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Marine Band. The musicians included the young Venerando Pulizzi who, in , became the first Italian director of the Band. Marine Band, credited with the instrumental organization the band still maintains. The first opera house in the country opened in in New York through the efforts of Lorenzo Da Ponte , Mozart's former librettist, who had immigrated to America and had become the first Professor of Italian at Columbia College in During this period Italian explorers continued to be active in the West. In —23 the headwater region of the Mississippi was explored by Giacomo Beltrami in the territory that was later to become Minnesota, which named a county in his honor.

Joseph Rosati was named the first Catholic bishop of St. Louis in In —64 Samuel Mazzuchelli , a missionary and expert in Indian languages, ministered to European colonists and Native Americans in Wisconsin and Iowa for 34 years and, after his death, was declared Venerable by the Catholic Church. Father Charles Constantine Pise , a Jesuit, served as Chaplain of the Senate from to , [28] [29] the only Catholic priest ever chosen to serve in this capacity.

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Missionaries of the Jesuit and Franciscan orders were active in many parts of America. Italian Jesuits founded numerous missions, schools and two colleges in the west. The St. The Italian Jesuits also laid the foundation for the wine-making industry that would later flourish in California. In the east, the Italian Franciscans founded hospitals, orphanages, schools, and the St. Bonaventure College now St. Bonaventure University , established by Panfilo da Magliano in In Francis Ramacciotti , piano string inventor and manufacturer, immigrated to the U.

Approximately Italian Americans served in the Civil War , both as soldiers and as officers. While some served in the Confederate Army including general William B. Taliaferro , the majority, for both demographic and ideological reasons, served in the Union Army including generals Edward Ferrero and Francis B.

Beginning in , Italian immigrants were one of the principal groups, along with the Irish, that built the Transcontinental Railroad west from Omaha, Nebraska. In Constantino Brumidi completed the frescoed interior of the United States Capitol dome in Washington, and spent the rest of his life executing still other artworks to beautify the Capitol. An immigrant, Antonio Meucci , brought with him a concept for the telephone. He is credited by many researchers with being the first to demonstrate the principle of the telephone in a patent caveat he submitted to the U.

Patent Office in ; however, considerable controversy existed relative to the priority of invention, with Alexander Graham Bell also being accorded this distinction. In , the U. Congress passed a resolution H. During this period, Italian Americans established a number of institutions of higher learning. Also during this period, there was a growing presence of Italian Americans in higher education. Vincenzo Botta was a distinguished professor of Italian at New York University from to , [33] and Gaetano Lanza was a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for over 40 years, beginning in Italian Americans continued their involvement in politics.

Anthony Ghio became the mayor of Texarkana , Texas in Francis B. Spinola , the first Italian American to serve a full term in Congress, was elected in from New York. From to , an estimated 13 million Italians migrated out of Italy, making Italy the scene of the largest voluntary emigration in recorded world history. During this period of mass migration, 4 million Italian immigrants arrived in the United States, with 3 million coming between and Once in America, the immigrants faced great challenges.

Often with no knowledge of the English language and with little formal education, many of the immigrants were compelled to accept low-wage manual-labor jobs, and were frequently exploited by the middlemen who acted as intermediaries between them and the prospective employers. In terms of the push-pull model of immigration, [37] America provided the pull factor by the prospect of jobs that unskilled uneducated Italian peasant farmers could do. Peasant farmers accustomed to hard work in the Mezzogiorno, for example, took jobs building railroads and constructing buildings, while others took factory jobs that required little or no skill.

The push factor came from Italian unification in , which caused economic conditions to considerably worsen for many. Multitudes chose to emigrate rather than face the prospect of a deepening poverty. A large number of these were attracted to the U. Often the father and older sons would go first, leaving the mother and the rest of the family behind until the male members could afford their passage. Many sought housing in the older sections of the large Northeastern cities where they settled, that became known as " Little Italies ", frequently in overcrowded substandard tenements which were often dimly lit with poor heating and ventilation.

