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.
Flavia Bisi grew up in Italy and left home at 23 to explore the world. She traveled throughout Asia and met her husband in Bali. They settled in his home in Seattle and raised a family with strong family traditions.
Louis Fiore moved to New York from Italy with his family after an economic downturn in Italy. He spent his life pursuing his passion of furniture painting, and was eventually able to open his own furniture painting business. He also started a family and…
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.
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…
Even though his last name is German (from my Dad's father, who was adopted) the rest of his family on both sides is Italian, with names like Milano, Laporte, Christianelli, and Terlizzi dominating both sides. All of his great-grandparents on both sides…
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…