“A History of Modern Italy” by author Anthony L Cardoza

Transformation and Continuity, 1796 to the Present”

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Author Anthony Cardoza will be interviewed by Professor Franco Andreucci, former Professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa

A History of Modern Italy addresses the question of how Italy’s modern history–from its prolonged process of nation-building in the nineteenth century to the crises of the last two decades–has produced a paradoxical blend of hyper-modernity and traditionalism that sets the country apart in the broader context of Western Europe.

Anthony L. Cardoza is a Professor of Modern European History at Loyola University Chicago, with a research specialization in nineteenth and twentieth century Italy and Fascism. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1969, and his Ph.D in History from Princeton University in 1975, before accepting a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome in 1976. He is the author or co-author of five books on Italian history. His Agrarian Elites and Italian Fascism: The Province of Bologna, 1901-1926 (Princeton, 1982), won the 1983 Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies. Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy: The Piedmontese Nobility 1861-1930 (Cambridge, 1997) was awarded the American Historical Association’s 1998 Marraro Prize for the best book in any area of Italian and Italian-American history. Cardoza is also the author of Benito Mussolini: The First Fascist (Pearson-Longman, 2006) and co-authored with Geoffrey Symcox The History of Turin/La Storia di Torino (Einaudi, 2008), in addition to The History of Modern Italy: Transformation and Continuity (Oxford, 2018).

Franco Andreucci has been a professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa, where he taught from 1976 until his retirement in 2013. He has also been a visiting professor in Barcelona, Marburg, Chicago, as well as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His scholarship explores European political history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interests in the fields of the history of socialism, Marxism, and German social democracy. He is the author of several articles and books on these topics, including his latest work, Da Gramsci a Occhetto. Nobiltà e miseria del Partito comunista italiano 1921-1991, Pisa, Della Porta Editori, 2014.

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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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SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO ALREADY “HUNGRY” FOR 2019 in St. Louis May 4, 2019 Special Pre-Sale Offer



Comedian, Actor and Best-Selling Author Announces
Stay Hungry Tour Dates for Next Year

 Additional Run of Dates Come on the Heels of Maniscalco Selling Out Three Shows at Madison Square Garden and Adding a Fourth Jan. 19-20

Set to Return to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” on Nov. 5, 2018

Los Angeles, Calif. –Billboard opined last month comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco “is starting the new year at the top of the comedy game,” when announcing he would be taking the Madison Square Garden stage on Saturday, January 19, 2019. They weren’t wrong. Additional shows sold out as quickly as they were added. Dubbed “one of standup comedy’s breakthrough performers” in a recent CBS Sunday Morning profile, and “the comedian’s comedian” by PEOPLE, Maniscalco is set to perform four shows at the famous venue (three of them already sold out) Jan. 19-20.

On these heels of that career milestone comes news that his wildly successful Stay Hungry Tour will continue through May 18, 2019 with over 30 stops across the U.S. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at 10:00 am local time.  Maniscalco is also set to return to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” on Nov. 5 to discuss his upcoming appearances at Madison Square Garden and 2019 tour. Check local listings for time.

Distinguished by the New York Times as having his “own kind of panache,” Maniscalco’s live performances have become critically-acclaimed events “embraced with thundering applause and tear-inducing laughter,” according to a recent Billboard review which described his Sept. 8, sold-out Greek Theatre performance as “devastatingly full-force comedy.”

With a string of record-breaking sold-out comedy appearances, a best-selling memoir Stay Hungry (available in paperback Nov. 13), five sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall earlier this year, an appearance in the summer film TAG as well as appearances in upcoming fall films Cruise and Green Book (winner of Toronto Film Fest’s 2018 People’s Choice Award), 2018 has been a milestone year, culminating in Maniscalco receiving Billboard’s inaugural Comedian of the Year award this November. And 2019 is already shaping up to be another banner year for one of Forbes’ Highest Paid Comedians. With a role in Martin Scorsese’s 2019 picture The Irishman as well as a new Netflix special coming early next year, Maniscalco can also add playing FOUR nights at ‘The Garden’ to his list of accomplishments.

2019 Stay Hungry Tour Dates:

1/11/19            Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall           Portland, OR
1/12/19            Moore Theatre                                     Seattle, WA
1/19/19            Madison Square Garden (7 & 10 pm) New York, NY*      1/20/19            Madison Square Garden (7 & 10 pm) New York, NY*
1/24/19            Taft Theatre                                        Cincinnati, OH
1/25/19            Palace Theatre                                     Columbus, OH
1/26/19            Connor Palace                                     Cleveland, OH
1/31/19            Warner Theatre                                   Erie, PA
2/1/19              Shea’s Performing Arts Center           Buffalo, NY
2/7/19              Carpenter Theatre                               Richmond, NY
2/8/19              MGM National Harbor                       Washington DC
2/21/19            Morris Performing Arts Center       South Bend, IN
2/22/19            Coronado Performing Ars Center      Rockford, IL
2/23/19            Peoria Civic Center                            Peoria, IL
2/28/19            Hershey Theatre                                 Hershey, PA
3/1/19              Heinz Hall                                           Pittsburgh, PA
3/2/19              Sands                                                   Bethlehem, PA
3/8/19              Eccles Theatre                                     Salt Lake City, UT
3/9/19              Grand Sierra Resort                            Reno, NV
3/22/19            Paramount Theatre                             Denver, CO
3/23/19            Arvest Bank Theatre                     Kansas City, MO
3/28/19            Tobin Center                                       Antonio, TX
3/29/19            Paragon Casino                                   Marksville, LA
3/30/19            Beau Rivage                                       Biloxi, MS
4/5/19              Fox Theatre                                        Detroit, MI
4/6/19              DeVos Performance Hall                    Grand Rapids, MI
4/12/19            Millennium Theater                            Tunica, MS
4/13/19            TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater   Nashville, TN
4/18/19            Paramount Theatre                      Cedar Rapids, IA
4/19/19            Hoyt Sherman Place                           Des Moines, IA
4/20/19            Brown Theatre                                    Louisville, KY
5/3/19              Egyptian Old National Centre             Indianapolis, IN
5/4/19              Stifel Theatre                                      St. Louis, MO
5/17/19            Humphrey’s Concerts                         San Diego, CA
5/18/19            Celebrity Theatre                                Phoenix, AZ