Tuberculosis and other communicable diseases were a constant health threat for the immigrant families that were compelled by economic circumstances to live in these dwellings. Other immigrant families lived in single-family abodes, which was more typical in areas outside of the enclaves of the large Northeastern cities, and other parts of the country as well. An estimated 49 per cent of Italians who migrated to the Americas between when return migration statistics began and did not remain in the United States. The Italian male immigrants in the Little Italies were most often employed in manual labor and were heavily involved in public works, such as the construction of roads, railway tracks, sewers, subways, bridges and the first skyscrapers in the northeastern cities.

As early as , 90 percent of New York City's public works employees were Italian. Many established small businesses in the Little Italies to satisfy the day-to-day needs of fellow immigrants. A New York Times article from provides a glimpse into the status of Italian immigration at the turn of the century.

The article states:. The masses of Italian immigrants that entered the United States posed a change in the labor market, prompting Fr. Michael J. Henry to write a letter in October to the Bishop John J. Clency of Sligo , Ireland ; warning: [44]. The Brooklyn Eagle in a article addressed the same reality: [44].

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In spite of the economic hardship of the immigrants, civil and social life flourished in the Italian American neighborhoods of the large Northeastern cities. Italian theater, band concerts, choral recitals, puppet shows, mutual-aid societies, and social clubs were available to the immigrants. The festa involved an elaborate procession through the streets in honor of a patron saint or the Virgin Mary in which a large statue was carried by a team of men, with musicians marching behind. Followed by food, fireworks and general merriment, the festa became an important occasion that helped give the immigrants a sense of unity and common identity.

An American teacher who had studied in Italy, Sarah Wool Moore was so concerned with grifters luring immigrants into rooming houses or employment contracts in which the bosses got kickbacks that she pressed for the founding of the Society for the Protection of Italian Immigrants often called the Society for Italian Immigrants. The Society published lists of approved living quarters and employers. Later, the organization began establishing schools in work camps to help adult immigrants learn English.

The schools focused on teaching phrases that workers needed in their everyday tasks. Charles Borromeo. Among these was Sister Francesca Cabrini , who founded schools, hospitals and orphanages. She was canonized as the first American saint in Hundreds of parishes were founded by the St.

Charles missionaries to serve the needs of the Italian communities. By , Italians had founded Italian Catholic churches and 41 parochial schools, served by priests and nuns, 2 Catholic seminaries and 3 orphanages. The destinations of many of the Italian immigrants were not only the large cities of the East Coast , but also more remote regions of the country, such as Florida and California. They were drawn there by opportunities in agriculture, fishing, mining, railroad construction, lumbering and other activities underway at the time.

Oftentimes, the immigrants contracted to work in these areas of the country as a condition for payment of their passage. It was not uncommon, especially in the South, for the immigrants to be subjected to economic exploitation, hostility and sometimes even violence. A number of towns, such as Roseto, Pennsylvania, [52] Tontitown, Arkansas, [53] and Valdese, North Carolina [54] were founded by Italian immigrants during this era. A number of major business ventures were founded by Italian Americans.

Amadeo Giannini originated the concept of branch banking to serve the Italian American community in San Francisco. He founded the Bank of Italy, which later became the Bank of America. His bank also provided financing to the film industry developing on the West Coast at the time, including that for Walt Disney's Snow White , the first full-length animated motion picture to be made in the U. An Italian immigrant, Italo Marciony Marcioni , is credited with inventing the earliest version of an ice cream cone in Another Italian immigrant, Giuseppe Bellanca , brought with him in an advanced aircraft design, which he began producing.

