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Christmas 2000 (Volume 1, Issue 2)
Mario Andretti

Included:
  • Frank Capra
  • Flying along with the Pasins
  • Men's Fall Fashions
  • Christmas in Italy
  • Senator John Heinz History Center
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Winter 2001 (Volume 1, issue 3)
Italian Screen Sirens (Loren, Magnani, Lollobrigida, Cardinale)

Included:
  • My Ancestor the Hero
  • Utica, New York's 'Little Italy'
  • Ezio Pinza
  • The Cappiello Cheese Empire
  • The Art of Passion
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Summer 2001 (Volume 1, issue 5)
Joe Dimaggio

Included:
  • Singers Perry Como and Julius LaRosa
  • A trip to Sicily
  • Tom Mean's program for learning Italian quickly
  • The Miracle of Camp 60
  • The all-time all-Italian America baseball team
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Late Summer 2001 (Volume 1, issue 6)
Jennifer Capriati

Included:
  • The Zambelli's, the Fireworks Family
  • Albuqureque, New Mexico's 'Little Italy'
  • 'Honorary' Italian Americans
  • Popular composer Harry Warren
  • Orlando's Portofino Bay

Sep/Oct 2001 (Volume 2, issue 1)
Christopher Columbus

Included:
  • Leonardo DaVinci
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Italian Strega Tradition
  • Tracing Traditions
  • Newark, New Jersey's 'Little Italy'

Nov/Dec 2001 (Volume 2, issue 2)
Rudy Giuliani

Included:
  • Old World Traditions in Cyberspace
  • A Slice of the Big Apple - Lombardi's Pizza Shop
  • Cardy's - Crazy candy
  • Fishing for Tradition - Preparing the seven fish dinner
  • The Voice of Frosty the Snowman - Jackie Vernon
  • Cafe Americano - For love of the bean

Jan/Feb 2002 (Volume 2, issue 3)
Love-Italian Style

Included:
  • Double Exposure - Maria Bevilacqua's Stunning Photography
  • The Soprano's Sing - The Burden of Accidental Celebrity
  • Casanova - The Ultimate Ladies Man
  • Gold Bars - Ghirardelli's Chocolate
  • Bodygaurd to the Stars - John Loiacano
  • The Road to El Dorado - Wine Makers Win Big in Reno
  • Lessons for the Soul - A Florentine Cooking School Odyssey

Mar/Apr 2002 (Volume 2, issue 4)
The Life and Wines of Robert Mondavi

Included:
  • The Saint Joseph's Table Tradition - A feast honors the man who raised Jesus
  • Cooking Al Fresco - Outdoor ovens heat up family meals
  • California Wine Cruises - Voyaging with style
  • Rita Passeri - Uncommon Paintings of Uncommon Women
  • The Life and Wines of Robert Mondavi - Mondavi Winery
  • Storyteller Extraordinaire - Tomie dePaola

Jul/Aug 2002 (Volume 2, issue 5)
The Love & Marriage Issue

Included:
  • Getting Married in Italy - Rules and regulations
  • Fly Away Home - Pigeon-racing rituals
  • Our Mary - The Madonna as our role model
  • Italian Wedding Traditions - Dreaming of the perfect day
  • Marciano vs. Pep - Fighting it out for the greatest of all time
  • Yogi and Me - Paul Borghese as the famed Yankee
  • Sonny Grosso - From cop to Hollywood star

Sep/Oct 2002 (Volume 2, issue 6)
Steppin' Out With Tony Bennett

Included:
  • On the Arno - Florence Boat Tours
  • Sicily - Blessed Exaggerations
  • Beautiful Dreamer - Artist John Bologna
  • Secret Map of Columbus - Did he know where he was headed all along?
  • Ciao America - A new film from Roger Marino
  • Lee Ielpi - Part I - A firefighter searches for his son in the ruins of the World Trade Center

Nov/Dec 2002 (Volume 2, issue 7)
Frank Cerpico Comes Clean

Included:
  • Arriva la Befana! - The Good Italian Christmas Witch
  • Christmas Traditions - Our Reader's Holiday Memories
  • Icon of Ice - The Zamboni Story
  • Lee Ielpi - Part II - A firefighter searches for his son in the ruins of the World Trade Center

Jan/Feb 2003 (Volume 3, issue 3)
In the Fast Lane with Lee Iacocca

Included:
  • Touchdown! Italian American Grid Stars - Primo put together its top picks for the first ever All-Time Italian American NFL team. Could the NFL players of today stack up to these gridiron legends?
  • Italian Autos - The disappearance from our landscape
  • Italian Influence on American Autos - Admiration for Italian style
  • Cosa Pensi - Peter Facinelli races toward stardom
  • A Bronx Tale - Selected New Years Memories
  • Roman Holiday on Wheels - The Vespa motorscooter
  • Dorothy Andreas - A woman of substance

