la mia bella Napoli

I travel to Napoli each year. I am very lucky to have many friends there that have taught me about the city.

On my flights over; I’ve spoken to many tourists that are going to the Amalfi Coast, to Pompeii… In every case none of them thought of seeing of Napoli. To them; it was just a place they had to get to first.

Even worst, they believed Napoli to be a very dangerous place. Certainly it is a city and one must be attentive but no more attentive than one should be in any big city.

I think this is very sad, there are so many wonderful things to see and do, and the food… Napoli gave the world pizza and the pizza in Napoli is very special!

The Cappella Sansevero (also known as the Cappella Sansevero de’ Sangri or Pietatella) is a chapel located on Via Francesco de Sanctis 19, just northwest of the church of San Domenico Maggiore, in the historic center of Naples, Italy.

Inside this little chapel you can see one of the world’s most remarkable marble sculptures, The Veiled Christ (Italian: Cristo velato)  by Giuseppe Sanmartino in 1753.


One of my favorite painters is Caravaggio.                                                                                      Here is his“Sette opere di Misericordia”  (Seven Works of Mercy).


It is still on display in the church for which it was created, Pio Monte della Misericordia in Naples. Pio Monte della Misericordia is located at Via dei Tribunali, 253, in the heart of Naples’ historic center.

Here is the official website

Next time you are in Italy, go to Napoli!

a presto!

D. Angelo Ferri

Angelo & Maria An Italian American Love Story


When I was a little boy, Sunday dinner was always at my grandparents apartment. I had dinner with all my aunts and uncles, all my cousins, every Sunday! Afterwards, my cousins, my brother, and I would go to the local Italian Pastry Shop for Lemon Ice. Ten Cents bought you a big cup of lemon ice, real Italian Lemon Ice!

In my story the Mint Mark, Angelo is on the trail of who ever killed a rich guy from Pacific Heights.

In this episode you’ll get to know the whole family and ‘enjoy Sunday dinner with them’.  The good old days are just a click away!

Do you any memories of the old days, when the family was all together, memories you’d like to share about growing up Italian American?

We’d love to hear about  them!

Learn to Speak Italian!

When I was a little boy we lived with my grandparents, my mother’s parents.

They came to American from Napoli. My father’s parent came from                 Castellammare del Golfo , Sicily.

About seven years ago I decided to study Italian.  I was going to Italy for the first time.  I bought some  Italian Language CD’s.  I couldn’t believe that  I was hearing Italian!      I came to realize that what I spoke as a child was dialect, Neapolitan and Sicilian.

I wanted to learn how to read write and speak Italian. I started to watch Italian moves so I could hear people speak, that helped a little but sometimes they talked so fast I couldn’t get what they were saying.

I went hunting around on the internet and lucky for me I found  Emanuele Venditti (Founder & Italian Language Coach) and his Italy Made Easy on line Italian Language School.


Link to Emanuele’s blog,


Emanuele offers on line lessons, video’s,  group on line lessons and more!

During my first tip to Italy I went to Rome and Castellammare del Golfo;Sicily.

In Castellammare I was able to find a church that had my grandmothers birth records and  her former address. One of the ladies I met there, took me to see where my grandmother had lived. My trip was so much better because I could speak some Italian.

I’ve returned to Italy each year since then. I love it there. Last September I was walking down a street in Napoli and a man, speaking Italian, asked me for directions! I was able to understand him and give him directions.

The more I learn the more satisfying my trips to Italy have become!


Trevi Fountain, Italian Fontana di Trevi, fountain in Rome that is considered a late Baroque masterpiece and is arguably the best known of the city’s numerous fountains. It was designed by Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762. According to legend, those who toss coins into its waters will return to Rome.


Castellammare del Golfo (Sicilian: Casteddammari; Latin: Emporium Segestanorum / Emporium Aegestensium) is a town and Municipality in the Trapani Province of Sicily. The name can be translated as “Sea Fortress on the Gulf”, stemming from the medieval fortress in the harbor. The nearby body of water conversely takes its name from the town, and is known as Gulf of Castellammare.


