LIFE & PEOPLE

LA’s love for Italy’s 21st century diva: Monica Bellucci

Los Angeles dedicates an entire day to one of the most famous Italian film icons in the world: Monica Bellucci. The Filming On Italy Festival,...

Gina Lollobrigida honored with a star on the Walk of Fame

Gina Lollobrigida came to Los Angeles to attend the ceremony for the naming after her of a star on the famous Walk of Fame, a tribute Hollywood chose...

The art of Italian aperitivo

“Salute!” — the clink-clink of glasses resounds like church bells throughout Italy as the late afternoon begins to dissolve towards evening. It’s...

The Caracalla Baths, a plunge into the Roman Empire

For centuries ancient Romans have built roads and bridges connecting all of their conquered territories, triumphal arches celebrating their victories...

Transforming a hotel dining room to nourish the soul

From Theodore Roosevelt to Elvis Presley, from William Howard Taft to Babe Ruth, guests who stayed in the New Washington Hotel in downtown Seattle...

Sweet success of licorice, Rossano’s ‘black gold’

Even in the time of the Ancient Greeks, Calabria’s s soil and climate had already proved ideal for growing long, thick and sweet licorice roots...

Bye-Bye Columbus? Addio Italian Heritage Day?

On Tuesday, January 23, 2017, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to approve a proposal to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day...

A chat with Valeria Rumori: a new year full of events for the Italian Cultural Institute in L.A.

Not only Hollywood, but culture, fashion, entrepreneurship and good food as well. Los Angeles is no longer just the world capital of cinema. And the...

Carnevale and its thousand faces

When I was a child, Carnevale was the occasion to don some improbable outfit, usually involving satin gowns and glitter or, depending on the mood of...

It’s Not Just Pizza Anymore!

Did you know the United Nations considers pizza Napoletana a cultural heritage? In December 2017, the Art of the Neapolitan Pizzaiuolo, lovingly...

Turin offers us a “bicerin”of tradition

While I write, I’m sitting in my own house in the hills of the Langhe, a good feet of snow outside. It’s that time of the year when the scent of...

Land of many faces: the Crete Senesi

She lies just south of Siena, this stark yet soft and wizened land. Her sensuously rolling landscape is ever-changing — breathtakingly alluring when...

The truth behind ceramic Moorish heads

Any trip to Southern Italy is never complete without browsing through dozens of ceramic stores from the Amalfi coast, to Puglia and throughout the...

2017: a year full of Italian events and much more. What to expect in 2018

“ Not who starts, but who perseveres.” The Italian Consul General in Los Angeles, Antonio Verde, recalls the motto of the Amerigo Vespucci tall ship...

Farewell to Gualtiero Marchesi Maestro of Italian Cuisine

2017 ended on a mournful note for the world of Italian cuisine, which lost one of its most beloved fathers, Gualtiero Marchesi, on Saint Stephen’s...