Bob Farina’s grandparents immigrated to the United States, leaving Sicily, Italy, by boat on June 14, 1913. They arrived in the country nearly one month later on July 1, 1913. Like millions of other immigrants at the time, they were greeted by the Statue of Liberty upon arriving in New York. Born into this hardworking family of New York Italian imm...

Suzanna Rosa Molina has done it again! She authored another very entertaining book about the Italians in Baltimore. As expected, the celebrated “Little Italy” neighborhood, just east of Harborplace, is at its centerpiece. The book features plenty of terrific photographs, along with detailed family and historical notes. Its title is: “Images of Amer...

October, the month dedicated to Italian Heritage, is about to end. It’s been an eventful four weeks for the world and for the US, a month encased in a year, 2020, which has brought to all of us pain, worry, fear. A particular month for the US especially, with a presidential election just around the corner, the POTUS catching and recovering from Cov...

On Friday, Logansport celebrated the long-anticipated arrival of the “Immigration Sculpture” in Heritage Park. Like many of the immigrants who came to Logansport, the statue representing them did not have an easy trip to its home. There were decisions to be made and money to be raised. And although the statue of Carrara marble was supposed to arriv...

If you're a Louisiana native with a distinctly Italian last name, you've got lots of company here. Since the late nineteenth century, more families of Sicilian descent have called Louisiana home than anywhere else in the world except Sicily. This is a topic that has fascinated Loyola history professor, Justin Nystrom – enough to compel him to recor...

With comfort food on the mind and practical family recipes in demand, the hunt for vintage Italian cookbooks can be an intriguing way to make cooking more fun. New cookbooks stir our appetites, but older cookbooks on everyday Italian cooking offer a different kind of food for thought.  So, what regional Italian recipes were trendy in the 1990s? Wha...

Joseph Tollis, born Giuseppe Guido Tollis on November 19, 1921, was from Pacentro, L’Aquila, Abruzzo. He came to the United States in June 1937 to join his father, Pasquale Tollis, in Detroit, leaving his mother and three siblings behind. Upon turning 21, he was drafted into the army and selected to serve as an Italian interpreter when he was in ba...

Quando mio nonno sbarcò a Nuova York per vivere il sogno americano aveva 22 anni, sapeva leggere e scrivere, era contadino e di “razza italiana meridionale”, secondo i registri di Ellis Island. Era arrivato a bordo della Providence, salpata da Napoli il 23 settembre 1923. Aveva in tasca 20 dollari. Secondo l’ISTAT, solo nel 1916 hanno lasciato l’It...

What does it mean to be Italian-Americans? How does our family heritage affect our culture and who we are?  In occasion of this year’s Italian Heritage Month, L’Italo-Americano had the pleasure of discussing about it with Guglielmo Botter. Architect and artist, he was born in Treviso, but he is Italian-American by family, training and choice. Botte...

Why be proud? It’s a question that deserves serious thought and reflection. To begin with, every ethnic, racial and religious group that emigrated to America brought with them a unique set of traditions, customs, values and beliefs that they contributed to America’s collective culture. And for those contributions each group can be justly proud. We,...