231 Mostly young people, descendants of Amesenese immgrants to Chicago Heights step lively carrying the flags of Italy, the US, and Amaseno in the annual San Lorenzo (patron saint of Amaseno) and San Rocco procession which was revived by the post war immigrants to Chicago Heights in the 1960s.
131 From the 1950's to the 1970's, the Vincenzo and Arccursia LoGiudice family lived in Gary, Indiana near his father, Salvatore LoGiudice and his mother Carmela Ciancimino. It was a mixed neighborhood of Serbs, Poles, Croatians and few other Italians. He worked at a division of U.S. Steel and as a pizza maker. When the marriage failed and Vincenzo returned to Sicily. Left to right, Accursia (Gallo), son Salvatore, daughter Carmelina, Vincenzo and his mother Carmela. Carmelina went on to study in Bologna through Indiana University and developed a career teaching Romance languages and English as a Second Language in addition to performing Italian pop and folk music.
205 A signature achievement of John Bucci was the creation for ENIT of 1:2 scale working model of the Trevi Fountain. Bucci reworked the model and soon the Revi Fountain was traveling to local festivals as well as the Milwaukee Festa Italiana, Canton, Ohio, New Jersey, Syracuse, New York. Here Bucci and his Fountain are featured in an article promoting the St. Anthony of Padua Festival in Wilmington, Delaware.
242 Diva Spinozzi Pulcini at age 96 in 2010 proudly shows off a photo portrait of her. It was a gift from her husband Mario with the title joking title he made for it, "Brutta Bellissima" roughly translated as "Ugly most beautiful" or "Malafemina." Mario Pulcini's emigration to Chicago Heights was based on a classic international love affair.
66 A joyous Diva Spinozzi was "Queen of the World" on the Vulcania steaming toward Italy in her 1947 trip to reunite with her long distance fiance', Carlo Mario Pulcini. She had originally met him when he came to Chicago as part of the Italo Balbo entourage at the 1933 World's Fair and somehow they continued their correspondence even during World War II.
208 Dominic Gambino poses in his Melrose Park Tony's Finer Foods in front of the mural of his hometown , Ciminna, Sicily. Part of a family chain migration, Dominic came to Chicago in 1968 to a job prearranged by relatives as a tool and die maker, even though he had absolutely no experience in the field. He learned the job quickly and held a full time position at Chicago Cutting and Die for 27 years. As a part time occupation he partnered with his nephew Tony Ingraffia, to take over a grocery store on Fullerton Avenue. Working days as a tool and die maker and nights managing "Tony's," left Gambino almost no free time. But the enterprise grew, adding stores in the city limits and then the suburbs. Eventually Dominic gave up his day job (1995) to devote himself full time to Tony's chain of seven superstores.
87 Carmine Romano came to Chicago from San Salvatore (Benevento) in January 1958 and began working as a tailor at Kuppenheimer's. His wife Maria, and sons Tony and Mario joined him in June 1958. A fictional account of the family's experiences in the Grand and Western Avenue neighborhood appears in Tony's books "When The World Was Young" and "If You Eat, You Never Die." [use italics for book titles]
Carmine Romano came to Chicago from in January 1958 and began working as a tailor at Kuppenheimer's. His wife Maria, and sons Tony and Mario joined him in June 1958. Also pictured, cousin Linda. A fictional account of the family's experiences in the Grand and Western Avenue neighborhood appears in Tony's books "When The World Was Young" and "If You Eat, You Never Die."
Tina Di Monte and Antonio Bartucci of Pasta Fresh show off their masterpieces at their shop in Piazza Italia on Harlem Avenue. Suppliers of specialty egg pasta to Chicago's finest restaurants, Pasta Fresh capitalizes on near-universal respect and love for Italian food traditions. to find success in Chicago. Note especially the iconic flour "volcano" in the right foreground---the time-honored method for mixing egg and flour in exactly the right proportions.
Diva Spinozzi Pulcini at age 96 in 2010 proudly shows off a photo portrait of her. It was a gift from her husband Mario with the title joking title he made for it, "Brutta Bellissima" roughly translated as "Ugly most beautiful" or "Malafemina." Mario Pulcini's emigration to Chicago Heights was based on a classic international love affair.
From the 1950's to the 1970's, Vincenzo LoGiudice ended up living in Gary, Indiana where his father, Salvatore LoGiudice and his mother Carmela Ciancimino lived, in a mixed neighborhood of Serbs, Poles, Croatians and few other Italians. He worked at American Bridge Co., a division of U.S. Steel by day and as a pizza maker at night, before the marriage failed and Vincenzo returned to Sicily. Daughter (left), Carmelina went on to study in Bologna through Indiana University's Junior Year Abroad program and develop a career teaching Romance languages and English as a Second Language in addition to performing Italian pop and folk music. She is also a registered song writer in Nashville, Tennessee.