Mar/Apr 2003 (Volume 3, issue 4)
In the Wake of Sacco and Vanzetti: Fear and Loathing in a Paranoid Age

Included:
  • A Quest for Justice: The 20th Century Journey of Michael A. Musmanno
  • Buca di Beppo: Bringing the Italian Neighborhood Restaurant to American Communities
  • Cortona: An Enchanted Tuscany Town
  • The DelGrossos: A Roller Coaster Ride to Success
  • Cosa Pensi: Annabella Sciorra of 'The Sopranos'

Jan / Feb 2004 (Volume 4, Issue 3)
Joe Grano, Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council

Included:
  • Actor Danny Nucci
  • Viareggio Carnivals
  • Arturo Toscanini
  • Andrea Doria
  • Skiing the Dolomites
  • Grappa
  • Ron Della Chiesa
  • Lamborghini Driving Academy
  • Patsy's Restaurant in New York

March / April 2004 (Volume 4, Issue 4)
Ferrari fans

Included:
  • Fernet-Branca
  • Litizia Battaglia Photography
  • Dining in Siena
  • Photographer Frances Scavullo
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
  • Calabria Tailor

May / June 2004 (Volume 4, Issue 5)
COPIA in Napa Valley

Included:
  • NBC's Ron Insana
  • Hemingway's Veneto
  • Slow Food Movement
  • Italy's Regional Festivals
  • Ischia Island
  • Giuliani Bugialli

Sept / Oct 2004 (Volume 5, Issue 1)
Italian influence on Jazz

Included:
  • Chalk Art in Italy
  • Brumidi and the U.S. Capitol
  • The International Kitchen
  • Marchesa Casati
  • Joseph Califano
  • Little Italy in Alabama
  • San Francisco Salami
  • Abruzzo Region

March / April 2005 (Volume 6, Issue 2)
The Piccirilli Family and the Carving of the Lincoln Memorial Statue

Included:
  • Tribute to TV's Columbo
  • Photographs of Venice and the Veneto Region
  • D-day Wedding Dress
  • Poet Cristogianni Borsella
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Aug / Sept 2005 (Volume 6, Issue 4)
Wedding Special with Steps on Getting Married in Italy and Guide to Italian Wedding Planners

Included:
  • Italian Wedding Favors
  • Italian Americans of Camden County, New Jersey
  • History of Italian Printing
  • Olympic Skating Judge Sonia Bianchetti
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Nov / Dec 2005 (Volume 6, Issue 5)
Profile of Italian American Glass Artist Victor Chiarizia

Included:

  • Special Report on the Status of the Italian Language in America
  • Guide to Italian Language Schools
  • Tutorial Software and University Level Italian Language Programs
  • Turin and Preview of 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Skater Gabriella Howard
  • Sons of Italy Celebrates 100 Years in America
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January/February 2006 (volume 7, issue 1)
Buying Real Estate in Italy

Included:
  • Purchasing differences between Italy and America
  • House photographs and price samples
  • Guide to Italian real estate agencies and more
  • Greenbush - An Italian American Neighborhood Condemned
  • Adriana Trigiani, Interview With The Italian American Author
  • New Orleans' Italian Americans Coming Back After Hurricane Katrina
  • A Tribute to the Martini Cocktail
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March/April 2006 (volume 7, issue 2)
Italian American Festivals 2006

Included:
  • The Role Politics Play In Organizing A Festival
  • Highlighting East Boston, West Virginia, and Sacramento Italian Festivals
  • Guide To Italian American Festivals Nationwide
  • Pope John XXIII & The 40th Anniversary of Vatican II
  • E.O. Fenzi, Horticulturist Who Transformed Southern California
  • Little Italy of Wilmington, Delaware
  • Tribute to TV's The Golden Girls' Dorothy and Sophia
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May/June 2006 (volume 7, issue 3)
Focus: Italian Food

Included:
  • Profile of TV Chef Michael Chiarello
  • All about Italian Cheeses
  • Guide to Domestic Italian Cheese Makers
  • How to Make Homemade Wine
  • Guide to Homemade Wine Kits
  • 30 Italian Recipes
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November/December 2006 (volume 7, issue 5)
Special Focus: Genealogy

Included:
  • 30th Anniversary of the Movie 'Rocky'
  • The Carretti: Colorful Carts of Sicily
  • Italian American Genealogy -- Beginning Your Family Research
  • List of Immigration Ships
  • Salute to Italian American Veterans
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace
  • WWII Hero John Basilone
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January/February 2007 (volume 8, issue 1)
Focus: Travel

Included:
  • Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
  • All About Emilia-Romagna
  • Mortadella, The Beautiful Meat
  • Tips on Photographing Italy
  • Guide to Active Travel Tours of Italy
  • Pioneering Animal Dentist Peter Emily
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April/May 2007 (volume 8, issue 2)
Focus: Italian American Festivals

