June 13, 1999
The colors of Italy dressed the Associated Italian American Charities' 54th annual dinner dance. The tables at Martin's West were covered in red, green and white, as were the Bali D'Italia Dancers, who performed Italian folk dances for a crowd of almost 800.Among the people decorating the party: Jay Matricciani, AIAC president; Judge Lawrence Daniels and Vince Piscopo, event co-chairs; Paul Russo, Anthony DiPaula and Tony Corbi, the evening's honorees; Guy...
July 2, 1997
Eight Italian women and men gathered last weekend to share stories about the old country and their present lives in the United States. Conversations in Italian about work, family, church and food flowed as freely as the espresso they sipped from tiny cups.Every other month since January, as many as 15 people have gathered at the Glen Burnie home of Lisa Pitocco to socialize in Italian -- and to eat and drink.Over the winter, Pitocco, 42, received a call from Sister Vera Green at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie.
September 10, 1991
Citicorp is considering the sale of its consumer branch-banking businesses in Italy and France as part of its efforts to trim assets and increase its financial strength, news reports and bankers say.A trade publication, American Banker, reported yesterday that Italian bankers said that the Citicorp subsidiary in Italy had not been formally offered for sale, but that Citicorp officials had indicated they would listen to offers.The Italian subsidiary specializes in consumer and small-business banking through a network of 52 branches.
July 26, 2001
It's Italian and it isn't. The new Josephine's at 2112 Fleet St. is a mid-range Italian restaurant, says owner-chef Ellen Davis; but specialties include a filet Chesapeake - tenderloin with crab and basil hollandaise - and a crab cake. If Angelina's (the Harford Road Italian restaurant famous for its crab cakes) comes to mind, that's not surprising. Davis has worked in its kitchen, as well as the now-closed Stella's in Hampden. As for the Italian food, it ranges from lasagna and meatballs to torta rustica, capellini with red bell pepper pesto and stuffed shells with ricotta, mozzarella and Gorgonzola.
June 15, 1994
My wife and I were out with another couple recently, and we were talking about ethnicity. We realized that if our friends had a daughter (half Jewish-half Irish) and we had a son (half Italian-half Jewish) who married, our grandchildren would be a mish-mash of cultures, practically deracinated and stripped of any real heritage.That may be true, I said, thumping my chest, but they would have my name. What that name might be worth, in the face of eroding European ethnic identity, is precisely what Bill Tonelli sets out to discover in his sociological picaresque, "The Amazing Story of the Tonelli Family in America."
October 9, 2006
At parades, festivals and family gatherings across the country, Columbus Day is as much a celebration of Italian-American culture as of the European discovery of the New World - a day when "everybody is Italian." Yet many people, including some Italian-Americans, may be surprised to learn that Italians and their culture were not accepted in the United States until relatively recently. When my maternal grandparents came to the United States from Italy in the early 1920s, Italians, who were one of the largest immigrant groups, were widely considered to be among the least desirable.