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About the Author: Mario Puzo

July 2019 |
One of the many benefits of traveling to Italy, especially to Italian Americans, is that you experience firsthand the differences between Italian and Italian American culture. For me, some of these differences were quite surprising. One of the most...

Meet the Author: Simona Lo Iacono

July 2019 |
Contributing writer Francesca V. Mignosa met with Italian best-selling author Simona Lo Iacono. In Francesca’s hometown of Augusta, Sicily, she and Simona chatted about "The Streghe of Lenzavacche," Simona’s best-selling novel, and her life as an...

July Birthdays

July 2019 |
Many of our favorite Italians were born in the summer month of July. Gina Lollobrigida, one of the most popular European actresses and an iconic sex symbol of the 1950s, was born on July 4 in Subiaco, Lazio, Italy. She celebrates her 92nd birthday...

Meet the Author: Janice Therese Mancuso

June 2019 |
Francesca Mignosa (FM): Your last name, Mancuso, is traditionally a Sicilian last name. Your father was originally from Trapani in Sicily and your maternal grandfather from the Napoli area. How did your Southern Italian origins influence your...

About the Author: Elena Ferrante

June 2019 |
I would like to begin with a confession. Last November, when I started watching the HBO series, “My Brilliant Friend,” I knew nothing about Elena Ferrante. The series seemed nothing more than a story of two girls growing up in Napoli. Then I...

From Sauce Man to Ambassador (…ok, I’m still the Sauce Man!)

June 2019 |
As I reminisce over the recent past, I never would have thought the relationships with our family in Italy would had ever been created, let alone be this strong. To discover where my grandmother was born and raised and where my great-grandparents...

June Birthdays

June 2019 |
As summer approaches, birthday celebrations for some of our favorite Italians are underway as well. American actress Leah Remini, who’s father hails from Sicily, celebrates her birthday on June 15. She is best known for her role as Carrie on “The...

First Generation Italian Greats Refused to Follow Their Fathers' Footsteps

May 2019 |
I primi anni del 1900 hanno visto l’America aprire le porte ad immigrati provenienti da molte parti dell’Europa e dell’Asia, che arrivavano condividendo il sogno comune di un’opportunità per migliorare le impossibili condizioni di vita lasciatesi...

May Birthdays

May 2019 |
Another month to celebrate historical figures both past and present, May is a chance to honor important influences of the Italian culture. Niccoló Machiavelli, born May 3, 1469 in Florence, was an Italian historian, diplomat, philosopher, humanist,...
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