Included:
  • Joseph Barbera, Creator of Cartoons 'The Flintstones' and 'Tom & Jerry'
  • Guide to Italian American Festivals
  • Utica's Tributes to Saints Cosmas and Damian
  • All About Saint Gennaro
  • Baltimore's Little Italy
  • Italy's Influence on Shakespeare
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July/August 2007 (volume 8, issue 3)
Focus: Italian Food Recipe Showcase

Included:
  • Italy's Da Vinci Winery Changes Chianti
  • Jasper's Restaurant of Kansas City
  • All About the Artichoke
  • Celebrating Ciabatta
  • Visiting Lucca
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October/November 2007 (volume 8, issue 4)
Focus: Giuliani as President

Included:
  • President Giuliani?
  • Requiem for the Vucciria
  • Ancient Italian Jewelry
  • The Art of Cameo
  • Italian American Jewelry Designer Donna Distefano
  • The Watts Towers of Los Angeles
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January/February 2008 (volume 9, issue 1)
Collector's Edition: Itailian Fascism

Included:
  • The Life of Benito Mussoini, the Fascist Philosophy, and Fascism Today
  • Italy's Garden of Monsters
  • Pittsburgh's Bloomfield
  • Itailian Leather Handbags
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April/May 2008 (volume 9, issue 2)
Anna Magnani, Queen of Cinema

Included:
  • PRIMO's Tribute to the Great Itailian Actress Anna Magnani
  • Our Annual National Italian Festivals Guide
  • Italian Architects in America
  • The Legacy of Architect Pietro Belluschi
  • Who Was The First Italian American Baseball Player?
  • Holy Rosary Parish, Indianapolis’ Italian Church
  • Saint Anthony, Teacher of the Faith
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August/September 2008 (volume 9, issue 3)
Roman Mythology: The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Rome

Included:
  • All About Roman Mythology
  • Status of the Italian Language 2008
  • Centennial for L’Italo-Americano Italian Language Newspaper
  • Translating the Plays of Italian Author Natalia Ginzburg
  • PRIMO’s Biannual Guide to Italian Language Schools in Italy & America
  • Italo Marchiony: The Inventor of the Ice Cream Cone
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November/December 2008 (volume 9, issue 4)
Italian Americans of the FBI

Included:
  • Profile and Interview of Former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh
  • Charles Joseph Bonaparte, Founder of the FBI
  • Profiles of Six Italian American FBI Agents and Specialists
  • The Enrico Biscotti Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Family-owned Italian Restaurants in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Our Showcase of Food Recipes from Sicily
  • World War II Bombardier Al Romano
  • The Flight of Italian Fascist Italo Balbo
  • Our Annual Pictorial Salute to Italian American War Veterans

February/March 2009 (Volume 10, Issue 1)
The Lady Cornaro - The First Woman to Earn a University Degree

Included:
  • Profile of Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
  • The Latest Economic and Political Issues in Italy
  • An Exile’s Return to the Italian Area of Slovenia
  • Former Olympian Recalls Help from an Italian American Doctor
  • Italian Artists of the Naïve Art Genre
  • The History of Italian American Immigrant Theatre
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June/July 2009 (Volume 10, Issue 2)
Galileo The Great – 400th Anniversary of the Invention of the Telescope

Included:
  • Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute Exhibit on Galileo
  • Italian Watchmaker Officine Panerai
  • Italian Americans Struggle to Save Brooklyn’s Our Lady of Loreto from Demolition
  • Why Americans Should Embrace, Not Reject Ancient Rome
  • Fiat Returns to America after a 25 Year Absence
  • Boston’s North End
  • Guide to Italian Festas in America
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September/October 2009 (Volume 10, Issue 3)
Maestro Nicola Luisotti – Musical Director of San Francisco Opera

Included:
  • Gaetano Merola: Father of San Francisco Opera
  • NYC’s Amato Opera Closes
  • Investigative Article: Italy’s Repatriation of Rare Artifacts from America’s Museums
  • Essay: Italian Culture Belongs to Us All, Not Just Italy
  • Italian Country Home & Kitchen in Woodinville, Washington
  • The Worst Acts of Persecution Against Italian Americans in U.S. History

November/December 2009 (Volume 10, Issue 4)
Silvana Mangano – Italian Cinema’s Screen Gem

Included:
  • Richard Trumka, Former Coal Miner and First Italian American Elected AFL-CIO President
  • PRIMO’s Salute to Italian American Coal Miners
  • The Cherry Mine Disaster
  • Uncovering a Futuristic Fortress Concept by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Artworks Newly Credited to Leonardo
  • What Made Leonardo Different from Other Renaissance Masters
  • Rome’s Top Pasta Trattorie
  • Montegrappa Pens
  • Cornaro Missal
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February/March 2010 (Volume 11, Issue 1)
The Shroud of Turin – Proponents Make a Strong Case It Stands as Tangible Proof of Jesus Christ’s Existence

