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Deborah and Cathy Randazzo

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Both our maternal and paternal grandparents arrived at Ellis Island from the small village of Sciara in Sicily during the 1890s-1900s. After working in construction, the 4 Randazzo brothers ran an ice business in the Bronx. Our grandfather Croce was …

Phyllis & Noel Fiarotta

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Memories. Our grandfather’s moustache, grey and neat; a gift of a dollar, to hide when he visited; the sound of Sicilian to our blind ears. We never understood a word our taciturn grandfather said. We wish we had. Everyone attested …

Judith Palmiotto

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There is no better way to grow up than as an Italian-American! The customs my grandparents brought to the “new country” have both enriched and sustained me. My grandfather had little formal education and could not read and write English …

Dorothy Camporeale

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My parents were young during the depression years, jobs were hard to get and the stories you heard are true. To feed his family he would get any job available, one of which was as a waiter. After working for …

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William Fidurski

My wife’s paternal grandfather, James “Pasquale” Ilardo was born in Graterri, Sicily in 1891 and arrived at Ellis Island in 1905. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1918 and was part of the famous World War I “Lost …

Frank Tassielli

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In 1940, my father left my mother in Sannicandro, Bari, Italy, to pursue a better life in America. Because of the National Origins Act of 1924, which placed severe restrictions on the immigration of So. Italians to America, my father …

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 …