It was Charles Lindbergh 's first choice for his flight across the Atlantic, but other factors ruled this out; however, one of Bellanca's planes, piloted by Cesare Sabelli and George Pond, made one of the first non-stop trans-Atlantic flights in An Italian immigrant, Attilio Piccirilli , and his five brothers carved the Lincoln Memorial , which they began in and completed in Italian construction workers helped build Washington's Union Station, considered one of the most beautiful in the country, which was begun in and completed in The six statues that decorate the station's facade were sculpted by Andrew Bernasconi between and Italian conductors contributed to the early success of the Metropolitan Opera of New York founded in , but it was the arrival of impresario Giulio Gatti-Casazza in , who brought with him conductor Arturo Toscanini , that made the Met an internationally known musical organization.

Many Italian operatic singers and conductors were invited to perform for American audiences, most notably, tenor Enrico Caruso. The premiere of the opera La Fanciulla del West on December 10, , with conductor Toscanini and tenor Caruso, and with the composer Giacomo Puccini in attendance, was a major international success as well as an historic event for the entire Italian American community. Italian Americans became involved in entertainment and sports.

Rudolph Valentino was one of the first great film icons. Dixieland jazz music had a number of important Italian American innovators, the most famous being Nick LaRocca of New Orleans, whose quintet made the first jazz recording in Ralph DePalma won the Indianapolis in Italian Americans became increasingly involved in politics, government and the labor movement. Andrew Longino was elected Governor of Mississippi in Numerous Italian Americans were at the forefront in fighting for worker's rights in industries such as the mining, textiles and garment industries, the most notable among these being Arturo Giovannitti , Carlo Tresca and Joseph Ettor.

The Italian American community wholeheartedly supported the war effort and its young men, both American-born and Italian-born, enlisted in large numbers in the American Army. Another Italian Americans 83 Italian born were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross , the second highest decoration. The war, together with the restrictive Emergency Quota Act of , Immigration Act of and the implementation of the discriminatory National Origins Formula heavily curtailed Italian immigration.

By , the Little Italies had stabilized and grown considerably more prosperous as workers were able to obtain higher-paying jobs, often in skilled trades. English was now the language most commonly heard on the streets of the Little Italies. In the post-war years, jobs as policemen, firemen and civil servants became available to Italian Americans; while others found employment as plumbers, electricians, mechanics and carpenters.

Women found jobs as civil servants, secretaries, dressmakers, and clerks. With better paying jobs they moved to more affluent neighborhoods outside of the Italian enclaves. The Great Depression — had a major impact on the Italian American community, and temporarily reversed some of the earlier gains made. Many unemployed men and a few women found jobs on President Franklin D.

In the s and s Italian Americans contributed significantly to American life and culture via, politics, music, film, the arts, sports, the labor movement and business. He was the first Catholic to receive a major party presidential nomination, as Democratic candidate for president in He lost Protestant strongholds in the South, but energize the Democratic vote in immigrant centers across the entire North.

Angelo Rossi was mayor of San Francisco in — In —34 Ferdinand Pecora led a Senate investigation of the Wall Street Crash of , which exposed major financial abuses, and spurred Congress to rein in the banking industry. The Metropolitan Opera continued to flourish under the leadership of Giulio Gatti-Casazza , whose tenure continued until Rosa Ponselle and Dusolina Giannini , daughters of Italian immigrants, performed regularly at the Metropolitan Opera and became internationally known. Ruggiero Ricci , a child prodigy born of Italian immigrant parents, gave his first public performance in at the age of 10, and had a long international career as a concert violinist.

Popular singers of the period included Russ Columbo , who established a new singing style that influenced Frank Sinatra and other singers that followed. Other Italian American musicians and performers, such as Jimmy Durante , who later achieved fame in movies and television, were active in vaudeville. The film industry of this era included Frank Capra , who received three Academy Awards for directing and Frank Borzage , who received two Academy Awards for directing. The voice of Snow White was provided by Adriana Caselotti , a year-old soprano.

