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“I Really Like This Guy” Obama awards Sal Giunta

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Sal Giunta was attending classes at John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On that same morning,...
San Carlo Theatre, Naples

The Controversial Opera

It seems that the opera William Tell by Gioachino Antonio Rossini is intrinsically linked to the William Tell Overture or, as some might put it, “the...
Violet Gibson

The Woman Who Bloodied Benito's Nose

It was April 7, 1926. On this particular day, Benito Mussolini had given a speech to the International Congress of Surgeons in Rome extolling the...
Pasta souce

The Art of Making Pasta Sauce

Growing up in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn is an unforgettable experience. Everyone around me was to some degree, Italian, that is to say that...

Stickball and the Spaldeen

When I was eleven years of age, my family moved to an Italian community in South Brooklyn known as Gravesend, which was located a few miles north of...

The blessed graduation

On a spring day in 1955, my brother Angelo prepared for his college graduation and as he did, he thought back to the time he had quit high school to...
coffee beans

The coffee phenomenon

The first coffee house in Europe opened in Venice, Italy in 1647 and, so far as anyone can tell, it took over a century to get there from its place...

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