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Italy and New Mexico: people and stories between two worlds

Editor’s Note: To celebrate 2013’s “Year of Italian Culture,” Davide Arminio, an Italian journalist studying in Albuquerque, is blogging on instances in which Italians and their descendants have helped shape New Mexico and how Italian skills and heritage have spread to the Land of Enchantment.


Italian cuisine is adjusted in America with some "local features". (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

An Italian looking for taste of home

How is Italian cuisine “exported” in America? What is really Italian?  Read more




The nave of Sacred Heart Cathedral, built following the Mediterranean Romanesque style (Davide Arminio / For the Journal)

Gallup Sacred Heart cathedral, a piece of Italy in western NM

Sixty years ago in Gallup the construction of the Sacred Heart Cathedral began. It was conceived and made possible by large contribution of the local Italian community. Read more



Davanzo's exhibition "Venice and its Carnival" features the colors and the spirit of one of the most charming cities in the world. In Albuquerque, off Broadway sells authentic Venetian masks; employee Ken Ansloan (CQ), left background, works in the store photographed Thursday Oct. 8, 2009.  (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal)

From Venice to NM, Donatella Davanzo’s photos catch the soul of people and places

On December 6, Italian photographer and anthropologist Donatella Davanzo inaugurated the exhibition “Venice and its Carnival” at The Artistic Image Gallery in Albuquerque.  There she drew a connection between the City of Canals and the Land of Enchantment. Read more




Movies, food and more: Italian Film Festival ready to start in February

The New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival, which is ready to roll out its seventh edition in February, is going to promote Italian culture and a view of Italian life through some of the best contemporary films, most of which will have their first premieres in New Mexico. Read more



Tourists visit Taos Pueblo, N.M., Sept. 18, 1997. About 350,000 tourists visit Taos Pueblo each year. 10 families still live at the 1,000 year-old pueblo. (AP Photo/The New Mexican, Abel Uribe)

Taos and Italy creating stronger links

Currently the Italian Cultural Society has about 170 members, both Italians and Americans who are fond of the culture and traditions of Italy. For the upcoming year they’re planning a wide network of partnerships and exchanges with some Italian cities, from north to south of the peninsula. Read more



Front row:  Dominick Lepore, Giovanni Paolino, Caterina Paolino, Geri Lepore, Henry Pacelli, Joe Marchese, Charlie Santangelo.  Back row:  Giuseppe Matonti, Marilyn and Vittorio. (Photo courtesy of Giovanni Paolino)

Who wants to play bocce? Game is getting more popular in NM

There’s a game that’s becoming increasingly popular in New Mexico, and it’s not American. It’s bocce (also called “boccie” or “bocci” in English) and it’s one of the oldest games played by mankind. Read more



Some of Giovanna Paponetti's paitings in one section of the Taos history mural in Taos Civic Plaza (Davide Arminio Photo / For the Journal)

Italian artist in Taos looking for roots of America

Sometimes the Old World and the New blend together within the same person. This is the case with Giovanna Paponetti, Taos artist who has Italian origins, and a heart now deeply anchored in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Read more




‘Good, clean and fair’: the Slow Food movement from Italy makes inroads in New Mexico

Slow Food, born in Italy in 1986, is now a worldwide network of more than 2,000 communities, stands against the ‘fast food culture’ and the side effects of globalization – among which the most significant are standardization, artificial foods, fast life, wrong way of living and eating, and the exploitation of natural resources. Read more



From left: Claudio Ruben and Fulvio Ottaviano, visiting the Raton Museum in Raton, NM‘Canaries in a Coalmine’: Dawson disasters become a documentary

One century ago, the coal town of Dawson, in Colfax County, N.M., was a thriving community of 9,000 people. In 1913 and 1923 the mines were shocked by two accidents that killed 400 miners. Among them, it was the Italians and the Greeks who paid the highest price in lives lost. Read more



No headline availableAtomic bomb has Italian family, New Mexican roots

July 16, 1945. The first nuclear device had just exploded 35 miles southwest of Socorro, N.M.



AbruzzoJournalAbruzzo family heritage: Launches from Italy to ABQ

The Abruzzos were one of those doomed families whose celebrity and good-fortune was tragically balanced by an unpredictable fate. Read more





‘Pipe Pilot’ only one from Italy at ABQ Balloon Fiesta

 He’s a seven-time award-winning Italian ballooning champion, and pilots the “Ariel”. Read more