Open Tournaments in Pete DePaolo won the Indianapolis in Tony Canzoneri won the lightweight boxing championship in Joe DiMaggio , who was destined to become one of the most famous players in baseball history, began playing for the New York Yankees in Hank Luisetti was a three time All-American basketball player at Stanford University from to Louis Zamperini , the American distance runner , competed in the Olympics , and later became the subject of the bestselling book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand , published in , and a movie of the same title.

Italian Americans continued their significant involvement in the labor movement during this period. Italian American businessmen specialized in growing and selling fresh fruits and vegetables, which were cultivated on small tracts of land in the suburban parts of many cities.

In California, the DiGiorgio Corporation was founded, which grew to become a national supplier of fresh produce in the United States.

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Italian Americans in California were leading growers of grapes, and producers of wine. Many well known wine brands, such as Mondavi , Carlo Rossi , Petri , Sebastiani, and Gallo emerged from these early enterprises. Italian American companies were major importers of Italian wines, processed foods, textiles, marble and manufactured goods. Over 1. Some Italians were outspoken admirers of Mussolini, while others had never taken out American citizenship. Those viewed as a potential threat to the country were interned in detention camps, some for up to 2 years.

As many as , others, who had not become citizens, were required to carry identity cards identifying them as "resident alien". Thousands more on the West Coast were required to move inland, often losing their homes and businesses in the process. A number of Italian-language newspapers were forced to close because of their past support of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Political refugees from Mussolini's regime, they disagreed among themselves whether to ally with Communists and anarchists or to exclude them.

The Mazzini Society joined together with other anti-Fascist Italian expatriates in the Americas at a conference in Montevideo , Uruguay in They unsuccessfully promoted one of their members, Carlo Sforza , to become the post-Fascist leader of a republican Italy. The Mazzini Society dispersed after the fall of Mussolini as most of its members returned to Italy. Italian Americans served with distinction during the war, and 14 were awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Among these was Sgt. In the air, Capt. Don Gentile became one of the war's leading aces, with 25 German planes destroyed. Biagio Max Corvo, an agent of the U. Office of Strategic Services O. He led the Italian Secret Intelligence branch of the O. Corvo was awarded the Legion of Merit for his efforts during the war.

The work of Enrico Fermi was crucial in developing the atom bomb. Fermi, a Nobel Prize laureate nuclear physicist, who immigrated to the United States from Italy in , led a research team at the University of Chicago that achieved the world's first sustained nuclear chain reaction , which clearly demonstrated the feasibility of an atom bomb. Fermi later became a key member of the team at Los Alamos Laboratory that developed the first atom bomb.

Civil Wars. World War II ended the unemployment and relief that characterized the s, opening up new employment opportunities for large numbers of Italian Americans. Much of the Italian American population was concentrated in urban areas where the new munitions plants were located. Many Italian American women took war jobs, such as Rose Bonavita, who was recognized by President Roosevelt with a personal letter commending her for her performance as an aircraft riveter.

She, together with a number of other women workers, provided the basis of the name, "Rosie the Riveter", which came to symbolize all of the millions of American women workers in the war industries. Chef Boyardee , the company founded by Ettore Boiardi , was one of the largest suppliers of rations for U. For his contribution to the war effort, Boiardi was awarded a gold star order of excellence from the United States War Department.

From the onset of the war, and particularly following Pearl Harbor many viewed Italian Americans with suspicion. Roosevelt issuing Executive Order No. Thousands of Italians were arrested, and hundreds of Italians were interned in military camps, some for up to 2 years. A number of Italian-language newspapers were forced to close. The findings concluded that:. In , California officially issued an apology to the Italian Americans whose civil liberties had been violated. Italians continued to immigrate to the United States, and an estimated , arrived in the decades following the war.

Many of the new arrivals had professional training, or were skilled in various trades. The post-war period was a time of great social change for Italian Americans. Many aspired to a college education, which became possible for returning veterans through the GI Bill. With better job opportunities and better educated, Italian Americans entered mainstream American life in great numbers.

