LIFE & PEOPLE

The French Revolution began as an uprising of the people against the tyranny of the ancien regime, but by 1798 Napoleon had risen to power and was on a campaign of conquest throughout Europe.  While some hailed the arrival of …

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Even if the ancient fishing culture of the Venetian lagoon, like most of Italy’s maritime regions, has been forced to give way to importing some of its supply from elsewhere, Venice and seafood are inseparable. How could it be otherwise …

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With her pink short hair, bright smile, and magnetic attitude, Italian chef Barbara Pollastrini is capable of delighting both the palate and the eye by preparing the tastiest recipes of the traditional Italian cuisine. She lives in Hollywood, in a …

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Best known as Bruno Martelli, the introvert and talented star from the 1980s hit TV series Fame, Lee Curreri was born in the Bronx, New York City, to Italian parents and was later adopted by a couple from Southern Italy. …

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Walking into Gelson’s Market, on Laurel Canyon Blvd., the first thing that greets the eye is the ‘Coffee & Pastries’ sign.   The man behind these pastries is Trieste-born, Ugo Mamolo, who owns Viktor Benês Bakery. His creations are some of …

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John Asaro, a native Californian of Sicilian descent has a special place in his heart for Little Italy’s Piazza Famiglia, so much so that he will be donating 50% of all sales from his latest art exhibit being held at …

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Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy. Located about 60 miles north of Rome, this stunning gem has escaped the modern age mostly because of its topography. No cars are allowed and there are …

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A bridge between the past and the present, keeping the history and looking at innovation: this is the path some Sicilian farmers are following in the area known as “Nebrodi”, a park established in 1993 that includes the most important …

Part I of my Conversations with Lawrence Ferlinghetti appeared in the last, June 25th, 2015, issue of L’Italo Americano.  Below we continue with the man and his lasting legacy.   Mr. Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1919, son …

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Gabriele Tinti is an Italian poet and writer, whose poetry has been extensively inspired by the ancient-art form of boxing.  He is moved by solitude and tragedy, which inspires him to write rhymes that have been presented at the Queens …

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