Italian Trivia
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Created by Scott Paul Frush

1 This food celebrity, the daughter of an Italian American mother, has four Food Network shows. In addition, she is a well-known author for her 30 minute meals books and was married in Italy in 2006. Name her.
2 What honor does the Fratellanza Society, founded in Saint Louis in 1866, hold?
3 In what 1953 film did Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin immortalize the song That's Amore ?
4 Founded by an Italian American in Modesto, California in 1933, this winery not only supplies about 30% of the wine consumed in the United States, but also is the world's largest producer of wine. Name this company.
5 Opened in 1964, this bridge in New York City is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and is named for the Italian explorer who became the first European to explore New York. Name this bridge.
6 In which American city can you find the oldest and most famous "Little Italy"?
7 This Italian American actor, the son of an Italian immigrant mother from Calabria, starred in such movies as Under Siege and Fire Down Below . Name this action packed actor known for his martial arts fighting.
8 This Italian American actor starred in the television series Taxi and in such movies as Twins , L.A. Confidential and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . Name him.
9 This Italian American actor starred in such movies as Home Alone , Lethal Weapon , Goodfellas and Raging Bull , giving him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Name him.
10 Which Italian American actor, born in Huntington, New York, starred in the Karate Kid movies?
11 In 1970, Francis Ford Coppola won an Oscar for best original story and screenplay about a legendary World War II American general and tank commander. This same film was nominated for Best Picture of the year. Name this film starring George C. Scott.
12 During the great period of Italian immigration between 1870 to 1920, nearly four million Italians immigrated to America. Approximately what percentage were from southern Italy?
13 This Italian American is the past chairman of the National Italian American Foundation. Since 1946, he is the owner and president of a food service and dining equipment company located in Detroit that bears his name. In addition, he was appointed to the Commission for White House Fellows by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Name this highly-respected person.
14 She is one of the nations leading financial journalists and practically recognizable in all circles. She began her career with CNBC in 1995 as the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Since that time, this NYU educated Italian American has risen to the top. Name this award winning journalist.
15 Only one person in New York City's history succeeded in defeating the mayoral nominees of both the Democratic and Republican parties. This person ran on the Experience Party ticket in 1949. Name this Palermo-born mayor.
16 This Italian American, born Harry Christopher Carabina, was the longtime voice of the Chicago Cubs from 1945 until his death in 1997. Name this fan favorite radio announcer who was known for his renditions of Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Wrigley Field.
17 Name the prestigious and acclaimed tennis school, named for its founder, located in Bradenton, Florida.
18 This well-respected and highly successful Italian American coached men's basketball at the University of Kentucky, Boston Celtics and is presently the head coach at the University of Louisville. Name this distinguished coach.
19 Italian American Frank Frazetta was the artist and illustrator of Tarzan and Flash Gordon . What other television show did he work on? (Hint: set in a future post-nuclear holocaust earth)
20 In which notorious prison in California did Al Capone serve his sentence after being convicted?
21 Which Italian American singer and former mayor of Palm Springs, California wrote and sang the hit song I Got You, Babe with wife Cher?
22 Which month of the year is Italian American Heritage Month celebrated?
23 What are the top five cities in the United States with the most Americans of Italian decent?
24 Born in Flushing, New York on November 17, 1942, I left the seminary to attend New York University's film school where I received bachelors and masters degrees. I am known for my brilliant directing, including the box office hits The Color of Money , GoodFellas and Cassino . Who am I?
25 Born in Hoboken, New Jersey on December 12, 1915, I was known as "Chairman of the Board". I earned an Academy Award for acting and transformed American pop music with songs such as My Way and New York, New York . Who am I?
26 Born in Brooklyn in 1944, I am known for my steadfast leadership as New York's mayor when terrorists struck the World Trade Center in 2001. Who am I?
27 Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on October 15, 1924, I am known for my staggering turnaround of Chrysler Corporation in the early 1980s and was known as the "King of Detroit". Who am I?
28 Born in Martinez, California on November 25, 1914, I am known as one of the greatest baseball players of all time and most remembered for my record for the longest number of games with a hit. I had a .325 lifetime average and led the American league in batting average in 1939 and 1940. Who am I?
29 Born on June 11, 1913, this longtime Green Bay Packers football coach won five championships and is considered by many to be the greatest football coach of all time. Who is he?
30 Born in the Bronx on April 25, 1940, I am known for such starring roles as Michael Corleone in all three Godfather movies and for performances in Scent of a Woman, Carlito's Way , Scarface , and Heat . My grandparents originated from Corleone, Sicily. Who am I?
31 Born in Manhattan on August 17, 1943, I am known as an outstanding actor who starred in such movies as Awakenings , The Untouchables , Analyze This , Goodfellas and The Godfather, Part 2 , the movie for which I won an academy award. Who am I?
32 Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 7, 1939, I am most known for my directing of the Godfather movies. Who am I?
33 Italian American Generoso Pope, Jr. established which popular tabloid newspaper?
34 The first monument to Christopher Columbus was dedicated on October 12, 1792 to honor the 300th anniversary of the discovery of America. Where was this first monument erected?
