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Monday
Jul082013

FRANCESCA VINCIGUERRA AKA FRANCES WINWAR

Born on May 3, 1900, in TaorminaSicilyFrancesca Vinciguerra was a renown Italian-American biographer, translator, and fiction writer. The daughter of Domenico Vinciguerra, a singer, and Giovanna Sciglio, she arrived in the United States with her family when she was seven, in 1907. She grew up in New York City where she attended Hunter College and Columbia University. By the time she was 18, she was fluent in Italian, English and French but she never finished her studies. That year (more)

Saturday
Jul062013

SPUMONI

Spumone is a creamy cross between ice cream and Italian ice, made with layers of different flavors, usually containing tiny bits of candied fruits and almonds, chocolate or caramel. It may have derived from the Neapolitan Cassata, a very popular ice-cream during the 1700s and 1800s in Naples, but it became a traditional ice-cream of the Salento (south-eastern extremity of the Apulia region), and you can find it everywhere in the (more)

Saturday
Jul062013

BORSALINO

Borsalino, for most, means the best fedora hats worn by Humphrey BogartGary CooperAntony QuinnAlain DelonRobert De Niro, Al PacinoRobert RedfordWarren BeattyFederico Fellini, and Paul NewmanGiuseppe Borsalino – nicknamed "u siur Pipen" (Master Joe) in the local dialect – was born in Pecetto di Valenza, in the province of AlessandriaPiedmont, in 1834. After starting as an errand boy then an apprentice in his home town, he found a job (more)

Friday
Jul052013

LIMONCELLO

Limoncello is a lemon liquor mainly produced in the Campania region (Naples’ area, the Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast and the islands of ProcidaIschia and Capri). Nobody knows when and where it was created: most people believe it came from the island of Capri in the early 1900s where Maria Antonia Farace had a lush lemon garden. After WWII, Maria’s grandson opened a bar, and the specialty was his nonna’s lemon liquor. It was such a success that his son, Massimo Canale, registered the trademark and opened a small factory (more)

Wednesday
Jul032013

EMANUELE RONZONI

In 1881, during a time of disease, poverty and political unrest, 11-year old Emanuele Ronzoni emigrated from the small fishing village of San Fruttuoso di CamogliGenova, to New York. He already knew how to make pasta so he got a job as an underage worker in a macaroni factory (more)

Wednesday
Jul032013

SICILIAN GRANITA

We cannot know exactly when Italians started making ices. We do know that in the mountains all over the peninsula people packed snow during winter to preserve food since pre-history. Roman Emperor Nero (37–68) had ice brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit toppings. Today, you can find granita all over Italy, but Sicilian granita is unique. (more)

Monday
Jul012013

THE STORY OF NEDDA, AN ITALIAN RESERVIST'S WIFE

Italian quarter in Boston's North End, 1915 – When the big White Star liner Canopic entered the port of Boston from Italy and backed in beside the new dock, there were no happier hearts among all its twelve hundred immigrants than Marco and Nedda Lucetti. They had embarked from sunny Sicily on a double venture, matrimony and a new start in life, and they were both very young and very much in love. So indeed what more could one want to explain the smile on Nedda's pretty face and the confidence in Marco's black eyes as (more)

Sunday
Jun302013

Finding Our Immigrant Ancestry. Basic Research.

by Angelo F. Coniglio - I’m often asked questions related to genealogical searches for immigrant ancestors.  Usually what these have in common is a lack of specifics, as: “Could you help me locate information on my grandmother?  Her name was Margaret Polito, and she came to America with her father James Polito and mother Mary, from Italy, in about 1911.” There is little that anyone can help with in this case, based on the small amount of information provided. Before we can find original (more)

Saturday
Jun292013

THE MUNACIELLO AND THE BELLA ‘MBRIANA

The munaciello (in Neapolitan this means “little monk”) is the esoteric person best known, most feared and most often named by the Neapolitans: a bizarre spirit who always behaves in an unpredictable way and who is the source of infinite urban legends and popular sayings. His disrespectful behaviour is often accompanied by benevolent “bequests” of money; but nobody must be told what has happened, otherwise he will set himself against the beneficiary. It is not rare for him to behave lasciviously towards (more)
Friday
Jun282013

Will Giovanni Morosini rule Giulia from Grave?

