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Thursday
Dec202012

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

Ask Italian-born people and they'll tell you they have never heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Some shake their heads in disbelief, some make annoying, snobbish remarks, you can even find articles where it is not recognized as an Italian tradition. Maybe these people have never heard of the number seven, but the Cenone della Vigilia (Christmas Eve’ big dinner) is inarguably one of the most important events in Italian tradition for the Old Country as well as the New. Christmas is a two-day feast, and on the Eve you eat fish and seafood, period. (more)

Wednesday
Dec192012


PIGNOLATA? STRUFFOLI?

Some people swear that Pignolata was introduced by the Sicilians to this country, while others call it Struffoli and guarantee it is a Neapolitan invention, born under the Vesuvio and brought here. In Calabria they call it Cicirata o Turdiddi, in Umbria and Abruzzo Cicerchiata. We are talking about the delicious pine cone shaped dessert made of deep fried balls of sweet dough dipped in honey or glazed, crunchy on the outside and light inside. (more)

Monday
Dec032012

DIRECTING CLOUDS

It isn’t easy to interview Fausto Bernardini, the director of Cloud Services at IBM. If he is not flying to Australia or China, if he is not on the phone with clients or with his team, he may be riding his bicycle or skiing down a mountain depending on the season. Born in Rome, a degree in Electrical Engineering, a doctoral degree in Computer Science at Purdue University, he started working for IBM in 1997 as a researcher and never left.  "I am trying to push the envelope of what people (more

Sunday
Dec022012


LUXURY, A STATE OF MIND

Buccellati is a family enterprise that has been creating exclusive jewelry, silver and watches since 1919. Buccellati is recognizable by its craftsmanship: the rich texture, the lace-like designs, the precise engravings, the atypical gemstones, all set in harmonic ensembles. After becoming one of the most important designing companies in Europe, in 1952, Buccellati opened the first Italian jewelry shop on Fifth Avenue. Alberto Carlo Milani is the CEO of Buccellati Americas, rated “the 2011 most exclusive jewelry company in the US” by the Luxury Institute(more

Sunday
Sep092012

2013: HAPPY 200TH BIRTHDAY, MR. VERDI

September 2012 to April 2013 - The Metropolitan Opera - New York

Something to celebrate: 200 years from the birth of one of the greatest composers, Giuseppe Verdi. “To the world, as to the nation he helped to found, Verdi left an enduring legacy of music, charity, patriotism, honour, grace, and reason” stated Mary Jane Phillips-Matz.  The Metropolitan Opera is presenting AidaRigolettoIl TrovatoreOtelloUn Ballo In Maschera and Don Carlo.   (more)
Sunday
Sep092012

The Largest Mass Lynching in U.S. History 

New Orleans, March 14, 1891. The acquittal of 18 Italian-Americans falsely accused of murder led to 11 of them being beaten, shot and hung in the largest mass lynching in American history. On October 14, 1890, just before midnight, police chief David Hennessy was gunned down by three men on the streets of New Orleans. He died 34 hours later. Although nobody saw who shot him, the day after the murder journalists wrote "It is supposed that it is the work of Italians", followed by a more direct “Killed by Dagos”. (more

Monday
Sep032012

Hedge Funds, Italian Style

Anthony Scaramucci is a successful American financier, entrepreneur and author. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital, which is a global alternative investment and advisory firm. "I want to be a forceful advocate and change agent for what is positive about our industry, and I don’t mind taking some hits along the way. I am not searching for a favorable opinion; I want to share my opinion. You can either like or dislike what I am saying, but I hope you respect me for the authenticity of who I am as a person." (more

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