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...

Join professor and poet Federica Santini in a conversation about her Italian American experience and poetry. Federica will read excerpts from her collection Unearthed and explore her connection to language(s) as a lifetime scholar of Italian literature in both Italy and the States, and as a poet writing in her non-native English. Federica’s poetry,...

Sunday January 30, 2022. 6 pm edt. Celebrate IAWA's 31st year of nonstop, monthly literary readings bringing audiences together with authors they need to know ... Admission free. Register www.iawa.net. Doors close 6:15pm We start with an Open Mic, followed by features and a Q&A with the authors: Matt Cariello and Gail DiMaggio. Matt Cariello’s late...

Join us on January 27 at 6pm for an evening with Monsignor Hilary Franco as he discusses his deeply moving spiritual memoir, Six Popes: A Son Of The Church Remembers. RSVP Here. The event is $35 per person and includes a copy of the book that will be discussed that evening. Columbus Citizens Foundation Members wishing to dine in the Taverna followi...

Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Otteneheimer Theater, Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR. They came looking for the promised land. They found a nightmare. And they built it into a new life. This is the story of the Italians of Sunnyside. Lured from Italy to buy parts of Sunnyside Plantation, instead they were litt...

We begin the eleventh year of We the Italians interviews with a true excellence in the divulgation of Italian culture in the United States. Carla Gambescia's name is known to many Americans who have the good fortune to have Italian origins and others who do not, and it is synonymous with Dolce Vita: it is precisely to Dolce Vita that Carla turns wh...

As the title of my book, How Italian Food Conquered the World, asserts, the domination of Italian food, from pizza to white truffles, is as evident in Boca Raton as it is in Beijing. In fact, it would be unusual to find any new restaurant that isn’t Asian that doesn’t have a pasta or pizza section on it. Here are some highlights of the inexorable m...

My friend Joel Reese, our local history man at the Iredell County Library in Statesville, recently gave me a Christmas gift that I especially appreciated: “The Travels of Marco Polo,” translated by Henry Yule, and published by Sterling Publishing Company of New York in 2012. It is illustrated with many maps and color photographs of places mentioned...

Presentation of the book of the life and writings of Orienta Badia. Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 4:00 AM – 5:30 AM CET. Online event. This talk introduces participants to the extraordinary life of Orienta Badia-a second generation Italiana who possessed rare and pertinent talents that still remain so in 2022. She was born with the gift of dance and...

As a movie, The Lost Daughter has the satisfyingly melancholy feel of a rained-out vacation in a dream destination. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut is a prickly examination of ambivalence towards motherhood, with an emotional heft that belies its coastal Italian setting. More than picturesque set dressing, the locale is a nod to the source ma...