Starting in 2018, Carmen De Lorenzo has organized an annual Italian Film Festival USA at MSU. The festival screens Italian movies with English captions, allowing local community members and MSU students alike to share their love for Italian culture. De Lorenzo works with the MSU Italian Club students to put on the event. The students take charge of...

When most people retire, they kick back and relax. Days are spent enjoying a life that’s free of deadlines and time clocks. But Tony Battaglia is not most people. An idle lifestyle simply doesn’t suit this dynamic gentleman who was once a leader in the construction industry. That’s why after he retired, Battaglia decided to do something that combin...

October marks a period of cultural recognition for Italian Americans across the country. During Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month, Italians reminisce and reflect on the accomplishments and accolades of Italian Americans. Simultaneously, Italians use this month to focus on preserving and celebrating their culture. This celebration of cultu...

October is Italian Heritage Month. 7 Action News Reporter Tiarra Braddock takes us inside a family-owned grocery store with Italian roots that’s been serving Macomb County for decades. The owners of Vince and Joe’s Gourmet Markets are celebrating 40 years in business. The business has been in the Vitale family for three generations. “I’m really pro...

Dear friends, in September I had the pleasure of attending two events in the United States, both very interesting, which saw me together with a friend with whom we are forming a beautiful business partnership, Davide Ippolito. We were in Detroit, guests of the wonderful Italian Consul Allegra Baistrocchi, for the new edition of LoveItDetroit: a fan...

In the collective imagination that identifies the American market, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami loom large as icons—the golden gates that provide access to the economic Eldorado across the ocean. Yet we often overlook that other America that, away from the limelight, offers a less saturated market ripe with opportunities, especially in an era o...

Tommy Parrottino, Anthony Rinaldi and Ryan Valentini have all been playing on a line together through training camp and the three share more than just the same colour of practice jersey, as they all have Italian last names and heritage in their family. Tommy Parrottino, 25, hails from Rochester Hills, Michigan but his family roots can be traced bac...

September 9-10 2023 Detroit, MI, United States

Basil Russo, John Viola, and the IAFL team conducted a special seminar in Detroit last weekend at the request of Italian Consul Allegra Baistrocchi. Its purpose was to bring together future leaders of the Italian American community and offer them a platform to collectively express their pride in their heritage, to formulate plans as to how they can...

Italy has been a main protagonist on the opening day of the Detroit Auto Show 2023. “Italy is synonymous with automotive”, underlined the Italian consul in Detroit, Allegra Baistrocchi, who organized the Italian presence as part of the Mobility Global Forum, a two-day symposium attended by managers and experts in the sector to discuss changes in th...