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It’s been 529 years since Christopher Columbus sailed the “ocean blue.” In all that time, this Columbus Day is probably the most important to the legacy of the embattled explorer. Monuments are in mothballs, school curricula are being “corrected” and holidays are being challenged across the country, and especially here in Chicago. That’s why this y...

Silver and slight, anchovies belong to the Engraulidae family and are common in the seas surrounding Italy, which means they are common also on our tables, regardless of where we are: from North to South, anchovies are perhaps the most ubiquitous of all ingredients, up there with tomatoes and Parmigiano.  They are incredibly rich in omega-3 and can...

It all began with a handcrafted brick oven by Giovanni Tacconelli. That oven inspired a five-generation owned-and-operated restaurant that has served Italian-American pies in Philadelphia since 1946 and South Jersey since 2003. And now, Tacconelli's Pizzeria is joining a crowded field of Haddon Avenue pizza shops with a second South Jersey location...

La Guardia was the first Italian-American elected to Congress [1916] and to the mayoralty of NYC [1933] during a time when hyphenated Americans were regarded with hostility and discriminated against. How did La Guardia’s ethnicity shape his values, character, and rise to power? Join us for a presentation by Jo-Ann Vega, proud Italian-American, who...

The historic centre of Urbino is a magical place and, since 1998, its beauty has earned it inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The beautiful palaces, churches and characteristic narrow streets transport the tourist directly back to the atmosphere of fifteenth century when Urbino was the glittering city of the dukes, rich, in cultural ferme...

Since 1999, Via Quadronno has been welcoming customers with a delicious selection of Italian cuisine. There’s something on the menu for everyone’s taste buds whether a customer wants a hot or cold dish. Same for someone’s schedule, if you’re in a rush you can grab a bite to eat or if you have time, you can sit down and relax. Via Quadronno has been...

Raise the trumpets and beat the drums. The 39th annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade, which is sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizations, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9. It will likely be on a smaller scale due to the lingering effects of the coronavirus and the difficulty securing participation by some schools and bands. This y...

Russo's New York Pizzeria, the only authentic New York-style, Italian restaurant, and pizzeria franchise concept, is set to open its first location in Fresno market later this year. The restaurant located at 1845 Herndon Ave, Ste. C Clovis, Ca 93611 will feature the restaurant's updated casual dining layout that includes an open-pizza concept stati...

The enormous positive impact of Italian immigrants on America has never garnered much attention in grade and high school classrooms across the state. But when longtime Illinois educator Diana Hartmann, Ed. S., noticed that books on the subject were disappearing from the shelves of school libraries, she decided to take action. “I wanted to make sure...

This beloved pink cured meat was created in Bologna during the Renaissance. When it crossed the Atlantic, its name eventually derived into bologna (or baloney).  Mortadella has experienced a revival in its place of origin, enhancing countless recipes and even elevating simple slices of plain bread. The cold cut makes for a convenient quick lunch, s...

Acclaimed creator Carmine di Giandomenico (The Flash, Daredevil: Battlin’ Jack Murdock) and rising star Francesco Colafella, together with Arancia Studio (the Italian media company which works on Mirka Andolfo’s bestselling Image Comics titles and surprise hit like Commanders in Crisis and Deep Beyond) present an original graphic novel in Leone. Th...

New Haven’s newest Italian offering opened last week in downtown.  Villa Lulu, the product of seasoned restaurateur Moe Gad, opened on Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of the restaurant’s location at 230 College St. The modern Italian eatery, which boasts a diverse menu of pastas, salads and classic Italian entrees, is Gad’s second re...