Hollywood is the world center for the film industry, just the mention of the name conjures up images of movie stars, directors and epic films. But without Italian-American intervention, the American film industry may have never reached the heights that it has. This is definitely true of Italian-American actors but also of the great Italian-American directors that have made some of the best films that have ever been produced in […]
Part one of our blog about the history of the roots of the Italian immigrants on the New York City Police Department finished with high tensions between the two parties. A program was being put into place to rectify the situation which was to enroll more Italians into the police force and the justice system as a whole. This faced strong opposition from many Irish Americans within the police force […]
In part one of this blog we saw how over the last one hundred years the role of Italian-Americans has become far more prominent in American society. Italian-Americans now are at the very pinnacle of elite groups within the U.S. They hold positions of power in industry, the church, academia, the media and of course politics. Italian-Americans no longer live up to the old stereotypes, blue-collar workers that love opera […]
Italian American have deep roots in the police departments all over certain major cities in the U.S especially in New York. Considering the discrimination of the Irish immigrants at one time in the country, it is really quite amazing how Italian Americans have such a prolific history of law enforcement.
The stereotypical idea of an Italian immigrant was twofold, one as a rather uneducated peasant and the other, far more sinister, […]
Since Venice was one of the first European ports to bring in coffee beans back in the 16th century, coffee dates back for ages in Italy. Italy really emerged as the world’s leader in coffee in 1901 when an inventor by the name of Luigi Bezzera had the bright idea to force pressurized water through a handful of coffee powder to produce what we now know as an espresso. It […]
Our culinary journey to find out exactly what Italian-American food is continues in part two of the series. In part one we discovered that the food in America being created by Italian cooks differed at first because they could not find the same ingredients that they used back home.
Then there was a migration of Italian-American restaurant chefs to change the dishes as they were allowed more freedom in the kitchen […]
There are a few ways you can assess the success of Italian-Americans regarding assimilation into American society and one is to see how they have progressed in mainstream politics within the United States. Jersey City is a vast land of industry and is not too far from Ellis Island where the first Italian immigrants entered America. Jersey City is a symbol of hard work and what such hard work can […]
Ever since the immigrants started arriving from Italy to America in the 1800s, they have been bringing their food with them. Not just recipes but ingredients and techniques, and over time classic Italian dishes have been changed to suit the American palette.
This does not necessarily mean that Italian-American food is inferior in any way, it just often means it is different than traditional and classical Italian food cooked back at […]
Our second addition to Italian-American culture continues from the 1950s & 1960s when rather unflattering cultural stereotypes still exist in American society. All Italian-Americans condemned such negativity, and one piece of research by an American medical survey supported the Italian-American way of life stating that the community had a lower than average rate of heart disease. Rather than citing the Mediterranean diet for this medical breakthrough, the survey went on […]
It was in the 1800’s that Italian immigrants first started landing on the shores of America, they came as rather unskilled laborers that was needed to help a booming fledgling economy. They were not the archetypal American immigrants, these Italians were young men, mostly from rural south Italy that held little or no opportunities for them.
Over half of these early immigrants returned home, but for those that remained they formed […]