The Italian Americans

Being Italian

Being Italian

Share memories of your Italian Heritage with The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and they could be featured on the website for the upcoming documentary series, The Italian Americans, set to debut February 17th and 24th on PBS (check local listings)!

  • Entries can be in the form of text, photo, or YouTube Video and stories should support the website’s mission to celebrate Italian American culture and history (recipes, celebrations, family traditions, sports, music, family, neighborhood, military service).
  • Submitted entries must be relevant to the topic of the site; may not include profanity, personal attacks or hate speech; may not promote a business or raise money; and may not be spam. Anything you submit should be your own original work, photo or video.
  • You can send your entries to NIAF via Direct Message on Facebook or by using the hashtag #ItalianAmericansPBS on Twitter.

Picture of Nano Passanante’s store calender

Carlo Passanante came from Sicily in the year 1910 to work at the CF&I steel mill in Pueblo Colorado. By 1929 he had his own business. This is a copy of the calenders they gave to customers in 1929.

Grandfather from Corfinio. In the US Army circa 1920

Submitted by: Dolores Porziella


Grandfather from Corfinio. In the US Army circa 1920

A Family of Musicians in the 1940s 

Submitted by: Frank Ingrassia

Family of musicians

Family Gathering

The photos are of a family backyard gathering sometime 1940s. They celebrate with food, family, fun and music. My grandfather Francesco played the guitar, his brothers Benny played mandolin, Joe played bass and Salvatore sings. They cooked food days before and always homemade wine and pasta.

Italian American family memories

Submitted by: James Depasquale, North Providence RI 

The memory that stands out to me the most about growing up Italian American is our celebration of the feast of the Seven Fishes every Christmas Eve. Each and every year my mother, my father and myself work very hard to create a very elaborate spread which includes as many fish as possible. We have all of the traditional favorites like fried eel, fried smelts, baccalà, shrimp, frutti di mare, snail salad, etc. just to name a few. I have such a love and a passion for this feast of the Seven Fishes that I even created my own Facebook page in dedication to it.  The page features several recipes, photos, videos, and stories that are designed to help the users of the page to create their own feast.

Columbus Day Queen Pageant San Francisco 1976 

Submitted by: Therese Minoletti Kirkendall


Columbus Day Queen Pageant San Francisco 1976 at Bimbo's 365 Club in SF.  My father Attilio Minoletti was president of Italian Catholic Federation Branch #1 in San Francisco, I represented branch #1.

Danny & Annie

Brooklynites Danny and Annie Perasa remember their life together—from their first date to Danny's final days with terminal cancer.

Italian Americans! Pic of My Great-Grandparents in Palermo, Sicily

Submitted by: J Schifaudo

Great Grandparents

I don't think we have that house anymore, but these are my great-grandparents looking proud in Palermo, Sicily.