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Friday
Sep062013

PHILLY CHEESESTEAK

In the early 1930s, brothers Pasquale ‘Pat’ and Harry Olivieri owned a hot dog stand in Philadelphia and, on one occasion, decided to make a sandwich for lunch using chopped beef and grilled onions. While Pat was eating the sandwich, a cab driver stopped by and was interested in it, so he requested one for himself. (more)

Thursday
Sep052013

MARSALA

The first sip of wine most Italian Americans have tasted is probably Marsala. In sabayon or in a sponge cake,  or even as a drop in a decorated shot glass. Marsala is a fortified wine produced in Sicily, especially in the province of Trapani. Originally, it was fortified with alcohol and aged in wooden casks to ensure that it would last long ocean voyages, like Portuguese Port. In 1773, English trader John Woodhouse landed by mistake at the port of Marsala and discovered the local wine called Perpetuum. Three years later, (more)

Thursday
Sep052013

Voltage and batteries, Alessandro Volta

Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta was born to a noble family in Como, a town in northern Italy, on February 18, 1745. In 1774, he became a professor of physics at the Royal School. A year later, he improved and popularized the electrophorus, a device that produced static electricity. He discovered methane in November 1776 at Lake Maggiore, and by (more)

Thursday
Sep052013

SARDINIAN HONEY WON AGAIN

For the second consecutive year, a type of honey produced in Guspini, a town in the Medio-Campidano area, has won the national Italian prize for best honey. The secret? Honey made by bees who only used nectar from Lavandula stoechas, a species of wild evergreen shrubs in the lavender family. Differently from lavander honey, it is more delicate and less aromatic, a rarity. Produced on the unpolluted Oschiri's hills by the local department of forests and parks, (more)

Wednesday
Sep042013

AND ANTONIO BECAME ANTHONY...

by Angelo F. Coniglio - Naming conventions for given names in a country of origin can help to tie together records of family members.  In researching those who were born in Italy and emigrated to the United States, it may also be necessary to know something about how the given name may have been modified in the new country.  There are four common ways in which a ‘foreign’ (more)

Tuesday
Sep032013

Stuffed Vine-Ripened Tomatoes

By Cathi Iannone - Transform your leftovers into something sexxxy!
INGREDIENTS:
* 3 cups of cooked brown/wild rice blend
* 1 cup of cooked chicken breast (chopped finely)
* 8 large vine tomatoes (or, other large tomatoes) (more)
Tuesday
Sep032013

1896 - Street types of New York City

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Tuesday
Sep032013

GIOVANNA LEOTRI

August 23, 1940 - After four in the afternoon the Italian north end of Barre's Main Street became a confusion of traffic noises. Pedestrians lined the walks, many of them granite workers in chalked clothing, loud-voiced, glad to soak up the air. A sun, unusually hot for early May, beat upon the din. The florist's window was a haven of still beauty and coolness. A young woman in a flowered smock bent over a vase of tea roses. Her (more)

Saturday
Aug312013

MARIANNA COSTA

Marianna Costa, of Haledon, New Jersey, a retired textile union official, grew up in a neighborhood close to several weaving plants, and began working in a dye house in 1932. She recalls the long hours her mother put in at her job at National Dye and Printing, in East Paterson, and her father put in as a construction worker: “My mother left for work at 6:30 and she didn't come back until six at night. It was a long day between transportation and a ten-hour work day. She was away almost twelve (more)

Friday
Aug302013

JOE PETROSINO

Born on August 30, 1860, in Padula, a town in the province of Salerno, Campania region, Giuseppe "Joe" Petrosino was a legendary New York City police officer who was a pioneer in the fight against organized crime. Joe’s father, Prospero, was a tailor who married Maria Giovanna Mugno after his first wife, Maria Giuseppa Arato, died leaving him with two sons, Michele and Antonio. Prospero and Maria Giuseppa had three children: Caterina Maria Paolina,  Joe, and Vincenzo. Poverty was rampant so Joe and his cousin, Antonio Puppolo, (more)

