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Sunday
Aug042013

ESPRESSO, CAPPUCCINO AND LATTE

Most Italians are addicted to espresso. You can have it normale (standard), lungo (less concentrated), ristretto (more concentrated), doppio (double), macchiato (with a little bit of milk), con panna (whipped cream), shakerato (cold coffee with shaved ice (more)

Saturday
Aug032013

DINNER AT DELMONICO IN 1872

New York is said to contain between five and six thousand restaurants.  These are of every kind and description known to man, from Delmonico’s down to the Fulton Market stands.  A very large number of persons live altogether at these places.  They are those who cannot afford the expense of a hotel, and who will not endure a (more)

Friday
Aug022013

THE BOLOGNA MASSACRE

The Bologna massacre (Strage di Bologna) is one of the deadliest terror attacks in history. Eighty-five people were killed and more than 200 were wounded on the morning of August 2, 1980, at the Bologna’s central railway station. The attack has been attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist (more)

Friday
Aug022013

DAMIANI

Valenza,  in the province of AlessandriaPiedmont region, has one of the best Italian jewelry tradition: this is where the story of a leading brand of top end Italian made jewelry begins. It was 1924 when Enrico Grassi Damiani  began designing and creating unique jewels with diamonds; small masterpieces destined for the noble families of the time, for which he soon became the trusted jeweler. In the following years, Damiani was acclaimed in the Italian jewelry sector as the highest expression of classicism, balance, and preciousness. (more)

Thursday
Aug012013

MARINELLA NECKTIES

In the early 1900s, Eugenio Marinella built the foundations of what became one of the most fabulous Neapolitan "successful stories". In 1914, on the eve of First World War, Eugenio decided, showing an undeniable amount of courage and initiative, to open a tiny shop in Piazza Vittoria, on the elegant Riviera (more)

Thursday
Aug012013

LUCIA, 7, KNEW HER DUTY

New-York, July 28, 1909 - Twenty-four little girls had gathered at the Sunday school meeting room of a city mission recently to receive instruction from the Fresh Air workers for their two weeks' vacation in the country. There should have been twenty-five, but Lucia Galfonte was absent. The worker in charge called the roll, and one by one the children answered to their names. She came to that of the missing one. "Lucia." she called. "Has anybody seen Lucia Galfonte?" "Her mother says she can’t go," volunteered a chorus of voices. (more)

Wednesday
Jul312013

SICILIAN CASSATA

Cassata Siciliana is a sponge cake moistened with fresh orange juice or liqueur; layered with creamy sweetened ricotta cheese and candied citrus peel; covered with a shell of marzipan, pastel colored icing, and decorative designs; and topped with candied fruit. You can find it with ice-cream filling instead of ricotta and it becomes a semifreddo perfect for summer. (more)

Wednesday
Jul312013

ROSINA CHIEFFO

New York, May 11, 1900 – Because she would not marry the man her uncle had selected, Rosina Chieffo, a pretty, fair-haired Italian, lies at the point of death today. There are ugly pistol wounds in her left shoulder and above the heart. Her uncle, Domenico Arena, who shot her twice for her refusal, is a fugitive from justice. The Chieffos live on the fourth floor of the tenement at 22 Broome Street. There is the father, Filippo, and another daughter, Vincenza. The mother is still in Rome. Rosina came to this country three weeks ago, and as she is a perfect blonde (more)

Tuesday
Jul302013

DOM DELUISE

Dom DeLuise was born on August 1, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of John and Vincenza DeStefano. He was the youngest of three children, having an older brother, Nicholas "Nick" DeLuise, and an older sister, Antoinette DeLuise-Daurio. His lifelong stardom ranges from stage to screen to television, from actor to singer to dancer to director, as well as accomplishments as an author and chef. A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts, (more)

Tuesday
Jul302013

BRUSCHETTA

Ripe summer tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and grilled bread rubbed with garlic make one of the most famous Italian appetizers: bruschetta. You can top the grilled bread with almost anything but Bruschetta with tomato and basil is a classic summer dish. Along with crostini, bruschetta (more)

Sunday
Jul282013

CARMELA DECLARED A LAWFUL WIFE

Los Angeles, 1898 - The De Grazia divorce suit was full of surprises, and became far more juicy on the second day of its trial than it was on the first. Judge Allen decided on Friday, when denying defendant's motion for a non-suit that the plaintiff had made out a sufficient case to entitle her, unless the defendant's testimony should therefore be conclusively to the contrary, to have the standing in court of a common law wife. Louis De Grazia not only attempted (more)