198 Luciano Silvestri welcomed Tony Bennett to Bruna's on Oakley in the 198 attended hospitaliy school in Gaeta in his early twenties and became the Maitre d' at an exclusive restaurant in London where he got to know many Bennett and many other celebrities.
Paul Ciminello visits a classroom in his home town of Campofelice De Roccella to answer questions about the differences between Ameican and Italian culture. In striking contrast to the old immigrants, the post World War II immigrants have been able to stay in touch with their homeland---to Americanize and at the same time to maintain a bicultural identity. And Italy has changed too. Globalization has both Americanized and Europeanized modern Italian life.
212 When Italian Cabinet Member Romano Prodi visited Chicago in 1998, there was an elaborate reception for him at the Villa Scalabrini. Among the dignitaries was Cardinal George and , of course, musical support was provided by the Paul Ciminello Orchestra.
177 Tony Concialdi came from Caccamo to Chicago in 1953 at age 18 after serving formany years as an apprentice to a barber in his home town. For a time, the male members of his immigrant family lived in a hot dark attic before moving to an apartment then a two-flat. They pooled their income and soon were able to buy a car and bring over the rest of the family. Tony went toEnglish classes at Wells High School and then barber college before entering his lifelong occupation. Above he shows off his artistry perfomred on Charlie DeButch, a 4th generation Italian Americanat Tony's Style Shop in LaGrangePark.
219 Celebrating Carnevale in full costume are Joe Monastero, Paul Ciminello, Dino Porto, and Salvy (Salvatore) Monastero. Though not as popular with American born Italians who had grouwn up with Halloween, Carnevale had a special place in the memories of the new immigrants. This event took place in 1999 at Monastero's Botticelli Banquet Room sponsored by the Comitato Civico Caccamesi Chicago.
206 Renato Turano with a bust of his father, Mariano. The family business grew from a small home delivery operation in the early 1960s to become one of the largest Italian baking companies in the USA with massive plants in Chicago, Georgia and Florida. In the late 1990s he led the establishment of Casa Italia and in 2006 was elected Senatore, representing North America in the Italian Senate.
189 Francesco Ribaudo was born In Naples into a family of artists in 1931. Through his wide reputation in traditional art and through the advocacy of his sculptor friends Mario and Clemente Spampinato, Congressman Frank Annunzio introduced in 1967 a Special Act of Congress that allowed Ribaudo to bypass immigration restrictions and come to Chicago. A favorite of the Chicago archdiocese and area Catholic churches and the Italian Cultrual Center, Ribaudo’s specialty was the fresco style mural. He is pictured here in his Oak Park studio.
199 After a stint as a maitre d' in London, Luciano Silvestri became a waiter of a cruise ship, according to him the original "Love Boat." It was on the Love Boat that he met and married Iona and came to live in Chicago. After working in a downtown restaurant for a few years, Silvestri bought Bruna's at 24th and Oakley. He had fallen in love with the neighborhood, a comfortable and friendly Italian village in the middle of Chicago. He looks back nostalgically on the 1980s when customers stood in line outside his and the other restaurants in the neigborhood for hours waiting for a table.
144 At age 18 in 1959 Tony Napoli dreamed of a musical career as a lead singer. He changed his career plans when he met his future wife, __________. Between his activities as a cutter at Hart Schaffner and Marx, as a leader in the union there, as a radio broadcaster, Sicilian Band member (and president) and president of the San Giovanni Bosco Society, Napoli has lived a very Italian life in Chicago since migrating from Ciminna as a pre-teen.
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Eligio Minini holds up the bullet-scarred and faded Italian flag that he carried into a battle in which he narrowly escaped death as a 17 year old patriota on April 29, 1945 near Treppo Grande (Udine). Based on his father's US citizenship, Minini was able to migrate to America in 1946 where he served in the army during the Korean War and later became a leader of the thriving Friulani or Furlan community in Chicago.
Architectual model makers Attilio (father) and Lucio (son) Savoia in the late 1940s created a 1:100 replica of the Vatican. After five years to research and construction, the completed work was so well received that they brought it on tour to the US. The reception in Chiago was so positive that Lucio determined to stay. He built a successful career in his field, albeit modeling skyscrapers instead of cathedrals. Savoia also taught art at the Italian Cultural Center and this Vatican model is on permanent display as Casa italia.
179 Born in Campofelice D'Italia, Sicily, Josette Mentesana came to Chicago with her parents as a pre-teen. He we see her graduating from the University of Chicago in _____ with a masters degree in _____. She would have preferred to go to Rosary College but was rejected despite efforts by Fr. Pierini to help her gain admission. As Pierini explained to Josette’s parents, “Rosary had already reached its quota of Italians.”
