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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich: Nostalgia and Success

To commemorate the National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe (Giorno del ricordo), the Italian celebration for the memory of the victims of the Foibe and the Istrian-Dalmatian exodus. World-famous Italian chef Lidia Bastianich has a story as a refugee that transcends the culinary industry. Lidia was born following the conclusion of World War II, a time when European countries were still settling border disputes. As a young girl, she grew up among three different cultures, each with a profound influence on her. Today, as a professional, Lidia’s childhood experiences and her family ties continue to prove monumental in her continued success.

It’s Time to Celebrate Carnival

Until the fifth of March children and adults can enjoy this amazing, colorful and frisky feast

Salviamo Patrick

We publish many stories. Beautiful and less beautiful. We feel the duty to publish this appeal too. Hoping to reach someone willing to help this guy. Currently, the only CONCRETE HOPE of SALVATION for Patrick is at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center Clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where there are other possible immunotheraypy treatments

Simone Barlaam, a Fighting Fish in Search of Tokyo 2020

When Simone Barlaam enters a room, the first things that you can notice are the height, about 6.2", the swimmer-like, broad shoulders, and the open smile. Simone, 18, dreams of participating in the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 and there is a good chance that he can do it. This swimming champion was born with one leg shorter than the other but he likes to describe himself in this terms: "I'm a normal guy with a passion out of the ordinary."

Moving To Italy For Love, The Stories of Three Male Expats

Living the Italian Dream: Part 3. How is Italy treating male Americans who decide to relocate? Three men share their takes on la dolce vita: Rick decided to move back to the US when he became a father, John could move to Italy only after he retired and Bruce never left after having arrived by chance as a student. But behind their decisions, there is always a form of love...

Your Valentine's Italian

What a wonderful surprise to discover that the legend of St. Valentine is not limited to romantic love.

Can You Still Be in Love With Italy After 20 or More Years?

Living the Italian Dream - Part II. After hearing from Americans who moved to Italy as retirees, we talked with expats who have lived in the country for over two decades: Trisha, who is raising three children in Rome while trying to become "a good Italian mamma," and Alexandra, who moved to Florence to study the Renaissance and stayed for her Italian husband and "the quality of life." Part III next week will feature the stories of three men and their love affair with la Dolce Vita.

Honoring the Genius of Leonardo in San Francisco

The Leonardo da Vinci Society of the Bay Area is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Founded by Italiophiles who were captivated by Leonardo, the Society will be sponsoring and co-sponsoring a number of events honoring and co-memorating the 500th Anniversary of the Master’s death.

It Is Never Too Late For a New, Italian Life

Living the Italian Dream - Part I. Many Americans are fond of Italy and Italian culture to the point that some of them decide to move to Il Bel Paese. It can happen at any stage in life. Lisa Condie and Valencia Wolf sold their belongings and embrace the sweet Italian lifestyle after retirement. This is the first part of a series dedicated to American expats. Next week, we will tell you the story of Americans who have been living in Italy for over 20 years.

A Love Story Beyond Borders and Social Rules

"Asking Mario to marry me was the boldest and bravest thing I had ever done, second only my coming out as queer. It felt to me like it was meant to be, just as New York City seemed to be the place that Mario was clearly meant to be." Lisa and Mario met in Italy in 1981. Their love crossed borders of gender and acceptance showing that deep feelings can go beyond conformism. Their story, although personal, tells us a lot about Italy and the US from the 80s to nowadays.

The Sound of Italian American Protest

Consider nominating a 1927 immigrant recording protesting on behalf of Sacco and Vanzetti to the National Recording Registry.

The Befana Comes by Night…

The old good witch who brings candies and coal to the Italian children. Its origin and multifarious celebrations. January 6 is approaching so don't forget to hang up your stockings.

Domenico Vacca, Italian Hollywood's Fashion Guru

From Andria, Puglia, to a luxury store on Fifth Avenue where Hollywood stars are regular customers. Italian designer Domenico Vacca is grateful to be born in a relatively small city of only 100,000 inhabitants in Southern Italy like Andria, but when you dream big like him you want to leave as soon as possible. “The first big step for me was going to Milan where I worked as a lawyer at the multinational law firm Baker McKenzie” explains the fashion designer who has dressed celebrities such as Dustin Hoffman, Daniel Day Lewis and Angela Bassett. Vacca’s family didn’t want him to work in fashion because, according to his grandmother, this business is a lot of work and not so much money. But, eventually, he followed his passion with a mission: showing Americans "how to dress the authentic Italian way." Next dream to realize? Hollywood.

Italian-American Christmas from One Generation to the Next

Family recipes, play a huge part on the holidays; here are some of the mouthwatering classics.

Happy Saint Lucy's Day in Italy!

Saint Lucy's Day is a Christian feast day celebrated on December 13, commemorating Santa Lucia, a 3rd-century martyr. The feast is a Catholic celebrated holiday with roots that can be traced back to Sicily.

Christmas in Naples, Then and Now

The Neapolitan nativity is The Word made flesh, wedded to the myths, fables, stories and splendors of a culture that continues to preserve the past. And the Neapolitan nativity, now as then, goes beyond religion. Thanks to this identification of our day-to-day lives with God, the sacred and profane, the past and present, history and legend fuse together.

An Italian-American Thanksgiving

What happens in an Italian-American household on Thanksgiving Day? Take my family's case...

The Joy of Promoting Italian Business in Miami

After a wide-ranging career, Tommaso Cardana, born in Italy 43 years ago, took a Master’s degree in Venezuela, then moved to Miami, where he opened a hotel services company and later expanded to home supplies. A year ago, he was elected president of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast, Miami (IACCSE).

Worth Their Weight in Gold: Italy's Truffle Treasure

This is the height of the truffle season, and Italy is host to a number of truffle fairs. The most important, the International Truffle Fair at Alba, in Piedmont, celebrates the incredibly aromatic white truffle. But truffles are found even near Rome, and almost year round.

Influencing Social Media, Italian Style

The influencers phenomenon is booming in Italy as everywhere in the world. Meet fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni, a.k.a. “The Blonde Salad” (12,4 milion followers) and her husband Fedez, Italy’s most famous rapper (5,3 milion followers)