Our Culture

Customs & Traditions

  • - Elvira Sperduto Oliver

    I was well into adulthood before I realized that I was an American. Of course I had been born in America, and lived here all of my life, but it somehow never occurred to me that just being a citizen of the United States meant that I was an American. Americans were people who ate peanut butter and jelly on mushy white bread that came out of plastic packages. ME? I WAS ITALIAN.

  • (In Remembrance)
    by Mark D'Angelo

    Have you ever thought of why some of Italian recipes include the head, feet and organs
    of such animals like sheep, goats, chickens and the like? They were simply obvious to
    the Italians from the old country.

    To better understand this rational, one must understand the lives of the average Italian
    back then and traditional presentations of such meals.

  • Eat like they do in Rome, Italy - not Rome, New York

    By Holly McCord & Linda Gilbert (Nutrition News)

    You’d be amazed to see what the slim, trim Italians are eating, as we were on a recent visit.
    It’s so different from what we call Italian-American food in the US, and too bad for us!
    The Italians enjoy much better health than we do.

  • Athletes

    • Yogi Berra
    • Dolph Camilli
    • Tony Lazzeri
    • Phil Rizzuto
    • Frank Crosetti
    • Dom DiMaggio
    • Joe DiMaggio
    • Carl Furillo
    • Sam Mele
    • Al Zerilla
    • Vic Raschi
    • Sal Maglie
    • Rocky Marciano
    • Rocky Graziano
  • Did you know that the dome on top of the White House was created by an Italian-American?

    Did you know that there were two Italian-Americans that signed the United States Declaration of Independence?

    Did you know that out of the 36 soldiers that traveled with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 2 of them were Italian Americans?

    Did you know that the largest bank in America and one of the largest in the world was founded by an Italian-American?

    Did you know that the word "America" came from the name of an Italian explorer? (Amerigo Vespucci)

Food & Recipies

  • by Eldora Perfilio

    Italian food is as varied as the region it comes from and the cook who prepares it. If you put 7 Italian cooks in one room and ask them to give you the recipe for pasta sauce you will undoubtedly get 7 totally different recipes This is what makes Italian food so wonderful. It's all about the individuality and passion with which it is prepared. Each of those same 7 cooks would argue that his/her recipe is the best or the most authentic!


  • Italy has a long and rich history. People have lived there for thousands of years,
    even predating the Roman Empire as well as the Etruscan and Greek civilizatons.
    But Italy as a nation is not very old at all.
    In fact, it is younger than the United States of America.

    While the USA was still celebrating its centennial and enduring a Civil War, in 1861, that’s when Italy was born.
    Before that the Italian peninsuila consisted of a number of city-states and lands controlled by the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Any idea what the colors red, white, and green on the Italian flag represent? The answer might be in Dante's Divine Comedy. Dante wrote that there are three cardinal virtues: hope, faith, and charity. Green symbolizes hope, white symbolizes faith, and red symbolizes charity.
    How do the colors appear on the flag?
    The green is next to the pole, the white is the middle section, and the red is at the end,
    a design inspired by the French Revolution. The king's coat of arms was added to the white

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