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This mobile cuddle room is touring a province in southern Italy and offering respite to pensioners left isolated amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The inflatable installation allows retirement home residents to have contact with relatives without fear of picking up the virus. It has been operational in the province of Avellino, near Naples, since Christm...

Quale sarà la Capitale italiana della cultura 2022? A chi passerà il testimone Parma, che, causa pandemia, terrà  in mano il titolo un anno in più del previsto? La corsa è vicina al traguardo: oggi e domani si tengono le audizioni delle 10 città finaliste e lunedì dovrebbe arrivare la decisione del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per...

As current president of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, and someone who has been blessed to call Tommy Lasorda a close friend for more than 30 years because of it, I was deeply saddened this week as we lost another American hero. The Hall of Fame began as an Italian American Boxing Hall of Fame in 1977, founded by George Randazzo...

Italy passed a positive milestone, with 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine having been administered just 19 days after the country launched its nationwide vaccination program. The development was praised by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and President Sergio Mattarella, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. The key indicator represents a dramatic...

Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra was one of the most popular New York Yankees of all time. With all the discussion on who will be the Yankee catcher next season, I thought it would be appropriate to look at one of the Yankees’ most iconic catchers. Yogi was a long time catcher, coach, and manager for the Yankees. Berra was born in 1925 to immigrant parent...

There are places that leave their beauty to speak for them. Anyone who visits Apulia can therefore not help but visit its most authentic heart, from the red earth and the countless olive trees: it is the Itria Valley, the central part of Apulia, the point of union of the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. The name probably derives from the ch...

The smoked salmon tartine from Pastars in Westminster is one of those things that’ll drive you crazy as you admire its good looks and try to decide whether to eat it with your fingers or a knife and fork. I grab it with my hands and rush it toward my mouth. Next time I’ll know better. I’ve now got goat cheese smeared all over my face and mustard se...

Along with iconic architecture and replicas of famous structures in Venice, Italy, the newly Venetian in 1999 also introduced a facsimile of one of the Italian city’s most famous attractions—its gondolas. The Las Vegas version was a motorized version which wound its way throughout a number of indoor and outdoor water routes around The Venetian and...

Imagine a world where we knew the name of Homer, but the poetry of The Odyssey was lost to us. That was the world of the early Italian Renaissance during the second half of the 15th century. Many people knew the names of some early poets of Italian literature – those who were active during the 13th century. But they could not read their poems becau...

St. John’s University mourns the passing of Frank J. Coppa, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of History, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the founding Director of the doctoral program in World History. He was a brilliant, internationally renowned scholar whose impact on the study of modern Catholic history was felt from the...

If the mere mention of its signature dishes — tortellini with peas and prosciutto, pasta con gambretti, eggplant parmigiano, and so on — doesn’t make your mouth begin to water, you’re depriving your palate of one of Columbia’s longest-standing authentic Italian establishments: The Pasta Factory. In the Beginning A Columbia tradition for 44 years, T...

During the year 2002, I had the pleasure of managing a fine salesman named Jeff LaFleur.  Jeff lived in Croton, NY in Westchester County and that was the area that he serviced.  I would typically drive up to work with Jeff once per month and it usually involved an overnight stay in Peekskill, not far from his home.  Jeff was a good family man and f...