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Pasta con le sarde

A traditional Sicilian pasta recipe which I absolutely adore is pasta con le sarde - pasta with sardines. If you have a keen eye though, you’ll...

Pliny the Elder, story teller of the world

Second only to Aristotle, Gaius Plinius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder, was probably the most influential scholar of Antiquity, and the only one...

Tony Bennett Way, San Francisco renames a street to honor the Italian-American artist

On Saturday June 2nd, San Francisco honored Tony Bennett and his love for the city with a special celebration: during a block party along the...

The Russo Brothers: Italian American Pride Conquers Hollywood

The Italian-American directors Joe and Anthony Russo are among the artists and innovators behind some of the world’s most successful and iconic...

Venice’s pali da casada and the history they hide

Every year hundreds of trees are cut down. They’re trimmed, sanded and hand-painted, then pile-driven into the dense mud of the Venetian lagoon. It’s...

Bringing you back to your roots: la Farnesina promotes Italy’s “turismo delle radici”

It is a special year for L’Italo Americano, which celebrates its 110th anniversary. One hundred and ten years dedicated to keeping the Italian...

Rome’s Colosseum: there’s more than meets the eye

When in Rome … it’s a no-brainer that the famed Colosseum is at the top of most visitors’ list of “must see” attractions. In fact, this forerunner to...

Tuscany in red and white: following the Wine Trail’ s treasures

Among the reasons that make the Tuscan region one of the most beloved of the whole Bel Paese, the fine arts, its unique landscapes and its delicious...

Sharing recipes among friends: a simple joy transcends the ages

Maria Lucia Luongo is a woman who takes joy in the simple pleasures of life: cooking, fashion, yoga, friendships. For the past 70 years, life’s...

Genoa and San Francisco look at their past to move forward, together, in the future

The legacy between Genoa and San Francisco is now stronger than ever. Two years after the visits of some other Genovese representatives, Italian...

LA Opera Director James Conlon named Commendatore of the Italian Republic

“I have conducted regularly in Italy for over thirty years, and love the country for its beauty, its culture and its language.” James Conlon,...

A summer out of the ordinary by Italy's favorite seaside spots

Summer is on its way, or so we all hope here in Italy. The weather remains unstable, albeit temperatures are pleasant and I happily enjoyed my first...

Nola’s towering festival of lilies

For a little town just off the A16 autostrada, east of Naples, Nola has some big claims to fame. Spartacus once conquered it, Hadrian tried and the...

Naso: the roots of Lady Gaga

Born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from...

Finding art and hospitality in Tuscany's ancient Spedali

Even though present-day hospitals all around the world are basically centers providing medical assistance and rehabilitation of the sick, the...

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