A Look Back at the NIAF Conference and Gala of 2017

Italian America has many faces but it has just a single backbone, and that is NIAF (National Italian American Foundation). An immense organization with roots all across America, NIAF seeks to ensure two pillars of importance: 1) that Italians in America strive to preserve their heritage’s traditions and 2) that the contributions made by ItaliansContinue reading “A Look Back at the NIAF Conference and Gala of 2017”

An Italian Enclave, A Little Italy, A Vanished Ward, A Church That Was Its Heart And Soul And A Gentle Saint Who Touched Their Lives; A Beautiful Love Story

We would like to thank Father Thomas Nicastro for writing this beautiful blog post regarding Newark’s First Ward, and the national shrine of Saint Gerard Maiella at Saint Lucy’s Church in Newark, New Jersey. The feast will be held this weekend. The procession of the statue of Saint Gerard will be at 1:00PM. Please enjoyContinue reading “An Italian Enclave, A Little Italy, A Vanished Ward, A Church That Was Its Heart And Soul And A Gentle Saint Who Touched Their Lives; A Beautiful Love Story”

Italian Neighborhood Restaurant Red Rose Throws in the Dish Towel after 34 years

I remember a somewhat famous Italian restaurant closing in 2012 called Rocco’s, which was in Greenwich Village. Rocco’s had a steady clientele, amongst whom, one could find some very famous names. Nevertheless, forces beyond the popularity of this Italian neighborhood’s eatery shut its doors for good. This opened my eyes to an unstoppable trend thatContinue reading “Italian Neighborhood Restaurant Red Rose Throws in the Dish Towel after 34 years”

Our Lady Of Loreto : An Italian Church and Neighborhood Gone But Never Forgotten

Since creating the Italian Enclaves Facebook page several years ago, I have learned about so many more Italian neighborhoods throughout America than I would ever have guessed existed before I embarked on my journey to visit each and every one. There are so many individual communities that it really is phenomenal. They are all uniqueContinue reading “Our Lady Of Loreto : An Italian Church and Neighborhood Gone But Never Forgotten”