Italian Roots and Genealogy

Comparing Italians and Italian Americans

November 13, 2021 Elena Frigenti Season 2 Episode 48
Italian Roots and Genealogy
Comparing Italians and Italian Americans
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Show Notes

Bob talks with Elena Frigenti from Franky In New York about Italians living in America and her project to connect Italians and Italian Americans.

Franky in New York is an IRS recognized 501 c3 not for profit organization founded to spread the Italian culture, or “coolture” as we prefer to name it because we consider cultural stuff a cool thing. We put together Italians and Italian Americans together through these four elements: words, beauty, food and friendship.

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Elena Frigenti and Massimo Basile, are both Italian journalists with thirty years of experience. We come from Tuscany (Firenze and Livorno) but have lived in Rome for twenty years before moving to NYC in September 2018. From the States, we write as correspondents for daily newspapers, magazines and press agencies.

If you’re wondering why we chose to brand us as “Franky in New York”, here’s the answer. First of all, the name is a tribute to Frank Sinatra, a great Italian American and a fulgid example of persistence. Besides, Franky is also one the most common names among Italian Americans, while New York is actually the city where any dream can come true. As Frank Sinatra sang, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere”…

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