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Mimmo Lucano: “It’s easier to spread humanity than hate”

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò hosts the former Mayor of Riace Mimmo Lucano and the non-profit arts organization BACAS in an evening dedicated to “accoglienza” - hospitality - a profoundly human value that dates back to ancient times, one that now more than ever needs to be reaffirmed and spread throughout the world.

Halloween Italian Style

In all the Italian regions in the days between October 31st and the day of Saint Martin (November 11th) is custom to celebrate the juxtaposition of life and death with numerous traditions

My Gorgeous Places & Suggestions in Umbria

Where to sleep and eat when you are in Umbria. Just few ideas

Umbria. Exploring Italy’s Greenest Spot 

Rich in environmental, cultural, and gastronomic diversity, Italy’s greenest region offers tourists unforgettable experiences. 

July 20, 1969: “I’m Going to the Moon, Too. Dad, Will You Come with Me?”

Apollo 50-year anniversary. It’s estimated that 650 million people watched the historic landing on July 20, 1969. I remember that night spent in Vasto, Abruzzo, in my grandparents’ home with my dad. The church bells were still not able to chime simultaneously and yet man was about to make history. At least at the time. There was no Internet, there weren’t CDs, Apple hadn’t invented anything yet, and there weren’t even cell phones.
Tradition and New (Female) Faces: Meet the Future of Italian Wine

Our Goodbye to Cavaliere di Gran Croce Lucio Caputo

He left us at the age of 84, Lucio Caputo, one of the most central figures of the Italian community in New York. To remember him, we are publishing the last video we recorded with him in the Spring.

Chef Fortunato Nicotra Serves up Sicilian Summer in NYC

We were invited to taste the new summer menu at Felidia, one of New York’s finest restaurants owned Lidia Bastianich. We were so impressed by our meal, a culinary trip to Sicily, that we thought we should not only tell you about it but also take the opportunity to interview Fortunato Nicotra, the Executive Chef at Felidia since 1996. We discussed his story, his influences, his and Lidia’s shared cooking philosophy and how all of this informs his remarkable creations.

Meet The Most Enthusiastic Man in New York & His Walking Tours

New York is considered one of the major producers of “mainstream”, and oftentimes viral, creative and cultural content. In 2013, a young man from Trieste moved to this city to follow his dream of creating something truly new and original: we are talking about Ricky Russo and his walking tours.

Saying Goodbye to Naples’ Last ‘Acquaiola’

Naples says goodbye to Carmelina, the city’s last “acquaiola,” known and beloved by all those who have passed her historic “water counter” at 30, Via dei Tribunali.

NIAF Announces 2019 Region of Honor: Molise

Each year, The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) collaborates with a region in Italy by promoting its culture, business and tourism in the United States, while also traveling to the region to promote cultural exchange. This year the Region of Honor will be Molise

Antonino Ciolino, “In-Flight Chef"

The Vice-President of the Italian Chef Association of New York is a Haute Cuisine expert both on land and in the clouds. He was among the first to import real Italian food.

Apulia and the Strength of Its Youth

With Maria Cavallo, a young representative of Cantine San Marzano. After studying law in Ferrare, she decides to return to Puglia and dedicate herself to the family business and to the promotion of the area. “New York was a great challenge but for me it’s just one step.”

Torrefazione, an Italian Art

Italians live for their coffee, the sheer number of bars in Italy only shows how serious the locals are with regards to their coffee. But one can easily forget that coffee beans are neither grown nor harvested in any part of Italy. The more appropriate statement is, the best coffee is roasted and blended in Italy.

Lorenzo Zurino: “I’m not one to show off, I like to work”

Lorenzo Zurino, founder and CEO of The One Company, specializing in the promotion of Italian businesses abroad, recently received the NIAF (an important Italian American association) award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. We met with him in our editorial office. He is one of the main figures involved in the promotion of Italian food products in the world and with ‘The One’ is a point of reference not only for big Italian food companies. Zurino also caters to medium and small businesses, which in Italy constitute a significant reality, one potentially important for the country’s economy yet too often overlooked.

Celebrating Past And Future Accomplishments at the NIAF 2019 NY GALA

Like every year, in occasion of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) 2019 New York Gala, members of New York’s Italian American community congregated at the iconic Cipriani 42nd Street to celebrate the achievements of outstanding members of the region’s Italian American and Italian Community.

Honoring Italian American Women and Calandra Institute @ the 2019 NOIAW Annual Luncheon

NOIAW is the premier organization for women of Italian heritage that is committed to preserving Italian heritage, language and culture by promoting and supporting the advancement of women of Italian ancestry through education programs.

NIAF's Spring Gala 2019. A New York Style Italian American Evening

Once again, the National Italian American Foundation will return to the elegant and historic Cipriani 42nd Street for its annual New York Gala. This year, NIAF will honor General Counsel, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Retired Judge Frank M. Ciuffani; CEO – THE ONE, Lorenzo Zurino; and Senior Managing Director, LeFrak, Marylou Delfino Berk. The evening will be hosted by NIAF celebrity Ambassador and radio show host, Joe Piscopo.

The Italian Table: So Many Easter Specialties

Like most holidays, Easter time is another reason for great Italian tradition and cuisine. The Easter lunch in Italy is a delicious reason for a spectacular meal, great company and a primal celebration of the end of winter and nature’s (not just Christ's) rebirth.

Easter and Springtime Traditions in Italy

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

Let's Talk Sports in Abruzzo

No matter what, all over Abruzzo, at the seaside, in the mountains, in the hills and even beyond the protected areas, nature is always the protagonist and an incredible opportunity to practice sports