35 At which university did the Italian American music star and entertainer Madonna study dance?
36 What do college quarterbacks, Gino Torreta and Vinny Testaverde, share in common?
37 In which 20th century war did over 1,500,000 Italian Americans serve in the U.S. military, thus accounting for 10% of the total American manpower?
38 Of the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest number of Italian Americans, eight are located east of the Mississippi River. Name the two cities that are located west of the Mississippi River.
39 This great University of Notre Dame quarterback won the national college football championship in 1977 and played for the San Francisco 49ers in route to winning four Super Bowls. He passed for 40,551 yards and 273 touchdowns in his highly accomplished career. Name him.
40 This Italian American organization was founded by successful business man Jeno Paulucci. One of their goals is "to preserve and protect Italian American heritage and culture and to encourage the teaching of Italian language and culture in U.S. schools". Name this Washington, D.C. based organization.
41 American President Thomas Jefferson built his private estate in Virginia using architectural contributions from Italian Andrea Palladio. Furthermore, the Italian name Jefferson gave his estate translates to "little mountain". What was the name of his estate?
42 What is the birth name of Madonna, the renowned musician and entertainer, born in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958?
43 What was Frank Sinatra's first hit record?
44 Which actor won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II ?
45 Which two states in the U.S. have the highest percentage of Italian Americans?
46 Which movie character did Carlo Rambaldi create that became an instant American hit? (Hint: extraterrestrial)
47 Which Italian American quarterback from the University of Notre Dame won the Heisman Trophy in 1943 and led the Fighting Irish to a national title in the same year?
48 What is the birth name of Italian American rock star Jon Bon Jovi, born in 1962?
49 Which major American Midwestern city, once called the Paris of the Midwest , was co-founded by an Italian in 1704?
50 Born in Lombardy in 1850, this person became an American citizen in 1909 and became the first American saint when canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 7, 1946. Name this first saint of America.
51 Born Concetta Franconero in 1938, this legendary Italian American music star sung such hits as Who's Sorry Now and Where the Boys Are (1963). Name her.
52 Charles Bonaparte founded which United States governmental agency in 1908?
53 This Italian American baseball manager holds the second longest tenure - player, scout, manager and vice president - in baseball history with the same team. During this time, he won five division titles and one World Series championship. Name this manager.
54 This Italian American NFL quarterback passed for an astonishing 47 touchdown passes in his first twenty games as a professional football player. Name this now retired quarterback who played for the Miami Dolphins.
55 For what was Al Capone convicted of and subsequently sentenced to prison?
56 What was the single biggest year of Italian immigration to the United States?
57 What famous singer and entertainer changed his name from Dino Crocetti?
58 Born Nicolas Coppola in 1964, this Italian American actor is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, the prominent film producer. Nicolas changed his name because he wanted to be judged on his own talents and merits. Name this actor.
59 Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, I was named the American League's Most Valuable Player three times (1951, 1954, 1955) and played in 16 All Star games. Who am I?
60 Conductor and composer Bill Conti received an Academy Award in 1983 for the music to what hit movie about the early American space flight program?
61 This Italian American, a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law, is the first American of Italian heritage to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Name him.
62 Founded by Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro in 1905, this organization started as a fraternal insurance association. Today, this organization is the largest Italian American organization in the United States and boasts over 2,500 clubs or ledges throughout the country. Name this organization with a lion for a logo.
63 Founded as New Amstel, this city in Delaware was established in 1657 by Italian immigrants. Name this modern city.
64 Italian American Bill Paternostro created what famous landmarks in the sidewalks of Hollywood?
65 George Randazzo, a Chicago businessman, created a sports organization and museum in 1978 to honor the contributions Italian Americans have made to athletics. Name this organization and museum located in Chicago.
66 Attitio Piccirilli and his five brothers carved which famous landmark and memorial in Washington, D.C.?
67 This company is one of the largest shippers of fresh fruit in the world. Name the brothers who established this company that bears their last name.
68 Which Italian American was named the head football coach for the Detroit Lions in 2006 and which Italian American football coach did he replace?
69 What was the name of the quartet in which Frank Sinatra sang and performed as a teenager?
70 Which Italian built the first nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago to produce power?
71 What two-week long feast is celebrated in New York City honoring the patron saint of Naples?
72 Which late night Italian American comedian is the host of the Tonight Show ?
73 What did Italian American Vincent Ciccono, inventor of the "blow pop", invent to combat the effects of the common cold?
74 Which two great leaders of the American Revolution were fluent in the Italian language?
75 During World War II, Rosie Bonavita was an icon of sorts and a symbol of American women who worked in the factories while men were away in the armed forces. By which other name was she known?
76 Where was the famous film director Francis Ford Coppola born in America?
77 This street is the heart of New York City's Little Italy due to its proximity to the dock where Italian immigrants were ferried from Ellis Island. Name this street.
78 Which boxer was called "The Rock" and the "Brockton Blockbuster"?