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Second Edition 2017

Volume 19 / Issue Two

Lorella Cuccarini, Italy's Answer to Oprah

After years of immense success as a singer and dancer on television, she has become the most successful figure in the talk show arena, on Italian television, considered by the world media as “the Italian Oprah.”

Lorella’s pure heart, and humility remain so evident to this day, even after years of enormous success in various fields of her life and career, including dancing and music, theatre, and philanthropy. Skies open when a star is born. Lorella is not only a star but also a true role model, especially to young women, thanks to her pure heart and genuine intentions. A true breath of fresh air, and a real representative of Italianship, something so rare yet, refreshing in show business.

In Every Issue

  • Publisher’s Note
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Travel/Hidden Treasures
  • Italian Language
  • Genealogy/My Italian Family
  • Readers’ Corner
  • Reviews
  • Wine and Spirits
  • Subscription Form
  • Advertisers’ Index


The Second Edition 2017 includes:

  • Lorella Cuccarini: Italy's Daytime Diva
  • From Connecticut to Brianza: Interview with Paolo Virzi, Director of "Human Capital"
  • The First Italian Jesuits of America's Wild West
  • Venice - The Art of Glass Making and Museum of Glass in Murano
  • Chianti Classico - We Celebrate the Wine's 300th Anniversary
  • Italian Recipes: From Swordfish with Olives and Capers to Zucchini Soup
  • A Tribute to John Scarpati and the Mercer County Italian American Festival

    COVER FEATURE - Lorella Cuccarini

    Italian immigrants who live in the United States are very familiar with Lorella Cuccarini. You have admired Lorella dancing in the Italian production version of the fabulous musical GREASE or watched her dancing a spectacular number on one of the many major prime time shows. Broadcasting also via satellite, from Italy to America through the Italian TV network RAI. Her incredible dancing talent even had Beyonce admitting to the media, that Lorella has inspired her video of ‘Run The World-Girls” by repeating a choreography which Lorella created and performed on a previous show, years before Beyonce’.


    From Connecticut to Brianza :  Cynical, callous and obsessed with money. The film that represented Italy in the Academy Awards foreign film category, “Human Capital”, has managed to infuriate much of Northern Italy. Primo Magazine has met the film’s director, Paolo Virzì. Despite the film’s critical and box-office success, Paolo Virzì hasn’t been able to bask in the limelight. In fact, he’s had to sweat out a heated controversy. Shortly after the film’s Italian premier in January 2014, many residents from the Brianza area, led by right-wing party members, accused Virzì of stereotyping Brianza residents.

    Italian Jesuits of the Wild West : Jesuit priests who responded to the challenge never saw their homeland or families again. Many of them were killed by American Indians. Jesuit leaders looked to Italy for new volunteers to make up the shortfall of Christian missionaries. From 1840-1900 some 70 Italian Jesuits (priests, seminarians or lay brothers) reached the Northwest region of this country where they started new parishes. This is the story of three of the first Italian Jesuits to come to America’s untamed west.

    Venice - The Art of Glass Making and Museum of Glass in Murano : The new Museum of Glass in Murano, which was recently reopened to the public after a lengthy restoration, is dedicated to the extraordinary magic of this matter made “of sand and fire” and to its ancient history. Thanks to the use of European funds the historic rooms of Palazzo Giustiniani, the seat of the institution since 1861, have returned to life to recover a great portion of the “Conterie”, the ancient factory of glass pearl, located next door, and now used for exhibitions.

    300 Years of Chianti Classico :The Chianti we know today has changed so much over the past three hundred years from being a high quantity produced table wine to a high quality wine with plenty of complexities and nuances to satisfy wine consumers around the world.

    Fresh and Fantastic : Declicious recipes from Italy with beautiful photographs.

    Scarpati's Way - A Festa and More in New Jersey : Cav. John Scarpati knew well the demographics of his home area in New Jersey when he started the Mercer County Italian American Festival 18 years ago. The top ethnic group in the region - 15 percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau - are Italians. An informal breakfast meeting among friends persuaded him to pursue the goal of an annual event celebrating Italian heritage.



    • Publisher’s Note: How a Resident of Duluth, Minnesota Saved a 100-Year-Old Italian Church
    • Hidden Treasures - Travel: Christ The Abyss, San Fruttuoso
    • Language: Excerpt from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in English and Italian - Sherlock Holmes
    • Wine & Spirits:  Centerba Toro - The Pride of Abruzzo Comes with a Strong Alcohol Punch
    • Readers' Corner: "The Cat Man of Jumel Place" by Anthony and Amelio Paolucci
    • Readers' Corner: "The Hero of Capracotta" by Donna Gaito Piccillo
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