Most Italian-Italians, the ones from Italy, that is, always seem to be curious as to how we Italian-Americans are perceived by others in America. With all the news they’ve heard of Italian stereotypes in America, like the ones put forward in “The Godfather,” “The Sopranos,” “Mafia Wars,” and “The Jersey Shore,” I understand what they expect.
Some Italian settlers got here nearly a century before those who came to America throuogh Ellis Island. Because of the cultural similarities between the Italians and the Mexicans, they did not face the discrimination that characterized their experience elsewhere in the country.
By all accounts the very first HitWeek L.A. was a success. Americans were treated to artists and performers of which maybe only a few have even heard of prior to the festival, one of which being Franco Battiato at the 499-seat Broad Stage theatre in Santa Monica, CA. Those who experienced any one of the thirty events organized for the occasion are right now probably sharing their new discovery with their friends
(H)itweek launches at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles Tuesday night, October 13. Six days and nights of Music, Cinema, Fashion, Design, Food and Travel itineraries, Motorcycles Extravaganza, Dj Set and Parties in the name of the hippest Italian way of life. "We want to show that Italy is not just... mandolino," says organizer Francesco Del Maro.
Frankie Competelli, born on New York City’s renowned Mulberry Street in Little Italy, is one of those pioneers who helped bring the Feast of San Gennaro to L.A. While they were celebrating its 8th edition late last month, October was being proclaimed as Italian Heritage Month by the City of Los Angeles, the fifth metropolitan area in the US with the highest number of Italians.