Here's an interview with professor Fred Gardaphé, director of Italian-American Studies at Stoney Brook. His books include Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative; Moustache Pete is Dead!; Leaving Little Italy; and From Wiseguys to Wise Men: The Gangster and Italian American Masculinities.
Here Gardaphè comments on America's favorite Italian-Americans, The Sopranos.
Dr. Gardaphé's website: http://www.italianstudies.org/iam/