August 19, 2020

      As you may know, the Latin phrase (by Pliny the Elder) “in vino veritas” translates into English as, “in wine there is truth.” The phrase suggests that a person under the influence of alcohol is more likely to speak the truth as he or she sees it. The phrase is s...

July 29, 2020


      After investigating and writing my thoughts about the noble tomato and a mouth-watering assortment of Italian cheeses, my next challenge is to delve into the sweet wonderland of Italian desserts. However, before I begin this blog, I must...

June 27, 2020

        After my tomato blog, an old friend, Vito Bastardi, phoned to ask about the origin of Italian cheeses. I have to admit that our conversation inspired me to write about the subject, and maybe dig around a bit in the fridge.


June 15, 2020

      So they call us Tomato Lovers? So what! Across this country and across our planet earth, there are tens of thousands of us Tomato Lovers. Ever have a tomato sandwich with a dash of salt, olive oil and freshly chopped basil on a slice of Italian ciabatta bread?...

April 18, 2017

      After all these years, I happened to come across my father's first passport. I was always told that I was named after my father. The only name I knew my father as was Leo, so the name Leon for me made sense. 

     To understand this imbrog...

April 6, 2017

Created in 1988. This board game was the precursor to the Heritage Italian book.

April 6, 2017

Heritage Italian-American Style is now available in a bilingual format. This revised second edition has been expanded from 1492 to 1776 fact-filled questions that highlight the endless contributions made by Italians and Italian Americans to Western civilization. The re...

March 30, 2017

I am proud to say without reservation that I am in love. I love my wife and two daughters and am completely smitten by my granddaughters. Beyond the love for my family, I love America, my Catholic faith, my home, and my friends. In that mix of people, places, and thing...

March 30, 2017




Algiers - September 1580

The sun blazed down on the courtyard of the Kasbah, high above the bay and city of Algiers. There, a prisoner stood chained between two wooden posts as a whip stung his flesh with masterful precision.

His chilling shr...

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