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Starring Europe - New Films from the EU

HOLLYWOOD’S PREMIERE SCREENING OF “OUR LAST” “A FILM ABLE TO MOVE AND GENTLY ENTHRALL AUDIENCES” SAID THE CONSUL GENERAL ANTONIO VERDE WHO WILL...
Norton Simon Museum's Chief Curator - Carol Togneri. Photo courtesy of C. Togneri

Carol Togneri: exposing new “gems” from the Norton Simon Museum’s vault

C arol Togneri’s pivotal moment of discovery occurred in Alhambra, CA, when she was a child and her Tuscan grandma showed her the reproductions of...

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part II): Antonioni and Ferrara

After visiting Fellini’s hometown of Rimini, our journey through the cinematic roots of the Emilia-Romagna region leads us to the city of Ferrara...

Giuseppe Franco, from Calabria with Passion

“Giuseppe Franco Salon Opening Summer 2017” reads a sign in a window on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. Well, not exactly what you are thinking. This...

History of Italian Cuisine... in a nutshell

We all love it and eat it, and we may even be somehow knowledgeable about how to prepare some of its most representative dishes, but what do we...

Cinema Italia Brings Dino Risi and its Commedia all'Italiana to San Francisco

“Call this a comedy-drama in which the comedy is only a surface symptom.” This sentence, found on a copy of the New York Times from 1963, is the...

The Italian American Intellectual

Why is it that Italian America is better known for its wise-guys then for its wise men and women? In 1927, after the United States had severely...

Caffè Umbria: Steeped in the classic coffee-roasting tradition

As a third-generation coffee roaster, Emanuele Bizzarri is immersed in the classic Italian approach to roasting coffee, with an emphasis on blend,...
It is in Fabriano, in the central Italian province of Ancona, that the history of paper in Europe begins, in the late 13th century.  Photo by FranzGustincich

The secular history of Fabriano’s precious paper

The first memories I have of Fabriano paper are of the A5 notebooks we used in elementary school: each page was heavier and thicker than average,...

Celebrating an unusual Italian Easter

Chocolate eggs are stacked high in supermercati, Colomba dove cakes decorate pasticcerie windows and lambs are being made ready for the dining table...
Audrey of Mulberry by Tristan Eaton - The LISA Project NYC. Photo: Rey Rosa Photography

Little Italy Street Art Project: Enlivening the Streets of a Historic Neighborhood, One Mural at a Time

Walking down Mulberry Street, gelato alla nocciola in hand, I couldn’t help but watch the old man wearing a vest and a coppola animatedly talking to...
For Christians, the Passover Seder became known as the “Last Supper,” the foreshadowing of Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection on Easter Sunday and the beginning of Christianity

The Full Moon and Easter Sunday

For a number of years, I have wondered why Easter Sunday falls at different times of the spring season. Although Easter usually comes in the month of...

Archivist Michael Lombardi: Preserving the history of the Boeing Company

Tucked inside a 17,000 square-foot building, with vaults protected by a high security system of checkpoints and keypads, lie the treasures of a...
Vista panoramica di Trani. Photo by milla74

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part III)

We made a brief stop at Grassano, one of the two small southern villages where Mussolini exiled Carlo Levi to silence him during the fascist’s...

A Little “Eataly” in Los Angeles

I t goes without saying that good eating is the one thing most Italians would never be willing to compromise on. Countless Hollywood reenactments of...

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