Thursday
Aug292013

TOPO GIGIO

Topo Gigio is a famous soft foam mouse with dreamy eyes and a naive personality that was the lead character of a children's puppet show on Italian and Spanish television in the early 1960s. The character's popularity spread to the world after being featured on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US. The puppet, created by artist Maria Perego, debuted on Italian television in 1959 (more)

Thursday
Aug292013

PROSCIUTTO DI SAN DANIELE

A pig thigh can only become Prosciutto di San Daniele if it fulfils three conditions: first of all, the origin of the raw material. The thighs must come exclusively from pigs bred in ten regions of Northern Central Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, (more)

Wednesday
Aug282013

BEN GAZZARA

Biagio Anthony Gazzarra was born in New York City on August 28, 1930, the son of Italian immigrants Angelina Cusumano, from Castrofilippo, and Antonio Gazzarra, from Canicattì, both in the province of AgrigentoSicily. Antonio was a laborer and a carpenter. Ben lived on East 29th Street and First Avenue; when he was 11, he found out there was a drama program at Madison Square Boys and (more)

Monday
Aug262013

JEANS, AN ITALIAN CREATION

The story of jeans begins in the city of Genoa, in the Liguria region, famous for its cotton, velvet, and damask. In the 1400s, the town of Chieri, in the province of Turin, produced blue fustian (a cotton, linen and/or wool blend) that was exported through the port of Genoa and used to make bags to store sails. With it, the Genovese started making sturdy trousers worn by sailors (more)

Monday
Aug262013

TIPS TO GROW FRESH TOMATOES

By Maria Liberati - Who doesn’t love the sweet richness of a freshly picked tomato? Whether they’re small red cherries, yellow pear tomatoes or the “Big Beef” variety, nothing compares to the way a garden-grown tomato melts in your mouth. Avoid the disappointment of drooping leaves, bug infestations and cracked fruit by following these tips for a delightful crop. (more)

Monday
Aug262013

TIPS TO GROW FRESH TOMATOES

By Maria Liberati - Who doesn’t love the sweet richness of a freshly picked tomato? Whether they’re small red cherries, yellow pear tomatoes or the “Big Beef” variety, nothing compares to the way a garden-grown tomato melts in your mouth. Avoid the disappointment of drooping leaves, bug infestations and cracked fruit by following these tips for a delightful crop. (more)

Friday
Aug232013

PALINGETTI, PICCOLO GIGANTE

Vermont, ca 1939 - Joe Palingetti is an unusually large man, big in bone structure and heavy in hard, firm flesh. A twinkle hovered in his brown eyes as he said, “In the old country and when I was small boy they used to call me 'piccolo gigante' - that's small giant in our Emilian dialect." Joe was clean shaven, well clad from (more)

Friday
Aug232013

EXPLORE THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

by Maria Liberati - With all the pasta, gelato, and pizza that Italians are stereotyped to be eating, how do they stay thin? Travelers to the Italian lands have witnessed their three course meals that last for hours - and don’t begin until right before bedtime - and wondered what was different about the carbs the Italians are eating and those that the Americans are constantly being told to stave off. The secret is in the (more)

Friday
Aug232013

TIRAMISÙ

One of the most famous spoon cakes in the world is Italian Tiramisù (‘pick me up’). Created in Treviso, a city in the Veneto region, in the 70s, it is made with ladyfingers (savoiardi) dipped in espresso coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, mascarpone cheese, and sugar, flavored with (more)

Wednesday
Aug212013

CORNO, AKA CORNETTO, CORNICELLO...

To fight the Evil Eye curse or simply to bring luck into your life you need a Corno, aka CornettoCornicelloCuorniciello amulet. The horn-shaped charm – today made of goldsilverbone or red coral –  has been bringing luck to Italians since prehistoric times, when people hanged horns outside their huts. Horns were used in so many ways aside from (more)