Dr. Jill Biden Delivers Heritage Address at Dinner Hosted by Basil Russo and ISDA Celebrating Italian American Women’s Contributions to Our Country
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by johndeike
1d ago
Our nation’s first Italian American First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, spoke at ISDA’s annual banquet in downtown Pittsburgh on July 13, 2024, to share her ancestors’ story. The event was part of ISDA’s ongoing mission to celebrate women in leadership while offering a platform to major figures on both sides of the aisle who seek to promote and honor the Italian American culture. In 2021, the White House issued a Columbus Day Proclamation that drew criticism from the Italian American community, as it fell short of properly honoring our heritage. The disappointment was palpable, but the misstep wasn’t ..read more
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Prosecco Strawberry Ricotta Poundcake
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by johndeike
5d ago
Combining the bright, bubbly flavors of prosecco-infused strawberries with the moist, rich texture of the ricotta orange poundcake makes for a delightful dessert.   Ingredients 1 ½ c ricotta cheese 1 ½ c all-purpose flour 1 c granulated sugar ½ c unsalted butter, softened 3 lg eggs zest of 1 orange juice of 1 orange 1tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt powdered sugar, for dusting Instructions Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan. In a large bowl, beat the ricotta, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one a ..read more
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Behold Bologna, a Jewel of Italy
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by johndeike
5d ago
Le Due Torre, or the Two Towers, constructed in the early 12th century, are symbols of medieval wealth in Bologna. By Francesca Montillo, ISDA Food + Travel Writer Bologna is the largest city in the Northern region of Emilia-Romagna. The capitol of the region, Bologna is known for its prestigious schools, medieval towers, centuries-old churches and priceless art. Simply put, it’s a jewel of Italy, and when strolling down the pedestrian-friendly streets, one will immediately notice miles of picturesque porticoes that provide shelter from the elements and serve as the city’s conne ..read more
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Italian Eggplant Stacks
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by johndeike
1w ago
By Mary Ann Dwyer, The Beach House Kitchen  Ingredients 1 large eggplant sliced into 12 – 1/4 inch rounds kosher salt 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 large eggs lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs 15 ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese plus extra for sprinkling 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 tsp. ground pepper 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley chopped 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning I use Mrs. Dash 1 24 oz. jar marinara sauce 12 basil leaves Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray generously with non-stick c ..read more
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Tenements, Toil and the Founders of the ‘Old School’
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by johndeike
1w ago
The City Hall station of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, part of the first underground line of the subway that opened on October 27, 1904. “The Dawn of Italian America” Urban life was often filled with hazards for the new immigrant, and housing could be one of the greatest dangers. In the early 1900s more than half the population of New York City, and most immigrants, lived in tenement houses: narrow, low-rise apartment buildings that were usually grossly overcrowded by their landlords, according to the Library of Congress. Cramped, poorly lit, under ventilated, and usually without indoor plum ..read more
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A Barber’s Wisdom
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by johndeike
2w ago
By Jerry Il’Giovine, La Nostra Voce PAPA is a collection of short stories through which author Jerry Il’Giovine takes readers on a journey of his life beginning with his formative years in the 1950s and 1960s in an Italian American neighborhood in the Clark-Fulton area on the West Side of Cleveland, Ohio, through an extraordinary adolescence, and to raising a family of his own in the suburbs. “THE MONSTER BARBER” MY FATHER LEFT HIS BARBERSHOP to work in construction years before I was born, yet he never stopped cutting hair. If you knew Gennaro well enough to visit his Italian home in Clevelan ..read more
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Florida Panthers, a Party of Won: A Letter From ISDA President Basil Russo
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by johndeike
3w ago
Dear Members of the Italian American Community, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to John Viola, and his parents, Vincent and Teresa, owners of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup champion Florida Panthers. The Panthers won their first title in franchise history on June 24 with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the championship series. It’s especially exciting for all of us to see the Viola family achieve such prominence and success in the sports world because they have been so generous and helpful to the Italian American community. John has truly become one of the ..read more
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Cherry Berry Tiramisu with Moscato
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by johndeike
3w ago
By Rossella Rago, Cooking with Nonna Ingredients (serves 8) 2 cups fresh strawberries washed, trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch dices 2 cups fresh cherries washed, trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch dices 2 pounds mascarpone cheese 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 2 packets Italian vanilla powder (Vanillina) or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 750 ml Moscato wine 50 lady finger cookies Optional: fresh strawberries and blueberries for decorating Directions In a mixing bowl combine the strawberries and cherries together. If the berries are tart, toss them with a few tablespoons of granula ..read more
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‘Tony’s Backstage Pass’ Celebrates Music, Heritage and Harmony
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by johndeike
3w ago
Tony Pasko (left) sits down with James Burton, a famed guitarist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards delivered Burton’s Rock Hall induction speech in 2001. By Dina Linn, La Nostra Voce  They say that all musicians are, by nature, storytellers. Having grown up in Chicago’s vibrant Italian American culture, brimming with rich oral histories, music industry professional and performing artist Tony Pasko’s career serves as a testament to that adage. After a lifetime of working and performing with some of the greatest musicians in the world, Tony ..read more
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‘The Grunt Padre’: A Father’s Day Tribute to an Italian American Hero
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by johndeike
1M ago
By Brendan Young, La Nostra Voce  Commonly called “the Grunt Padre,” his name is Fr. Vincent Capodanno. Vincent Capodanno, Jr. was born in Elm Park, Staten Island, New York, in February 1929, the youngest of 10 children born to immigrant parents from Gaeta, Italy. A first-generation Italian American, young Vincent was immersed in our typical ethnic experience, imbibing its values: the primary place of family, embracing hard work and sacrifice as a means of betterment of self and family, the significance of education and the opportunities it offered, the vital support of fraternal solidari ..read more
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