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The Surprising Origins Of 8 Italian-American Dishes

Thrillist | Posted 07.15.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

Sometimes the greatest food creations come from adapting to necessity.

Be Humble: Lessons My Dad Taught Me

Charles J. Alaimo | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Charles J. Alaimo

It wasn't until I was married did I truly understand and appreciate the lessons my dad taught me. He taught me basic tenets and expectations which had a huge impact on the person I have become.

Adele Sarno, 'San Gennaro Queen,' Faces Eviction by Italian American Museum

Sandi Bachom | Posted 05.31.2015 | Fifty
Sandi Bachom

One of the last eyewitnesses to what it was actually like to be an Italian-American in Little Italy after World War II is being evicted by the very repository of this rich history, The Italian American Museum. It would be laughable, were it not so tragic. Evict her? They should hire her.

The Agency Vince Built: Chicago Entrepeneur and Family's Five Decades in Travel Industry

Steve Karras | Posted 04.23.2015 | Chicago
Steve Karras

Conenna's son John, now the President of Venus Travel recalls the hardworking father who tirelessly kept long hours.

Lavenderizing Italian American Heritage Month: A Celebration of Intersecting Identities

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

I imagine some of you may relate to feeling like an outsider at some point in your life. Some of you may feel enormous social pressure to conform to what others expect of you. Those that expect you to alter yourself may be your own family, ethnic community, and friends.

Columbus Day Is Done. Can We Talk?

Janus Adams | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Janus Adams

We can honor Italians for their music, their culture, the unsurpassed art and phenomenal food. But, does it really harm those who would do so if we also respect the Pietro Alonzo Ninos, Norsemen -- and (Ms.) Freydises too?

From SNL to Talk Radio, Joe Piscopo 'Digs the Journey'

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

What a ride it has been for the famous New Jersey native, age 63. From satirist to commercial kingpin to, most recently, radio talk show host, Piscopo has cracked the code on how to formulate all things re-inventive.

The Weight of Italy's Loss

Jackie Townsend | Posted 08.24.2014 | Sports
Jackie Townsend

It's 110 degrees in the desert. Driving, I stare out at the desolate, barren landscape thinking this is how I feel -- after Italy's game against Uru...

My Dad Is Always Right, Despite What My Mother Says

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

When I was a baby, my mom had a well-deserved night out with friends. Upon my mother's return, she found me fast asleep in a diaper held together by electrical tape. Hence my dad's parenting credo: You may not do everything perfectly as a parent, but as long as the job got done and no one got hurt, it's all good. And really, more than anything, I'm just grateful he used electrical tape and not a staple gun.

World Cup of Terror

Jackie Townsend | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Jackie Townsend

Brazilians are "getting out of dodge" during the World Cup. A very close friend and soccer soul mate of my husband's, who's Brazilian, whose family lives in Brazil, virtually said the same thing. "Don't go to Brazil," he wrote us in an email. "Don't go." But going we are.

Commemorating the Lives of Italian-American, Non-Traditional Social Workers, From East Harlem

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 07.01.2014 | New York
Joseph LoGiudice

The Pascales are the few people who can light that flame of hope through their beautiful and touching stories, especially during this grim time of capitalism that overshadows individuals' basic rights and needs.

What Democrats Must Do to Win in November

James Zogby | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This November, Democrats will have chance to reconnect with ethnic voters and win support from them while still courting other key groups. It is not an either-or proposition.

Stayin' Alive (at 95!)

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

When my mom blows out the candles on her 95th birthday this Tuesday, she'll be buoyed by the joy that marked her early years in the Basile household.

7 Strategies To Become Successful Without Losing Your Mind

The Huffington Post | Nicole Edine | Posted 03.13.2014 | Small Business

Carlos and Constance Vega have always been a business-driven couple. In 2007, a few years after the birth of their first child, they left their re...

East Harlem Tables: Food and Italian Immigrant Cultures

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.05.2014 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

When friends visit NYC from out of town, we often end up taking a stroll through Manhattan's Little Italy. Although they have seen it in movies and in TV shows, they tend to have a limited sense of how and why immigrants moved between different neighborhoods over time.

Reality Stars Perpetuate Negative Italian Stereotypes

Dr. Frank Spinelli | Posted 05.04.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Frank Spinelli

In reality, The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Mob Wives perpetuate the stereotype that Italians are overly tanned, spaghetti-eating people who use an exorbitant amount of hair care products while lying, cheating and stealing in order to achieve the American dream.

Book Review: The Italian-American Experience -- Another Immigration Story

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Explorers Emigrants Citizens steps way back to tell the Italian-American saga from first contact with the Americas, with Christopher Columbus being only one of many explorers. The book then focuses on the huge waves of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Celebrate Your Italianita!

Michael Carosone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Michael Carosone

As October comes to a close and the celebration of Italian-American heritage, culture, and history ends, I would like to make this poem my finale. I published it in 2008 in Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus.

Yes, Suicide Is a Gay Issue

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My youth was consumed by loneliness, feelings of not belonging, and thinking of ways to kill myself. I experienced many dark nights of the soul. And television saved me. Although I read a lot, I looked to TV for the noise to comfort me and make me feel less lonesome.

Places Last Longer Than People

Charlie Carillo | Posted 10.26.2013 | New York
Charlie Carillo

"Happy was a lovely man," my grandmother insisted to her dying day. The people he killed would have disagreed.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Reframe the Immigration Debate as an American Story

James Zogby | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

A majority of the populations in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin are immigrants and the descendants of immigrants from Europe and Mediterranean countries. For them, immigration is not just a Latino issue; it is their story -- our American story.

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

Verbs Are Just Verbiage

Charlie Carillo | Posted 07.29.2013 | New York
Charlie Carillo

When it comes to communication, life isn't always Oprah or Dr. Phil. Sometimes, less really is more.

The Show With Vinnie: Eating and Talking, Staten Island Style

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 07.08.2013 | TV
Fabio Parasecoli

There is something endearing about The Show with Vinnie, the purposefully trashy and low-tech MTV talk show, the most recent spin-off of the Jersey Shore reality TV hit.