Italian Movie ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Plaza Frontenac Cinema November 10th @ 8:00 pm

Call Me by Your Name

Chiamami con il tuo nome


Friday, Nov. 10 at 8:00pm

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother (Amira Casar), a translator. Although Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. A sensual, transcendent tale of first love — adapted by James Ivory (“Room with a View”) from the acclaimed novel by André Aciman — Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” debuted at Sundance.

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All Souls Day in Sicily

The 1st of November is a national holiday in Italy, known as Tutti i Santi or Ognissanti, which celebrates all saints and is followed by All Souls Day on the 2nd of November, a day devoted to honor loved ones who have passed away.

Il Giorno dei Morti begins at dawn with a somber Mass for the dead, offering prayers and alms for the deceased. After Mass, families visit the graveyard to pay tribute to the faithful who have gone before them. At the cemetery, the graves of family members are decorated with mums and candles.

Yet, the day is not only a solemn affair and the remembrance of the deceased can turn into a celebratory occasion in certain regions, especially in Sicily.

In Sicilian, this ‘day of the dead’ is known as “U juornu re muorti”. Children wake up hoping to find a treat from relatives not yet forgotten. The ‘muorti’ bring presents of toys and sweets. The tradition serves to strengthen family bonds, linking children to family members who have come and gone before them.

All Souls Day

Until a few decades ago, this was in fact the only celebration of the year when children received presents, usually sweets and toys. Today there are many other occasions during the year (Christmas, Epifania, Birthdays, etc.) and the tradition risks to loose its strength. But parents continue to warn their children to behave in hopes that “i bonarmuzza re muorticieddi” (the good souls of the dead) might bring them presents. The young ones wake up on the 2nd of November to hunt for presents that had been hidden around the house.

Frutta Martorana

One of the most common treats is Frutta Martorana, sweets made of almond paste that are expertly crafted to look like fruits. The marzipan delicacies are a specialty in Palermo, Sicily, where they are said to have been first made by nuns at the Monastero della Martorana. The nuns prepared the ‘Frutta’ in honor of a visiting archibishop at Easter time. The bishop was so impressed by the convincing display of fruit and vegetables that he declared that a miracle must have occurred to allow such a bountiful harvest so early in spring.

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151st Fratellanza Anniversary Banquet

The 151st Anniversary Banquet of the Societa Unione E Fratellanza Italiana will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017.  This year’s banquet is being held at Orlando’s in South County.  The address is: 4300 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis MO  63125.  Orlando’s is located just off of Highway 55 at Union Road.

At this year’s Banquet we will be presenting the Antonio Curotto Award.  This is the Membmer of the Year Award and is presented to a member active in the Fratellanza.  This year’s recipient is James Foster, an attorney with McMahone Berger PC.

Fratellanza will also be presenting the Fr. Leo J. Spezia Award.  This award is presented to a non-member that is active in the Italian community.  This year’s recipient is David Passanise owner of Maestro Printing

The cost is $55.00 per person and the ticket prices includes dinner, 4 hour full open bar and dancing.  Additional tickets are available by contacting Bob Hawkins – Banquet Chairman

Bob Hawkins
749 Ridgeside Dr,  Apt.  B
Ballwin MO  63012

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Movie Sneak Preview: ‘Mona Lisa is Missing’

Ciao St Louis and Webster University have made arrangements with the film maker for a sneak preview showing November 2, 2017.

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Browning Hall Webster University – Room 160

Admission: Free

Joe Medeiros, Writer/Director and Justine Mestichelli Medeiros, Producer wail be available for a short discussion after the film.

A man steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. His 84-year-old daughter thought he did it for patriotic reasons. A filmmaker spends more than 30 years trying to find the truth.


Joe Medeiros


Joe Medeiros

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St Louis International Film Festival Nov 2 -12, 2017

J. Kim & Sharon Tucci Italian Focus

Sponsored by Pasta House Co.

Call Me by Your Name

Friday, November 10 at 8:00pm

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend… Read more

Doc Shorts: The Unexpected

Friday, November 10 at 5:00pm

Unusual dispatches from around the globe.

