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Mafalda's Empathy

Mafalda Minnozzi is a true ambassador of Italian music. Her universal musical language brought her to combine Italian melodies with rhythms from all over the world. In 2015, after a long solo career, both she and New York guitarist Paul Ricci formed the “eMPathia Jazz Duo.” It’s a successful partnership that brought them to perform on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, like the Birland Jazz Club in New York. We met her there where she told us her life’s story.

Remembering ‘Italian Baker’ Carol Field

Drawn to Italy, where she once said you can “have your culture and eat it, too,” the honorary Italian and author of celebrated cookbooks dies at 76.

Community of Unity's SONG Celebration Honors Colavita

On March 9th at Hudson Studios, the Community of Unity nonprofit organization held their 15th Annual Song Celebration and Fundraiser which honored Marisa and Giovanni Colavita for their incredible support.

Sicilian Flair in New Orleans: St. Joseph’s Day!

March 19th marks a significant day for both Catholics and non-Catholic in New Orleans. It is the feast of St. Joseph–a patron saint of Sicily who helped provide relief to the Sicilian people during a famine. NOLA residents certainly do not miss out on their chance to celebrate the saint.

A Classroom in the Fashion Industry: Diesel Teaches American Students

Italian clothing maker Diesel is known for its denim and chic fashion designs; however, for some students in New York City—supported by the Italian American Committee on Education (IACE)—the Diesel name will take on a whole other meaning.

"Let Me Give Your Smile Back"

This is the story of Giuseppe Cicero, a young and very talented Italian dentist with great passion and determination. We’ll tell you about the Oral3D, his revolutionary printer used for bone regeneration in the oral cavity, his decision to establish himself in New York, and so much more.

Dacia Maraini. Writing Like Breathing

Iconic Italian writer Dacia Maraini was recently interviewed by Jane Tylus at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. Read on to gain insight into the mind of the popular author who has written award winning pieces continuously throughout the last five decades. Here are some excerpts from the conversation.

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich: Nostalgia and Success

World-famous Italian chef Lidia Bastianich has a story 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.

A Conversation with CFO of Apple Luca Maestri

In an exclusive interview with journalist Maria Teresa Cometto, Luca Maestri expressed his gratitude for his Italian education in advancing his career and offered a glance into his own iPhone.

Ferrari 812 Superfast: Most Powerful Car in the World

Notorious for speed, design, and innovation, Ferrari breaks records with their most powerful automobile yet, the 812 Superfast.

Digital Diplomacy Series: Journalism in Modern Day America

On February 13th, the Italian Embassy and the Italian diplomatic network in the United States held a panel discussion in Washington D.C. about news, the Internet, and foreign policy as part of their Digital Diplomacy Series.

Gianandrea Noseda on the Future of Opera

At the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Gianandrea Noseda, an Italian conductor currently in the pit at the Met, and music historian, Harvey Sachs, spoke about the changes opera has experienced over the years and possible solutions for its success in the future.

ALMA: Lawyers’ Network Between Italy and the U.S.

We sat down with Paolo Strino, the President of the nonprofit association responsible for creating a network of professionals and alumni in the economic-legal sector.

Tony Rosato: Looking Back on the Comedian’s Life

Best known for his hilarious sketches on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, Italian-Canadian comedian Tony Rosato passed away on January 10th at the age of 62.

Italy Remembers Zygmunt Bauman: The Voice of Modernity

The renowned Poland-born left-wing thinker recently passed away, leaving behind an influential ethical footprint throughout the world, including the likes of Italy. In just this last year, he graced several festivals and conferences across the country, sharing with others his life testimony on what would be some of his very last days.

Peppe Voltarelli: Storyteller of our Times

New York’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò hosted singer-songwriter and storyteller Peppe Voltarelli for an intriguing presentation of his new record project “Voltarelli canta Profazio.” The Calabrese singer rediscovers both his ethnic origins and the work of Otello Profazio, one of the most important folk singer-songwriters in southern Italy. Stefano Albertini, director of Casa Italiana, presented the event alongside with Joseph Sciorra, Director for Academic and Cultural Programs at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (CUNY)

Places Please! Teatro Patologico’s Revolutionary Theater in Rome

An intimate audience gathered at La MaMa theater in Manhattan for an "Italian Miracle" and to welcome Dario D’Ambrosi, a luminary in the world of theater for the disabled and founder of "L'Associazione del Teatro Patologico" (Pathological Theater) in Rome. Since its founding, D'Ambrosi's Pathological Theater has grown into a university-level degree called "Teatro Integrato Dell'Emozione" (Integrated Theater of Emotion) at the University of Studies of Tor Vergata.

Italian “Christmas”: Religious & Pagan

Although in Italy the December holiday season is commonly called "Christmas Holidays", its traditions are far from being merely religious.Christian, pagan and lay themes are indeed strictly interwoven. This is visible even in the Presepe (Crèche), whose origins go back to St. Francis who staged the first living Nativity Scene back in 1223.

Meet a Renaissance Man

Sicilian-born New Yorker Roberto Scarcella Perino has written music for theater, choir, chamber ensemble, and children’s productions, but his artistic talents extend to the kitchen as well.

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