*Previously Announced

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The Works of Angelo Corrubia

Watch for more information about a private tour of the special exhibition of the works of Angelo Corrubia by Dr. Julie Dunn-Morton

Dr. Julie Dunn-Morton is the Curator of Fine Art Collections at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dr. Dunn-Morton received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Delaware with research on American Neoclassical sculpture and art patronage in St. Louis.

After serving as Docent and Tour Programs Manager at the Delaware Art Museum, Julie joined the Mercantile staff in 2002. Here her exhibition credits include Missouri Splendor: St. Louis Artists and the Landscape (2006), Billy O’Donnell: Painting Missouri (2008), One Artist’s Journey: The Life and Work of James Godwin Scott (2009) and Selections from the St. Louis Mercantile Library Art Museum (2015). In 2007 she authored 160 Years of Art at the St. Louis Mercantile Library: A Handbook to the Collections; a revised edition of the handbook is forthcoming in 2021. She continues research for a catalogue raisonné. She continues research for a catalogue raisonné of the works of Frederick Oakes Sylvester.

We will be scheduling a special tour of the exhibition at the Library in late October or early November.  Watch for more information.


As a young man in Italy, Corrubia developed his early interest in art by sketching the
classical architecture that surrounded him. This exhibition will display Corrubia’s work while living in St. Louis in the 1930s. His sensitive eye saw the beauty in St. Louis buildings, both old and new, even when their condition reflected the economic hardships of the Depression era. These works reflect both the artistic traditions of Corrubia’s Italian heritage and the aesthetic of his artistic colleagues in St. Louis, where he was an active part of the local and regional art community.

Corrubia’s career as an architect also brought him deserved fame and notoriety. Of
specific interest to the Italian-American community, he designed St. Ambrose Church and the Sacred Heart Convent (aka The Villa).

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St. Louis Italian Club Meeting Honoring Rudolph Torrini. 

Preview of October  Meeting: 

The Italian Heritage Award presented Posthumously to St. Louis Artist & Sculptor, Rudolph Edward Torrini

Join us for the annual Italian Heritage Award Night honoring Rudolph Torrini.  The evening will begin at 6:30 with appetizers and a cash bar in the patio area of Favazza’s followed by dinner.  We will then move to our usual location in the banquet center where Drs. Gene Mariani and Roger Gennari will pay tribute to Rudolph “Rudy” Torrini in a presentation about the life and accomplishments of our 2018 Italian Heritage Award Honoree.

Rudy Torrini was born in 1923 and died in 2018.  He was an internatallly known artis-sculptor.  One of his most famous works is the statue of the Italian Immigrants in front of St. Ambrose Church.  He has many other pieces here in the St. Louis area, including a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Madonna statue in Kirkwood, and the martyred nuns of Ruma, Illinois.  He studied at Washington University in the School of Fine Arts and in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Besides his art, he was an accomplished jazz musician, playing the clarinet and the soprano saxophone.  We have been honored to have him in St. Louis and to claim him as one of us.

The award is presented posthumously and Mr. Torrini’s son will accept the award for him.


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ItaliAmo – Free Course of Italian Language and Culture, A1 Level, for iOS and Android devices

Be sure to select ‘EN’ (English) in to top corner of the application once you download.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has developed, in cooperation with IED [European Design Institute] and Ovosodo, the “ItaliAmo” app, which offers a free Italian language and culture A1 level course for iOS and Android devices.

The course seeks to become a new interactive tool to teach Italian and promote the excellence of Italy’s culture and products abroad.

The course, which is available free of charge on Google Play and App Store, is organised in ten steps set in ten Italian cities or regions. It is meant to be a journey to discover Italy along with Leo and Lisa, modern day versions of two famed historical persons, Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa.

Each step is divided into four sections, i.e. dialogue, expressions, exercises and culture. Currently available in English and Chinese, the app will be translated into the major languages by the end of the year.

With this app, users may interactively learn the basics of Italian language while discovering the artistic and cultural heritage of our country and the excellence of Made in Italy products. This is a truly cutting edge project in the field of language learning with an innovative graphic design.

Click here to visualize the QR code to download the application.


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St. Ambrose Dinner Auction

A wonderful night for The Hill community to come out, eat great food and support Saint Ambrose School. Dinner, drinks, silent auction and a live auction make for a fun and exciting night raising money for a great cause!

  • Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6 PM
  • Rose of The Hill

    2300 Edwards St, St. Louis 63110
  • Hosted by St. Ambrose Forever
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