Heritage

Anti-Italian Cartoon of the 1880's   In today’s world, to be an Italian can be a very good thing: you dress well, live well and speak with a sexy accent (just ask Paolo). The world looks to Italy and Italians for their opinions on food, fashion, cars and whatever else is cool. Sadly...
Boston’s Fishermen’s Feast
Friday, May 16TH, 2014 by
Boston's North End     The North End section of Boston was one of the early arrival points for Southern Italian and Sicilian immigrants. Many Italian-American families can trace their American roots back to this small warren of narrow streets and alleyways. These pioneers brought...
Italian traditional masks for Carnival
Thursday, February 20TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
  During  Carnival, our traditional masks become protagonists. Everyone loves them: tourists, adults, teenagers and children. In fact, wearing Carnival costumes and masks is a tradition truly embraced by all, regardless of their age. In the last few years, Carnival has been more and...
Italian Surnames
Tuesday, October 30TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
Italian Surnames   Names are important because they identify people, and surnames are doubly important because they also tell of the origins and history of a family through the centuries. In fact, researching your surname, also known as last name or family name, is an exciting way to...
Pulcinella
Wednesday, February 15TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
Pulcinella: a cultural character behind the Carnival mask Carnival is the Italian celebration of fancy dressing, fun and tricks, following the famous saying "A carnevale ogni scherzo vale" (At Carnival, every prank goes). Everybody, young and old alike, decides to wear a costume and hide their...
San Gennaro: A Traditional Catholic Neapolitan Feast
Wednesday, September 28TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
San Gennaro: A Traditional Catholic Neapolitan Feast   If you go to Naples on September 19th you will find a huge crowd of people celebrating the day of San Gennaro, a bishop and a martyr from Pozzuoli, canonized by the Catholic Church. This day is extremely important to Neapolitans...
Days of wine and roses
Monday, June 27TH, 2011 by
By Gina Paone Kulch-Stritch     Often Italian-American culture is portrayed in a stereotypical light. Current examples of this are evident in reality television programs. While there can be truth in stereotypes the Italian-American takes a hard hit. There is no need to go back to the...
La Festa dei Nonni: Grandparents' Day
Wednesday, June 08TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Parents may be the most important people in our lives, but certainly grandparents are no less so. Grandparents are a family's history, and through them a family's origins are handed down to new generations. Cakes cooked together, experiences and stories told near a fireplace, holidays together...
Italian American War Heroes
Tuesday, December 28TH, 2010 by
Sgt. John Basilone (Photo from Wikipedia) The relationship between Italy and war is complicated. To understand it one not only needs to understand current events, but history in general. In past decades Italian immigrants to the United States faced different situations than they would today and...
Famous Italian-American Entrepreneurs
Monday, January 25TH, 2010 by
Gil Amelio - Photo courtesy of globalnerdy.com Italian-Americans have made their mark on the business scene in America since their arrival in the late 19th century. From Gil Amelio, former CEO of Apple and National Semiconductor to Samuel DiPiazza, the current CEO of Pricewaterhousecoopers, it is...

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