The Italian enclaves were largely abandoned by the younger generation, who more often chose to live in other urban areas and in the suburbs. Many married outside of their ethnic group, most frequently with other ethnic Catholics, but increasingly also with those of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. Italian Americans took advantage of the new opportunities that generally became available to all in the post-war decades. They made many significant contributions to American life and culture.

Numerous Italian Americans became involved in politics at the local, state and national levels in the post-war decades. Those that became U. Senate from Vermont in , and has served continuously since then; and Alfonse D'Amato , who served as U. Senator from New York from to Benjamin Civiletti served as the United States Attorney General during the last year and a half of the Carter administration, from to Numerous Italian Americans became well known in movies, both as actors and directors, and many were Academy Award recipients.

Italian Americans were active in professional sports as players, coaches and commissioners. In professional football, Vince Lombardi set the standard of excellence for all coaches to follow. In college football, Joe Paterno became one of the most successful coaches ever. Italian Americans became nationally known in other diverse sports.

Rocky Marciano was the undefeated heavyweight boxing champion from to ; Ken Venturi won both the British and U. Open golf championships in ; Donna Caponi won the U. Women's Open golf championships in and ; Linda Frattianne was the woman's U. Coffee and Conair Corporation. Italian Americans continued to serve with distinction in the military, with four Medal of Honor recipients in the Korean War and eleven in the Vietnam War. By the close of the 20th century, Italian Americans had achieved education, employment and income parity with Americans in general.

They had excelled in all fields of endeavor, and had made substantial contributions in virtually all areas of American life and culture. Italian Americans had served with distinction in all of America's wars, and over thirty had been awarded the Medal of Honor. A number of Italian Americans were serving as top-ranking generals in the military, including Anthony Zinni , Raymond Odierno , Carl Vuono and Peter Pace , the latter three having also been appointed Chief of Staff of their respective services.

At the close of the 20th century, 31 men and woman of Italian descent were serving in the U. House and Senate. Supreme Court justices. Over two dozen Italian Americans were serving in the Catholic Church as bishops. Italian Americans were responsible for major breakthroughs in engineering, medicine and science. Federico Faggin developed the first micro-chip and micro-processor; Robert Gallo led research that identified a cancer-causing virus, and also the AIDS virus; Anthony Fauci conducted significant research that led to the discovery of the AIDS virus; Riccardo Giacconi developed the X-ray telescope; and Enrico Fermi ushered in the nuclear-power age.

At the close of the 20th century, according to the National Italian American Foundation , 82 of the 1, largest U. Americans of Italian descent were well known television personalities. Current-affairs and financial-show hosts included Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto. Italian Americans had changed the eating habits of America. An increasing number of Italian dishes were known and enjoyed. Within a century of the period of peak immigration, Italian Americans had achieved prominence in politics, the judiciary, business, the professions, the military and the Catholic hierarchy. They were counted among the country's best known sports and entertainment figures.

In the s, Italian Americans voted heavily Democratic. By more than twice as many Italian American legislators as in served in the six states with the most Italian Americans. Congress includes Italian Americans who are leaders in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Rick Santorum won many primaries in his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman on a major party ticket, running for Vice President as a Democrat in They are joined by more than associate members, who are not Italian American but have large Italian American constituencies. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey and Rep. Pat Tiberi of Ohio. The NIAF hosts a variety of public policy programs, contributing to public discourse on timely policy issues facing the nation and the world. They helped elect Fiorello La Guardia a Republican as mayor in , and helped reelect him in , and They rallied for Vincent R.

Impellitteri a Democrat in , and Rudolph W. Giuliani a Republican in when he lost , and in and when he won. All three Italian Americans aggressively fought to reduce crime in the city; each was known for his good relations with the city's powerful labor unions. Italian Americans have played a prominent role in the economy of the United States, and have founded companies of great national importance, such as Bank of America by Amadeo Giannini in , and many companies that have contributed to the local culture and character of U. Italian Americans have also made important contributions to the growth of the U.

