LIFE & PEOPLE

A family’ s fairytale and rediscovering one’s roots: The Seven Golden Apples and Robert Cirillo’s journey into his own Italian heritage.

Every child grows up with a favorite fairytale and it’s not always a polished Disney iteration of some traditional story nor, in fact, a classic like...

Remembrances of times past: a long lunch with Zeffirelli

I will never forget how Franco Zeffirelli made me feel welcome that spring-like day on March 20, 2013 when he invited me to lunch at his Roman villa...

Carretti Siciliani: the young faces of an ancient tradition

I think that speaking with an artist is always, always an honor. And for this reason, I was truly delighted and — I must admit — quite excited, by...

Tradition gets “insta-famous:” the curious story of Barni

We of L’Italo-Americano are great supporters of traditional knowledge and heritage, and it really couldn’t be any different. For Italian-Americans ,...

Porto Empedocle: Andrea Camilleri sure to live on through Inspector Montalbano

I met Andrea Camilleri twice in Milan at the Hotel Manin in the late ’90s. The Sicilian literary phenomenon was not a kid at the time. He was already...

Lina Wertmüller: an Oscar to an original portrait of Italianness

“I am grateful to have received this award, which I didn’t expect, and that, for this reason, is even more welcome and makes me all the happier. For...

Two sites along the Adriatic shore visited by angels

The Adriatic coast of Italy is one with many secrets, among which two sites that have been visited by angels of all stripes: some of them have...

A Boom Boom connection between father and son

When most young boys are shooting hoops or playing catch with their fathers, Ray Boom Boom Mancini stepped into a boxing gym and promised his dad, “...
Scenic Anacapri streets at early sunset

A Day at the beach – Italian style

Temperatures are on the rise…and so is the urge to grab the flip-flops and head for the nearest beach. Summer practically insists we enjoy at least...

Great success for the 2019 Italian National Day

On June 3rd 2019 the Italian community of LA celebrated the historic day, back in 1946, when a pivotal referendum decided the fate of Italy about...

Leonardo’s Knots – art, mathematics or mystery?

I n honor of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci ’s death (1452-1519), the San Francisco Bay Area will host numerous events, exhibits, and...

Italian Summer: swimwear for magical moments at the seaside

T aste of salt, taste of sea, That you have on your skin, You have on your lips, When you step off the water, you come and lay by me, by me With...

Games of Ancient Rome

I Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce Humans have been playing games forever. Even...
Embrace the Italian in you: 5 things to do and feel more Italian than ever!

Embrace the Italian in you: 5 things to do and feel more Italian than ever!

T o be honest with you, I think Italians and Americans have plenty of things in common: big hearts and lovely smiles, to begin with, but also an...

Da Re: the inspiring, successful story of an Italian family of chefs in Los Angeles

The true American dream is made of a thousand stories about hard-working, committed, honest immigrants who came to the United States for different...