When COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown hit Italy this year, the leadership at San Patrignano—a recovery community in the nation’s Emilia-Romagna region that teaches residents the decorative arts—was concerned. The community relied on brick-and-mortar retail. “During the lockdown in April, we were really worried,” says Luca Giunta of San Patrigna...

One of the most wonderful things about the exceptional tradition that unites all those who have built the history of the Italian American community over many decades is the solidarity, generosity, and brotherhood that has allowed so many Italian Americans to survive and grow in very difficult conditions, thanks to the help of other fellow Italians...

The cast and creators of the hit HBO series The Sopranos will soon reunite for a special live fundraiser to benefit Friends of Firefighters, an organization founded in the aftermath of 9/11 to support active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families. A two-hour virtual event, the reunion will be hosted on Tiltify's Twitch page this week on t...

Las Vegas’ world-class resort community, Tuscan Highlands, is saying "Thank You" to local first responders by offering a free lunch or dinner at its on-site restaurant, Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge, now through the end of the year. Community heroes, plus a guest, are welcome to enjoy a complimentary meal at the Italian-American eatery. Reservations...

Driving to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park as the first specks of snow fell this winter, I was taken back to my time writing obituaries as a cub reporter. There was an unwritten rule then at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s newspaper, the Chicago Catholic: Priests always got top billing. Shorten the nuns’ obituaries first, i...

She calls herself “Sam the Lasagna Lady.” After seeing how many people were affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Samantha Peavy decided to bring some extra joy to the holiday season by sharing her lasagna with the Norfolk community. “There are some people who are really just struggling with a meal, so we just want to share in the good spirit of gi...

Just days ago, world-renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura convened with leaders at the World Economic Forum to discuss the future of food. As a newly appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador tasked with reducing food waste, the Michelin-starred chef from Osteria Francescana shared plenty of insights. “Food is not just economy," he said. "Food is culture,...

It is a gloomy and rainy Sunday morning in Portici, a densely populated town near Naples. Local priest Don Giorgio Pisano walks the streets to visit his parishioners who are forced to stay in because of the lockdown. He cannot see them in their homes, but he can still talk to them on the Intercom. Don Giorgio knows them all individually. He asks ab...

“Una delle conseguenze più drammatiche della pandemia è la crescita del disagio sociale e economico, che ha colpito soprattutto persone che hanno perso il lavoro. In questi mesi di emergenza si sono moltiplicate le domande di aiuto che sono, sempre più spesso, domande di cibo”. Lo sottolinea la Comunità di Sant’Egidio, che, in una nota diffusa oggi...

Despite the support the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) gave this year to the Italian American community, the pandemic is not over and our work is not done. If you are able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help NIAF continue serving our community during these difficult and uncertain times. Donate here.  Your tax-dedu...