Included:
  • How to Join the Pilgrimage to the Shroud
  • Does the “Made in Italy” Label Ring Hollow?
  • Italy’s Fallen Soccer Angels
  • Photography Artist Francesco Nonino
  • Mardi Gras Artist Andrea Mistretta
  • Chef Vincent Tropepe on Stuffed Foods
  • Getting a Degree in Italy
  • Italy’s Top Public Universities
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2nd Edition 2010 (Volume 11, Issue 2)
Caravaggio – The Baroque Era’s Greatest Artist

Included:
  • A Profile of Artist Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio
  • Replicating San Gimignano
  • Guide to Italian American Festivals
  • Husband-and-Wife Physician Team Drs. Cicalese and Rastellini
  • Cheesemaker Gianni Toffolon of BelGioios
  • How Women Won The Right to Vote in Italy
  • The Home for Italian Children

Third Edition 2010 (Volume 11, Issue 3)
Bruno DeGol – What It Takes to Attain the American Dream

Included:
  • A Tribute to Italian American Owned Small Businesses
  • Bottega Italiana: Three Italian Immigrants Start a Gelato Café in Seattle
  • The Roman Coliseum: Efforts to Restore the Ancient Relic
  • Brooklyn Renaissance Man Dennis Santella
  • Philadelphia Area Carpenter Frank Rizzo
  • Unsung Civil Rights Hero Nina Miglionico
  • Calabrian Singer and Entrepreneur Michéal Castaldo

Fourth Edition 2010 (Volume 11, Issue 4)
The Artist Arcimboldo – His Strange and Fantastic World

Included:
  • The Eateries of Naples
  • Churches in America That Still Say Mass in Italian
  • A Look at Italy’s School Lunch Program
  • How Italy Inspired Albert Einstein
  • An Italian American’s New Art Process
  • Francis X. Bellotti, Three-term Massachusetts Attorney General

First Edition 2011 (Volume 12, Issue 1)
Italian Americans in Major League Baseball Today – Focus:Top Italian American Pitchers

Included:
  • The Fall of King Umberto II
  • Roseta di Roma: Rome's Beautiful Rose Garden
  • Pittsburgh’s Traditional Italian American Gardens
  • Venice as Painted by Canaletto
  • Our Lady of Pompei Church in Greenwich Village
  • Father Frank Pizzarelli: Long Island's Missionary of Hope
  • Taliaferro: One of America's First Families Originated in Italy
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Second Edition 2011 (Volume 12, Issue 2)
Bobby Darin: His Life, His Songs, His Legacy

Included:
  • Bobby Darin... Always in Style
  • Guitars Made by Italian Americans... Music Has Never Sounded, or Looked, So Good
  • A Composer's Reprise: A Son Seeks a Greater Audience for His Father's Newly Discovered Works
  • Why Italy Leads the World in College Dropouts
  • Italian Festas in America - More than 100 Countrywide
  • Father Samuel Mazzuchelli - Wisconsin’s Pioneer Priest
  • Arba Sicula: Espousing Sicily the American Way
  • Eggplant Parmigiana: An Italian American Favorite
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Third Edition 2011 (Volume 12, Issue 3)
Annette Funicello – Forever America’s Sweetheart. The most popular Mouseketeer grew up to star in the famous beach movies of the 60s and is today a role model facing the challenges of multiple sclerosis.

Included:
  • Annette Funicello – Forever America’s Sweetheart.
  • Italy’s Risorgimento - Three essays recount the events that led to the unification of Italy and to what degree Italy has benefited from unification
  • Alfa Romeo – Over 100 Years of Graceful Car Making. Not a wrinkle, no hair loss and no physical defects. Alfa Romeo is still in great shape after a century of car making.
  • Patrick Morelli, Sculptor and Artist of the American Experience - Patrick Morelli follows the standard set by Michelangelo and Bernini; a celebrated sculptor well-known with patrons of grand monuments and public art.
  • Calabria’s Mysterious Bergamot - Of the many different delectable fruits that flourish throughout Italy, there’s one curious member of the citrus family that only thrives in the toe of the peninsula.
  • Priest of the Nez Perces - From Sicily to America’s Wild West, Father Joseph Cataldo found his way helping American Indians.
  • Pittsburgh’s Girasole - Located at 733 Copeland Street the Shadyside neighborhood of Iron City is a family-run restaurant that brings the love and care of Old World values to making fine Italian food.

First Edition 2012 (Volume 14, Issue 1)
R osanne Cash – Italian American. Singer, songwriter, Grammy Award winner, and daughter of Johnny Cash, connects to her Italian ethnicity, inherited from her mother Vivian Liberto.

