Two days after Saint Patrick’s day, March 19th, after all my Amerighan friends have recovered from drinking green beer while eating corned beef and cabbage, is Saint Joseph’s day or more accurately La Festa di San Giuseppe. Throughout the world, you will find Italians celebrating La Festa di San Giuseppe to honor the patron saint … Continue reading La Festa di San Giuseppe
It’s Valentine's Day!! A day of chocolates, flowers, romantic dinners, and sexy lingerie. It is estimated that the average man will spend $300 to $400 on wooing his true love, or at least his current love. While I don’t want to appear as a Valentine’s Day cynic, I can’t help but feel that all this … Continue reading Love Italian Style
Recently I passed a milestone in the life of a father; I walked the younger of my two daughters down the aisle. As the day approached, I played up the stereotype of the father of the bride, bemoaning the expense of the wedding to friends at work, despite her remaining well within budget. One coworker told me that in India the bride’s family still pays a dowry which can be pretty large. I was told, although the practice is illegal, the families circumvent the law by calling it a gift. The entire discussion, however, reminded me of 15th century Florence’s Monte delle doti, the dowry fund.
For those of us who are Italian-American, or for those who simply love the Italian culture, we need to understand Dante more. In order to fully embrace our Italianità, we must embrace Dante.
What is the glory of Dante compared to spaghetti? Spaghetti has entered many American homes where the name of Dante is never pronounced.
I am a proud Italian-American. Some people tell me that there is no room in America for hyphenated Americans, repeating a phrase first used by Teddy Roosevelt but he was wrong. Although I have long been an admirer of the 26th President of the United State, even the greatest among us get it wrong at … Continue reading I am a proud Italian-American
With this blog, I would like to continue the journey I began with my book. I will explore the culture and history of Italians and Italian-Americans. I will examine the forces that shaped who we are as well as our possible paths into the future. I will also travel down the road less traveled, if you will pardon the cliché, to explore some of the lesser-known aspects of our culture. It is my sincere desire to share with all of you the excitement and fun of Italy, Italians, and Italian-Americans.