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Venice… the Most Improbable of Cities

By Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University & curator of Postcards from the Boot An elegant gondola with its striped-shirt gondolier plying one of Venice’s 177 canals, silently gliding beneath one of its 450 stone bridges.  Extravagant carnival masks … simultaneously … Continue reading

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Goodbye to a Dear Friend: Tomie dePaola

By Nicola Orichuia I often tell people that the reason our bookstore is still around today is because of Tomie dePaola. Let me share a little story with you… We opened our doors on Oct. 29, 2015, and some might have … Continue reading

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Homage to Rome…The Eternal City

By Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University & curator of Postcards from the Boot Throughout its rich and storied history, Rome has come back from invaders and setbacks of all descriptions. The Eternal City will surely do so … Continue reading

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Walking Down Memory Lane

Reflections by Melissa Bellini It’s a gray morning in the tristate area, but I refuse to let it get to me.Sitting here with my espresso and anisette toast, I’m once again reminded of simpler times when I had not a … Continue reading

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Grieving for Italy and Hoping for Beyond

A Reflection By Joan Lombardi When you are the child of an immigrant, you grow up with stories of the other country. No matter how proud you are of your own homeland, there is always the other. It is in … Continue reading

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Italy on lockdown. The view from there.

By Jan Angilella Italy has been in a national lockdown for almost two weeks because of the spread of the coronavirus and Covid-19. There are still two weeks to go. As I write this, the death toll in the country … Continue reading

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It’s Time for Some Zeppole: Happy Saint Joseph’s Day

By Chris Tremoglie March 19 is Saint Joseph’s Day (La Festa di San Giuseppe), widely celebrated in Europe and, traditionally, the Italian American population in the United States. The feast celebrates the life of Joseph, who was the carpenter who raised … Continue reading

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Life on Lockdown

By Adrienne Baumann It seems like just yesterday the first case of COVID-19 popped up near our hometown in the northern Lombardy region of Italy. We watched, more curious than worried, as the race against time to find Patient Zero … Continue reading

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Islands of the Gods

Postcards by Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University Sicily and its Aeolian Islands are places of magic where myths and legends were born. The Greek gods made these lands their playground and demonstrated a penchant for “Sicilian real estate,” … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rope and Soap

Rope and Soap: Lynchings of Italians in the United States by Patrizia Salvetti “Eleven Italians, some of whom were awaiting trial while others had been already acquitted, were forcibly removed from jail by a mob and lynched in public with the … Continue reading

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