The Leisure Seeker

Saturday, November 4 at 6:45pm

The first film in English by Italian director Paolo Virzi (“Human Capital”), “The Leisure Seeker” — which debuted at the Venice film fest — tells the story of a runaway couple going on an unforgettable cross-country journey in their vintage camper. Seriously ill… Read more

Let Yourself Go

Saturday, November 11 at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 12 at 5:20pm

In this Italian variant on the screwball comedy, an uptight psychologist gets more than just a physical workout when he signs up for personal-training sessions with an attractive young instructor. Toni Sevillo (“The Great Beauty”) is outstanding as Elia, a… Read more

Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream

Sunday, November 12 at 2:45pm

What is an immigrant’s typical experience in America? What does he sacrifice, and what does he gain? “Pizza Shop” provides one family’s answer to those questions, lovingly illustrating what it means for Charlie and Fred Osso, immigrant brothers from Calabria,… Read more

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Team Italy’s Anthony Rizzo wins 2017 Roberto Clemente Award by Roberto Angotti

Chicago Cubs‘ All-Star Italian American first baseman Anthony Rizzo was presented the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award at Minute Maid Park prior to the start of game three of World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers on October 27, 2017. The Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball’s prestigious award that recognizes sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions on and off the field, is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others. Each of the 30 MLB clubs nominate a player, and the winner is announced during the World Series. Anthony Rizzo receives the Roberto Clemente Award. (MLB-com)Although Anthony Rizzohad a one in thirty chance to win the Roberto Clemente Award, it wasn’t the first time that the 28-year-old slugger has had to beat the odds. While a prospect in the Red Sox organization during early 2008, Rizzo was diagnosed with limited state classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The Boston front office as well as Red Sox pitching ace Jon Lester, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, were supportive of Rizzo in his battle against cancer. By beating this life-threatening disease, the sky was the limit for this young man’s future. Now a cancer survivor himself, Rizzo is an inspirational role model who helps cancer patients and their families through the ongoing efforts of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, which has raised more than $4 million since its inception in 2012. In 2017 the foundation made a $3.5 million commitment to Lurie Children’s Hospital, the downtown Chicago facility where Rizzo visits with cancer patients regularly. Anthony Rizzo recently granted $250,000 to the University of Miami Health System and the hometown cancer center where he received treatment while battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Those physical, mental and emotional tests as a Boston Red Sox prospect molded the player into the superstar and fan favorite he is today in Chicago.

It might have been a long shot at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago when 2013 Team Italy hitting coach Mike Piazza and Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo spoke about joining forces to help the Italians in the World Baseball Classic20130305 WBC amichevoli RIZZO Anthony news (Ratti-FIBS)Both Italian Americans trace their ancestral roots to Sicily, both reside in the Miami area, and both share a passion for baseball. What brought these two even closer together was their unconditional love for family, and their admirable respect for their Italian heritage. By sporting “Italia” on their jerseys and participating in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Piazza and Rizzo proved to be true international baseball ambassadors who have helped grow the game in Italy.  Anthony Rizzo’s contributions to Team Italy made Italian baseball history by helping the team advance to the second round in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Beyond the game of baseball, there is a greater good here in the work that the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation does to serve cancer patients and their families for they are the real winners in the race for a cure to combat this deadly disease. Rizzo is honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award. Rizzo said, “Clemente set the bar for all athletes, especially baseball players, with all of his charitable work and giving back.”  Roberto Clemente, a Hall of Fame outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, died on New Year’s Eve 1972 during a relief mission to earthquake-damaged Nicaragua, when a plane delivering relief supplies exploded shortly after takeoff and crashed in the Atlantic Ocean. Previous Roberto Clemente Award winners within the last 10 years include Albert PujolsDerek JeterDavid OrtizClayton KershawCarlos Beltran, and Paul Konerko.

by Roberto Angotti


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Raido Italia Cleveland Podcast for 10/28/2017

Radio Italia Cleveland 10/28/2017

Join Tony Marotta of Radio Italia of Celeveland tonight on WRUW-FM 91.1 or on the internet at from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for two hours of new and classic Italian music. Serie A soccer scores and local Italian community news and events! Tune in and don’t miss out!

Adriano Valle & Gabriella Piccinini
Marcella Bella
Tarantanova Sound
Pino Gioia
Giovanni Costello
Sugarpie & The Candymen
Antonio Onorato
Maria Giovanna Cherchi
The Swing Brothers – Sergio Caputo & Francesco Baccini
Gianni Nannini
Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana
Vanessa Racci
Premiata Forneria Marconi
Ambra Angiolini
Claudio Villa
Remo Anzonvino
Massimo Ranieri
Connie Francis
Padre Alfonso Maria Parente
I Jaguari

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By Lora

Bones of the Dead Cookies-Ossa di Morto

The bones of the dead cookies (ossa di morto) are almond cookies that are traditionally eaten on November 2nd (All Soul’s Day, or Day of the Dead) which falls right after All Saint’s Day. In Italy it is called ponte 1-2 Novembre (the bridge of the 1st and 2nd of November) and schools are closed and depending where you are in Italy, probably many businesses.

