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Margaret Ricciardi. A Century Committed to Family, Italy, and Art

Meet artist Margaret Ricciardi, born 103 years ago in Brooklyn to immigrants from Calitri (Avellino). Joining her in as she recounts her family memories and her life as an artist, is Margaret’s niece, Laura Erikson. This interview is a preview, part of the Second Season of the I-ITALY TV SERIES "Grandparents and Grandchildren in Italian America." And stay tuned for the full video.

Gilberto Benetton of Autogrill Honored at GEI Gala

Gilberto Benetton receives the prestigious “GEI Award” as chairman of Autogrill. The Italian company has a powerful presence both in Italy and in the United States. Founded by president of the Gruppo Esponenti Italiani (GEI) Lucio Caputo, the award is an honor given to those who contribute to improving Italy’s image across the world.

THE “COLUMBUS CONTROVERSY” COAST TO COAST / NEW YORK Hands off Columbus, “He Is Our Thing.”

Joseph Guagliardo, national president of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian-American Organizations, recounts how the “Columbus Controversy” started in New York and explains why it touches all Italian Americans, “both the blue-collars and the bluebloods,” as he says. He emphasizes that his family came to the U.S. in 1906 and had nothing to do with American slavery or what Columbus did 550 years ago—on which, he notes, scholars still disagree. “We came looking for a better life. We learned about Columbus in school here, and it became our thing.”

MamApulia: Teaching Language, Culture, and Christopher Columbus

It’s never too soon for children to start learning a second language. In today's technology-driven society, learning other languages and cultures is becoming easier and more engaging than ever before. In order to help young students learn the Italian language and culture, and just in time for Columbus Day, the organization MamApulia is releasing a new "edugame" focused on the 15th century explorer.

Italian Culture, Food, and Fun at Hofstra University

Earlier this month, Hofstra University hosted its 25th annual Italian festival. The day was a chance for the Long Island community to experience a bit of traditional Italian culture, from dancing to food, and to enjoy the beautiful weather that day on the University’s campus.

Raphael Gualazzi: The Italian Jazz that Conquers the World

Raphael Gualazzi is so Italian and–at the same time–so extraordinarily global for his music. Born in 1981, Raphael is a singer-songwriter who exported Italian vibes across the world. I’m proud to introduce Raphael Gualazzi as our second guest on “Francesco Foderà’s Italian Sound.”

Go for the Gold, in Italy

CONI Trophy 2017 is a summer Olympics styled youth competition organized by the Italian National Olympic Committee’s Regional and local offices and all major sports federation of Italy to be held next September 21st through 24th in Senigallia, a seaside town in Italy’s east coast (province of Ancona, Marche region.) A few thousand Italian boys and girls from all over Italy will participate as they have in the event’s prior 3 editions. This program is not only a sport competition but also a cultural event and it is a unique and unforgettable experience for the participants!

Celebrating Dean Martin: And That's Amore!

On occasion of the Centennial Celebration of the birth of iconic American star and singer Dean Martin, Italian singer, actress, and rising Broadway star Francesca Capetta pays tribute to the King of Cool at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Special guests of the night included Tony Award Winner Liliane Montevecchi as well as singer and actress Stacy Sullivan.

The Modernity of Pizza: A Chat With Luciano Pignataro

How is Italian gastronomy really doing? What are its future prospects in terms of internationally trading our products and culinary specialties, in particular pizza? We were able to speak about it with Luciano Pignataro, who is a renown journalist from Il Mattino, a food expert and critic, and the founder of the very popular Luciano Pignataro Wine & Food Blog, on the occasion of the New York’s leg of “Le Strade della Mozzarella” event.

