Tag Archives: Italian Americans

Italy’s Christmas Witch: The Befana Tradition

Perhaps one of the most beloved characters in Italian folklore – at least among children – is that of Befana. Although her origins are not always clear, Befana has now become popular nationwide in Italy, serving as a representation of … Continue reading

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Truffle Season

Fall in Italy is a season of warm colors, festivals and, of course, incredible food. With every season come new tastes and culinary traditions in each region of Italy and one of the most popular, which has made its way … Continue reading

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A Day about Italians Should Be Called Just That

By John M. Viola, President, National Italian American Foundation For the past few years, as summer fades into autumn and October approaches, I’m inevitably inundated with calls from media to talk about the great elephant in the Italian American room: Columbus … Continue reading

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Italy’s Earthquake: A Call to Action

To the Italian American community: On Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016, a large part of central Italy was struck by a devastating earthquake. This tragic disaster has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, and words cannot convey the deep loss … Continue reading

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Festa della Mamma

Mamma By Gabriella Mileti, NIAF Director of Programs Sophia Loren once said, “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  You are connected to your child and to all those who touch your lives.  A … Continue reading

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Un Minuto con…

By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Mikhail Gorbachev e’ di origine Pugliese! After the Crimean War  (1853 to 1856), the local economy was devastated and since Crimea was a peninsula surrounded by the Black Sea, fishing was encouraged and exploited.  Thus, the authorities … Continue reading

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Day 24 of 31 Days of Italians – Tony Bennett

Resiliency best describes legendary jazz singer Tony Bennett. His musical career has spanned well over half a century, having created his own singing style that integrates jazz with voice imitation of instrumental solos. Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto , in 1926, … Continue reading

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Day 10 of 31 Days of Italians – Frank Sinatra

By John M. Viola, NIAF president and chief operating officer To many of us Frank Sinatra will always be remembered as the “Chairman of the Board”, but did you know the sobriquet is more than just a creative nickname? Not … Continue reading

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Ciao Canberra

Greetings from the pleasant city of Canberra, Australia’s purpose-built and modernist capital. After spending yesterday exploring Sydney’s Leichhardt neighborhood, I hopped a late train last night to make it here for this year’s Conference of Italians Down Under. I was … Continue reading

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Exploring Sydney

NIAF President and COO John M. Viola shares his current travels around Australia, continuing his exploration of Sydney’s Italian American community, in the second of a five-part series on Pensieri Italo-Americani. As I continued my walk, despite the high recommendations I had … Continue reading

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