My mother and her siblings Charlie, Joe and Sara - the night after their father died
(2nd from the left) My mother’s grandfather Morreale - Pelligrino's Father
My mother’s grandparents - Josephine and Charles Mangaracina.
My Grandparents Rosalia Maria Morreale and Pellegrino with my Aunt Sara as a Child

Maria Bartiromo

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I attribute any success in business I’ve had to the wonderful Italian-American upbringing I have had and a very strong work ethic. My father’s father, Carmine Bartiromo, came to America first in 1919 from Salerno. He was only a teenager. …

Photo: My mother and her siblings Charlie, Joe and Sara - the night after their father died
Photo: (2nd from the left) My mother’s grandfather Morreale - Pelligrino's Father
Photo: My mother’s grandparents - Josephine and Charles Mangaracina.
Photo: My Grandparents Rosalia Maria Morreale and Pellegrino with my Aunt Sara as a Child
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Patricia DeAngelis Fife

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I love being 3rd generation Italian-American. Family gatherings are always something special. Even today, we try to have at least one that includes all 5 generations at least once a year. The food is always Italian and of course, the …

John Eppolito

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The Napoli family at the wedding of the first granddaughter in the mid 1950’s My maternal grandparents (John and Agatha Napoli) came to the United States from Palermo, Sicily. They raised 12 children – 7 boys and 5 girls. Grandpa …

Carmelina Evans

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I am very proud of Italian Americans. They struggled as immigrants in a country where they had to prove their worth, learn a new language, assimilate, become productive and earn the respect and trust of the US citizens. With courage,they …

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Carol Pizzo

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Growing up Italian in Bensonhurst taught me to appreciate the joys of family, friends, and food, not always in that order! Every season and holiday gave us memories and tradition that I treasure and work hard to pass on to …

jean ranellone

I feel very proud to be of Italian American heritage; I am in awe when I hear the stories told to me primarily by my mother. The bravery and courage to embark upon a journey to a new and sometimes …

Ann /Conigliaro-Walters

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Reading the other stories brings back so many memories. All are so familiar. So many questions I wish I had asked about their early lives and how they came to America. We all know why! What I would give for …

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Angela de Caprariis-Salerno

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My Grandfather, Dr. Pasquale de Caprariis, sailed to America in 1899 searching for a different life. His family in Atripalda, had historically been comprised of physicians, lawyers, and professors. Graduating from Universita` di Napoli facolta di Medicina, he was expected …

barbara evers

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my paternal grandparents came from Sicily. My memories as a young girl. Kitchens were always in the basement, along with homemade Italian vino in the wooden barrel. My greatuncle had a small deli, had a bocci court at back along …

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Joseph Crozzoli

My grandfather Giovanni Crozzoli came to this country from the very small town of Tramonti di Sopra in northern Italy in the early 1920’s. He was a bricklayer and stone mason as were many of the Italian immigrants who came …

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Maria Tarantini Sharpe

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In the 1950s, life in a post-war Italy was difficult for my grandfather, Benigno Valentino Ventura. He and my grandmother moved from their native Bari to Corona, NY. Having sent his daughter to America a bit earlier to meet a …

Carmen Collins

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My father Paul D’Andrea was born in Avigliano, Potenza Italy in 1895 and came to the U.S. in 1910. He trained in locksmithing at Yale and Towne in Connecticut and later served as a gunsmith in the Army durng WWI. …