Chef Pasquale Cozzolino's Pizza Diet

Eat pizza and lose weight? It can be done! It all depends on what pizza you eat, how it’s prepared, and what time during the day it’s eaten. Pasquale Cozzolino, Executive Chef of the New York restaurant Ribalta, rediscovers the ancient Mediterranean tradition, putting his favorite dish at the center of his diet: pizza. This pizza is the typical Neapolitan one–which, if crafted proprly, is light, nutritious, and low in calories. In his book “The Pizza Diet–How I Lost 100 Pounds and You Can Too!,” the Neapolitan pizza maker tells his story and presents his diet with recipes and advice on how one should eat to stay in shape.

Negramaro Band – Italian Rock With “Southern-Taste”

Today we start a journey into Italian music, introducing the best of my 15 years spent on meeting and interviewing the best Italian singers of today and the past. I invite you to play the following videos and read the article to enter the heart of Italian vibes. This is “Francesco Foderà’s ItalianSound”.

Italian Cars Take to the Streets of Montclair

Do you love Italian cars? Don't miss Mille Miglia Auto Club's Italian exotic car rally! The event takes place on Sunday, June 11th in Montclair, NJ and is organized by Franco Porporino Jr. This year's rally is a fundraiser for Tomorrow Children's Fund and Hudson Valley SPCA. The day promises to be full of cars, food, and celebrity guests–all in support of local organizations.

Francesco Totti: Bidding Farewell to the Iconic A.S. Roma Captain

The numbers are more than impressive: 786 games for A.S. Roma, 307 competitive goals, 25 seasons playing in the Serie A, along with four World Cup appearances. The remarkable career of 40- year-old Roma captain, Francesco Totti, came to an end this past weekend as he made his final appearance playing for the only squad he has ever known.

A Grant for Justice: Honoring Judge Giovanni Falcone

On May 23rd, 1992, the Mafia in Sicily tragically killed Judge Giovanni Falcone, who dedicated his career to fighting organized crime. Now, 25 years later, the Fulbright Commission Italy has joined with the Fondazione Falcone and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) to create a grant for students in the field of Criminology.

Lorenzo Lucchetti: A Rising Italian Actor

Recently graduated from the prestigious The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, actor Lorenzo Lucchetti is about to make a name for himself in the entertainment business both in Italy and in the US, where he dreams to follow the steps of his two biggest role models: Marlon Brando and Jim Carrey.

Cyclist Tour Italy With the 100th Giro d'Italia

Starting in Sardinia and ending in Milan, this year's Giro d'Italia will bring more challenges than every before. Competitors are up against the the rocky terrain of Mount Etna, the sprinting flats of Tuscany, the valleys of the Dolomites, and the thin altitude of the Alps. Who will take home the first place prize this year? Stay tuned! The races kick off May 5th and end May 28th.

Paola Prestini–A Vision Into Art

Composer of music, producer, mentor, and impresario–Paola Prestini is a brilliant talent of Italian origin. Founder of VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary art company, Prestini is also the Creative Director of National Sawdust, a non-profit venue with the mission of being a platform for contemporary artists to see their visions shine through. This May 3rd, the National Sawdust organization will present its spring gala honoring Renée Fleming, Philip Glass, and artist Helga Davis, among prestigious guests like actress Julianne Moore. We had the chance to meet up with Paola and interview her about her career and her experiences with National Sawdust.

Honoring Italian American Women @ the 2017 NOIAW Gala

Vita Carulli Rabinowitz, Ph.D. and Lori Ann Attivissimo, MD, FACP Honored April 22 at the St. Regis by the National Organization of Italian American Women; Joseph R. Ficalora to Receive Friend of NOIAW Award

Easter and Springtime Traditions around the Boot

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend Easter in Italy? Here is your guide to some of Italy's finest celebrations.

Fabbrica: A Groundbreaking Italian Restaurant

Journalist, writer, interior designer, filmmaker, and restaurateur, Alberto Baudo used all of his experience and creativity to open Fabbrica, his Italian restaurant near the Williamsburg waterfront–a formerly industrial area in Brooklyn. More than just a simple restaurant, Fabbrica is a “factory” of ideas that puts a modern twist on traditional Italian gastronomy, all in a space that is rich in events–from live concerts to art and poetry.