Amazzoni nelle Isole Fortunate" di Car...

Ansaldo Honolulu, a joint venture between Ansaldo STS and Hitachi Rail Italy, unveiled the first driverless and staff-less train for urban transport in the U.S. in Honolulu.   The joint venture between the two Italian subsidiaries of the Hitachi Group will design and manufacture Honolulu´s rail transit system, as well as build 20 driverless...

As he completed his studies to become an Illinois state trooper in 2010, Jonn-Paul Oliveto was pulled out of class and into a room where he stood opposite a captain, sergeant and master sergeant. To earn a passing mark, he had to sing the National Anthem. "I had an appointment to perform in front of them, without any rehearsal, so you can imagine...

Cari Connazionali, Cari Amici Americani, nell'assumere la carica di Console Generale a Chicago, desidero porgere un caloroso saluto a tutti Voi, con la certezza che nei prossimi anni avremo la possibilità di incontrarci e condividere progetti per far conoscere ed apprezzare le grandi ricchezze dell'Italia a livello culturale, artistico ed econ...

It's hard to believe, but Festa Italiana is just over a month away. The 39th annual festival will take place Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. And if you're a great cook – or a great eater – you may be interested in news about this year's recipe competition and cannoli eating contest.   Chef's Choice Re...

About 525 municipalities in Italy, and three million Italians, have been classed as "garbage-free" in a recent report by green group Legambiente which praises those parts of the country that are managing to reduce non-recyclable waste to a minimum. The north of the country is leading the way, with 413 municipalities, or 79% of the total. The south...

The Ferrari FXX K has won the Compasso d'Oro, one of the most prestigious design awards. The Ferrari FXX K, the jury explained, received the "Compasso d'Oro for a vehicle that exhibits a high level of industrial artisanship. It reflects the values of both Ferrari and of the Made in Italy brand. This recognition goes to a formidable team for exempli...

Joe Vella will run in his first ever 5K without a fitness tracker, doesn't care how fast he will go, if he'll be able to run the whole way or if he'll finish.   The owner of Peter Sciortino Bakery and president of the Italian Community Center liked the idea of bringing the Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer to the 39th annual Festa Italiana...