ABOUT THE SHOW
Tutto Italiano "Everything Italian" is all about Italian culture: the arts, food, music (traditional/modern), stories, local Italian cultural events, Italian musicians performing live...capisci? Each week we’ll welcome a guest of American Italian heritage into a conversation along three main themes; The Now – The Traditions – The New. Seasonality will drive specific shows, especially during holidays and traditional family events.
Our team of co-hosts will be anchored by Tony Marmo, President of the Ulster County Italian American Foundation. In addition to Tony you’ll hear from a rotating cast of Italian American locals including: Nick Alba, Frank Casciaro Jr, Paul Casciaro, Gabrielle Euvino, Mary Tuma, Linda Saccoman and Joe and Nicole Famiglietti.
Contact Tony Marmo at 845-338-9111, if you are interested in being a guest, but you must have an Italian connection!
GET TO KNOW THE HOSTS
I was born and raised in the Italian American ghetto of Bensonhurst Brooklyn during the golden era of the1940’s, 50’s 60’s, the first son of Salvatore & Dorothy Alba, and had the distinct experience of growing up in a family business that was the center of my universe, Alba Pastry. Started by my Sicilian immigrant grandparents in 1929. I was 12 years old when my parents decided to get me off the streets and put me to work in the store, where I performed every function from waiting on customers, working in the shop, preparing payrolls, and my favorite, selling Italian ices to all those young women walking the streets.
Our large extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all lived witting a 2 block radius, and we were all part of each other’s daily lives. Holidays were large family gatherings, and as the meal progressed, the men shed their jackets, then their ties, and rolled up the cuffs of their starched white shirts, getting comfortable for napping while the women did the clean up. The card games began after the snooze, and deserts and cordials were served. This way of life gradually disappeared as relatives could afford nicer homes in nicer neighborhoods, and although we stayed in touch and saw each other on major holidays, our world had changed.
After graduating from Brooklyn College, I enlisted in the US Army Reserve and did my basic training in Fort Dix, N.J. My parents visited every Sunday and brought me an abundance of good home made Italian food, and enough pastries and cookies from our store to share with the entire barracks. After fulfilling my Army medic training at Fort Sam Houston, I returned to Brooklyn, sought employment outside the family business, and went to work for Abraham & Strauss, the department store on Fulton Street in Brooklyn. My career took me further and further from Brooklyn, and I purchased a county home in 1981 in Woodland Valley, which eventually became my full time residence, we raised 2 sons here, and I now live a life of joyous solitude nestled in these beautiful mountains.
Paul G. Casciaro
Paul G Casciaro is currently the Chairman and CEO of Frank H Reis Inc also known as The Reis Insurance Group with location in Kingston, Saugerties, New Windsor and Watervliet NY.
After purchasing their family business, The Casciaro Insurance Agency, from their father Frank in 1997, Paul along with his brother’s Frank and Louis merged with the Reis Group in 1999. In 2002 The Reis Group became an employee owned company and now has over 52 employees and thousands of customers throughout the northeast as well as other parts of the US and Canada.
Paul grew up a musician and received his Associates of Applied Science from Ulster County Community College in 1984 and then proceeded to join his brother Frank touring The Northeast with their band The Agency. In 1989, Paul was recruited as the bass player and musical director for Felix Cavaliere and the Rascals. He toured with The Rascals until the birth of his son Giancarlo in 1997. In 1998, Paul and his wife Kristine gave birth to their second child Julia an aspiring Artist.
Paul currently resides in Kingston and Naples, Florida with his wife of 25 years Kristine Benicase Casciaro.
A member of UCIAF since 2015, native New Yorker and educator Gabrielle Euvino is author of many Italian language related titles including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Italian (Alpha Books), and numerous articles. Ms. Euvino studied in Urbino, Italy, and received her B.A. in Italian Language and Literature with minors in Communications and International Relations from SUNY New Paltz. She went on to earn her M.A. in International Education from New York University.
Throughout her career, Gabrielle has taught thousands of people how to speak Italian, beginning in New York City where she taught the first language course ever offered at the popular institution The Learning Annex. Upon returning to the Hudson Valley, Gabrielle became a Master Instructor with the Language Immersion Institute. She has served as adjunct professor with many local colleges including Empire College and The Culinary Institute of America.
Currently, Gabrielle's offers both private lessons to individuals and families, as well as through the Continuing Education Departments of Ulster Community College and Boces. Gabrielle has collaborated with instructors in private, public as well as charter schools. Gabrielle's teaching style bridges different methods for a comprehensive approach that yields immediate results. For more information on language lessons, please contact Gabrielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe (Giuseppe) Famiglietti & Nicole (Nicolina) Francis
Joe and Nicole are thrilled to be the freshest additions to the line up of hosts for Tutto Italiano! after having been guests three times on the program.
Joe and Nicole have been a couple for five years, married for two glorious years and have known each other for twenty-five years. The UCIAF Italian Festival on Columbus Day weekend is their anniversary. They’re the ones who had the Italian “football wedding” in their backyard catered with sangweech by the Rossi Brothers of Poughkeepsie and in honor of the post-World War II NYC wedding tradition. Joe and Nicole split their time between Ulster Park and Flatbush, Brooklyn having the best of both worlds.
