Just when we were preparing to write about him, Anthony Riccio left us. He left us at just 69 years old, all of a sudden and without a fuss, which was just his style. Anthony had become a photographer as a child, developing photographic negatives in his house’s bathroom in New Haven, Connecticut. For his whole life, he worked as a librarian at Yale...

The Italian American community deeply mourns the loss of one of its great pillars on Sunday, Jan. 16. Anthony Vincent Riccio’s great passion was chronicling the lives of the Italian immigrants who settled in Boston’s North End, as well as those who settled in New Haven. I met Anthony for the first time in 2018 at a joint signing at I Am Books in Bo...

Anthony V. Riccio, the author of the Italian-American experience in New Haven and beyond, has died at the age of 69. Click here and here to read two previous Independent articles by Allan Appel about Riccio’s work about New Haven’s community.  Following is a tribute written by New Haven’s Phil Langdon: I was shocked Sunday to learn that my longtime...

A few weeks ago, Anthony Riccio sent me this picture taken in the North End and asked if I could identify the men. Anthony is writing a book about the North End that will be published later this year. The book will consist of pictures and interviews collected by Anthony when he worked at the North End’s senior citizens club back in the 1980s. He wo...

U.S. Premiere at New Haven Documentary Film Festival 2020. Wednesday, August, 19 2020 8:30pm. Click here for tickets and more info. The film, written by Ciriaci in collaboration with cinema historian and Yale alum Luca Peretti, previously won the ‘Il Cinemino’ award at the prestigious Festival dei Popoli in Florence upon its world premiere in Novemb...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! Things are going great here at We the Italians: another month full of wonderful things happened and news to be announced. Last October 25th I had the pleasure to participate in the presentation of the Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2019. Once again Delfina Licata and her team have put together an e...

Italian Americans may not set off Guinness-fueled celebrations every St. Paddy's Day like Irish Americans, or serve as an excuse for margarita madness on Cinco de Mayo like Mexican Americans. But with their heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs, mobster flicks, and the unfortunate reality TV show "Jersey Shore," Italian Americans are a critical...

On Sunday November 18, at 1:30, to celebrate the “Garment Workers of New Haven” exhibit now on permanent display at the New Haven Labor Center on 267 Chapel Street, New Haven, I'll be giving at talk, "Toil and Triumph: Italian American Women in the Sweatshops of New Haven." This will be followed by a walking tour of the actual working sites of New...