New York, Sept. 24, 1908 — Now that wealthy banker Giovanni Morosini is dead, what will his daughter Giulia do? This is a question the smart set would like to have answered. Will the "best dressed woman in New York" continue queen of the Morosini Palace at Riverdale, among her art treasures, or will she, who for years obeyed the mandate of a stern, but loving, father and steeled her heart to suitors, capitulate, to reign queen of her husband's (more)

Thursday
Jun272013

ANNETTE FUNICELLO

On April 8, 2013, actress and singer Annette Joanne Funicello passed away. Born in Utica (NY) on October 22, 1942, to Italian-Americans parents - Virginia Albano and Joseph Funicello - she moved with her family to California when she was only four years old. They lived in a trailer park until her father, a mechanic, found work. At 12, she performed as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank: Walt Disney was in the audience and he personally cast her as one (more)

Thursday
Jun272013

THE UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY PARK OF BAIAE

If you are a diver, if you love swimming through ancient ruins, you should visit the underwater Archaeology Park of Baiae, a Roman seaside resort on the Bay of Naples larger than Pompeii. If you do not snorkle or scuba-dive, you can see it with a glass-bottomed boat called Cymba. There are massive piers that protect Portus Julius; the luxurious Piso VillaProtiro Villa with a road and a taberna; the Villa below the Aragonese castle; the Misenum Lighthouse; the Claudian Nymphaeum, a resort complex (more)

Monday
Jun242013

PAOLA DAMA

Dr. Paola Dama is a researcher at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Ohio State University. She holds a PhD in Molecular Oncology obtained at the University of Ferrara and one from Ohio State University. You were born in Naples: how did your city influence your life? Naples can be described with two words: Heaven and Hell. I have loved and will continue to love a city that sometimes makes you regret it. I am a powerless witness of the way our city is treated, and I feel betrayed by an (more)

Sunday
Jun232013

MEDICI VILLAS AND GARDENS IN TUSCANY

One more Italian site made the Unesco World Heritage list: Medici Villas and Gardens in TuscanyTwelve villas and two pleasure gardens spread across the Tuscan country side make up this site which bears testimony to the influence the Medici family exerted over modern European culture through its (more)

Sunday
Jun232013

SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGOLE

Spaghetti alle vongole (clams) is a traditional Neapolitan dish. The clams you should use or expect from a restaurant are vongole veraci from Italy, or the small, Mediterranean wedge shells called telline. Both types are also called arselle in Sardinia, Liguria, and Tuscany. It is a very easy dish (more)

Saturday
Jun222013

MOUNT ETNA: ANOTHER UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE FOR SICILY.

By Karen La Rosa - Mount Etna, in eastern Sicily, has just been granted world heritage status by the UNESCO committee that held its meeting in Cambodia this month. UNESCO, United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, gives its highly prized designation and financial support to places of exemplary scientific, cultural, historical and (more)

Friday
Jun212013

ACQUA DI PARMA, UNMISTAKABLY ITALIAN

David Niven and Cary Grant, two style icons, wore a very sophisticated cologne: Acqua di Parma. It all started in 1916, when master perfumers created a new fragrance in a small laboratory in the old town centre of Parma. It was unusually fresh and modern compared to the perfumes of German origin, stronger and more intense, that were then so popular.This was the first real Italian eau de cologne, and it expressed a new sensibility. (more)

Tuesday
Jun182013

BOLOGNESE

Bolognese sauce, aka ragù alla bolognese, is a meat-based sauce to serve with pasta that was created in the late 18th century in the province of Bologna. In 1891, Pellegrino Artusi first published a recipe called “Maccheroni alla bolognese", a richer version of what we eat today. The most traditional version uses fresh tagliatelle, long, flat ribbons of egg pasta that are similar to (more)

Monday
Jun172013

WHAT I THINK ABOUT YOU - YOU ARE WORTHLESS

Pestafumo (smoke crusher), Mungigalline (chicken milker), Masticabrodo (broth chewer) there are many ways to call somebody who always acts busy but ends up doing nothing or very little. A “good for nothing” literally buono a (more)

Monday
Jun172013

ROSARIO PROCINO

Rosario Procino is an engineer who decided to bring Naples in New York starting with its amazing pizza. He is the co-owner of Ribalta, one of the best pizzerias in the United States. Rosario, tell us about your life in NaplesLife back home was great! I did Public Relations for several clubs to pay for my studies. I had such a great time, I am almost ashamed to call it a job. Then, at 26, I obtained a Master of Science (more)