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The Olivetti M1 was not really ready to launch at the opening of Turin's 1911 World's Fair. But Camillo Olivetti – who in 1904 had founded the company of the same name in Milan, moving it to Ivrea only four years later – had already rented a whole pavilion to present the first typewriter his company would manufacture.   He decided to dedicat...

IASA menber Jerome Krase reports on "Seeing Brooklyn Change": A Call for Student Researchers, Photographers, and Videographers: More than 30 years ago, Brooklyn College students, under my direction, created an exhibit that photographically documented life in the borough's Italian American neighborhoods. It was the centerpiece of a conference and al...

Il cibo pugliese "parla". E si può assaporare anche ascoltandolo. E' proprio la dimensione sonorail filo conduttore del cortometraggio "The Sound of Taste", un viaggio suggestivo attraverso la Puglia e la sua cultura gastronomica, presentato nei giorni scorsi a New York, nella prestigiosa cornice del "John D. Calandra Italian American Institute"....

Dallas gets a spot on the international chocolate map thanks to a Highland Park Village cheese shop, which has made a deal with a prestigious chocolate maker from Italy. The cheese shop is Molto Formaggio, and the chocolate is from Guido Gobino, a Turin company well-known for its chocolate treats incorporating fine hazelnuts.   In 2008,...

by Fran Bellamy   Mel's is one of those restaurants that patrons of a certain age particularly enjoy. The experience isn't about cutting edge cuisine or high-concept decor; instead Mel's is a place where fond memories can be found on the menu.   A Holyoke tradition since the late 1920s, Mel's occupies a converted residence in that cit...

di Vincenzo Pascale   L'indipendenza Americana fu, non solo un momento della storia dell'Occidente realizzatosi attraverso una sanguinosa guerra coloniale con il contributo di truppe delle maggiori potenze europee dell'epoca, ma fu un evento storico segnato da una straordinaria azione diplomatica condotta da Benjamin Franklin, sia come Ambas...

By Georgia Kral   Eataly's Nutella Cafe was open for a few months last year and, for hazelnut lovers everywhere, here's some great news: the Italian grocery and restaurant mecca is opening a permanent fixture on May 27. Yes, Nutella all the time will be possible!   The new Nutella bar will feature a new look and new menu items in...

by Heidi Prescott It's down to the final two in the Pizza Wars battle. Giannetto's Pizza in Granger will take on Rocco's Restaurant in South Bend in the final round of voting that kicks off Thursday in St. Joseph County. More than 76,000 votes were cast in the first two rounds of the competition across northern Indiana, blowing last year's B...

by John Bensalhia   By the time you read this, the sun will be putting on his hat for the Summer season! With sizzling temperatures and heatwaves for everyone, there's only one dessert that can do the job. Gelato is an ideal companion to cool you down on a hot summer's day.   And here's the good news – compared to ice cream, the...

Non-profit organizations are usually good at one or two things, and tend to work "narrow and deep" due to their mission statements.   Here in Nutley, UNICO is a far-reaching, multi-faceted, tireless non-profit, and like a charitable octopus, seems to have its many hard working tentacles always busy - and giving back to the community in many,...

by Mauro Battocchi   Italy is a country enmeshed in cultural vibrancy as well as manmade and natural beauty. Traveling from one rugged mountain valley to the next can not only change the scenery, but also the local dialect, craftwork and cuisine. With so much layered complexity, there are bound to be a few things that you may not have known...

Women run nearly one-third of the 700,000 agricultural businesses in Italy, said Coldiretti farmers' group on Wednesday at an Expo conference on women in agriculture. In the first quarter of 2015, nearly half, or 49.3%, of the 215,329 women-run agricultural businesses in Italy were in the south, where family-run businesses are the most prevale...