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Italian American Review
Summer 2015 Volume 5 Number 2

Introduction to the Special Issue on Italian American Foodways, by Rocco Marinaccio and Peter Naccarato, Guest Editors

Now, "That's Italian": Food, Culture, and the Gendering of Italian American Identity, by Annette Cozzi

Caffe au Lait to Latte: Charting the Acquisition of Culinary Capital by Italian Food in the United States, by Zachary Nowak

The Italian Roots of the Artisanal Food Movement in the United States, by Suzanne Cope

Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development
(Luisa Del Giudice)
by Gabrielle A. Berlinger

The Italians Who Built Toronto: Italian Workers and Contractors in the City’s Housebuilding Industry, 1950–1980 (Stefano Agnoletto)
by Michelangelo Sabatino

Italiani nel Queens: L’integrazione di una comunità urbana
(Giuseppe Fortuna)
by Rodrigo Praino

The Friulian Language: Identity, Migration, Culture
(Rosa Mucignat)
by Tiberio Snaidero

La meglio Italia: Le mobilità italiane nel XXI secolo
(Maddalena Tirabassi and Alvise del Pra’) by Loredana Polezzi

The Italian Americans
(John Maggio)
by Yiorgos Anagnostou

Hope: Le nuove migrazioni
(Alex Kroke and Gianluca Vassallo)
by Marisa S. Trubiano

Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California
(Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien)
by Jennifer J. Helzer

Bella Vita: Famiglia, Tradizione, e Surf
(Jason Baffa)
by Kristen Lawler

Passion Produces Excellence: Commemorating Italian Experiences in Tulare County
(Amy King, curator)
by Peggy Hauselt

Primo Angeli: A Retrospective
(Mary Serventi Steiner, curator)
by Lincoln Cushing


The second in ITALICS’ 9th Season of Italian Heritage and Culture Month Specials, this edition features the Honorable Natalia Quintavalle, Consul General of Italy in New York, and Giorgio van Straten, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. In her 29 years as a career diplomat, Natalia Quintavalle has worked on U.N. issues - at the Italian Permanent Mission in Geneva, and at the Permanent Mission in New York. She was Italian Consul in Toulouse, First Secretary at the Italian Embassy in Riyadh, and has been Italian Consul General in New York since September 2011, now serving her third term. Giorgio van Straten is an Italian writer and cultural broker, editor, and translator of major literary works, and a director of the Italian literary magazine “Nuovi argomenti.” He has written for musical theater, served as Chairman of the Orchestra della Toscana, on the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia, President of the Italian Association for the Performing Arts, General Director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Director of the Palazzo Delle Esposizioni e Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, and on the Board of Directors of RAI. In 2015 he was named Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. (Taped 10/08/15)​
ITALICS kicks off its 9th Season of Italian Heritage and Culture Month Special Episodes. This edition features Joseph Sciame, Chairman of the Italian Heritage and Culture Month Committee of New York, as well as Angelo Vivolo and Frank Fusaro of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. Joseph Sciame is Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University. He is currently President of the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee, and the Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. Angelo Vivolo is President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. After a decade teaching, he became a third-generation restaurateur and is the owner of the Vivolo Restaurant Group in New York City, which includes Vivolo’s, Cucina, and Bar Vetro. Frank Fusaro is the Chair of the Board of Governors for the Columbus Citizens Foundation. He is Co-Founder and President of Forum Personnel. (Taped: 10/08/15)
ITALICS continues its coverage on being LGBTQ in Italian America. As a follow-up to our January 2014 episode, “Gay in Italian America,” in this edition, correspondent Lucia Grillo talks with members of the LGBTQ community: Lailah Lancing is a singer-songwriter and actress, whose look inspired that of her friend, actress Laverne Cox, for the film “Grandma,” in theatres now; Margo Singaliese is a veteran actress who has appeared Off-Broadway and on TV in shows such as “The Sopranos;” and filmmaker Mikki del Monico came out while directing his first feature film, which recently had at run at Anthology Film Archives. (Taped: 09/30/15)
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