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Actress Laura Zenoni. Photo Courtesy of L. Zenoni

A new wave of Italian-Americans floods in the Hollywood Fringe Festival

The 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 9-26) - annual, open-access, community-derived event dedicated to showcase uncensored contemporary stage...
Racecar drivers Alexander Rossi & Mario Andretti Photograph courtesy of the Marussia F1 Team &

The “Italian Cultural Spring” Continues into Summer & Fall

Earlier this year, our own San Francisco Italian Consul General, Mauro Battocchi, posted an important observation in his blog at San Francisco, Italy...
Icy pops, Ghiaccioli, Italian summer, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Homemade Icy Pops - Ghiaccioli fatti in casa

Every one enjoys an Icy Pop in summer, kids and adults alike. But this summer the thing to enjoy is a Boozy Pop. An adults only treat, these...
Bologna is home to the world's largest heraldic wall complex. Photo by sedmak

The Palace with a Thousand and One Coats of Arms: Exploring the Archiginnasio of Bologna

Let’s say you are a curious traveler who finds him or herself dawdling under the ever-present portici of Bologna on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Let’s...
Heavy Wood in performance - Matteo Flori on drums, Nate Kantner on vocals, and Roberto Cavallo on guitar

Heavy Wood Brings Their Hard Folk Sound to the US

Roberto Cavallo, Nate Kantner and Matteo Flori may come from different continents but they’ve melded their talents into the band, Heavy Wood. Known...
The centerpiece of the chapel is the Cristo Velato, the work of the 18th century sculptor Giuseppe Sanmartino

From the sublime to the macabre: the Cappella Sansevero in Naples

You might assume that all the greatest sculptures in Italy are by Michelangelo or Bernini, and that you’ll find them in the galleries of Rome and...
Italia Composer Ludovico Einaudi Performs On a Floating Platform in The Arctic Ocean To Support Greenpeace

Italia Composer Ludovico Einaudi Performs On a Floating Platform in The Arctic Ocean To Support Greenpeace

Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world...
Sal Scognamillo Executive Chef at  Patsy’s Italian Family Restaurant. Photo: Jeff Gurwin

Patsy’s Secret Recipe? Family, Hospitality and a Touch of Sinatra

There are not many family-owned restaurants in urban cities that have been in business for over seventy years. One reason for this is the Food...
Kent Bakke, CEO of La Marzocco International, imported La Marzocco espresso machines from Italy for 15 years before acquiring a controlling share of the company and establishing corporate headquarters in Seattle. (Jill Greco Bodnar)

Got coffee? La Marzocco International calls Seattle home

If you are a coffee aficionado, you’ve heard of La Marzocco. A hands-down favorite among baristas, these high-end espresso machines can be found in...
Leonardo Beconcini, Winemaker for Pietro Beconcini Winery

Going “Live” in the Vineyard with Two of Italy’s Tech Savvy Wine Producers

Nearly six years ago I wrote that a new breed of tech savvy Italian wine producers were on the rise. They recognized that a spectacular era in...
Gianluca Legrottaglia at Montesacro Pinseria in San Francisco

Montesacro: All Roads Take to The Roman PinsaLand in San Francisco

A wholesale bakery connected to a restaurant, the "Mead Restaurant and Bakery" built around 1910. A wall was hiding a coal-oven that measured about...
Architect Diane Favro. Photo Courtesy of D. Favro

Historical Architect Diane Favro and her 3D visions of Imperial Rome

Diane Favro, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, as well as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of the Arts and...
Knowing that what you get in your plate is made with top notch ingredients, and the way it is supposed to by tradition makes Italian food more enjoyable

The Best Italian Food in the US

Eating genuine, authentic Italian food can be a struggle when you are not in Italy. Italian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world...
Pollo in potacchio con patate

Cooking Le Marche Style: Pollo in Potacchio

Finally home from an unforgettable six weeks in Scapezzano—the small town in the Marche region of Italy where my grandfather grew up before...
Strawberry festival in Nemi

The Italian summer: fairs, folklore, sagre and feste

Several years ago on a magical Saturday night in the Umbrian hilltown of Spello I watched its citizens transform the narrow stone streets into...


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