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Antonio Salieri, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Who Was Antonio Salieri? (part one)

There is an obscure story linking the name Antonio Salieri with La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy. As the story goes, in 1776, when the old opera...
The Greatest Tenor, Enrico Caruso, Italian Opera, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Greatest Tenor Enrico Caruso (part two)

On December 26, 1900, Enrico Caruso celebrated the Christmas season with his debut at La Scala by performing the part of Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini’s...
Enrico Caruso, The Greatest Tenor, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Enrico Caruso, The Greatest Tenor of last century (part one)

It has been over ninety years since the death of the man known as the “greatest tenor of the century:” and to this day, fourteen years into the next...
Buffalo Wings, Italian-American family, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

How the Buffalo Got its Wings: an Italian-American invention

The year was about 1983 when a couple of friends asked me to join them for lunch at Parker’s Lighthouse, a restaurant located at Shoreline Village in...
Mardi Gras and Carnival, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Mardi Gras and Carnival

As we approach the Lenten season, many who follow the precepts of the church prepare themselves for forty days of fasting. The pre-Lenten season...
“Basta Colla Pasta”, Spaghetti, Conchiglie, Palermo, Toto', italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

“Basta Colla Pasta”

During one of my visits to Sicily, as I sat across the dinner table from my host Francesco, his wife Pina dished out mounds of spaghetti . She seemed...
Yankees manager Yogi Berra with George Steinbrenner in 1984

The Kid From The Hill (part two)

There was something about Yogi Berra that simply did not attract attention. Even his military buddies doubted his ability to play baseball, a...
Yogi Berra, New York Yankee, March 1953

The Kid From The Hill

It was a Tuesday, June 6, 1944 when thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. Among the many young men who fought bravely...
The Rome historic Jewish Quarter houses one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe and the longest, uninterrupted, existing Jewish community in the world

Our Jewish Brethren in Italy

Where I grew up in New York, we lived in a community comprised mostly of Italian Catholics. Our neighborhood bordered a Jewish community and I had...
Since the days of Ancient Rome, social interaction seems to have evolved into an art form and more.

The Evolution of Manners

There was a time, in Ancient Rome, when it was customary to eat with only three fingers, while leaving the ring finger and little finger uninvolved...