About two thirds of America's Italian immigrants arrived during — Many were of agrarian backgrounds, with little formal education and industrial skills, who became manual laborers heavily concentrated in the cities. Others came with traditional Italian skills as: tailors; barbers; bricklayers; stonemasons; stone cutters; marble, tile and terrazzo workers; fishermen; musicians; singers; shoe makers; shoe repairers; cooks; bakers; carpenters; grape growers; wine makers; silk makers; dressmakers; and seamstresses. Others came to provide for the needs of the immigrant communities, notably doctors, dentists, midwives, lawyers, teachers, morticians, priests, nuns, and brothers.

Many of the skilled workers found work in their speciality, first in the Italian enclaves, and eventually in the broader society. Traditional skills were often passed down from father to son, and from mother to daughter. Italian women who arrived during the period of mass immigration had to adapt to new and unfamiliar social and economic conditions. Mothers, who had the task of raising the children and providing for the welfare of the family, commonly demonstrated great courage and resourcefulness in meeting these obligations, often under adverse living conditions.

Their cultural traditions, which placed the highest priority on the family, remained strong as Italian immigrant women adapted to these new circumstances. Married women typically avoided factory work and chose home-based economic activities such as dressmaking, taking in boarders, and operating small shops in their homes or neighborhoods. Italian neighborhoods also proved attractive to midwives , women who trained in Italy before coming to America.

Many of the who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in were Italian-American women. Angela Bambace was an year-old Italian American organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in New York who worked to secure better working conditions and shorter hours for women workers in the garment industry. The American scene in the s featured a widespread expansion of women's roles, starting with the vote in , and including new standards of education, employment and control of their own sexuality.

The Italian-American media disapproved. It demanded the holding of the line regarding traditional gender roles in which men controlled their families. Many traditional patriarchal values prevailed among Southern European male immigrants, although some practices like dowry were left behind in Europe. The community spokesmen were shocked at the notion of a woman marking her secret ballot.

They ridiculed flappers and proclaimed that feminism was immoral. They idealized an old male model of Italian womanhood. Mussolini was popular with readers and subsidized some papers, so when he expanded the electorate to include some women voting at the local level, the Italian American editorialists applauded him, arguing that the true Italian woman was, above all, a mother and a wife and, therefore, would be reliable as a voter on local matters but only in Italy.

Feminist organizations in Italy were ignored, as the editors purposely associated emancipation with Americanism and transformed the debate over women's rights into a defense of the Italian-American community to set its own boundaries and rules. Food was a major concern, and recipes were presented which adjusted to the availability of ingredients in the American market.


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Food supplies were limited in Italy by poverty and strict import controls, but abundant in America, so new recipes were needed to take advantage. In the second and third generations, opportunities expanded as women were gradually accepted in the workplace and as entrepreneurs. Women also had much better job opportunities because they had a high school or sometimes college education, and were willing to leave the Little Italies and commute to work. After the war, Italian American women had much greater freedom in choosing a career, and seeking higher levels of education.

Consequently, the second half of the 20th century was a period in which Italian American women excelled in virtually all fields of endeavor. La Pace was open for 27 years. Italian food was at the top of the pyramid. Of course, in Italy, that pyramid was built long ago. Many grandparents of Italian-Americans already had a special affection for escarole cooked with olive oil, as well as a fondness for figs and grapes, lemons and oranges, beans and nuts.

The Mediterranean staples became trends here about six decades after Franco-American Spaghetti and Chef Boyardee debuted in cans, and almost five since the marketing of Kraft Parmesan Grated Cheese. Rivers of extra-virgin olive oil flowed, sometimes displacing butter next to the bread basket. And, all of a sudden, there were infinite uses for a condiment that had been around since the Middle Ages: balsamic vinegar. Commercial-grade balsamic vinegar, occasionally colored with caramel and sweetened with brown sugar, would end up in salad dressings, reductions, marinades, glazes, cocktails and whatever else a trend-conscious kitchen could find.

