Food,Fashion,Theater & The Printed Word
is this month’s major showcase for some of the most noted figures in this
genre of Italianissimo Americano.

Visit with us thru October, Italian Heritage Month in the U.S. as we focus on those who are presenting
a showcase of their works, talents,
and creative energies to make this happen.

For food, we found Tor Sporre, American born but with a Mediterranean passion. Spor’s a TV journalist, cook book author and chef who creates simple dishes that have been noted by food mavens everywhere.
His table have been seen on a half-dozen US TV channels. Write to him at

Then Richard Laurenzi,founder of the
Italian-American Visual Artists’ Net.
which promotes and mentors Italian
Americans delving into the world of art, from, stone, clay, metal, paint & brush, digital, along with sculptors, photographers, design and graphic artists. Find him on the internet at: info@IAVANET. org.

There’s Erin Shields, Lyric Soprano of one of the hotest musical groups celebrating Italian-American music.
Her ensemble, O SOLE TRIO, has recently opened at the Metropolitan
Room and at Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Pavilion.Wow! And only one year old. You’ll find her at

Also find Italian-American jazz at Guisi Magri and Antonio Magri are the impressarios here. Recently heard at Setai’s Bar in New York as well as at Brio’s Flatiron, Le Pescadeux, and Dizzy’s Coca-Cola, leading jazz groups play nicely under their banner.

There’s also Dr. Emelise Aleandri, noted author, actress, and Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi, producers of
The Olde Time Italian-American Music & Theater Company. Also include her latest film release, LITTLE ITALY and SISTER ITALY which will hit theaters coast-to-coast soon. You can reach her at: The URL is

Finally, we caught up with Mario Fratti, acclaimed playwright of more than 90 plays, translated into 19 languages world-wide.Mario’s NINE, adapted for the screen to Fellini’s
8 1/2 has earned him 5 Tony Awards, 8 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Outer Critics Awards, and counting. His present plays include the must see: THREE SISTERS and a PRIEST at the Theater For The New City in NYC.
Try him at:

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply:



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