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NIAF Congressional Fellow: Part 3

By Sam Pedalino, 2019 NIAF Congressional Fellow This past fall semester I had the privilege of working for Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (N.J.-09) who is Co-chairman of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD). My work primarily focused on working with … Continue reading

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NIAF Congressional Fellowship: Part 2

By Luke Ferrante, 2019 Congressional Fellow My Italian American heritage has always played a large role in my life. From a young age, the stories of my family’s hard work to make a new life for themselves in America inspired … Continue reading

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Italian American WWII Heroes

By Chris Tremoglie Vice President Nelson Rockefeller once said, “I think of the 1.5 million Americans of Italian descent who made up ten percent of the armed might of the United States in World War II, and many of these … Continue reading

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Untold WWII History: U.S. Internment of Italians Americans

Italian immigrants and Italian Americans were seen as “enemy aliens” in America during WWII. Thousands were forced into internment camps or relocated–unfortunately, American history books fail to remember this. Continue reading

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The NIAF Congressional Fellowship: Part 1

By Nicoló Ferretti, 2019 NIAF Congressional Fellow Forty Italians stood in a round room in the heart of the Capitol as Kirsten Gillibrand, a U.S. Senator from the great state of New York, gestured towards me. She had just welcomed … Continue reading

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Quarantine Cuisine: A Rustic Potato Leek Soup

By Joanne Marino Bartram, co-author of Two Parts Italy blog I didn’t think it would last this long. Two weeks, three at the most, and we’d see the number of new infections and deaths drop in Italy. I was overconfident. Three … Continue reading

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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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