Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

How Did Your Italian Family Get Its Name (Cognome)?

April 2016
If you are like me, you may have wondered how your family got its surname or cognome in Italian. I find the sound of Italian family names very melodious, particularly here in America, where they are often butchered in both pronunciation and...


March 2016
This month's La Gazzetta focuses on gardening and the first thing that comes to mind when I think back to my family's wonderful vegetable garden is garlic--that amazing aromatic herb. We can trace the use of garlic by humans to over 7,000 years ago...

Lowellville: The Mahoning Valley's Unofficial Little Italy

August 2015
Lowellville is a small village nestled along the banks of the Mahoning River, just west of the Pennsylvania border and nine miles from Youngstown. You won't find the streets busy with tourists like you do in the big city "Little Italys" around the...

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