This is the story of an Italian immigrant in the early 1900s starting a family and pursuing the American Dream. It involves hard work, family, Catholicism, and organized crime.
Deborah Bisazza was born in Italy to wealthy parents. She met Anthony Allen, an American, while studying abroad in France. They lived together in Italy before moving to the United States, where they married and started a family.
Eduardo SchianodiCola was born in 1965 in Monte Di Procida, Italy. In 1987 he flew to the New York with some friends and then drove to Baltimore and began to work there. In 1995 he married his wife. In 2004 he became an American citizen.
Claudia's family immigrated to the U.S. from Piano di Sorrento, Italy. Claudia was born and grew up in New York. She studied at New York University and Hunter College. She works in the theater and teaches acting, voice and diction, and theater history…
Vincenza Pusateri was born in Termini Imerese, Italy in 1888. In 1910 she married Nicola Bondi, an Italian emigrant in the United States, and she moved with him to Indianapolis. She and her husband sold produce and had four children. Vincenza died of…
Nicholas Victor Ambrose (Vito Nicola Ambrosecchia) was born in Corleto Perticara, Italy in 1904. When he was eight, he migrated to the United States with his mother and brothers to rejoin his father in Connecticut. He lived in Boston, California,…
Mary Fray was born Anna Maria DiMillo in Roccamarice, Pescara, Italy in 1925. She and her family immigrated to the United States when she was six, and she grew up in Portland, Maine. In 1942, she moved to Chicago to study at the Art Institute of…
John discusses family “ghosts,” deceased family members in both the paternal and maternal branches of his Italian-American family. His paternal side’s ghost was Giovanni (John) Andreozzi, his father’s biological father. Giovanni came from Falvaterra,…
Elizabeth's great-grandparents, Vittoria and Michelangelo Venditto, migrated (separately) from Pietraroja, Benevento, Italy to New York City in the early twentieth century. At the same time, her great-grandmother Margherita Giordano migrated from Cassano…