Monthly Archives: March 2015

Italian A Day – Charlie Del Vecchio

By Christina Del Vecchio Sizemore My father, Charlie (Marcellino) Del Vecchio was born January 9, 1911 in Rome, New York. Both of his parents had emigrated from southern Italy (Campania) at the turn-of-the-century, so he was a first generation born … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum and the festival of Vulcanalia Every August 23, an annual festival of Vulcanalia was held in Roman times to celebrate and honor Vulcan, the god of fire, which was both beneficial and a hindrance … Continue reading

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Italian A Day: Tony Durpetti

By Michelle Durpetti I would love to nominate my father, Tony Durpetti, owner + proprietor of legendary Chicago steakhouse Gene & Georgetti as an “Italian a Day” feature. Started in 1941 by Gene Michelotti (Durpetti’s father in law) and Alfredo “Georgetti” Federighi, … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, “Torna a Surriento”: The song “Torna a Surriento” was written by Ernesto De Curtis in 1902, and the lyrics were composed by his brother Giambattista. Growing in popularity over the years, the song has been sung by … Continue reading

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The Truth Behind “Italian Wedding Soup”

By Gabriella Mileti, NIAF Director of Programs The mountainous regions of Abruzzo and Molise in Southern Italy are particularly rich in certain vegetables such as cardoons (similar to artichokes), fennel, salad greens like endive and chicory, and wild herbs such … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, Pezzo Novanta Believe it or not! In the movie, “The Godfather,” Vito Corleone implied that a “Pezzo Novanta,” was a person who pulled the strings and exerted lots of power – A Big Shot! Coeleone to his … Continue reading

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