Archive for March, 2018

Andrew Balducci, of the iconic NYC gourmet food store, dead at 92

Andrew Balducci, of the iconic NYC gourmet food store, dead at 92

| March 31, 2018

Balducci was born in Brooklyn but raised in Italy after his family moved back when he was two months old. He returned to New York with his family in 1939, later serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and participating in the D-Day invasion. Source: Andrew Balducci, of the iconic NYC gourmet food […]

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Vintage election meddling: Italian-Americans urge relatives to vote against communism in 1948

Vintage election meddling: Italian-Americans urge relatives to vote against communism in 1948

| March 25, 2018

In 1948, the United States worried Italians would vote socialist in the country’s upcoming election. Thousands of Central New York Italian-Americans wrote letters to their native home urging them not to. With the Cold War heating up, both the United States and the Soviet Union sent bags of money to the Italian political party they […]

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Houston Restaurant Legend Tony Vallone Honored For Excellence In Italian Cuisine

Houston Restaurant Legend Tony Vallone Honored For Excellence In Italian Cuisine

| March 20, 2018

It’s not a stretch to call Tony Vallone a Houston restaurant legend. For over 50 years, he’s been the powerhouse behind Tony’s, the swanky Italian restaurant that’s long been a staple for foodies and the see-and-be-seen crowd alike. He also founded Vallone’s steakhouse in the Memorial area and Ciao Bello near the Galleria. He also started La Grigilia and… […]

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Appetites: Italian-American cuisine is back, here’s where to find it

Appetites: Italian-American cuisine is back, here’s where to find it

| March 14, 2018

It’s one of the hottest emerging new cuisines in Minnesota, but many already consider a classic. Italian-American food. Here’s where to find some great restaurants specializing in the cuisine around the Twin Cities. Source: Appetites: Italian-American cuisine is back, here’s where to find it

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Not Just a Pretty Facade, Palermo’s Opera Is an Anti-Mafia Symbol

Not Just a Pretty Facade, Palermo’s Opera Is an Anti-Mafia Symbol

| March 13, 2018

Palermo’s Teatro Massimo is the biggest opera house in Italy and a symbol of the mafia’s disgrace in Sicily. It also starred in “The Godfather: Part III.” Yes, Milan’s La Scala may have more seats, and La Fenice in la Venezia is more venerable by a century, but Palermo’s Teatro Massimo is easily the biggest […]

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Visita dell’Ambasciatore Armando Varricchio in Texas (6-11 marzo 2018)

Visita dell’Ambasciatore Armando Varricchio in Texas (6-11 marzo 2018)

| March 12, 2018

L’Ambasciatore d’Italia negli USA, Armando Varricchio, ha appena concluso una missione nello Stato del Texas a Dallas, Wichita Falls e Austin. Le varie tappe del viaggio hanno confermato l’eccellenza dei rapporti tra gli Stati Uniti – il Texas in particolare – e l’Italia. “La cooperazione in ambito militare e di sicurezza, quella nel settore culturale […]

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Pasta and present: Italian American St. Joseph Society dines first, walks it off in annual parade

Pasta and present: Italian American St. Joseph Society dines first, walks it off in annual parade

| March 9, 2018

“My father comes from the bottom of the boot — he lives for wine, women and mozzarella,” said Greco, whose accent sounds at home in the Bronx or Chalmette. “My mother from Naples cares about the five Fs: family, food, friends, faith forever. That’s what my life revolves around.” Source: Pasta and present: Italian American […]

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The Impossibility of Italian Politics – The American Interest

The Impossibility of Italian Politics – The American Interest

| March 8, 2018

Christian Democracy, Fascism, Eurocommunism (“communism with a human face”) and a Trump-anticipating rule by a randy property-and-media mogul, Silvio Berlusconi, were all wholly or largely developed in Italy. The two forces now vying for the country’s leadership, the Five Star Movement and the Lega (“League”) are, in turn, the first party formed and run on […]

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Populist parties surge in Italian election

Populist parties surge in Italian election

| March 4, 2018

Populist parties have gained ground at the expense of establishment voices in Italy’s parliamentary elections, which produced no clear winner as votes were being counted in the early hours of Monday. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement is projected to have gained the most votes by a single party, while a center-right coalition looks set to hold the most […]

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SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day

SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day

| March 1, 2018

San Francisco stripped the name of Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, from his commemorative day in October. But that doesn’t mean the city’s Italian Americans should stop holding their annual parade in North Beach, where the floats putter up Columbus Avenue as bystanders wave flags and cheer. On Tuesday, Supervisor Catherine Stefani offered a compromise: […]

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