The concentrated, complex very expensive real thing might make a cameo appearance, with droplets on pieces of Parmesan cheese or on berries. We do a lot of branzino. And people order wine by the glass instead of the bottle. Spins on vodka sauce, which by had taken in pizzas as well as pastas, also are popular.

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In addition to the adjustments made at formal restaurants, the s and s have witnessed a rise in contemporary, more casual Italian kitchens, with the emergence of trattorias, cafes and wine bars on Long Island. Locally, Basilico in Southampton lightened and refreshed traditional fare, sending out grilled fish, shiny under a basil vinaigrette; and spaghetti with Dungeness crab.

Nearby, the Sfuzzi chain made a brief appearance with individual pizzas and T-shirts emblazoned with the company logo. Il Giardino in Commack prepared seared tuna steak with a balsamic-vinegar sauce. So is the more modern, market-driven Luigi Q of Hicksville, destroyed by a fire earlier this year. More than wines are available by the glass. Panini, or toasted sandwiches, sell briskly. But the hybrid establishment also has plates of cured meats and cheeses; Margherita, burrata and speck pizzas; plus black linguine with charred octopus. The last dozen years have seen restaurant groups that originated in Manhattan expanding nationwide, including adding branches in Nassau or Suffolk.

And New American cuisine, which is a colorful fusion of Californian with European and Asian for a deep melting pot, has influenced chefs who create their fare in the kitchens of Italian restaurants. A recent menu at Orto included lasagna Bolognese and eggplant Parmigiana, but also beet gnocchi with poppy-seed brown butter and goat-cheese crema; duck liver mousse with orange mostarda; and striped bass with cauliflower puree, heirloom cabbage, and pancetta. You could look at an Italian menu and tell what season it is. Chef-driven restaurants. Reborn and improved Italian-American classics.

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And steady accounts with Federal Express and local producers. Until the last two decades, finding many ingredients was about as simple as coming up with white truffles on Jones Beach. But remember that the tomato, reflexively associated with Italian food, migrated to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century.

Aztecs used it before Neapolitans did. Olive oil, which used to be the pale, bland sort typically found in gallon tins, is here in varieties from Sicily, Tuscany, Liguria, Puglia, Umbria and other regions. Regulars at markets such as the branches of Iavarone Bros. Chef Gallagher can obtain what he needs within 24 hours or miles, from purveyors abroad or on Long Island. And both he and other chefs also are increasingly making their own products.

I like to go on a whim. People are more open now to try new things. Cacioppo and her husband, Anthony, met Pellegrini while vacationing in Umbria, where he was cooking at an estate. Following the communist revolution in Cuba in , hundreds of thousands of refugees from that island nation also gained admittance to the United States. In , Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, which did away with quotas based on nationality and allowed Americans to sponsor relatives from their countries of origin. As a result of this act and subsequent legislation, the nation experienced a shift in immigration patterns.

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Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. The Immigration and Naturalization Act of , also known as the Hart-Celler Act, abolished an earlier quota system based on national origin and established a new immigration policy based on reuniting immigrant families and attracting skilled labor to the United States. The United States has long been considered a nation of immigrants.

Attitudes toward new immigrants by those who came before have vacillated between welcoming and exclusionary over the years. Thousands of years before Europeans began crossing the vast Atlantic by ship and Ellis Island is a historical site that opened in as an immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years until it closed in More than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island between and —with a whopping 1,, entering the United States in alone. And yet, even during these days of peak immigration, for most passengers hoping to establish new lives in the United States, the Debates over immigration policy have assumed center stage in Washington and have even contributed to a government shutdown.

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