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Monday
May272013

MICHAEL VALENTE, WWI MEDAL OF HONOR

Michael Valente was born in St. Apollinare, Italy, on February 5, 1895, the son of Antonio Valente and Maria Palombo. On June 13, 1913, he passed through Ellis Island to go live in Utica but he ultimately settled in Ogdensburg, in New York State. Three years later, he entered the army and by September 29, 1918 (more)

Saturday
May252013

ANTHONY DAMATO – WWII MEDAL OF HONOR

Born on March 28, 1922, in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, Anthony Peter Damato was a United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his valor and sacrifice of life during World War II. On the night of February 19–20, 1944, on Engebi Island (Marshall Islands), 21 years old Corporal Damato sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow Marines. He grew up in Shenandoah and prior to enlistment he was last employed as a truck driver. On January 8, 1942, Damato enlisted and was sent to Derry, Northern Ireland (more)

Thursday
May232013

GIOVANNI FALCONE

He who is silent and bows his head dies every time he bends over. He who speaks aloud and walks with his head held up high dies only once.” Giovanni Falcone was a brave Italian prosecuting magistrate who was killed by the Corleone Mafia on May 23rd, 1992, with a half-ton of explosives hidden under the road to Palermo, near the town of (more)

Wednesday
May222013

WHAT I THINK ABOUT YOU

Neapolitan people are poets even when they want to tell you “you are disgusting” (fai schifo in Italian). We picked a few of the most colorful expressions, hoping you will enjoy them as much as we do. "O puorco quanno vede a te se mette a cravatta!" - When the pig sees you, he wears a tie! Ergo: even the pig (more)

Wednesday
May222013

MELISSA MULLER DAKA

By Caroline Chirichella - Melissa Muller Daka is a restaurateur, professional cook and writer, specializing in Sicilian cuisine and the cuisines of the Mediterranean region. She holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University as well as a degree (more)

Monday
May202013

THE FLIGHT OF THE ANGEL

A little girl, dressed like an angel, is about to fly at midnight in Giugliano in honor of the Virgin Mary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=92bYDFB4QVE). It is a tradition that was celebrated in the United States as well during the turn of the century by Neapolitans (more)

Sunday
May192013

ANNE BANCROFT

 “I was at a point where I was ready to say I am what I am because of what I am and if you like me I'm grateful, and if you don't, what am I going to do about it? Anna Maria Luisa Italiano was born on September 17, 1931, in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator, and Michael Italiano (1906-2001), a dress pattern maker, both children of Italian immigrants.  In her career, Anne won one Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards (more)

Saturday
May182013

SUPERSTITIONS – BEWARE OF FRIDAYS AND TUESDAYS

"Né di Venere né di Marte, non si sposa non si parte, né si da principio all'arte", “neither on a Friday nor on a Tuesday should one get married, start a journey, or begin a project”. Why? As all things Italian, ask and you’ll get a lot of different answers. Some say Friday is the day when Jesus died and therefore inauspicious but cannot explain why Tuesday gets the same reputation. Others say that since Tuesday (martedì in Italian) was the day named after Mars, God of War, and Friday (venerdì) after Venus (more)

Friday
May172013

PUTTANESCA

Another popular tasty dish that is truly easy to make is Pasta alla Puttanesca. Probably the fact that it is so easy and tasty gave it its name, puttanesca (like a prostitute). Traditionally the puttanesca sauce is served with spaghetti, but it can be prepared with all types of pasta. Nobody knows who created it but the ingredients can be found in the center and south of the Italian peninsula so we can assume it (more)

Thursday
May162013

DR. MARIANNA BERTOLA

Dr. Marianna Bertola, also known as Dr. Crusade, was an Italian-American teacher, obstetrician, political activist and social reformer who lived in San Francisco. She delivered more than three thousand babies in her career: "Child welfare has been my big life work", she used to say. It was something of an understatement. Her father was a miner who became one of the pioneer grape growers of Contra Costa CountyMarianna attended school in Martinez, California, and began a career in education that led her to become the principal of her school, although her dream was to study medicine. She kept (more)

Tuesday
May142013

CHARLES BONAPARTE - FOUNDER OF THE FBI

Charles Joseph Bonaparte was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 9, 1851. He was the son of Jérôme Napoleon Bonaparte (1805–1870) and Susan May Williams (1812–1881), and a grandson of Girolamo Bonaparte, the youngest brother of French Emperor Napoleon I. He graduated from Harvard University, where he was a brilliant scholar, graduating in 1872; two years later, he completed his work in the Cambridge Law School and on September 1, 1875, he married Ellen Channing Day of Newport (more)