38 From the streets of Campofelice Di Roccella to the bright lights of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Paul Ciminello played for elegant brunches at this major Chicago Hotel for many years. His superb American and Italian songbook and his charming Italian accent made him a big hit.
4 Antonino Ciminello went from Sicily to Africa to work as a civilian colonist. He opened up a barber shop and had a partnership in a stone quarry. He intended to bring all of his family to Africa, but the war came and he was taken prisoner. At the end of the war he returned to Sicily in a red suit destitute. Postwar conditions nudged him to accept in 1954 an invitation to join his brother Sam in Chicago. Thus, in a twenty year period he went from being a colonist in Africa to an immigrant in Chicago.
197 An immigrant from Sicily, Maria De Marco spent most of her career as a social worker and in retirement teaches Italian at Triton College. Here she is shown receiving an award for her work with senior citizens. One of her sons is an engineer at FermiLab.
31Maria Ungaro De Vito from Mola di Bari earned a diploma as "Maestra di Taglio" with a test score of 10 out of 10. Not long afterward, she found herself in Chicago working for Hart Schaffner and Marx. Eventually she set up shop at home and was much sought-after as the designer and maker of exclusive wedding dresses.
225 New immigrants from Ciminna, their children and grand children celebrate the Feast of San Crosifisso on the grounds of Casa Italia in the 1990s. Tony Napoli, president is seen here in a business suit and fasce. Access to the facilities at Casa Italia and continuing communication between the immigrants and thier hometowns reinforce these ancient traditions.
145 Many of the young male immgrants interviewed for this book had pictures of themselves in cowboy outfits. Hopalong Cassidy was all the rage in the 1960s and an important symbol of the Americanization of the younger generation was to be the All-American Cowboy. Ironically, Luigi Scortino (left) bought into the cowboy culture, but steadfastly retained his Italianita` and his Italian citizenship and has served as the president of Chicago Comites. Luigi (5) and Agostino (12) sport their western gear at their home in Buffalo, NY in 1965.
C19 hicago Heights friends and relatives celebrated joyously the return of Dominic Sesto on his return from serving 13 months in India during World War II. Service in World War II made Americans out of second generations Italian Americans and distinguished them from new immigrants--the "Greenhorns." Seated: Dominic Sesto, Antoinette Tripodi, Adeline Compagnoni, Al Raso, Philomena Sesto, and Josephine Longo. Standing: Angelo Ciambrone, Mike Stabile, Helen Sesto and Cathy Necastro.
166 Just five years after his arrival in Chicago from are refugee camp, John Bucci designed and built the "Sabre" which was displayed at the New York World's Fair in 1964. Bucci continues for the next 50 years to contribute his creative talents to the Italian Cultural Center, Italian Government Tourist Office tradeshow exhibits, and to Italian festivals around the nation with his Trevi Fountain replica.
58 Antonio Petrongelli's 1949 letter arranging the emigration of his 17 year old son Americo from Amaseno to Chicago Heights translates "Then cousins, regarding the trip (expenses) we agree that it all will be paid back to you by my son Americo and as soon as he is settled, God willing, my passion is to bring everyone to America. We cannot go on here any longer because of the high cost of everything." in anoother letter he wrote, “Siamo rimasti senza patria e senza pane” (We have been left without our country and without bread).
36 Angelo Battaglia came with his family to Elmhurst in the 1950s and had a difficult time landing a jobe because he did not know the language. On several occasions when he took his son, Giacinto (Josh) to help him on job interviews, the prospective employers be-rated them for even imagining that he could qualify for a job without knowing the language, Undoubtedly, that kind of treatment led many immigrants to create their own businesses. It was not long before Angelo and his brothers dug in and remodeled a Chinese laundry to house "Two Brothers from Italy Restaurant" in Elmhurst.
The headlines tell it all. The hardworking Liotta sisters: Grace, (24) Josephine and Joann all received their US citizenship on the save day
Rosina Gregori Lorenzini came to the US with her husband Domenico and their sons Silvio and Pietro from Agino Fivizzano near Massa Carrara in Tuscany in 1953. They settled in the Roseland-Pullman area and their children went to Saint Anthony School. Rosina wroked for many years as cook at Giovanni's Resataurant on 111th Street. In 2009 at home in Orland Park Rosina spent the afternoon teaching her grand daughters, Rachel and Nicole Todd, how to make ravioli.
The Lorenzini's departed from Genoa in May 1953 on the Conte Bianco Mano. On the dock facing the camera from the left are Amerlia Bassignani Gregori, Peter Albert Gregori (American-born rimpatriato) , the parents of Rosina. The emigrating family is on top center:Silvio, Rosina, Pietro and Domenico Lorenzini. Rosina was born in the US, and after jumping through bureacratic hoops to prove her status as a US citizen, they were able to get permission to come to the US.