Italian Church And School Closed in Chicago: Santa Lucia In Armour Square Is No More

Santa Lucia school and parish in Chicago’s Bridgeport/Armour Square neighborhood just closed their doors for good. The school, which was opened in 1961, was built to support the burgeoning number of second, third and fourth generation Italian Americans who belonged to the parish and lived in the local community. The school and church were foundedContinue reading “Italian Church And School Closed in Chicago: Santa Lucia In Armour Square Is No More”

A Look Back At The NIAF 2019 Gala At Cipriani In Midtown, Manhattan

The National Italian American Foundation celebrated its 2019 gala on April 9th at Cipriani on 42nd Street in Midtown, Manhattan. As always, guests came from near and far to take part in a vibrant evening that celebrated Italian culture and accomplishment throughout the world. The night’s master of ceremonies was Joe Piscopo, the beloved on-airContinue reading “A Look Back At The NIAF 2019 Gala At Cipriani In Midtown, Manhattan”

A Look Back To Carnevale At Il Centro With Vanessa Racci And Her Swingin’ Jazz Trio

Carnevale At Il Centro On March 2nd, our friends at Il Centro in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn threw an unforgettably amazing event. Guests attended from all parts of the tri-state area to revel in treasures of Italian culture. Vanessa Racci and her swingin’ jazz trio wowed all who attended with a mix of reinvented Italian songs fromContinue reading “A Look Back To Carnevale At Il Centro With Vanessa Racci And Her Swingin’ Jazz Trio”

A Stroll Around Bensonhurst: Part 2

As I mentioned in my last blog post about Bensonhurst, it is a very large area. It takes hours and hours to really traverse every street within its confines thoroughly enough to capture the fine details that give it its Italian character. There are so many photos for our readers and social media followers thatContinue reading “A Stroll Around Bensonhurst: Part 2”

A Walk Around Bensonhurst: Part 1

I recently decided to take a walk around Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Bensonhurst is still the largest Italian Enclave in the United States. Although much has changed in the neighborhood due to the natural cyclicality of metropolises, there is still a lot that visually remains and quite a few Italian families still living there. If you aren’tContinue reading “A Walk Around Bensonhurst: Part 1”

Growing Up Italian Podcast: Features Italian Enclaves (Link in Story to Listen)

Sabino and I met in Williamsburg at the famed Carmines Pizzeria and Restaurant on Graham Avenue for the Italian American Baseball Foundation’s Annual Gala in December. I was vaguely familiar with the Growing Up Italian podcast and more familiar with the Instagram account. I found myself following Growing Up Italian earlier last year (2018) andContinue reading “Growing Up Italian Podcast: Features Italian Enclaves (Link in Story to Listen)”

Carlo Acutis’ Body Reported To Be Incorrupt: Another Step Closer To Sainthood

In 2018 we made two posts about a young boy who was taken from this earth way too soon. His name is Carlo Acutis. To illuminate this boy’s importance for new readers and to remind our loyal followers, Carlo Acutis may become a Catholic Saint. Carlo first received the Eucharist at the age of 7Continue reading “Carlo Acutis’ Body Reported To Be Incorrupt: Another Step Closer To Sainthood”

Chicago: Italian National Parish Will Remain

We are very pleased to announce that the Saint Therese Chinese Church will remain! The church was once the Madonna Incoronata Church when the neighborhood was home to a thriving Italian community. Over the years, the church has changed parishioners but the Italians have continued to use the Church not only as a place ofContinue reading “Chicago: Italian National Parish Will Remain”

The San Sabino Society of Williamsburg: The New Venue For The Growing Up Italian Podcast

By: Raymond Guarini One of the many incredible contacts that I made at the most recent event for the Italian American Baseball Foundation was Sabino Curcio of the social media phenomenon, Growing Up Italian. Sabino invited me to join his podcast as a guest. I graciously accepted. About a month after the IABF event, IContinue reading “The San Sabino Society of Williamsburg: The New Venue For The Growing Up Italian Podcast”