Included:

  • Rome’s Old Barbershops - If you’re nostalgic for a snippet of ancient Rome, stop by one of Rome’s old barber shops. But don’t dally since the red and white poles may soon spin only in our memories.
  • The Marinelli Foundry: A Bronze Sculpting Factory - For three generations, Florence’s Marinelli family has been creating great bronze works of art in Italy and America.
  • A Stonemason Turned Sculptor - Henry R. DiSpirito came to America to lay bricks only to realize his God given talent to sculpt and became artist-in-residence at Syracuse University.
  • Cleveland’s Italian Park - Not just plants and flowers, Cleveland’s Italian Renaissance Cultural Garden is a monument to Italy’s contribution to American democracy.
  • NHL Hockey Greats - Italian Americans, but mostly Italian Canadians, have left their mark on this action packed sport. PRIMO profiles five of the best hockey players of Italian ethnicity.
  • Italy’s Struggle with Domestic Abuse - Italy did not even have a single women’s shelter some 30 years ago. Since then Italian women activists have pushed forward to protect women from spousal abuse .
  • A Calabrian Eatery in NYC and a New Asparagus Pasta Recipe - Golosi offers a variety of Calabrian inspired food…on the go! Spring’s arrival means a pasta dish made with asparagus and crimini mushrooms.

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Second Edition 2012 (Volume 14, Issue 2)
Rocky Marciano: Rocky was now the heavyweight champion of the world. The attainment of the crown was a symbolic achievement for urban Italian Americans. Like Rocky, they too were once GIs and grew up in city environs. Like Rocky, they moved up the economic ladder more by grit and determination than style and technique.

Includes:

  • The Real Rocky, Rocky Marciano
  • Cinecitta: Italy’s Answer to Hollywood
  • Italian Missionaries Killed in the Line of Duty
  • A Vision of Sicily
  • Scranton’s La Festa Italiana
  • A Time for Festas: PRIMO’s Guide to America’s Italian Festivals
  • Joseph T. Mastrorocco: An Italian American Renaissance Man
  • Monterey’s Café Fina
  • My Italian With Onions: A Tribute to the Italian Hoagie
Third Edition 2012 (Volume 14, Issue 3)

Third Edition 2012 (Volume 14, Issue 3)
Jimmy Durante – The One and Only: A Vaudeville Renaissance Man, Durante stands as the consummate performer who became a Pop icon. We see his image today alongside the likes of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, and even Ole Blue Eyes, himself, Frank Sinatra. Durante lives on: His fedora hat, his gruff voice, his New York accented mispronunciations, his gleaming eyes, wistful smile, and his nose, that lovable nose, which he himself nicknamed “The Great Schnozzola.”

Also Included:

  • Italian Folk Music Today
  • Sardinia – Ancient, Wild, Unknown
  • Saint Gianna Berretta Molla
  • What Lies Underneath the Vatican?
  • Solo Per Due
  • Bocca Restaurant
  • Frittata and Paneforte

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First Edition 2013 (Volume 15 / Issue 1)
Pope Francis I: A Pinnacle Is Reached for Italian Argentines
The bells of St. Peter’s broke into a peal and across the Eternal City campanili echoed their sound. Most in the crowd were young and shouted, “Viva il Papa!”After about 20 minutes, the bells ceased, but white smoke continued to unfurl. Then came the famous words, Habemus Papam - We have a Pope. The crowd roared Viva il Papa. With a name like Bergoglio, was he Italian? Soon word spread. The Pope is from Argentina. The first Pope from the Americas. Shouts swooped up and down throughout the crowds. The South Americans began singing national songs. Here and there the Plainchant tones of the Salve Regina floated from sallow-skinned seminarians. When he appeared on the balcony, the new Pope seemed overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 joyful faces looking up at him. “Buona sera!” 

Also Included:

  • Viva Il Papa – Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope: A Pinnacle Is Reached for Italian Argentines
  • Italian Fascists of Argentina
  • Italian Ingenuity In Argentina
  • Those Italian American Kids from Philly on American Bandstand
  • Vespa – How The World Gets Around…Italian Style
  • Venice and The Art of Perfume
  • Zampogna: The Bagpipes of Southern Italy
  • Joseph Cubelli – The Howard Hughes of Connecticut
  • Brassadella: Bologna’s Contribution to Coffee Cake
  • Calamari and Family
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Second Edition 2013 (Volume 15, Issue 2)

Bobby Rydell...Still Going Strong
Bobby Rydell, teen idol from the 1950s and 60s, and current show room star attraction recently underwent a combined liver and kidney transplant at Jefferson Hospital, right in the middle of the "Wildwood Days" of summer. Bobby also had a double heart valve bypass not long after the transplant surgery. And Bobby keeps rockin' on!

