Italian Americans

Learn about the magnificent Italians and their culture!

Why did they come?

The Italians came to America to have a better and safer life. National disasters like tornados and earthquakes. About 100,000 Italians came to America in one year in the 1900's. It was hard for the Italians when they got to America they worked at restaurants and most of them came to New York City.

What they ate and what there jobs were.

You would think that the Italians ate pizza... but no, they ate meatloaf meatballs and spaghetti and more. They also made cake and a few of the Italians mined. Most cooked for chefs and made pasta. A lot of the Italians had a family from two to four (mostly two kids).

Pictures of life for the Italians from the 1900's


Simple steps for yummy toppings for your spaghetti

Italian Meatballs


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (85% to 90%)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup water, to moisten (see instructions)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium onion
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper


Mix all ingredients together. Don't add all of the water at one time. Mixture should be moist but not so that the meatballs fall apart.

Shape meatballs to desired size and place on a broiler pan (I wet my hands before shaping each meatball and it helps make a nice meatball.) Broil until outside is slightly brown on one side and then turn and broil the other side. When finished, add to spaghetti sauce and simmer at least 20 minutes.

Here are some facts!

  • Stella is the Latin and Italian root for star
  • Most Italians played football
  • About 80% of Italy is covered in hills and mountains