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Diana Taurasi

2 More Milestones for Italian American Diana Taurasi Diana Taurasi once again proved to me that without a doubt she is the top Woman’s NCAA and WNBA Basketball player ever to play the game. It’s well documented that Diana Taurasi, is extremely humble about her personal Basketball achievements, except for wanting her teams to win.  In my opinion Diana also ranks in the top 50 basketball players ever to play.On June 11 she turned 39, June 11th is also, Joe Montana’s birthday, I just think it’s worth noting that! Shortly… Continue Reading…

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November is the Start of the Holiday Season.

By Lenny Ricciardelli November for many Italian American Families is the start of the holiday Season, especially when it comes to family get together, and FOOD.  Being in the food business most of my life, I’ve learned there is diversity in many Italian American traditional meals but no matter the menu the common ingredient is always Love. Growing up and even when we got married, we always did things around the meat market schedule. In our stores the 3 main food holidays were of course Thanksgiving, Christmas and the granddaddy… Continue Reading…


Bobby Rydell

Bobby Rydell was born Robert Louis Ridarelli on April 26, 1942, to an Italian family, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Jennie (Sapienza) and Adrio “Al” Ridarelli. Bobby’s abilities were fostered by his father, Adrio Ridarelli, who took time to introduce his son to some of the best music ever made. Father and son would frequent Philadelphia’s big band hot spots to take in the lively postwar sounds of legendary acts. The songs, performances, arrangements, and characters of the scene were nourishing to the soul, but not the passion. It… Continue Reading…


Rachael Ray

Rachael Domenica Ray was born in Glens Falls, New York, the daughter of Elsa Providenza Scuderi and James Claude Ray. Her mother’s ancestry is Sicilian and her father’s is French, Scottish, and Welsh. When Ray was 8, her family moved to Lake George, New York. Her mother managed restaurants in New York’s Capital District, including the Lake George Howard Johnson’s restaurant, located near the former Gaslight Village amusement park, which attracted many of the entertainers. In 1995, Ray moved to New York City. She worked first at the Macy’s Marketplace… Continue Reading…


Penny Marshall

Born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943, in New York City, Marshall grew up in the Bronx with parents Tony Marshall, a director and producer, and Marjorie Marshall, a dance teacher. Penny’s Italian-American father changed the family’s last name from Marsciarelli to Marshall before she was born. Penny had two siblings, an older brother Gary and sister Ronny, whom she would later follow into show business Website


Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, She is the daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. As a teenager, Minnelli gave up on school and went to New York City to pursue a stage career. She landed a role in the off-Broadway revival of the musical Best Foot Forward in 1963, which brought her strong reviews. Around this time, Minnelli also appeared on her mother’s short-lived television series, The Judy Garland Show. Minnelli also performed with her mother during Garland’s stint… Continue Reading…


Bobby Darin

Born “Walden Robert Cassotto” on May 14, 1936 Legendary Italian American entertainer Bobby Darin had a wide range of talent. Darin rose from poor beginnings in Harlem and the south Bronx. He also fought rheumatic fever as a child, which damaged his heart and plagued him throughout his life. As a result of these obstacles, he worked extremely hard to overcome them. Knowing his life would not be a long one, his ambition to succeed was fueled by an overwhelming desire to make it big in show business . Bobby… Continue Reading…

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Ella Grasso

The election of Ella Grasso in 1974 gave Connecticut its first female governor and its first governor of Italian heritage. Her election also gave the nation the first woman of any state to be elected governor in her own right, without having run on the record of a husband who had also been governor. Born Ella Giovanna Oliva Tambussi, her parents James and Maria (Oliva) Tambussi were Italian immigrants who valued education highly and made it possible for her to attend private schools. She attended St. Mary’s School, Windsor Locks,… Continue Reading…

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Trips to Radio City

My stories are usually about our traditions revolving around food, family and holidays. Maybe I’ll try something different this time Maybe some of you watched the Radio City show on Netflix. I did, and watching it made me think about  a family tradition, which started in 1988 and ended in 2001. When I was a teenager our family went to radio city, at the time I never wanted to go, because I was more interested in staying home and listening to records etc. It just wasn’t ”cool” to go with… Continue Reading…


Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Adelaide “Addie” (Bianchi), an English teacher, and Gary A. Tomei, a trial lawyer. She has a younger brother, actor Adam Tomei, and was partly raised by her paternal grandparents. Tomei’s parents are both of Italian descent; her father’s ancestors came from Tuscany, Calabria, and Campania; while her mother’s ancestors are from Tuscany and Sicily. Marissa Tomei Website

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