Sunday
Jul282013

PAOLO SOLERI

Born in Turin, Italy on June 21, 1919, Paolo Soleri was awarded his Ph. D with highest honors in architecture from the Torino Politecnico in 1946. In 1947 he came to the United States and spent a year and a half in fellowship with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona, and Taliesin East in Wisconsin. During this time, he gained international recognition for a bridge design displayed at the Museum of Modern Art and published in The Architecture of Bridges by Elizabeth Mock. He returned to Italy in 1950 (more)

Friday
Jul262013

TIPS FOR YOUR VENICE TRIP

By Maria Liberati -  Every year millions of people postpone the doldrums of the everyday grind by penciling in a much-needed retreat into their already hectic schedules. Down to an art form, the all too familiar feeling of getting the most out of our mini-holiday, sometimes, seems as stressful as the detailed (more)

Thursday
Jul252013

AL TALIAFERRO

Born on August 29, 1905 in Montrose, Colorado, Charles Alfred Taliaferro was a Disney comics artist best known for his work on the Donald Duck (Paperino) comic strip from 1938 until his death. He co-created a number of characters, including Huey (Qui), Dewey (Quo) and Louie (Qua), Grandma Duck (Nonna Papera), Daisy Duck (Paperina), Bolivar, and The three (more)

Thursday
Jul252013

ALAN AMECHE

Born on March 1, 1933, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Lino Dante "Alan" Amici was an American football player who played with the Baltimore Colts after winning the Heisman Trophy in college at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His father, Augusto, from Montemonacoin the province of Ascoli PicenoMarche, and his mother, Elizabeth, were Italian immigrants who came to the United States in the 1930s, although they returned for a year to Italy during his childhood. He was a cousin of famous actors (more)

Wednesday
Jul242013

Etruscans, Romans and Olive Oil

By Maria Liberati - Umbrian olives have been known as the best olives in Italy since ancient Roman times. Even today, Umbrian olives are notorious for making olive oil with an amazing potent flavor and digestive qualities and nutritional values to boot. The recipes for olive oil have been passed down through generations of Umbrian farmers, starting with the Ancient Romans and Etruscans. (more)

Wednesday
Jul242013

FRANK ZAPPA

Self-taught composer, conductor, musician, guitarist, record producer, recording engineer, artist, social satirist, and film director, Frank Vincent Zappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 21, 1940. His mother, Rose Marie Colimore, was of Italian and French ancestry; his father, Francis Vincent Zappa, a chemist and mathematician, was an immigrant from Partinico, in the province of PalermoSicily. Frank was the eldest of four children raised in an Italian-American household where Italian was spoken often by his parents and grandparents. (more)

Monday
Jul222013

GABRIELLA SCARPA

Gabriella Scarpa has years of experience in skillfully managing high performance divisions at Yves Saint LaurentCartierSwatch, and Christian Dior. Today she is President of LVMH (Louis Vuitton S.A.• Moët Hennessy) Italia, CEO and President of Acqua di Parma, and Country General Manager of Christian Dior Couture ItaliaYou grew up in Milano: how did this city influence you? I am from Milan and my family is from Venice. I believe that my origins, deeply rooted in Venice, have lead to my (more)

Sunday
Jul212013

ANNA’S NIGHTMARE

Chicago, April 29, 1913 - Tony Marasco, 640 South Sangamon street, was killed with an axe this morning because he would not accept a 16-year-old girl's "no" as an answer to his proposal of marriage. Frank Alfona, 933 Hope street, is dying of a bullet wound in the Columbus Extension hospital, because he got out of doors while the 16-year-old girl's mother was aiming a (more)

Sunday
Jul212013

PERRY COMO

Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 18, 1912, Pierino Ronald Como was the seventh of the 13 children of Pietro Como (1877–1945), a mill hand and an amateur baritone, and Lucia Travaglini (1883–1961). Pietro and Lucia emigrated from the town of Palena, in the province of ChietiAbruzzo, in 1910 and Perry was the first of their children born in the United States. The Comos spoke Italian at home so Perry did not begin speaking English until he entered school. They had a second-hand organ  (more)