First, I apologize if I come across in any way as obsessive. :-) I am a descendant of Stephan Ruggiero born 1720 in Monteleone di Puglia, Italy. My part of the family was late to, and slightly estranged from my Grandfather. I was a child when he died.
I started a Family Tree a few years ago https://www.ancestry.ca/family-tree/pt/RSVP.aspx?dat=MTU4NTYzMjI0OzswNTc5Y2Q1Ny0wMDA2LTAwMDAtMDAwMC0wMDAwMDAwMDAwMDA7MjAxOTEyMTMxOTQ0MzM7MQ==&mac=l3V3PWTFSAGmeCb3/wDlIw== at ancestry and discovered a direct line to Stephano born 1720, and I seem to have cousins in various places in the US. They are rare, males, and bear the family name, Ruggiero. I know it is very common in the south of Italy, and few are related familiarly one to the other.
Curiously, this descendant and cousin search has led to my finding 3 living males; Myself, my son, and a 1st cousin. I would be overwhelmingly delighted to find any male cousins, otherwise, anywhere.
If any of this twigs a memory in you, I would love to get in touch.