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“Growing Up Italian American” ……. In Our Own Words

“Growing Up Italian American” in Our Own Words * Growing Up Italian in our Own Words  By the close of the 20th century, Italian Americans had achieved education, employment and income parity with Americans in general. They had excelled in all fields of endeavor, and had made substantial contributions in virtually all areas of American […]

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Carnival in Venice – Martedi Grosso – Fat Tuesday

Carnival in Venice  Martedi Grosso – Fat Tuesday *   The word carnival comes from the Latin “carnem levare” (eliminate meat) as it originally indicated the banquet that was held on the last day of Carnival (Mardi Gras), immediately before the period of fasting and abstinence of Lent.  Carnival is a festival that is celebrated in countries […]

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Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday

Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday Video Below *   It is customary in many churches for worshippers to receive fresh palm leaves on Palm Sunday. In parts of the world where this has historically been impractical, substitute traditions have arisen.   In Italy, palm leaves are used along with small olive branches, readily available in the […]

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Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano) Why is it so Expensive ?

Parmesan Cheese (Parmegiano Reggiano) Why is it so Expensive? * Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan Cheese) is an Italian hard, granular cheese. The name “Parmesan” is often used generically for the same cheese made outside the traditional areas of production in Italy, although this is prohibited in trading in the European Economic Area under European law. Parmigiano-Reggiano It is named after the producing areas […]

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Sicilian Seafood Market – Ancient and Very Interesting

Sicilian Seafood Market Ancient and Very Interesting * The best way to understand the importance of seafood on the Sicilian table is to visit the fish market in Catania, which is as old as the ancient city itself.   I watched The Sicilian Fish Market come to life one morning as workers unloaded their catches […]

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Jerry Lewis on Frank Sinatra’s Private Generosity

Jerry Lewis on Frank Sinatra’s Private Generosity   *     This is another excellent story about the Frank Sinatra that we as fans always loved about him. Listen to Jerry tell this story. One of many that we never heard of about Old Blue Eyes. For every story about Sinatra’s temper, impatience and revengeful […]

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FASCINATING – Italian / South American Migration

 Italian – South American Migration FASCINATING * Many of us have Italian relatives in Argentina. Argentina was the preferred destination in the 1870s and 1880s, then equally favored with Brazil until the close of the century, when the U.S. became the favored destination until after World War I, when Argentina resumed the crown.   As […]

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Wierd Things Italians Do

Wierd Things Italians Do * There really isn’t much to say about the weird things Italians do. (Weird to Americans not weird to Italians.) You just have to watch the video and see. It’s pretty interesting actually.        Not to get into it too far but I have to say the thing about […]

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The “True” Italian American Documentary – Part One – “Dispelling the Myth”

The “True” Italian American Documentary  Part One  “Dispelling the Myth”    * The culture the Italian immigrants brought with them was generally not the high Italian culture of Dante and Michelangelo, but the culture of the region or village from which they came. These individual but related cultures established the basis of contemporary Italian American culture.   A University of […]

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Rocky Marciano Interview (Part 3) – with Nat King Cole & Jimmy Durante 1961

Rocky Marciano Interview (Part 3) – with Nat King Cole & Jimmy Durante 1961 * This is rare footage of an interview with Rocky Marciano. His guests that day included Nat King Cole and Jimmy Durante. This is a very interesting piece of film from back in the day. Three gentlemen just talking to each […]

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