Elia Iafelice

Contributing writer

The Italian Language: The Dearest One to Me

November 2019
There are three different languages within me: Italian, English and Spanish. Each of them is like a unique person I met during different stages of my life. The first in my childhood. The second in my adolescence and the third in adulthood. They all...


La Bella Figura: The Italian Way

July 2019
It is no secret that Italians like the idea of “la bella figura” which literally translates to “the beautiful figure.” It specifically means to dress well to make a good impression. Wanting to look appealing is a common desire for Italians, an...


An Italian Landing in America

March 2019
Before coming to the U.S. some 30 years ago, I had studied English in high school. Learning it was relatively easy as it was one of my favorite subjects. So, I packed my suitcases with a good amount of confidence anticipating no major issues. I did...


An Italian Kiss Like No Other

February 2019
l Baci Perugina sono considerati un po’ il simbolo di San Valentino. La data convenzionale della nascita di questa dolce creazione è il 1922 e l’occasione venne offerta da un tentativo di “riciclo creativo”. Allo scopo di ridurre i costi di...


Time to Play Tombola!

December 2018
When I was a young girl living in Italy, I particularly loved the holiday season that brought back delicious munchies such as torrone (Italian nougat), panettone (Italian Christmas cake), pepatelli (almond and honey biscotti), and the money that my...


Living Away from Italy is Much Closer

November 2018
A few days ago, while organizing one of the closets, I found a box containing some letters that my family had sent me over the years. After reading them, I reflected on how difficult it was to live so far away from them after I moved to the States....


Thinking About Italians

October 2018
During my first airplane ride to the U.S., a blonde hostess asked me if I wanted ice in my ginger ale. I kindly declined thinking to myself “ice, with this cold?” It was October, we were thousands of feet above the ground and I was already...


O Sole Mio

July 2018
For the astronomer Niccolò Copernico, the sun is like a king sitting on a regal throne governing the family of the celestial stars that surround it. San Francis of Assisi, in his poem “Canticle of the Sun,” honors it as one of the most amazing...


Buon Onomastico, The Italian Name Day

June 2018
Besides their birthday, many Italians also celebrate their onomastico. This term, which in English translates to “name-day,” derives from the Greek verb onomázein - chiamare per nome (to call by name). The onomastico has a strong religious...


Ciao, I Am No Longer Your Slave

April 2018
In Italian, we salute family and friends with the casual greeting “ciao”. We express this four-letter word interchangeably to indicate both “hello” and “goodbye.” Many times, we also use it as a parting salutation with the echoing version “ciao,...


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