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Of Prosciutto and Panini: The Joys of Florentine Street Food

By September 7, 2015 no comments Permalink

A tray of small prosciutto panini.Credit: Sofie Delauw / Getty Images When you think of great street food, you probably think of Bangkok, San Francisco, or Tokyo. But Florence? The idea of a grab-and-go meal is at odds with much of the indigenous culture of this Italian capital, where slow meals around the table have been…

Brownsville’s Unlikely Rugby Dynasty

By June 12, 2015 no comments Permalink

As the physical education teacher at I.S. 392, where he began in the school’s second year, 2005, Mr. Grozav attended a professional development workshop featuring Play Rugby USA. Curious, he studied the game, introduced flag rugby into gym classes and then, during the 2007-8 school year, started the school’s coeducational rugby team. (All the school-age…

A Little Off the Sides, Camaraderie on Top

By April 17, 2015 no comments Permalink

You would have a hard time finding a better representative of Old Brooklyn than Frank Codispoti. A barber who immigrated to New York when he was 18 from the town of Sant’Andrea in the southern Italian region of Calabria, Mr. Codispoti has cut hair in Brooklyn for more than 40 years. So it might seem…

Two Languages for Every Child

By May 17, 2013 no comments Permalink

Getty Images As a little kid, I was exposed to the Sicilian dialect that was my grandfather’s only language, though none of it stuck beyond his imperatives of “Mangia. Mangia.” When my grandfather died, when I was 10, the second language of our family died as well. In high school and college, I was a…