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by Carla Escoda   Oregon Ballet Theatre opens its season this weekend with the slyly titled Amore Italiano - a double bill that bows to the Italian roots of ballet, in both classical and contemporary manner, in moods both light and dark.   The inimitable Danish choreographer Auguste Bournonville was so enamored of the city of Naples w...

by Tiziano Thomas Dossena   On Monday, October 19, in the Legislative Chambers of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, in White Plains, New York, a marvelous ceremony celebrating the Italian Heritage and Culture Month took place among an abundant and enthusiastic public.   After the United States' and Italian's national Hymns,...

by Michael Traversa "Funny how?" Just like that, with a simple, menacing, only half-joking line uttered in Martin Scorsese's masterpiece Goodfellas, Joe Pesci became an instant icon. Probably among the most well-regarded Italian-American in cinema, Pesci has become an inspiration for many that followed in his footsteps.   He won an Oscar fo...

If you think you can come to Italy and keep your waistline intact, you are sorely mistaken – for there is no such thing as being on a diet in this country. Between the countless gelatos (it's hot in Italy, okay?) and the pasta and the wine, well, calories really aren't much of a concern. Especially in Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy's most underrated...

by Valerio Viale   On November 2, 1975, the Italian intellectual, poet, novelist, filmmaker – in a word: Artist in capital letter – Pier Paolo Pasolini, was brutally murdered in Ostia, coastal area near Rome. Forty years later, the Italian Cultural Institute in L.A., remembered the tragedy, demonstrating how much this iconic personality is s...

By Maria Cristina Valsecchi   A cross inlaid in the floor of a library marks the spot where Indiana Jones has to dig to access the ancient catacombs of Venice in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The catacombs, a network of dark and narrow underground tunnels and tombs, hold the secret that eventually leads Indy to the hideout of...

Watertown's Italian-American Civic Association held its children's Christmas party Sunday, an event that's been held annually for more than 60 years. But this was the first one children from the Disabled Persons Action Organization attended. The kids received gifts from Santa and a couple of his elves.   Jerry Vecchio, club president -...

Alla presenza del Presidente dell'Assemblea Regionale Siciliana, On. Giovanni Ardizzone e di altre Autorità civili e militari, si è svolta il 18 dicembre u.s. nei Saloni di Rappresentanza della Prefettura di Messina, l'anteprima ufficiale di presentazione della Mostra Fotografica itinerante dal titolo ItaloAmericani "il valore dell'ITALIANITA". L'...

Early in December I participated in a weeklong trip to Italy, sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency. It was a busy schedule including visits to machine tool and automation companies headquartered in Italy, and included a few days observing an international group of students selected to participate in a 2-day Lean Factory Lab workshop at LIUC Univer...

by Nina Tinsley Niccoli's Italian Deli (6102 North 16th Street) is part market and part eatery, similar to other lunch spots such as Luci's Healthy Marketplace and La Grande Orange. Unlike these other places, though, Niccoli's is far less trendy and much more old school.   The market side of the restaurant features cases of brined olives...

by Teresa Di Fresco   Among the best known and most important writers of Italy was Gianni Rodari, a master of children's literature who in this rhyme from "The Travels of Pulcinella", the protagonist is Pulcinella, a carnival mask among the most famous and most poetic that Italy has ever celebrated, not only in the carnival parades of floats...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Kathy McCabe, host and executive producer of the travel series "Dream of Italy," showing on PBS stations around the U.S. through spring 2017. The television series is inspired by the award-winning subscription travel newsletter and website, Dream of Italy, which McCabe founded in 2002,...