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Multi-Awarded Screenwriter Dawn Spinella. Photo Courtesy of D. Spinella

Dawn Spinella, Screenwriter at the Confluence of Science and Autobiography

Do you remember those adventure movies, in which a kid, or a bunch of them, find in their attic (or basement) some sort of treasure chest, containing...
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy has recently ventured to put in motion the first Italian gourmet food truck that blends the elements of colorful street art with the freshness of handmade pasta. Photo credit: Marco Piovanotto

The Prince of Venice brings “Magic and Pasta” to L.A.

Once upon a time, there was a prince at the wheel of a colorful pasta food truck. Alongside him, there was a chef who operated a pasta machine, that...
Current President & Operating Officer of NIAF, John M. Viola

A Conversation with NIAF President John M. Viola

The doors of the National Italian American Foun-dation (NIAF) opened up to current President & Operating Officer John M. Viola when he was 16...
Consul General of Italy in San Francisco Mauro Battocchi at the 2012 Italian Heritage Parade. Photograph by Nickolas Marinelli

Consul General Mauro Battocchi: Working Together to Build Strong Italian Communities

Mauro Battocchi’s last day as San Francisco’s beloved Consul General will be July 8, 2016. He has been Italy’s Consul General in San Francisco since...
President of Fondazione Italia - Paolo Miliozzi surrounded by his team of teachers and educators. Photo Courtesy of P. Miliozzi

Paolo Miliozzi, President of Fondazione Italia, Paladin of Our Language

Paolo Miliozzi grew up in Civitanova Marche, Adriatic seaport in Italian region of Marche. Strangely enough, historically this area didn’t give birth...
Italian-American writer Mario Puzo, author of the novel The Godfather © Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

The Father of The Godfather: Mario Puzo

A quintessential figure of Italo-american culture, Puzo was, and still remains today almost twenty years after his death, the iconic symbol of how...
Maria Grazia Chiuri Is The New Artistic Director at Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri Is The New Artistic Director at Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri is the new artistic director of the French Maison Christian Dior. The fashion designer left Valentino after 17 years, of which...
Oscar Farinetti, the founder of upscale Italian food market Eataly

Century City Mall Awaits Italian Food Par Excellence

Straightforward, innovative and an excellent communicator, these are just a few of the adjectives that can be used to describe the business owner...
In 2012, Tutta Bella transported a portable pizza oven to Boeing Field where Air Force One was parked. There a chef made Neapolitan-style pizza for President Obama, his staff, flight crew and press corps. (Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria)

Tutta Bella Pizzeria: Feeding Dreams, Nourishing Lives, Building Community

Never let it be said that Joe Fugere, owner of Seattle’s Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, won’t move heaven and earth, or even a pizza oven, to...
Sophia Loren Has Been Voted As Honorary Citizen of Naples

Sophia Loren Has Been Voted As Honorary Citizen of Naples

According to ANSA, Sophia Loren has been nominated as honorary citizen of Naples, the southern Italian city she grew up in, the city council ruled...
Chef and Restaurateur, Celestino Drago. Photo Courtesy of Katie Conway

Celestino Drago: Italian Excellence in the LA Food Scene

It could have been a completely different story. Celestino Drago, who comes from the Province of Messina (Sicily), might have become a successful...
Elvis Presley presents a Tennessee ham to Governor Albert Rosellini, far left, during the 1962 Seattle’s World Fair

The Rosellini cousins: among the most influential people in mid-century politics and business

Cousins have often played complementary roles throughout history. Take Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, fifth cousins, who became president of the...
Talent manager Zeno Pisani

Zeno Pisani: the Italian Manager of Hollywood

Zeno Pisani was meant to shine among the Hollywood stars. For more than 20 years he has been speeding across the roads of Beverly Hills, West...
Gigliola Staffilani. Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gigliola Staffilani and her parable to success

Gigliola Staffilani is the only Italian woman teaching full time pure mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Originally from...
Italy Mourns Actor and Filmmaker Bud Spencer

Italy Mourns Actor and Filmmaker Bud Spencer who Died at 86

Italian actor and director, Carlo Pedersoli, known as Bud Spencer, died today at the age of 86. Born in Naples, he grew from a successful swimmer in...

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