Monday
May132013

AMARENE

Visciola or amarena is a type of cherry closely related to prunus cerasus (aka sour, tart or wild cherry) that you can find everywhere in Italy. Both the tree and the fruit are smaller than the sweet cherry tree, and its crimson-to-near-black cherries are pleasently acidic: tart and bitter when crimson, sweeter and juicy when ripe and dark. When you preserve them in sugar, the syrup can be used to pour over cakes and ice cream, topped by some candied amarene. Some people preserve them in alchool to make (more)

Saturday
May112013

NONNA USED TO SAY

Nicola Di Fiore began his career in journalism focusing on the under-privileged children in his hometown of Villaricca, next to Naples. He studied Political Science at the University of Naples "Federico II", and now teaches Italian at The Montfort Academy. These are proverbs his Neapolitan Grandma used to say (more)

Thursday
May092013

GIUSEPPINA MORLACCHI

Giuseppina “Peerless” Morlacchi (1843 - July 25, 1886) was an Italian-American ballerina who introduced the French Can-Can to the American stage. Giuseppina was born in Milan and attended dance school at La Scala theatre where she studied with Carlo Blasis and Augusto Hus. She became a well-known dancer in Europe at a very young age. In Lisbon, she met artist and manager John DePol who convinced her to go with him to America. In October 1867, she made her American debut at Banvard's Museum (more)

Thursday
May092013

BONTI, A VETERAN ITALIAN CARVER

Barre, September 14, 1940 - A handful of stonecutters, less fortunate than their steady working brothers, live in the dingy south-end settlement. Generoso Bonti sat old and brown on his granite doorstep, his shoulders protected by a patchwork quilt even though it was a warm July evening. A gray, tobacco stained moustache hung limp over his mouth. A middle-aged woman sat in the window darning socks. "The wife of my son," old Bonti explained. His voice was deep, a choked vibrancy that shook his difficult English (more)

Wednesday
May082013

MEN AGAINST GRANITE - THE TOOL GRINDER

Barre, 1940 - It was a dingy, bleak, disordered room, sparsely furnished, uninviting save for the rich sunlight which filtered through the unwashed windows. Here Gianni unfolded his story between heavy potions of grappa. "Sure, I know you're all right or I wouldn't tell you a thing. But if you ever try to double-cross me on this, well, you know what's coming to you, eh?" With assurances that (more)

Tuesday
May072013

JOE CAMPANALE

By Caroline Chirichella - Ciao a tutti! I am very excited to share with you my interview with Joe Campanale, co-owner and beverage director of Dell’AnimaL’ArtusiL'Apicio and Anfora, all in New York City. He has been featured in Forbes, Restaurant Hospitality and Zagat and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart, so I feel very lucky to have had the chance to ask him a few questions. Hope you all enjoy! (more)

Sunday
May052013

THE EXPEDITION OF THE THOUSAND

On the night of May 5, 1860The Expedition of the Thousand (Spedizione dei Mille), led by Giuseppe Garibaldi, set sail from Genoa, to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Sicily, dominated by Spanish Bourbons, and the Kingdom of Naples, the southern part of  Italy, ruled by the French). (more)

Sunday
May052013

OLD PARLATANTO

Northfield, Vermont, July 31 1940 - "Parlatanto?" The old man chuckled over the name. He smacked his lips. "No, Parlatanto is not my real name. I am born Pio Alberto Vittorio Frangini. Pio for the pope we have at that time, Alberto for the king, an’ Vittorio for his son who is born the same day I am, on November 11. Today Vittorio is king an' emperor, an' me -- hah, I got me two names, too, no? (more)

Sunday
May052013

ANTONIO CAPELLANO

Italian sculptor Antonio Capellano created Lady Baltimore -- one of the oldest monumental sculptures in the country. According to Wyeth, he was a pupil of CanovaAs early as 1815 he was in New York, going from that city to Baltimore, Maryland, at the request of Maximillian Godefroy, the architect of the Battle Monument of that city. Previous to his engagement he secured a commission for the execution of two panels in bas-relief upon the front of St. Paul's Church, of which Robert Cary Long was the (more)