Sipping a craft beer on a warm spring evening in Catania, Sicily, Corrado Paterno Castello spares a thought for friends and colleagues he left behind in Milan, 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) north. "Today, between meetings, I had a swim at the beach," the 29-year-old entrepreneur told AFP, with a beaming smile. "The quality of life you have here is v...

Back in 2019 I started a Facebook page called Amici di Orsara with my intention to bring people that have moved away, visited once, or have never been to come back to their roots. The song by Imagine Dragons called “Roots” often plays in my head while working on the page. I often visited Orsara as a kid and continued to, long after my dad passed aw...

Do you like salad? I do. My favorite is a good cobb salad. I like it because of all the different flavors and textures. You have crispy bacon and creamy avocado next to some nice blue cheese, eggs, and chicken all in one bowl. What’s not to like? In my opinion, the worse thing you can do to a cobb salad is to add salad dressing. Why disguise all th...

Washing the dishes the other day, I picked up the white enamel colander I’d used to drain thawed berries before folding them into cake batter. Dishwashing is a thoughtless habit, but this time I found myself considering the colander with its arcing rows of holes, black rim and dark, chipped places. It has been in my life forever. My mother bought i...

The residents of New Orleans have a history of creating unusual pronunciations of words. Local street names provide common examples of New Orleanians’ inventive pronunciations, such as Burgundy Street (pronounced bur-GUHN-dee, not BUR-guhn-dee) and a cluster of Uptown streets named for the nine Greek Muses, including Urania, Thalia, Euterpe, Callio...

“America is technically home but my heart and soul is in Calabria,” says Rosetta Costantino, author of My Calabria, Southern Italian Desserts and culinary instructor of traditional southern Italian recipes and tour guide in Calabria, Sicily, and Puglia. Costantino was born and raised in Verbicaro, Calabria a small wine-producing hill town at the ti...

When I was a kid growing up in an Italian neighborhood in New York, we used to say there were two kinds of people in the world; Italians and those that wanted to be. When my daughters were just children, I told them they were very lucky little girls; not everyone gets to be Italian. Then I made my first trip to Italy. I started developing acquainta...

When: Sat, May 22, 2021 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM CEST, Organized by Caffè Culturale - Online Event About this Event Vincenza Scarpaci is an Italian-American research historian born into a Sicilian family. She has written two books, A Portrait of Italians in America and The Journey of Italians in America, a pictorial history about Italians in America...

The New York Times, in 2001, devoted an article to aspects of society in Connecticut, a state on the east coast of the United States, where the influence of Italian Americans has been very strong, according to the prestigious newspaper. Political, economic, religious, sports, professional, etc. For the 2000 census, Connecticut was actually the seco...

Throughout history, Italian athletes in the sports arena have presented themselves as strong, proud,  or even macho individuals. They barely need any dramatic effect for their performances. Their personalities and prowess are enough.  Take, for example, two-time Mr. Universe winner Lou Ferrigno who also played the Incredible Hulk in the hit 80’s TV...