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The Italian American Podcast The Italian American Podcast

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    • 4.7, 200 Ratings

The first and finest podcast for Italian Americans... delivering history, discussion, and connection with smarts, heart, and a lot of laughs. 🇮🇹🇺🇸

    Updates From Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italy Reopening

    Updates From Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italy Reopening

    As Italy reopens its doors, we at The Italian American Podcast wanted to showcase just how much our Madre Patria has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, in this new bonus segment of the Podcast, our co-host—and walking encyclopedia of Italian Americana—Professor Patrick O’Boyle is taking a deeper look into how life has changed in Italy and what that means for all of us as a result.

    In this inaugural segment of “Updates From Italy,” Pat talks with Paul Pontecorvo, an Italian American (and avid Italian American Podcast listener) living in Milan. Paul was one of the first people to message Pat when COVID-19 broke out and has been keeping in touch with our team as the weeks progressed. Paul shares his thoughts and experiences with our audience, as well as his impressions of what might happen in a post-pandemic Italy.

    • 27 min
    IAP 143: Northern Exposure: Exploring Northern Italian Contributions in the United States, Part 2

    IAP 143: Northern Exposure: Exploring Northern Italian Contributions in the United States, Part 2

    In this week’s episode, we’re wrapping up our two-part look at the Northern Italian impact on Italian American life by Italy by criss-crossing these great United States to discover Northern Italian enclaves from California to Idaho and everywhere in between!

    Our special guest, and Northern Italy expert, Robert Allegrini, takes us on a tour across the country, stopping in various Northern Italian communities to explore their traditions, histories, and influence on Italian American life today. We’ll also discover some manifestations of Northern and Central Italian American pride, including La Corsa dei Ceri (“St. Ubaldo Day”) in Jessup, Pennsylvania, which is our country’s largest and most traditional Central Italian celebration.

    And speaking of Saints and Feasts… we’ll take a deep dive into an exploration of the differences between Northern and Southern Italian Catholicism and why Northern feasts and festivals may not have survived the immigrant journey as well as the Southern ones did.

    We also wander into a conversation on how Northern Italian cuisine has found its way into the American diet, where you can still find heirloom restaurants across America serving authentic Northern dishes, how Northern chefs invented some of our more-famous indigenous “Italian American” dishes, and how America’s pizza culture evolved to produce the culinary mystery that is Chicago’s Deep Dish Pizza!

    So if you’ve enjoyed learning more about these fascinating communities and characters, get ready for more “Northern Exposure” with the next half of this incredible story!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    IAP 142: Northern Exposure: Exploring Northern Italian Contributions in the United States, Part 1

    IAP 142: Northern Exposure: Exploring Northern Italian Contributions in the United States, Part 1

    We tend to focus a lot on our Southern Italian roots here at the Italian American Podcast, but today we’re asking..."What’s up North?"

    This week’s episode is the first in a two-part series featuring special guest and Northern Italy expert Robert Allegrini, the honorary consul of San Marino in Chicago, where we will dig into a history of the contributions, communities and characters of the Italian Americans descended from northern and central Italy.

    We dive into the history of Northern Italy, including exactly how it can be defined and how its history differs from that of Southern Italy. We’ll also talk about the how the first Italians in the New World were from the North and how they helped contribute to our nation’s founding and early formation. We also pay homage to the Italian pioneers of America’s western expansion and how the further West you go, the more Northern Italian communities you see.

    We also talk about Italians who fought in the American Civil War and how prominent Northern Italians helped shape America’s cultural landscape. Finally, we dive into Northern Italian enclaves in the United States and how their foodways have become a staple of Italian American cuisine.  And we'll introduce some surprisingly Italian communities spread throughout the far reaches of America... settled by and still held dear by generations of northern Italian Americans!

    So get ready to head up North with us in an episode for the 13%!!

    • 48 min
    IAP 141: Introducing “Bella Figura—The Tradition of Living Beautifully.” An All-New Podcast with Dolores Alfieri Taranto

    IAP 141: Introducing “Bella Figura—The Tradition of Living Beautifully.” An All-New Podcast with Dolores Alfieri Taranto

    What are the ties that bind us together? In this week’s episode, we celebrate the launch of IAP co-host Dolores Alfieri Taranto’s new Podcast, “Bella Figura—The Tradition of Living Beautifully.”

    “Bella Figura” is the tradition of presenting oneself well to the world and, as Dolores explains, this concept doesn’t just speak to Italian Americans, but to everyone of any ethnic and cultural background. Get an early look into the concept behind her all-new solo show, which celebrates how all cultures provide lessons, insights, and traditions that offer just as much in today's modern world as they have for generations of peoples, and how universal themes and foundational stories tie us all together.

    Our team talks about these foundational stories and how they help a person form his or her own “emotional” history. We also discuss the advent of DNA testing and the popularity of ancestral reclamation and veneration, and how reclaiming our stories helps empower us as a society.

    Finally, we talk about the human need for connection and the various ways we try to do so, both in-person and online and how going back to one’s roots is a different experience for all.

    Do you want to incorporate more beauty into your life? Find out how in this week’s episode!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Introducing Anchor!

    Introducing Anchor!

    What listeners can expect as we move to a new podcast platform! You should not notice a difference in your experience, except there might be more ads. 

    • 56 sec
    IAP 140: Coffee and Conversation with Caffè Unimatic

    IAP 140: Coffee and Conversation with Caffè Unimatic

    In times like these, our rituals are what keep us connected to “normal” life. In this week’s episode, Elisabeth Cardiello of Caffè Unimatic and Brave Conversations Over Coffee shows us how this ubiquitous beverage can have rippling effects in our homes and in our communities.

    Elisabeth shares her trade secrets on what kinds of coffee to try and the different types of brewing that will make a world of difference for your "Morning Joe," as well as discussing the difference between American and Italian brews and how Italians use coffee as a way to connect with others. And the Italian American Podcast gang will take us on a journey into the serendipitous history of some of your favorite coffee preparations—from espressos to cappuccinos, to lattes and macchiatos.

    We'll discuss this young CEO's appearance in the Netflix documentary “Coffee for All,” and how the Neapolitan trend of “caffè sospeso” or “suspended coffee” has sparked a worldwide movement connecting strangers and leaving them as friends.

    We'll dissect her own entrepreneurial journey, from watching her father as a child and her intellectual curiosity surrounding his invention, the Unimatic coffee maker, to how a chance discovery of 5,000 vintage percolators inspired her life's work. Finally, she'll explain what a “Brave Conversation Over Coffee” looks like and how we can implement these ideas in our own lives.

    So, what are you waiting for? Brew up your preferred blend, grab your favorite mug, and join us for this week’s episode of The Italian American Podcast!

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

ElenaRe ,

Loved Friday updates

Good informative job!!! Keep ‘em. Coming! 🅰️➕

ggggg0101 ,

Too Southern Italian...

and conservative for my taste but since they did a very good episode on northern Italian Americans I’m bumping my previous review up a star.

joe-Gag ,

Finally A True Voice of the Italian American Community

I have met Mr Viola, many years my junior, fir a breakfast meeting. I was captivated by his knowledge and education beyond his years. God has truly given us a gift. Subscribe to his Podcast, I believe you will see what I experienced. Why a 1/2 breakfast I was able to get turned into a 3 hour lesson. Thank You

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