Reading The Italian American Table in Philadelphia and New York

(May 08, 2014)

Historian Simone Cinotto will discuss and sign copies of his new book, The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City, in two upcoming events--in Philadelphia and New York.

In Philadelphia, Cinotto will speak at Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management on Monday, May 12 at 5:00 pm. In his talk, Cinotto will discuss how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children. He explores the ways that Italian immigrants created a distinctive culture of food as a symbolic response to the needs of immigrant life, from the struggle for personal and group identity to the pursuit of social and economic power. 

The lecture and book signing will be held in the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (101 N. 33rd Street) on the 6th Floor in the Academic Bistro. A reception will follow featuring a variety of handmade pizzas. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations to support Drexel scholarships are gladly accepted.
Registration is required by emailing:

In New York, Cinotto will present The Italian American Table at The Vito Marcantonio Forum, in an event also sponsored by the Italian American Writers Association. The event, a book party, dramatic reading and discussion , will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014; from 2-4PM. at 10 Jersey St., corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets, one block south of East Houston, New York City. Free Admission. Light Refreshments.