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By Karen Matthews   Mario Biaggi, a former 19-year congressman whose career ended in disgrace after a pair of corruption convictions, has died. He was 97. Biaggi died Wednesday at his Bronx home, said Mortimer Matz, his longtime spokesman.   A highly decorated New York City police officer prior to his political career, Biaggi was...

By Helen Williams   Proceeds from the 2015 West Bank Italian Open were presented at a recent Italian-American Society meeting to Luis Arocha, executive director of Café' Hope, a restaurant training program in Marrero for at-risk youth.   The presentation was made by the golf tournament's honorary chairman, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni, and...

by Bonnie North   After spending 17 years living in Italy, lardo (Italian for lard) was the only thing, food or otherwise, that Wendy Olsen did not fall in love with. She recently published her first book, titled Loving Lardo, chronicling her experience in the country she loves.   Born in Orleans, France, and raised in Wisconsin, Olse...

by Elise Balzotti   In the eyes of a passerby, the small Caffè Paolina, tucked discreetly in the corner of a quaint strip mall on Swampscott's main road, does not beckon customers in. Once inside, however, diners feel an unusual sense of comfort and welcome.   Greeted by the proprietor, herself, in a true Calabrese fashion, with open...

By Emma Sarran Webster   Two years after opening, Siena Tavern is still one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago, and this summer, its star chef Fabio Viviani is proving that lightning can strike twice. Bar Siena, Viviani's newest restaurant with partners Lucas Stoioff and David Rekhson, opened its West Loop doors on July 25 to an already e...

by Patt Johnson Max Stanco wants to bring a bit of Italy to Des Moines. The New York businessman is opening an upscale Italian boutique in downtown Des Moines that will feature clothing, shoes and accessories, mostly for men. He has rented street-level space in the Des Moines Building, 513 Locust St., and will open a modern boutique that...

by Pamela Silvestri   Called the "Feast of All Feasts" by organizers, the San Gennaro street festival is ready to roll for 2015. The event, which attracts over a million revelers in a salute to the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, is set for Sept. 10-20.   1. THE HISTORY Little Italy's San Gennaro festival began in 1926, a celebration...

WTI Magazine #68    2015 September, 18Author : Expo 2015      Translation by:   WAME & Expo2015 (World Access to Modern Energy)* is an initiative at Expo Milano 2015 designed to increase public awareness of a problem, that of exclusion from access to electricity by a large part of the world's population. It also aims above all to highlight the ve...

by Jessica Carr   I will always be a tough critic when it comes to Italian food. No, I'm not Italian, but I did study abroad there last summer. There is nothing quite like eating a plate of spaghetti in Florence or stuffing your face with pizza in Venice. Wow, those were good times.   Now that I'm back in the Knoxville, find...

Marie Lacobelle will be honored Friday as West Haven's Italian-American of the Year. Lacobelle, the daughter of an immigrant father from the Campania town of Cerreto Sannita in the province of Benevento, Italy, and a New Haven-born Italian-American mother, is known for her civic-mindedness and her propensity to give back to the city.  ...

  WTI Magazine #70    2015 October, 16Author : italia.it      Translation by:   When it comes to historical Italian coffee, you can not help but talk of Venice. It is in this lagoon city that the tradition of coffee was born, that due to its position and its trade relations with the Arab world, which then spread to the rest of Italy. The first "...

by Margaret Morgan   On October 27, Lidia Bastianich's latest cookbook "Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine" subtitled Everything You Need to Know to be a Great Italian Cook, will be released by Random House. What Julia Child brought to the kitchen with her"Mastering the Art of French Cooking" Lidia Bastianich has done with her late...