Bones of the Dead Cookies-Ossa di Morto

Halloween isn’t an Italian holiday, although I know it is becoming more and more popular with kids (and even adults) in Italy. You can even find many Italian food bloggers posting fun and spooky Halloween recipes. But traditionally, this time period was always very solemn in Italy. Today (All Soul’s Day-Giorno dei Morti)is a day when you are supposed to pass by the cemetery and bring flowers to remember your loved ones. While you’re there, you should spiff up the graves of your family members and you may even find some people spending time there in remembrance of their loved ones for hours. But that may happen only in Sicily.

My dear cousin Alessio sent me a photo this weekend of my family’s grave in Sicily. The granite marker has the photo of my dad, my nonno Giuseppe (my grandfather), my nonna Mattia (my grandmother), my zio Giovanni (my uncle Giovanni that I never met that died on his 19th birthday), my great grandparents from my nonno Giuseppe’s side. All 6 of them are buried in this family grave. So much history can be found walking around the cemetery. So much of my own family history can be discovered exploring the different angles of this peaceful resting place overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Sicily.

Bones of the Dead Cookies-Ossa di Morto

 The bones of the dead cookies (ossa di morto) can be found at bakeries only for the All Soul’s Day (Day of the Dead) holiday in Italy. I was talking yesterday with a friend that just moved here from the Abruzzo region of Italy and she said she’s never seen a cookie for All Soul’s Day where she is from. Now I’m not saying it doesn’t exist in Abruzzo, but maybe just in her area she’s never seen it.

The ones that are made in Sicily are made with cloves and the dough is supposed to rest for 1-3 days. I’m not sure I have the patience to wait 3 days to put my cookies in the oven to bake, but perhaps next year. In Tuscany they are called ossi di morto and it’s served with Vin Santo. Ossi da morto from the Veneto region are made with white wine, baking soda and even potato starch (Italians use potato starch in a lot of baking recipes). In some parts of Sicily they are called scardellini and in Little Italy of New Orleans, they have one bakery that is famous for their Skidelina (maybe a different spelling of scardellini?). There are also cookies for All Soul’s Day (Day of the Dead)called Fave da morto,  fave dei morti or fave dolci. There is a a great reference to fava beans and death in Italy. In the Lombardy region where my in-laws live (and this is a typical recipe from that area), they are also called ossa da mordere and in dialect oss de mord. In Naples (Campania region) you can find torrone dei morti. In Sicily in some parts you will find this cookies covered with chocolate. You can also find Pan dei Morti in Lombardia, and le Fave dei Morti in Emilia – Romagna. So many different recipes and names all over Italy for this one occasion’s sweets.

When you really think about the name and the shape of the cookie, it is sort of macabre and even creepy. I couldn’t tell my kids that these were “bones of the dead”, as they probably would run instead of thinking they were cool! The cookies are shaped long and skinny and when you pile them all up together, it does look like a bunch of bones. But they sure are delicious and creepy cookies!!
Bones of the Dead Cookies-Ossa di Morto
Ossi da morto cookies are made in Italy shortly after the season’s first almonds are harvested in September. I wish I could say I was in Sicily trying the season’s just harvested almonds…maybe one day! There are recipes that include almonds and hazelnuts. I made mine with almonds and also the Italian liqueur called Nocino (a liqueur from Emilia Romagna made with unripe walnuts). Don’t get confused in thinking the cookie texture will be like a typical Italian biscotto. Biscotti are crunchy, but not as crunchy as these cookies. The cookies are more hard and crisp than chewy (maybe like the texture of a bone!).
These cookies are so perfect to dip in your hot coffee, espresso or even a glass of wine. The dough is pretty easy to put together and the shaping is also very simple. I portioned out the dough into 4 pieces and rolled it into a long snake. I cut that first long log in half, and then cut it into small sections. The pieces were about 3 inches long. It ended up being 3 trays with 12 cookies. Each cookie will not end up being the same, and I suppose that also makes them look more “bone like”. I offered them to our friends that came over for an impromptu barbecue before trick or treating last night, and everyone loved them. Just warn your loved ones and friends before they take a bite, as I did, that they are very crunchy. I added a little bit of whole wheat flour, but feel free to use only all-purpose flour. I have seen recipes that use yeast and some that use baking powder. This recipe is without any leavening agent.
Yield: 3 Dozen CookiesAuthor: Savoring ItalyPrint Recipe


A typical cookie that is hard and crunchy and full of wonderful spices. This is a cookie that varies from region to region to Italy and is eaten to remember loved ones that have left us on All Soul’s Day.



