By Kerry J. Byrne Mary Ann Esposito reconnects with her Sicilian roots when the longest running cooking show in American TV history celebrates its 25th season on the air in August. Along the way, her fans savor the flavors of regional Italian cooking and a classic American success story.   In the season premiere, the host of "Ci...

By Phil Anderson Topeka may seem an unlikely destination for tourists from Italy, but it was the perfect fit for a two-person television production team that visited the capital city on Wednesday.   Alessandro Turci and Federica Miglio, whose TV production company is based in Rome, spent part of Wednesday morning filming at the Aaron Dougla...

by Joe Potente   One of Kenosha's most recognizable native sons, Al Molinaro, died Friday at 96. Molinaro's son, Michael Molinaro, said his father died at a California hospital, ending a decline that stemmed from a gallbladder infection a few months ago. Known for his TV roles as drive-in owner Al Delvecchio on "Happy Days" and Mur...

Have you ever wondered what it's like to conduct onsite genealogical research in Italy? Well, the wait is over. Just tune in to GENEALOGY ROADSHOW on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 8:00 PM ET on PBS. We've got something special in store for those of you with an interest in Italy and Italian genealogy. ORIGINS ITALY Founder Mary M. Tedesco will host a...

Franco and Margaret Romagnoli brought real Italian cooking to a national audience in the mid-1970s with their public television series "The Romagnolis' Table." The show sparked a number of cookbooks and three restaurants. "They presented to the American public for the first time what was authentically served at the table by the multitudes," Ma...

Italian production company Wildside is venturing into unexplored genre TV territory with an adaptation of the Spaghetti Western Zombie, "Garrett," based on the eponymous Italian comic book which has a cult following in Europe, Variety reports.   "The comic book takes its cue from Sam Peckinpah's classic western movie "Pat Garrett and Billy t...

A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Producers Guild of Italy (AGPCI).   The partnership will allow the two guilds to foster working relationships between US and Italian producers. It extends the PGA's programme of reaching out to the global community to promote the important role of the p...

I read with interest The Desert Sun's series on the Mafia in the valley ("Gangsters in Paradise," Nov. 30-Dec. 4). I figured I'd offer a personal — actually, a family — perspective on this subject.   My grandfather came over from Italy, alone, when he was 16 years old because he dreamed of becoming an American. By 30 he had settled in the It...

by Scott Wampler Netflix has found tremendous success with its original true crime programming, so it only makes sense that they'd produce more of it, and their latest true crime venture might turn out to be its most divisive yet. Or at least, that seems to be what they're angling for.   Amanda Knox, from directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian...

by Silvia Simonetti   "I am most passionate about bringing my knowledge [of tasting] to consumers, "said an enthusiastic Orietta Gianjorio, a native Italian from Rome, when describing her motivation and drive for tasting. "My Italian values are shopping for the best ingredients, conviviality around the table, and slowing down to enjoy food,"...