The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts' annual Prime Rib Christmas Dinner will be held on Dec. 12 at 56 Margaret St. in Springfield.   The event will open with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. The full menu includes antipasto, garden salad, baked stuffed shrimp, prime rib, roasted potatoes, ziti, desse...

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 6 - 9 p.m., the Capital Italian American Organization (CIAO!) will be hosting its annual Christmas party and potluck social at Staybridge Suites located in the Summit East Complex at 1600 Summit Lake Drive, Tallahassee, just east of Interstate 10 on U.S. 90 (Mahan Drive).   Please join us for good food, I...

It is rather safe to say that up until now Europe has been solely enjoying the talents of the beautiful Italian Pop songstress Alessia d' Andrea in a very big way while the U.S. is just now getting introduced to the budding artist. However, on the other hand the secret is out now and American music lovers have already begun to enjoy and share the f...

What started as an Italian American woman spending Christmas gatherings learning about Italian history may just evolve into helping others learn about various cultures on television through puppets.   Madison resident Kate West, using a puppet called La Befana, hopes to share Italian culture and other traditions with wider audiences through...

The Italian-American tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve stems from Catholic abstention of meat, but there's nothing limiting about the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The meal, typically a multi-course affair offering an ocean's worth of seafood, is a delicious holiday tradition regardless of religion or dietary principles.   Many Washi...

Looking for some last-minute stocking stuffer ideas? Wrap up your Christmas shopping with a culturally rewarding gift. I highly recommend these CDs featuring 17th and 18th century Christmas music from Naples. • Peppe Barra: La Cantata Dei Pastori. Read description• Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Christmas I. Read description• Francesco Du...

Living nativity scenes and pageants, in Italian "presepi viventi", are quite common in Italy. Living nativity scenes are usually presented for several days, thanks to the fact that many people in Italy enjoy wearing a costume and act out the parts of the nativity.   Considering that in many parts of Italy living nativity scenes have become a...

The December meeting and Christmas party of the Italian American Association will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 at Genetti's Hotel and Convention Center, Wilkes-Barre. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person with complimentary wine all evening.   Music will be provided by Danny Argo and Friends until 10:15 p.m....

Here in our home, one of our Christmas traditions is making gingerbread cookies and one gingerbread house each year. (CLICK to see what we built last year.) I often wondered if there is something similar in Italy and in fact, I discovered something very similar to gingerbread in Calabria... the Mostaccioli, a shaped, honey and spiced, unleavened ha...

by Rossella Rago   Dear Friends, are you ready to celebrate Christmas? Well I am!!! Please join me and my two lovely Nonne: Nonna Romana Sciddurlo from Puglia and Nonna Antoinette Capodicci from Campania as we demonstrate some traditional Christmas dishes from Puglia and Campania. This Christmas Dinner extravaganza will take place at one of...