  • 3 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teasoon of ground cloves
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Nocino (or another Italian liqueur, white wine or even water)
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting



  1. Line 3 cookie sheets with a parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar. Add in the egg white mixed with the vanilla and beat on medium speed for a minute or two until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, ground almonds, grated lemon zest and spices.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until combined, stopping the mixer to scrape the sides of the bowl and combine all the flour.
  5. Add 1 Tablespoon of the Nocino (or other liqueur or water). Add in more 1 teaspoon at a time if needed until the dough is combined (but not too wet).
  6. Remove the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let chill for about 30-45 minutes. While dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  7. Lightly flour a clean counter or a pastry board. Cut the dough into 4 parts. Roll the first part of dough into a rope that is about 18 inches long. Cut the rope into two parts. Cut the first section into cookies that are about 3 inches long and about 1/2 inch thick. Line them up with some space between them on a the first baking tray. Press down a little on the cookie. Continue the process with the other parts of the dough.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges just start to turn golden brown. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.
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5 Italian Healthy Living Secrets That Will Change Your Life

Don’t forget your daily passeggiata.


You’d be forgiven for thinking that eating lots of carbs, drinking alcohol, being unemployed, and possibly smoking would be a recipe for poor health. But in its most recent Global Health Index, Bloomberg just revealed that the Italians—even with their struggling economy, relatively high tobacco use, and low spending on healthcare—are in fact the healthiest citizens on earth.

Using data from the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Division, and the World Bank, the study’s authors graded 163 nations on factors like life expectancy, causes of death, and various health risks—obesity, malnutrition, and high blood pressure among them. Italy ended up with a score of 93.11. For comparison’s sake, the United States ended up in 34th place (just before Croatia but behind Costa Rica) with an abysmal score of 73.05.

In light of this news, we caught up with Natalie Kennedy, proprietor of the delightful expat blog An American in Romeand a contributor to Live Like an Italian, for her on-the-ground advice for any Americans who might wish to adopt a more Italian way of life for the sake of their health. She suggested these five lifestyle changes to make for you to be number one while your fellow countrymen dilly-dally all the way down in 34th place. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out The 100 Easiest Ways to Be a Healthier Man Right Now.

Yes, Adopt a Mediterranean Diet

There’s a reason Italy has an obesity rate more than 5 points lower than nearby Great Britain. And no, this does not mean you should start chomping on pizza every night. It simply boils down to one core concept: “everything in moderation.” No one counts calories or cheat days. Italians just focus on eating well—fresh meats and vegetables, and sauces that are “homemade,” says Kennedy, “rather than canned atrocities loaded up with cream, salt, and sugar.” For more healthy eating advice, here are 10 Painless Ways to Upgrade Your Diet.

Work Less

“Leisure time is taken very seriously in Italy,” says Kennedy. The average Italian puts in 36 hours per week. On top of that, national laws cap labor at 40 hours per week, with no more than 8 additional hours of overtime. If any employee exceeds those limits, their employer faces fines. Oh, and Italians also get a blessed four weeks of vacation time per year. “The first thing Italians like to ask Americans is, ‘Is it true you only get two weeks of vacation a year!?’ ” Yes, it’s true. And yes, we’re jealous.

Connect More with Your Loved Ones

By working less, you get the added benefit of enjoying time with the wife, kids, friends—maybe even the folks. Alone time is essential, but “nothing can bum you out faster than feeling isolated,” says Kennedy. “Italians rely upon friends and family.”

Also, they’re not afraid to reach out to their social networks to stay connected. If an Italian ever needs help with something, they—in the vein of every mob movie, ever—“always know a guy.”

Go on a Pre-Dinner Walk

Start taking a passeggiata—what the Italians call a daily walk before dinner—which is something of a national pastime. “It is the break between work and play, a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors, and a good excuse for a bit of exercise,” says Kennedy. “But not too much exercise. Remember: everything in moderation.”

Develop a Healthy Relationship with Alcohol

“Italian living is about enjoyment, not excess,” says Kennedy. To that end, most Italians will uncork a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass or two with dinner—without even thinking about it.” On the other hand, the binge drinking that is so prevalent in America and elsewhere in Europe is basically unheard of. So enjoy that glass, don’t chug it. And for more amazing advice for living smarter, looking better, feeling younger, and playing harder.


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