La Gazzetta Italiana

Ghirardelli - How Sweet it is!

March 2017
In 1817, Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli was born in Rapallo, Italy. This area, near Portofino in the Liguria region of northern Italy, is a favorite winter locale for affluent Italians of the north. It’s home to about 30,000 people...


Legendary Rocker Sonny Geraci Remembered

March 2017
Sonny Geraci, best known as the lead singer for the legendary rock group The Outsiders died last month at the age of 69. Emmett Peter “Sonny” Geraci was a street kid growing up in Cleveland to the music of Motown and the British...


We Italians Remember

March 2017
With so much political talk about immigration issues, Cleveland Heights historian Dennis R. Sutcliffe reminded me of the early trials and tribulations of Italians. There were a handful of names (135) in the Cleveland city directories of 1870. More...


Lentil soup

March 2017
Because we could not eat meat on Fridays, my nonna always made lentil soup. Lentils are good luck to eat on New Year's Day because they look like little coins: the more you eat, the more money you will have! ½ lb. Washed lentils1 Medium...


March 2017 events

March 2017
March 8 - Festa della Donna. A Women’s Day festival when men bring flowers, usually Mimosa, to the ladies in their lives. The restaurants go all-out with special Festa meals and all over Italy there are festivals, concerts and reduced...


Arturo Toscanini

March 2017
Arturo Toscanini was one of the great virtuoso conductors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Known for his photographic memory, perfectionism and intensity, he worked his orchestral detail at all of the leading opera and symphony houses worldwide,...


Another Milanese Sightseer's Adventure

March 2017
Italy not only has the Wedding Cake and the Mouth of Truth in Rome, but also the Drawing Room in Milan.  Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the ornate iron and glass shopping arcade, known as the Salotto di Milano (drawing room of Milan)...


St. Joseph Altar / St. Joseph Table

March 2017
La tavola di San Giuseppe è un’antica tradizione siciliana risalente all’epoca medievale ed ancora oggi popolare in alcune zone dell’Italia centro-meridionale. Pare che durante una terribile carestia i siciliani invocarono...


"Lettuce" Enjoy the Cardini Caesar Salad!

March 2017
Caesar (Cesare) Cardini and his brother and business partner, Alex (Alessandro), invented the Caesar’s Salad in 1924 at their hotel in Tijuana, Mexico. The combination of romaine lettuce dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire...


Petrosino, The Crime Buster

March 2017
Giuseppe Petrosino was a New York Mafia-busting policeman who was murdered March 12, 1909 in Sicily during what was supposed to be a top secret, undercover fact-finding mission. An informant asked for a meeting at the piazza in Palermo and, while...


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