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February 2001

The NIAF News
Fall 2000

San Francisco Chronicle
March 1999

RAI Corporation TV
January 1999

La Repubblica
September 1998 at The NIAF News
Laura's interview at the quarterly Italian American magazine "The NIAF News"
Fall 2000

Content of the article:
Twenty-five-year-old web site wunderkind Laura Pazzaglia not only manages and produces Microsoft's WebTV online newsletter, but has also created in her spare time. Virtualitalia came to fruition because of Laura's desire to recapture the Italian heritage she felt she was losing.

Born in England to an American mother and Italian father, Laura grew up in her father's hometown in Pavia, a 20 minute train ride from Milan. When her father died in 1982, nine-year-old Laura relocated to San Francisco with her mother and sister. She only knew five word of English, but quickly became fluent when her mother encouraged her to speak English at home. Although this made her life easier in the U.S., she realized she was losing her Italian fluency when she tried to speak with her "nonna" during summer visits to Italy.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., Laura felt a void in her life as an Italian American. So, in early 1998, she began collecting information about Italian American events in the San Francisco Bay area where she lives. The material eventually evolved into a web site,, with 12 volunteers and 50,000 visitors per month. Say Laura, "I think what really sets us apart is we help create the cohesiveness in the local community that is disappearing within the Italian neighborhoods. And, we do this with our own money in our spare time."

If you would like to visit or volunteer for Laura's web site, go to, telephone 650-347-3768 or email [email protected].


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