I love playing Italian Card Games for lots of reasons. It puts me in touch with my heritage. It reminds me of Sunday’s at my grandparents apartment. It’s a way for me to enjoy  time with friends. There are also mental benefits to playing cards.

In  my book  Gioca Te! you will learn how to play Tresette, which means three sevens. Tresette is a trick taking game. The most powerful card during play is the 3, then the 2, then the Ace, then the King.

The person taking the trick leads the next hand. In Tresette you must follow suit. If you cannot follow suit you will lose even if you play a card of a higher value. (Unlike Briscola, which is also taught in my book, there are no trumps.)

In Tresette who ever takes the last trick of the hand earns a point. Many players will try to keep a 2, and an Ace or a 3 and an Ace, for their end game.


Let’s suppose you have the 3, Ace, and 4 and it is your lead. How do you play your cards? How do you win the last hand? You have a lowly 4, which you play. Now no matter what card your opponent plays, he will win the trick. What have you accomplished? It is now his lead. No matter which card he plays you can take the trick. If he plays his 3 you play your 2. Then you play your ace and take his king. If he plays his kind you play your ace and then your three. This was made possible by having a card of a low rank, ‘a pawn’ to sacrifice. That sacrifice of 1/3 of a point lead to your taking 2 2/3 points.

If it were the last two hands and your lead things would be much different. If you lead your Ace, your opponent could take it with his 2. If you lead your 3 you opponent could sacrifice his king and then take your ace with his 2. So, keeping a card of a low rank, and being able to make your opponent play first is a very powerful end game technique.

I invite you to download your copy of Gioca Te!   Follow the link for more info and free sample pages.

I hope it gives you many hours of enjoyment!

D. Angelo Ferri

For all of those who came here to give us a better life…


I hope this is the beginning a of a wonderful friendship. If you have an upcoming event, a business, a story you’d like to share, a product you’d like people to know about and would be of particular interest to the Italian American Community, please contact me at:   I will be happy to include it in an upcoming Blog.

If you like, please click on this link to find my e-book: Scopa, The Cermak Hit.

This e-book is my gift to you and will serve as an introduction to my writing, which I think of as investigative fiction.

This story is based on an actual event, the execution of Guiseppe Zangara, who was fried in the electric chair for supposedly trying to assassinate President  Elect Franklin Roosevelt. I was able to get my hands on former classified documents and compared them to what people were told in the newspapers. Here is just a little taste. The guy who got shot that night was the Mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak. Cermak, also a Democratic, had opposed the nomination of Roosevelt at the convention, which was held in Chicago.

Cermak made his money in gambling and was against Prohibition. Remember Prohibition was a huge income stream for other members of Organized Crime and Cermak wanted to eliminate the competition. He actually paid two Chicago Police Officers to assassinate Frank Nitti, who was running things because Al Capone was in prison. The attempt failed. There was a trail. Nitti was found ‘innocent’. The policemen were fined. Later: they turned up dead.

My story takes place on a Sunday, after dinner. My detective, Angelo Di Carini, (see Angelo and Maria an Italian American Love Story) and his father are talking about the shooting.

Scopa means to sweep. Angelo and his father believe the truth is being swept under the rug. Their thoughts are my thoughts about what actually happened and why. The real players, in my opinion, stayed in the shadows.

I thought it would be interesting for you to learn how to play Scopa. The second part of the book includes a study on this great Italian card game. You will learn the rules, scoring, basic and advanced strategy.

For other Italian card games like Briscola, Tresette, and Sette e Mezzo see my e book Gioca Te!

In addition to my writing I am a professional magician. I’ve called upon my knowledge of gaming techniques and devised a system of communicating to your Briscola partner what cards you hold. This system is based on natural postures of the hands and is found in Gioca Te!

In upcoming Blogs I’ll include some performance video’s.

That’s it for now, my next blog will tell you more about Angelo and Maria an Italian American Love Story

a presto!