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Wednesday
Mar062013

THE SCENT OF SPRINGTIME

by Joe Bridano - Growing up during the 1950s and 1960s was a special time to be a young baseball fan. Despite living in the financial center of the world, and boasting the best museums, medical centers, restaurants, media, and architecture the most vivid memories for me seem to always be about baseball. (more)

Wednesday
Mar062013

INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST/ COMPOSER RAY PIEROTTI

September 4, 2005 - MR. PIEROTTI: I was born in 1932 in Bountiful, Utah, and grew up on a farm with a grandfather who was an ornamental plasterer from Italy and a father who was a musician farmer. I went to public school, and eventually ended up thinking that I was going to become a farmer, even though we had a ceramic (more)

Sunday
Mar032013

1900 - ITALIAN JERSEY FARMERS - THE PROSPEROUS COLONIES NEAR VINELAND

The tenement house district which includes Mulberry Street has often been referred to as "New Italy," and visitors to New-York who are interested in the foreign population question go there to study the habits, conditions and peculiarities of the Italian Americans. The investigation usually results in convincing the visitor that the Italian, with his pushcart, his organ and (more)

Friday
Mar012013

COSTANTINO NIVOLA

Costantino Nivola was born on July 5, 1911 in Orani, a small village in the island of Sardinia. His family was very poor so, as a child, Costantino helped out by doing little jobs here and there. As a young adolescent, he worked as an apprentice stonemason where he learned how to shape sand and cement. It was clear by then that he was very talented. Painter Mario Delitala, also from (more)

Sunday
Feb242013

LUIGI LUCIONI

"I started at the age of six, of all things. My school teacher, you know, in Italy, I was just a boy, was a professor of painting, so I used to stay in after school and play around with watercolors and drawings and things like that, we made flowers and things like that, so it seems to me I've always been interested in art. (more)

Wednesday
Feb202013

ITALIAN FARMERS IN CONNECTICUT

Any individual or group interested in developing the agricultural districts of the United States would do well to study the Italian contadini. Such investigation need not involve a journey to Italy, as there are numbers of Italian fruit farms scattered through New England and in close proximity to New York City, as well as the South and West. These farms prove beyond any question that as an intensive cultivator of the soil the Italian cannot be beaten. (more)

Tuesday
Feb192013

JIMMY DURANTE

"There's a million good-lookin' guys, but I'm a novelty!" A true artist, James Francis "Jimmy" Durante was an Italian-American pianist, singer, comedian, and actor. His distinctive raspy voice, language butchery, jazzy tunes, and large nose made him one of America's most popular personalities for 60 years. Jimmy was born in 1893 in the Lower East Side of New York City. His father, Bartolomeo Durante, and his mother, Rosa, were both from Salerno, (more)

Thursday
Feb072013

CARNIVAL TREATS

One of the most traditional Carnival treat in Italy is Castagnole, small soft balls, deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Flour, eggs, butter, sugar, a touch of liqueur,  a bit of grated lemon zest, oil for deep frying, easy. Other traditional Carnival fritters are Frappe or Chiacchiere. Twisted like curled ribbons, also sprinkled (more)

Thursday
Feb072013

THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CARNIVAL 

Girolamo Savonarola, the monk and preacher active in Renaissance Florence, celebrated the Carnival of 1497 by the famous "Bonfire of the Vanities" (Carnival masks and costumes, indecent books and pictures, etc.) in Piazza della Signoria. (more

Thursday
Feb072013


FAT THURSDAY – 6 MORE DAYS OF CARNEVALE 

Carnival involves a jolly attitude because in the past people were not allowed to celebrate anything during Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter). Carnival was their last chance. After that, no meat, no sugar, no music, no dancing, no plays, reason (more)

Thursday
Feb072013

VISITING STUDENTS IN FIVE POINTS

On Christmas-day (1866) a woman with five children coming from church, fell, breaking her arm and giving premature birth to a sixth. Hearing of this sad case, I took a few yards of red flannel and went to see her. I found the poor woman in the deepest agony. Her husband kept a fruit-stand in Nassau Street, but this accident, as she expressed it, had stupified him (more)

Wednesday
Feb062013

AN INTERVIEW WITH LEO CASTELLI

Leo Castelli was an art dealer who played an extraordinary role in shaping Contemporary American Art and fostering international acceptance of painters like Jasper JohnsRobert RauschenbergRoy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella. He was born Leo Krausz, in Trieste in 1907, the second of three children (more)

Wednesday
Feb062013

TRY OUR 'MELAGNA'

This is the first exclusive Fonderia’s recipe we publish, something delicious we call Melagna. It’s layered like light lasagne (without besciamelle or ricotta) and it is extremely easy to make. First prepare a simple sugo (gravy, tomato sauce, however you like to call it) (more)

Wednesday
Feb062013

1899 - THE LYNCHING AT TALLULAH

On July 20th five Sicilians from Cefalù were lynched in Tallulah, Louisiana, a town of 250 people that contained five Italian residents. They were above the average in intelligence and progressiveness, and were fairly well-to-do. (more)

Sunday
Feb032013

VINCE LOMBARDI THE GREATEST FOOTBALL COACH

Vincent Thomas Lombardi is arguably the greatest football coach of all time. His ability to teach, motivate and inspire players helped turn the Green Bay Packers into the most dominating NFL team in the 1960s. The National Football League's Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor. He never had a losing season as a head coach in the NFL (more)

Saturday
Feb022013

LOU LITTLE, COACH OF THE ERA

Born Luigi Piccolo, literally "little Luigi", in Boston on December 6, 1893, he moved to Leominster and he became known as "Lou Little". His career record as a coach in 33 years (1924-1956) is 149-122-11. "He was a man who cared more for the personal growth and well-being of his players than he did for his won-lost record. (more)

Saturday
Feb022013

1916 - ITALIAN INVENTS STREET CLEANER

From a poor shoemaker in the little town of Torricella Peligna [a town in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region], Italy, to a millionaire in Pennsylvania, seemed a remote possibility to Henry Pezzetti when he passed through the grates of the old immigration station at the foot of Washington Avenue (more)

Thursday
Jan312013

POKER COMES FROM AN ITALIAN GAME

Poker is a development of il frusso (played in Italy in the 15th century). In a Canzone of Lorenzo de MediciFlush (il Frusso) and Bassett are referred to. A similar but less game, called primiera, was also played in Italy in the 16th century (more)

Tuesday
Jan292013

1891: AN ELEVEN YEAR OLD BRIDE

New York, March 27, 1891. A little Italian girl, her face tear-stained and bruised, was found on Wednesday by Policeman Allen of the Park Department in Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. She was unable to understand his questioning and he took her to the Bergen Street Police Station. There, through an interpreter, she told her story to agent Coschine of the Society (more)

Tuesday
Jan292013

SARDINES, A HEALTHY CHOICE

Sicilians make the famous Pasta con le sarde, in Ischia they serve them almost raw, just slightly pickled, as an appetizer but you can find them in every possible preparation everywhere in Italy. Sardines and pilchards are names used to (more)