Customs & Traditions

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Italian Trivia

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)

Famous Italian Americans


  • 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

How Italians Stay Slim

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.

Italian Cooking

(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.

Most Italians worked very hard to survive in their every day toil of existence. What ever
they grew, raised, and harvested in olden times was for the governors, the local heads of the region.

What was left for the farmer or herdsmen was at times, barely enough for his family to live on.
Nothing was wasted, everything was utilized. Every animal part was used as a meal, when there
was little left, to survive on.

In lean times, the organs where thought of as a delicacy, as some would tie these meals to special occasions.

I remember my grandmother, after butchering a chicken, actually saving the chicken claws for soup.
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My daughter of 16, cannot comprehend this utilization, and considers such things as repulsive.
Some true Italian restaurants, render a handsome fee for such cuisine.

Think about this for a minute, if our forefathers and mothers thought the same way, we would not
be here today, enjoying a fast food value-meal entree, of a McDonald’s Big Mac! The name of the
game was survival then, and they were grateful for it.

Take the time to ask one of your Grandparents, Uncles, and Aunts, from the old country about this.
Chances are, that they will tell you, with a smile and a swelling of a tear in their eye, that
those meals, were what kept them alive.

So in closing, do some research and select such a meal, reflect on the efficiency of your ancestors.
Who knows, you just might enjoy and appreciate the entire experience!

Bless you Grandma!!!!!

The Joy of Growing Up Italian

- 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.

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