Giuseppe is a full-blooded Italian whose grandparents originated in Sturno, province of Avellino, San Giovanni a Piro and Teggiano. He was born in Brooklyn and lived in Queens and Manhattan and bought the house in Ulster Park 40 years ago. Joe is a retired television commercial producer and part time real estate agent with Mary Bono in Port Ewen. He has two grown children, Ben and Kate, who now live in the house he grew up in in Forest Hills, Queens and a big extended family in the tri-state area.
Nicolina is a mutt from Midwestern parents and as a result, didn’t have a single bite of decent Italian food until she moved to NYC in 1985. She’s made up for the deficit since then. Nicole is a huge Brooklyn geography and history geek and has explored every neighborhood on her single speed 1959 bicycle.
Giuseppe and Nicolina LOVE the UCIAF!
Tony Marmo is the President of Normann Staffing, located in Kingston, New York. Tony bought the business in May 2014. Since then, Normann Staffing has served hundreds of businesses and placed thousands of employees into jobs in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Greene, Columbia and Sullivan counties.
Previously, Tony was employed by Kingston Hospital for 23 years, serving as CEO for 9 years. He also has been employed in the long term care field for 10 years, having served as Administrator for 3 Nursing Homes, and still holds an active license to operate a Nursing Home in New York State. Tony has a bachelors of business administration degree from Pace University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Long Island University.
Tony co-founded the Ulster County Italian American Foundation, along with Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack, and UCIAF 1st Vice President, in March 2015. He is currently the President. He is also the past President of the Highland Rotary Club, Rotary International District 7210 Governor 2020-2021, Board Development Chair of the YMCA of Ulster County, and has volunteered as a co-host of the Feel Good Friday show on Kingston Community Radio/WGHQ for 15 years, and most recently as co-host of Tutto Italiano! on Radio Kingston/WKNY.
He is married to Lee Ann Marmo, and resides in Ulster Park, New York. Tony has three adult children, Michael, Lucas, Vincent and grandson Adrian.
Linda is a "born and raised" Kingstonian of 100% Calabrian descent. She graduated Coleman High School and went on to get a BA in Fine Art at the College of New Rochelle.
She then attained an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in NYC and followed up with a job as a group manager for Gimbel's New York Store. Having grown up behind the counter in Saccoman's Jewelers, Kingston, it seemed like a natural progression. In the end she utilized her talents when later returning to Kingston to Manage the Family Business for her Grandfather, Tony Saccoman (the original founder of Tony's Pizzeria on Broadway)
Now that she is "semi-retired" she loves to travel, pursue painting, and spend time with her daughter Lea and family. Linda has 4 grandchildren who give her ample opportunity to experiment with being an "Italian Grandmother". Certainly, UCIAF is to be credited with initiating these new found possibilities. Hosting Tutto Italiano is just one of them!
Mary was born and raised in Kington. She graduated from Kingston High School and received an A.S. degree in Business Administration from SUNY Ulster. She served as a Girl Scout leader in the Girl Scouts of America for many years. Mary also served as a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the USA, receiving the honor of Big Sister of the Year. Mary is also a volunteer member of the Ulster County SPCA in Kingston. She met her husband, Garry, while employed at the Ulster Performing Arts Centre as Director of Operations, after which she joined IBM in Kingston in their Intellectual Property Law department. Mary currently works in the health and fitness field, which is and has been her passion for many years. She is currently a Certified Personal Trainer Specialist/Group Fitness Instructor (NASM/AFAA/Tivity Health). She is also an adjunct instructor for World Instructor Training Schools (WiTS), teaching future Personal Trainers.
Her parents were first generation Italian Americans, so she was excited to join the Ulster County Italian American Foundation shortly after it began. “Being a member of the Foundation has allowed me to connect and reconnect with other Italian Americans in Kingston, and Tutto Italiano gives me an opportunity to share my stories, culture, fond memories, and pride I have in being an Italian American.”
Frank Casciaro Jr
Frank Casciaro Jr is the CFO and IT Manager of The Reis Group, the largest locally owned insurance agency in Ulster County with offices in Kingston, Saugerties, New Windsor and Watervliet New York.
Frank grew up in the insurance business working for his Father Frank Casciaro Sr who retired in 1992. Frank shares management duties of The Reis Group with brothers Paul, another Tutto Italiano host, and Louis.
Frank’s first love is music and he has been performing professionally for over 43 years as a singer, bassist and occasionally, performance artist. He left the insurance business in 1985 to travel on the road for several years with his brother Paul and their band The Agency, a favorite opening act for many nationally renowned bands. After leaving the road Frank returned to the insurance business and played for over 20 years locally with one of the area’s most popular bands, HOTROD. Frank is also an amateur film buff with a lifelong love for all genres of movies beginning with the birth of cinema.
Frank serves as the Entertainment Chairperson and Main Stage manager for the Ulster County Italian American Foundation’s annual Italian Fest. He also serves as the Entertainment Chair for the Relay for Life of Ulster County.
Frank is married to Linda Marie Galiza Casciaro and resides in Woodstock, New York. Frank has an adult daughter Victoria who lives in Saugerties New York and works as an elementary school teacher.