Impressing dinner party guests with homemade, high-quality dishes such as fried calamari, ricotta pie and baked stuffed lobster just got a whole lot easier. That's because Saugus resident Angela Maraia is sharing her collection of 300 mouthwatering recipes in her first-ever cookbook, titled "My Mother and Me." The 329-page book is dedicated to Mar...

By Rosemary Feitelberg True to the wayward characters he writes about in his new book "Gangland New York: The Places and Faces of Mob History," Anthony M. DeStefano preferred that a recent interview start with a walk past a few haunts the city's mobsters made notorious.   Readers of his latest nonfiction (Lyons Press) might be tempted to re...

  WTI Magazine #55    2015 March, 6Author : Lucio Luca      Translation by: John Cabot University   Have you ever googled the words "Sicily" and "America"? Hundreds of thousands of results appear but what is immediately evident is that the overwhelming majority refers to Cosa Nostra bosses in the U.S., Italian-American Mafia, the murder of Joe P...

by Silvia Simonetti   In the world's eyes, groundbreaking robotic innovations are usually associated with the high-tech research carried out in leading countries like the U.S. or Japan. Nevertheless, Italy as well boasts a very productive robotics sector, which is one of the best examples of our creativity, programming and manufacturing sk...

Author and scholar Dr. Simone Cinotto will deliver a lecture and sign copies of his new book, The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City at Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management on Monday, May 12 at 5pm.   In his talk, Cinotto will discuss how food was at the center of the lives of immi...

Peter C. Sugar's latest book "Impressions of Italy" is the best way to dive into the country's rich culture and stunning landscapes through the eyes of an architect. After obtaining his master's degree in Architecture at MIT, Sugar lived and worked in Italy for eight years, during which he honed his skills in drawing with hundreds of pen and ink k...

by Rod Dreher   Via Prufrock, here's a review of a new book called The Italians, an affectionate but also critical view of the nation and its people by John Hooper, a Rome-based correspondent for The Economist. From the review, this bit exemplifying contradictions in Italian life starts by saying that the justice system is a bureaucratic jok...

Middletown Township Public Library located at 55 New Monmouth Road is proud to present That's Amore: The Great Italian-American Songbook with Dave DeLuca on Saturday April 18, beginning at 2:30 pm.   "Featuring such songs as That's Amore, O Sole Mio, Come Back To Surriento, and Volare, The Great Italian-American Songbook celebrates the 'Ital...

by Annalisa Merelli   Sorry, New York Times Sunday Book Review, Elena Ferrante is not "one of the great novelists of our time." Zadie Smith, Arundhati Roy, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—these are all great novelists. Ferrante is not, which is unfortunate, because she has a good story to tell. About a month ago, while I was back in my hometo...

by Lianna Fabrizio   Joyous occasions around the dinner table served with authentic Italian dishes - recipes for which were passed down three generations - are what Elisa Pignato holds close to her heart. After a lifetime of cooking traditional Italian dishes like spaghetti with white clam sauce, chicken cacciatore, and pasta fagioli by memo...