Italians in America? You Betcha!

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San Francisco’s Italian Consul General Looks Forward to the Year Ahead

In San Francisco fellow Italophiles, look forward to a year filled with the charm and culture that represents our native Italy. Photo by holbox

The year 2017 has begun con gusto and the San Francisco Bay Area’s Italian community, and fellow Italophiles, look forward to a year filled with the charm and culture that represents our native Italy.

On that note, Italian Consul General, Lorenzo Ortona is in his fifth month as Italy’s representative to the San Francisco Bay Area. In his statement of September 2016, Consul General Ortona expressed recognition of his important task and appreciation of the Bay Area Italian community by saying, “It has made a decisive contribution to the creation and growth of this marvelous city known and loved around the world.”

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The art of making pizza to become part of the UNESCO Intangible Patrimony


The art of Naples’ pizza -making could become a patrimony of the world. Photo:
Pizza finds a place on every country’s table and is topped with countless delicacies, each country creating its own – more or less – orthodox version of this quintessentially Italian food. Yet it remains Neapolitan in the  minds of all of us and having a pizza in Naples is certainly on the bucket list of more than a foodie. 

Neapolitan pizza, or “verace pizza Napoletana,” as it is known in Italy, has been a “specialità tradizionale garantita” (S.T.G., a guaranteed traditional specialty) since 2010: this means the European Union recognized that a true Neapolitan pizza can only be produced in a certain manner, in a certain area. Manner: with a dough as supple and simple as that of bread and only a handful of allowed toppings, like Sammarzano tomatoes, olive oil, basil and mozzarella (di bufala) or fiordilatte (cow mozzarella), to create the perfect Margherita. Sammarzanos, garlic, oregano and olive oil for the humble and flavorsome Marinara. Area: Naples.

The sweetest thing: cannolo siciliano and its amazing history


Cannoli siciliani have a huge identity-defining power: Italian bakeries all over the world make of their presence on the shelves a symbol of “italianità” and heritage associated with only a handful of other products. Photo by siculodoc
Cannolo siciliano: is there any other Italian dessert this popular in the world? Tiramisù may be one of its more glorious competitors, but cannolo making is an art that you can’t reproduced at home with the same simplicity. We can all make a good tiramisù in our own kitchen, but preparing cannoli right is far from an easy task. 
Cannoli siciliani have also a huge identity-defining power: Italian bakeries all over the world make of their presence on the shelves a symbol of “italianità” and heritage associated with only a handful of other products.

Italy’s Oscars: 14 Statuettes and Counting

Oscar nominee for “Best Documentary Feature” to Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at sea and two Italian nominees for “Best Makeup and Hairstyling” to Alessandro Bertolazzi and Giorgio Gregorini. Design copyrights: L’Italo-Americano Newspaper

As usual, the 89th Academy Awards, aka “Oscars,” ceremony – annually presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) – took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, February 26th. 

More unusual is the presence of Italian roots both in one of the event’s producers, Michael De Luca, and in the host of the evening, comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

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12 thoughts on “Italians in America? You Betcha!”

  1. Thank you, Gina for interesting & informative post. I had three sisters in law who were very good Italian cooks!! Sadly two of them have passed on. They made bread dough pizza that I really enjoyed!! Wonderful baker’s also! You missed one fact. Ignazio makes very good pizza!!!

  2. Anne, I agree with you AND SO DOES HIS SISTER NINA! Marie and I enjoyed one of her pizzas while in Marsala. Was delicious. Light and flavorful. Not weighed down with tons of ingredients like American pizzas seem to have.
    Thank you for the great post! Viva Italia!! 🙂

    1. It was great pizza made by Boschetto hands.

      Um…Jane…what is WordPress doing to you? Yesterday sometimes you were Mary and sometimes Jane. Or… are there two of you? Which one of you is the good twin?

    2. Hey! You’very been Jane for a while. Maybe it will stick.

      In case you have multiple personalities…”Mary, let Jane come out. It’s ok. We won’t hurt her”.

  3. I came across this on TWITTER.
    The picture of SF and the trolley reminded how much I used to love them. When we first came to the States in 1950 they had trolleys in Cleveland. Tasted some cannoli the other day made by one of our supermarkets. Ate the little tray. I am seriously thinking of quitting pastries to regain a waistline. LOL

  4. Thanks Gina for this information. I find so many things about my country reading here from you. All very instructive.
    Of course not worth the pizza and the cannoli.
    Of course our pizza is better, I felt that you exaggerated with the stuffing.
    But the cannoles that are made here do not compare with those made elsewhere, even here, to be really good you have to go to a real Sicilian pastry, there are many imitations, but only for the look but not for the taste .

    1. The cannoli made at this particular Supermarket was not as rich as those made in Italian bakeries. When I lived in Cleveland they had a Italian store and they had some great pastries.

  5. Thank’s Gina for the interesting post. I was going to start a diet today, but all I can think of is Pizza and Cannoles.
    The best Cannoles I ever had, were in a New Jersey bakery. They looked a lot like the ones in the picture.
    Daniela, I noticed you spell Cannoles different than we do. I wonder why it is spelt differently here?

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