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I think we all agree on this: Palermo is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Crossroad between East and West, it is a melting pot of cultures, people, flavors and colors. It is reminiscent of the Middle East like no other place in the country and, for this reason alone, it would be magical already. But it has so much more.  For instance, did you...

Beans and rice. Mac and cheese. A big, steaming bowl of stew. There are some things in life that are just synonymous with culinary comfort. Pasta in a deep, rich red sauce is one of those things. Little Tony’s Italian Restaurant in Oxnard specializes in that sort of old-fashioned, spaghetti-and-meatballs comfort food. The menu is a wide array of cl...

Calabria, otherwise known as the “toe” of Italy’s boot, is a rustic region rich in culture, cuisine, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. With its abundance of postcard-perfect landscapes, inviting Mediterranean climate, and timeless towns dotting the coastline, Calabria represents a fantastic investment opportunity for those look...

“Never eat a meatball sandwich outside your home,” is what the old Italians used to say. And their further refrains were “You never know what they put in it,” and “Mine are the best anyway, so why would you try another? You can trust my meatballs.” I paused to ponder their philosophy.  Was it their pride in believing they were the only ones who cou...

Could South Medford receive a historic district designation focusing on its Italian-American heritage? It's something two Medford officials are proposing. City Council President Richard Caraviello and Vice President Adam Knight on April 13 introduced a proposal for the Historic District Commission to study the idea. “South Medford was a very vibran...

Of Italy’s many tempting wine regions, those devoted to producing its legendary crus are essential stops for oenophiles wanting to sample the marvels of a celebrated DOCG territory at the source. Brunello di Montalcino, which like its powerhouse counterpart in Piedmont, Barolo, has been dubbed the “king of wine” (although they rely on different gra...

Giorgio Metta is scientific director of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), the Italian counterpart of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The institute has a multidisciplinary approach and is particularly strong in technology transfer. Metta (51), an electrical engineer who graduated from the University of Genoa (from which he...

Omaha has long been a city of immigrants. The Irish and Germans arrived in the 1860s to work for the railroads and later in meatpacking plants. South Omaha seemed to be the melting pot of the city, with Eastern Europeans finding their way to the city in the late 1800s. But, it seems like Italian immigrants have had a major influence on the culinary...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) condemns the recent vandalization of the Columbus statues at Union Station, a National Park site in Washington, D.C., and at Columbus Circle in New York City, and requests that elected officials and law enforcement protect these public memorials from further damage so that a substantive dialogue to de...

Laura Pausini is going through one of the best moments of her long career, which has almost spanned 30 years. In late February, the romantic ballad star won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for the song. I do, from the soundtrack of the Italian movie “Life Ahead”, released on Netflix. Now the Italian singer is nominated for an Oscar for the...

If you’ve been in the olive oil section of the grocery store lately, you’ve likely been confronted with a lot of choices. Possibly even a wall of olive oils, with different symbols on the bottles and a whole lot of brands to choose from. For most of us, the world of olive oil is a bit of a mystery, and you may find yourself with the same kind of un...

Presepi, pomodori, produce and pane on Pasqua— what ties these alliterative phrases together you ask? Well, they are some of the ways in which three very special Italian American Podcast listeners have worked to revive and celebrate beloved hallmarks of our Italian American heritage. During this unique, meandering episode, co-host Patrick O’Boyle i...