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Rome's birthday, on 21 April, is known as Natale di Roma. This year the city will celebrate its 2,774th birthday. Traditionally the Eternal City marks its birthday with historical re-enactments of ancient Roman rituals, costumed parades and gladiator fights, however this year, due to Italy's covid-19 restrictions, the festivities move online. The a...

After an employee described his experience eating a muffuletta in New Orleans, his bosses at Brett’s Barbecue Shop started thinking about creating their own spin on the iconic Big Easy sandwich. Pitmaster/owner Brett Jackson got busy smoking brisket pastrami, turkey, ham and bologna. General manager Jacqueline Herrera began concocting a version of...

Former county executive Nick Pirro is the vice president of the Columbus Monument Corporation. The group is continuing to push back on Mayor Ben Walsh's decision to remove the statue, which Pirro sees as a symbol of Italian American pride. Who owns this area that the monument sits on and who owns the monument? That's a good question. We have not be...

New Hampshire-based author and TV anchor Mary Ann Esposito has devoted her 30-year career to championing Italian regional cuisines. In this interview, the host of America’s longest-running television cooking program, Ciao Italia, recalls the beginnings of her love for Italian food, explains the charitable work carried out by her foundation and hum...

Board members for the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially declared Thursday night that this year’s event will proceed at Heritage Port in Wheeling. Members of the event’s board of directors met at what was described as a “lively” meeting Thursday evening, discussing options and eventually electing to move forward with the wildly...

Don’t mistake this with the imitation Parmesan that has a powdery texture and somewhat dull flavor. Parmigiano Reggiano is a force to be reckoned with in the world of cheese, and it bears a monumental backstory. The history of Parmigiano Reggiano dates way back to the late 1000s with Benedictine and Cistercian monks. They allegedly were in search o...

If you want to know what one of the most interesting neighborhoods in New York was like before the pandemic—-well, it’s back, and in these times, more important, more fun and more needed than ever. There really is only one Little Italy these days, and it’s in the Bronx, in the area known as the Belmont Business Improvement District. To most of us,...

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies is very pleased to celebrate Maria Silva, Italian Minor in RCS, for her fully-funded acceptance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ph.D. Program in Italian. This program is notable for having a large focus on interdisciplinary studies, i.e. bridging art history with Italian language and culture,...

Matteo Garrone said he was savouring the "historic" success of his 2019 adaptation of Pinocchio after it won two Oscar nominations - for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The director refused to be drawn into the debate about why the film, which stars Roberto Benigni as Gepetto, had not been been chosen to be Italy's candidate fo...

From the classic kitchen décor to the family portraits that adorn the walls, a visit to Sparo’s Deli in Upper Montclair is designed to transport customers to grandma’s kitchen table. In this case, the grandma is Andrea Chinnici — or as her grandchildren call her — “Mama Ree.” Honing her cooking skills by watching her own grandmother, Mama Josephine...

Join Geronimo Stilton and his team in a new adventure throughout the “Thousand Wonders” (Le Mille Meraviglie) of the regions of Italy! This new kids online Italian language course is presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and is based on the book, “Viaggio alla Scoperta Dell’Italia.” This special edition of Ge...

In theory, the plan of the Italian government is: opening up some islands. The criteria include having an adeguate hospital system, at least one ICU, and follow the safety and health measures. This way, the islands should be able to guarantee a safe summer. The concept is: vaccinate here first. And vaccinate the whole population of the islands. The...