It’s mid-September in The Big Apple, and the air is filled with the smell of sausage and peppers and fresh frying zeppole, because ‘a festa ‘e tutte ‘e feste’—’The Festival of All Festivals’ has arrived! For eleven days each September, thousands descend on Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy for the Feast of San Gennaro, and this week, Ross...

This week’s episode of the Italian American Power Hour is one for the ages, when most of the gang reassembles in New York City for the chance to spend an incredible day with America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.  Known for leading one of the most transformative eras in the history of America’s great metropolis, Mayor Giuliani sat down with us for over tw...

In this episode of the Italian American Power Hour, John scores a one-on-one interview with Marina Di Guardo, one of Italy’s best-selling authors and the mother of the most influential influencers in il bel paese!  They’ll discuss the author’s early life as a “Nordic Sicilian” and just what inspired her to become one of Italy’s most renowned writer...

For her philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, Gina Biancardi, the founder of Casa Belvedere, was invested as Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I, during an Investiture ceremony Friday evening at the Italian Cultural Center on Grymes Hill.  The Royal Order of Francis I is an Order of Chivalry established in the former Kingdom of the T...

While our immigrant forebears sat by giant radio consoles to absorb the news, music and culture of Italy, today’s Italian Americans have podcasts and, among them, one has remarkable traction. How much? Try roughly 20,000 listens per episode. Not bad for a program that’s less than four years old and the product of programmers learning the ropes as t...

In this week’s special edition of the Italian American Power Hour host John Viola, just back from the Big Easy, presents a special travel journal sharing his multi-year relationship with one of his favorite Italian American events of the year, the Annual St. Joseph’s Day Weekend in New Orleans, LA. This year, John had the honor of serving as the ev...

Do you keep a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”? If you’re a true believer in Italian Power, you’ll want to hear this week’s episode of the Italian American Power Hour, as Rossella, Dolores, and Pat reunite to dissect John’s take on the ten must-see monuments, events, and institutions that constitute his “Italian American B...