Also included:

  • Naples - Special Theme Coverage
  • Naples - A City of Seduction
  • Naples, City Under Fire
  • Naples - Cosimo Fanzago's City
  • Our Ancestors from Naples, Avellino, Benevento and Salerno
  • Gino Cappelletti - The Pioneer, Perfectionist and Patriot
  • The Terrazzanos - Their Loss is Wisdom Gained for Long Island Residents
  • Custer's Bugler: The Lone Survivor of Little Big Horn was an Italian Immigrant
  • The Italian Melodies Hour
  • Nocciolini di Chivasso: Cookies of Piemonte Region
  • Roasted Red Peppers



 

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First Edition 2014 (Volume 16, Issue 1)

Franco Harris
The man who caught the Immaculate Reception. He will always be a Steeler. One of football's greatest running backs. Today, he is an entrepreneur who owns several successful businesses. Franco had Franco's Army - Pittsburgh's Italian American community - behind him when he ran for touchdowns. He also had his Italian-born mother Gina on his team.

Also included:

  • Perugia - Home of the Eurochocolate Festival
  • Un Posto al Sole - Italy's popular television soap opera is set in Naples
  • The Presepe of the Italian Nativity inspires a child's imagination is us all
  • An American commercial artist believes an uncredited sculpture in Florence is really the lost work of Leonardo da Vinci's
  • Fort Missoula was home to Italian POWs in World War II
  • Family Oliverio of West Virginia finds success in canned peppers and tomatoes
  • Gaeta - The seaside village in Italy's Lazio region beckons us all
  • Tiramisu - A sweet end to any day, good or bad
  • Braciole - Italian invented, American perfected
 
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Second Edition 2014 (Volume 16, Issue 2)

Connie Francis: So many phrases describe Connie Francis - her glorious voice, glamorous appearance, and her ability to perform and attract a global fan base; it’s little wonder that her career spans the miles and has such sustained record-making longevity.

Also included:

  • Dark Secrets of Palazzo Ducale
  • Times of Christopher Colombus
  • Mega Yachts of Italy
  • Alfredo Casella - Facisim's Maestro
  • Summer Food Special
 

Third Edition 2014 (Volume 16, Issue 3)

Jim Croce: “Jim had a hard time saying no. People who were aware of that were in a very good position to push.”

Also included:

  • Silversmiths of Florence's Pampaloni Factory
  • Italy's House of Savoy
  • Joe Paterno’s Silence
  • Italian Americans and the Civil War
  • Holiday Food Special
 
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First Edition 2015 (Volume 17, Issue 1)

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia: “If we will not lead, who will?” he asked his fellow graduates. “Eliminate the great number of men who have never heard the voices of the past, who know nothing of the heritage of human wisdom…Eliminate again the men who have not heard the Word of Christ whispered to the soul. If we will not be the leaders of a real, a true, a Catholic intellectual life, no one will.”

Also included:

  • I Lazzaretii Veneziani - How medieval Venice serves as a model in fighting infectious diseases
  • Il Conformista - The Italian film that changed American cinema
  • APULIA REGION
  • The Way of Apulia
  • Ancestors from Apulia
  • The Food of Apulia

 

 
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Second Edition 2015 (Volume 17, Issue 2)

The Life of Machiavelli and The Legacy of "The Prince": Machiavelli is a role model for hist intellectual vigor and work ethic. An ardent thinker and writer, he penned histories and essays, all the while working for Florence. Indeed, even in prison, he wrote sonnets. After his release he wrote a treatise on politics hoping to impress and gain employment from the ruling Medici family. And that work became “The Prince.”

Also included:

  • Machiavelli's "The Prince" - The varied historical connections of a book that forever changed politics and government.
  • "The Prince," an excerpt from chapter 15 in Italian and English
  • Being President - The Machiavellian Way: A  look at the last six presidents as Machiavelli might observe them
  • The Snake Festival in Cocullo, Italy, in honor of Saint Domenic
  • The Italian Fashion Era of the Postwar Years
  • The Bronx's La Russa House
  • The Tomaro Family of West Virginia - 100 Years of Baking Bread
  • Food for a Summer in Italy

 
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Third Edition 2015 (Volume 17, Issue 3)

Joe Piscopo - From "Saturday Night Live" to the Radio Airwaves: He is a living legend of comedy, a veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and NYC comedy club scene who enters a new phase in his career with his own radio show. Generations know him for his collaboration with Eddie Murphy, his amazing impressions of Frank Sinatra and others. He is truly one of the greats.

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  • Rome, Eternal City, Secret Heart - Eternal salvation and eternal damnation may be bittersweet rivals in life, but in Rome their battles have been elevated to a glorious, passionate art form.
  • Villa Borghese - A lush, idyllic park spread over 79 acres where the past and present walk hand in hand.
  • "Volare" - Domenico Modugno’s “Volare” gave rise to a new era of Italian music and popular culture in 1958, just as Presley’s “Love Me Tender” had done in America three years earlier.
  • "Volare" in America - We take a look at how "Volare" was greeted in the United States.
  • Who Are The Italian Americans Running for President? - More candidates have family connections to Italy than ever before in American politics.
  • Immigration Reform - Where do Italian Americans Stand on the Issue?
  • How to Fight Media Bias - There’s no defensive position, no retreat or escape from the negative assaults of American Mass Media.
  • Autumn Bounty - Harvest is the reward for farmers. Their time is now.

