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Nicola Orichuia (Founder, Editor)
Nicola is an Italian journalist and media enthusiast living and working in the United States. He started his reporting career back in 2004, working in a small daily newspaper in Rome, where he covered — among other events — the election of Pope Benedict XVI and the 2006 Lebanese peace talks. In 2008, he moved to Chicago, where he earned his Master’s degree in Journalism at Columbia College Chicago and interned at NBC-Universal. Two years later he moved to Boston and is currently writing and working for Fra Noi. He has written for Huffington Post, as well as Italian publications Limes and Il Riformista.

Francesca Bruzzese
bruzzese-headshotFrancesca Bruzzese is an avid cook and baker who has been living in Rome, Italy since 2011.

A Rhode Island native with Italian roots, you can usually find her in the kitchen making dolci to bring to her colleagues at work, developing new recipes to add to her repertoire, or planning her next dinner party.

In addition to contributing recipes and articles to Eating Italy Food Tours, she also writes a food blog, Pancakes and Biscotti, in both English (pancakes-biscotti-en.blogspot.it/) and Italian (pancakes-biscotti.blogspot.it/) .

Emanuele Capoano
Emanuele is a blogger, a teacher, a performer and a radio host. He is the cofounder of the Commedia dell’Arte company Pazzi Lazzi Troupe and in 2013, alongside musician Stefano Marchese, he launched the Italian language radio show L’Italia Chiamò, full of gags and comedic exchanges. As a theatrical actor, he played several comedies on stage in Italy and took, amongst others, the role of Jim O’Connor in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, and the role of Tom Merritt in Spoon River Anthology. He also experimented Pasolini, Shakespeare, and Jane Birkin plays.
Before coming to Boston to teach Italian, he was a freelance radio journalist in Florence, Italy, and a cinema projectionist. He is still looking to publish his screenplay.
His personal blog is www.spremiacume.wordpress.com.

Lisa Cappuccio
Lisa is an East Boston resident who works in the area of media and public relations. She is President of Italia Unita Inc. of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage.

Lisa worked and volunteered in the areas of public relations, community development, film, politics, and radio. Through Italia Unita, Lisa initiated the grass roots effort to have Comcast Cable add RAI television, which is now available as a premium channel. Lisa is the president of Boston Concepts, a full service marketing and public relations agency.
Her blog is everyonewantstobeitalian.

Danielle Festino
Danielle FestinoDanielle was born and raised in Stoneham, now resides in Medford, and has roots in Puglia.

In 2004, she graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in International Relations and Italian Studies.

She is passionate about telling stories and hopes to provide a glimpse into what it means to grow up Italian-American.

For Bostoniano, Danielle writes the monthly column “Nostre Tradizioni.”

Lauren E. Forcucci
Lauren is a Boston area college instructor of Political Science, researcher and writer. Her work focuses on Fascism, examining both its historic trends and current resurgences. In a recently published article, Lauren explores the Battle for Births pronatalist campaign in Fascist Italy, in which she uncovers a piece of her family’s history. Lauren is interested in all aspects of Italian customs as well as the political, cultural and social ways of life. She enjoys learning about and experiencing her personal connections to Italian culture through music, food, the arts, sports and other traditions. Lauren is a first generation Italian-American with roots in the Abruzzo region. She is passionate about educating and informing others of the many facets of Italian heritage. Learn more about Lauren’s work by visiting her blog: laureneforcucci.blogspot.com/

Valentina Oppezzo
Valentina was born in Italy, in a small town close to the city of Torino, but she moved to Trieste to earn a Bachelor Degree in Intercultural Studies and a Master Degree in Cinema. She started her career as a photographer when she was still in Italy, but she opened her own photographic studio after moving to Boston. She’s specialized in studio photography (portraits, products, model portfolios), but also enjoys shooting cultural and social events. Her studies about cinema meet her passion in fantasy fiction in her book “Harry Potter al cinema“, published in Italy by Le Mani in 2010. Her work can be seen on her personal website, while her ideas and comments on fashion and style can be found on her blog Think Outside the Purse. Valentina is a photographer and contributor at Bostoniano.info.

Briana Palma
Briana Palma is a writer and editor who splits her time between Boston and Dublin, Ireland.

Her work focuses on travel, art and lifestyle, and as an Italian-American, she especially enjoys writing about all things Italy.

Briana’s work has appeared in a number of print and digital publications, including Italy Magazine, the Sunday Business Post Magazine, Outsider and U.S. Airways.

For more information, visit www.brianapalma.com.

James S. Pasto
James PastoJames S. Pasto was born in Boston’s North End in 1958. He attended St. Anthony Grammar School and Christopher Columbus High School (’76). He received his BA from University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 1989 and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1998. He is a Senior Lecturer at Boston University, where he teachers courses in cultural anthropology and “The Social History of Boston’s North End.”

He is a co-founder of the North End Historical Society (established 2009) and the editor of the Journal of the North End Historical Society. He is married with three children.

Stefano Salimbeni
Stefano is a Boston-based freelance reporter, correspondent and producer for Italy’s national TV network RAI. Over the past 15 years he has produced more than 800 “Italian-angled” news stories and features from New England and from around the United States for RAI’s international channel, RAI Italia, broadcast to over 60 million viewers of Italian origins or of Italian descent living outside of Italy. He also assisted, and occasionally still does, RAI’s main correspondents in producing news stories and special reports during major news events. For the past three years, Stefano has also been the US correspondent for Famiglia Cristiana, one of Italy’s most widely circulated national magazines. He came to Boston in 1996 to earn a master’s degree and fulfill a lifelong dream of being a journalist. Stefano’s work can be viewed on his personal website, www.stefanosalimbeni.com.

Our awesome interns!

Natalie DiMaria
dimariaNatalie hails from Dunstable, a small town north of Boston. She graduated from Saint Michael’s College in May of 2012 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies with concentrations in film, journalism, and creative writing. While at school she worked as a journalist for her college newspaper and as a radio personality for 95 Triple X in Vermont. She also created a documentary about the relationship between immigrants and their traditional foods titled More Than Nourishment.
Natalie is a second generation Italian-American with roots in Abruzzo and Sicily. Growing up surrounded by Italian culture inspired her to spend a semester traveling through Italy. She is passionate about her heritage and enjoys sharing it with others. Get in touch with Natalie through LinkedIn.

Michael Lewis
michael-lewisMichael Lewis studies economics and computer programming at UCLA. He was raised in Cambridge, and his family has roots in Milan and Trieste. He is passionate about food, sports and Gli Azzurri. During the school year, he works for the Daily Bruin. He is an avid reader of news, and is interested in advertising and the business end of media.

After Graduating, he hopes to become an entrepreneur or work with technology.

Drew Webster
Drew Webster is a graduate student at UMASS-Boston, where he studies Archaeology. He recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in both Italian Literature & Culture and Anthropology. Originally from the Chicago area, his mother’s family has roots in both the Veneto and Lazio regions of Italy. His studies have taken him all over the world, including a half-year period in Bologna. When he’s not getting muddy uncovering New England’s past, you can find him meandering through the North End, eating gelato alla nocciola and sipping a caffè lungo. A longtime aficionado of all things Italian, Drew is always looking for new ways to get involved with the Italian cultural scene in Boston. Drew assists in managing the Bostoniano website as well as its social media outlets.