 
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First Edition 2016 (Volume 18, Issue 1)

Rudolph Valentino - America's Greatest Leading Male Actor: He was cherished by female filmgoers everywhere, famous for his onscreen passions, celebrated forever as "The Latin Lover." We beyond the silver screen to distinguish fact from fiction and relive the legend that was and still is...Valentino.

Also included:

  • The Greatest Scenes of the Greatest Films of Valentino - By the time he died in 1926, Rudolph Valentino had appeared in 39 films. Great films are elevated by scenes that resonate and remain in the memories of filmgoers. Find out what Valentino gave audiences to make four four his films among the best in Hollywood history.
  • Lady Liquirizia - The story of the woman who heads the Amarelli Licorice company and how Calabrian licorice conquered the world.
  • Three Italian Americans Worth Knowing on California's Route 66 - Take a tour of the iconic highway and gaze at the wondrous sculpture, folk architecture and landscaping of Baldassare Forestiere, Beniamino Bufano, and Simon Rodia.
  • Saxophones Made the Italian Way: Although invented by Adolphe Sax of Belgium, Italian makers of the perennial Jazz instrument have set a path towards extraordinary quality in making saxophones by hand.
  • Food from the Sea: Italian fishermen venture from the ports of Venice, Genoa, Naples, Bari, Messina, Palermo and anywhere else in Italy. Great gastronomic treasures are what they seek.
  • The Billionaires of Italy - A sample of Italy's rich and famous; less in number than America'sbut still significant.

 
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Second Edition 2016 (Volume 18, Issue 2)

Deana Martin: Singer, Writer, Daughter: Deana achieved success early in her career in films, theatre and television, then quickly added to her repertoire — recording artist, best-selling author, nationally syndicated radio host, licensed pilot, and entrepreneur.

Writer Cookie Curci gives us an exclusive interview with Deana - daughter of Dean Martin. She talks about growing up in Hollywood and finding success in her 2004 memoir, "Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughters Eyes"; soon be made into a movie, directed by actor Joe Mantegna, with screenplay written by actress/writer/television host Bonnie Hunt, and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Also included:

  • The Death and Life of Postignano - Architectural passion, historic research and restoration skills are some of the keywords in the history of a small Umbrian hilltown, Castello di Postignano. It has been transformed from an abandoned ghost town into a shining gem. PRIMO Magazine visited Postignano to find out about the story behind an impressive transformation.
  • What Was Once Postignano - Photos from the 1960s show what Postignano was like before abandoned by residents.
  • Giuseppe Moretti and His Beloved Alabama Marble - In Birmingham, Alabama, rests the 56-foot iron statue of Vulcan atop one of the highest hills in the city; a WPA project sculpted by Giuseppe Moretti. Born in Italy, Moretti was a classical sculptor who came to America and proclaimed Alabama marble the best in the world.
  • Italy - Beer Country  - Italy has become the world’s new beer mecca. During the 1970s when the European markets were thriving, beer from Belgium, the UK and Germany made their way into Italy. As they became more common place over the next two decades, the X Generation began to consume beer on a regular basis. This influenced the Italian craft beer pioneers Agostino Arioli, Teo Musso, Alessandro and Enrico Borio, young men who fed their curiosity for beer.
  • Alluring Kitchens by Designer Mick De Giulio - PRIMO takes a photographic journey of the new kitchens from Chicago to Las Vegas that were custom-made by  one of America's most prolific designers.
  • My Fascination with Postwar Italy - Author Paul Salsini explains why the years after World War II are some of the most important in Italian history.
  • Soutisso Sausage - The journey of an Italian sausage from Piemonte to North Carolina.
 
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Third Edition 2016 (Volume 18, Issue 3)

Romina Arena - Italy’s Multi-talented Popera Queen - To say that Romina is talented is an understatement. And that’s just the beginning of the intriguing story about Italy’s Popera Princess...a childhood prodigy who grew into a beautiful woman, with a sparkling personality, a marvelous spirit and determination to develop her wonderful talents.

Romina has experienced both happiness and heartache, but she fells very blessed with her music and the marvelous opportunities it has given her. Singing in a Popera/ Pop/ Classical Crossover style, Romina has an international fan-base, selling millions of records while becoming a successful composer, music producer, writer and author.

 

Also included:

  • The Hunt for Truffles: This is the perfect time to search for truffles in the Le Marche region and Federica knows this well. She has been walking these routes all her life. Now, at 30, she knows the mountains around Acqualagna like the back of her hand.
  • Railroad Town: Oneonta is a small yet picturesque city nestled along the Upper Susquehanna River near the Catskill Mountains in New York. The city’s economy is driven today by two colleges, a health care network, and several baseball camps. Yet, for nearly 100 years its lifeblood was the Delaware and Hudson, Oneonta's “Hometown” railroad. For many Italian families who lived here, the railroad was a way of life passed on through generations.
  • Italian Film Lobby Cards: Italian films were more than arthouse curiosities outside America. They were smash hits in Mexico and the countries of Central and South America. Italian filmmakers relied on lobby cards - small versions of posters - as a means to promote upcoming films in the international market.
  • Misteri Campobasso: Combining both vacation and family research, I planned an itinerary around Corpus Christi Day in Campobasso. This city is the capital of the Molise region in the province of Campobasso with a population of about 52,000 inhabitants.
  • Italian Festas Preview: A  list of festivals in alphabetical order from California to Wisconsin.
  • Sweet Veggies: Recipes accompany beautiful photographs of delectable Italian vegetable dishes.
 
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Fourth Edition 2016 (Volume 18, Issue 4)

Dante Alighieri's "Inferno": The Masterpiece That Forever Changed Literature: His epic was considered the great cultural achievement at the dawn of artistic innovation in Italy. His writings came with an array of characters, settings and scenes, and many metaphors and allegorical images. He gave us an adventure through Hell in “The Inferno."

In this special edition of PRIMO, we take an in-depth look at Dante and his "Inferno." We look at the various paintings and illustrations that depicted his great epic. We give a preview of his travels through the nine circles of Hell. We give an except from the "Inferno" in both Italian and in English. We look at his inspiration, his muse, and his love, in Beatrice. We close with an essay as to why the "Inferno" stands the test of time and is still read today.

Also included:

  • Circles of Hell - We take a tour with Dante and Virgil through the domains of the underworld.
  • For The Love of Beatrice - Dante's creative works were inspired by his love for Florentine beauty, Beatrice Portinari.
  • An Excerpt in Italian and English - Read Dante's "Inferno" in its original Italian and, as translated in English.
  • Ode to the "inferno"  - Dante's work will live on forever.
  • The Neapolitan Way of Elvis - Italian music and opera inspired the King of rock 'n' roll.
  • Quirinale - The Palace of the President - PRIMO explores the beautiful interior and exterior of the Quirinale estate, in Rome, where the Italian president resides.
  • The Work of a Modern Master - Sculptor and artist Alan Pascuzzi of Florence, Italy brings the passion of the Renaissance to a place near you in America.
  • Save the Romaggi Adobe - We take a look at the ongoing effort to bring back to life the old California homestead of James Romaggi.
  • Italian Delights - Recipes abound; from Rockfish Aqua Pazza to Italian Almond Carrot Cake.
 

First Edition 2017 (Volume 19, Issue 1)

Roberto Saviano, author of "Gomorra."

Have parts of Naples become a sort of criminal no-man’s-land run by juvenile gangs with support from the traditional Camorra? This is the plot in Roberto Saviano’s recent novel, “La Paranza dei Bambini.” PRIMO Magazine has met Italy’s iconic writer numero uno to speak about the book, his new beginning in the U.S. and why he loves to meet his readers.

Roberto Saviano was only 26 when he published his first novel, “Gomorra.” The book was a narrative attempt to do something new using the so-called non fiction novel style, i.e. telling true stories by using the classic novel style. The book became a huge bestseller in not just Italy, but all over the world. "Gomorra" was about the Camorra organized crime syndicate that has dominated Naples for generations. Saviano was fearless in conveying the brutal violence of Camorra gangs; so much so that his life is repeatedly threatened by organized crime bosses and he lives under a 24 hour guard watch.

 

Also included:

  • Della Robbia - A Legacy of Color, Texture and Timeless Beauty :  The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, currently hosts a retrospective of Luca della Robbia, his proteges and rivals.
  • Brooklyn’s Italian Carroll Gardens : Once upon a time in the last century, there were many neighborhoods in Brooklyn (do I have to add “New York”?) with a strong Italian influence...Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Williamsburg, Dyker Heights, to name a few. One that still maintains a significant Italian flavor is Carroll Gardens, in what used to be called South Brooklyn, but is actually nearer to the mid-western section of the borough.
  • "Maab" of Star Trek and Other Iconic Characters of Cinema and Television, as Portrayed by The Versatile...Michael Dante : Any actor worth their screen time should exhibit as much versatility as possible, according to Michael Dante.
  • "The Battle of Algiers": It is the film that pioneered political cinema. It tells the story of the Algerian Revolution. Heralded as a composite of Arab, French and African cultures; nonetheless, the film is wholly Italian. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, with screenplay by him and Franco Solinas and music by Ennio Morricone, the film remains one of cinema’s best.
  • Warm Food Cool Nights : Six great recipes from Italy with beautiful photographs.
 



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