Lidia, his son Joe and Chef Batali

A Tavola with Lidia Bastianich (Part II)

Felidia ’s lunch crowd began to thin out, as we remained on the second floor and Lidia Bastianich described her plight to America. She was born in...
 Mantua's Tortelli di Zucca. Photo by marcomayer

Mantua, European capital of gastronomy 2017

C ombining simple, local ingredients with tradition, a dash of history and never-ending love Mantuan cuisine is known as the food of princes and...
Carnival of Venice, beautiful masks at St. Mark's Square — Photo by lachris77

The Language of Carnevale

For centuries the pre-Lent festivities of carnevale sumptuously celebrated carne, a word that translates as both "meat' and "flesh," in every sense...

Best Markets in Italy: Il Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio

If you ever find yourself in need of an espresso, a panino (a sandwich), pane or dolci (bread or sweets), or simply good company and a fun outing,...
Roasted Fennel and Carrot Soup

Detox with Fennel Italian-Style

With the holidays behind us, many of us have gone a bit overboard with the continual stream of cakes, cookies, libations and heavy meals. If you are...
Chef Lidia Bastianich

A Tavola with Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, the renowned chef, restaurateur, author, television personality and pioneer who introduced and educated Americans to...

New Year Traditions in Italy

From scarlet undies to pig’s trotters, fireworks to fearless bridge divers or tombola to fat ox parades, Italians love to celebrate the New Year with...
The Italian Christmas Eve dinner of seven fishes is a most interesting link to Dies Natalis Sol Invictus, the birthday of the sun

The Italian Roots of a Merry Christmas

Decking the halls with boughs of holly, wreaths, lights, the Yule log, gifts, feasts, peace on earth, good will towards men, the Nativity Scene (...
 The Alps are the highest and largest mountain range in Europe, and stretch across eight countries, including Italy, France and Switzerland. Photo by Krasnevsky

Valtellina: Discovering the Italian Alpine Life

In the northernmost part of Italy, bordering the majestic, snowcapped Swiss Alps, is a valley called Valtellina , long known for the quality of its...
Camapari nibbles

Campari-spiked Desserts to Welcome in the Holiday

With the holidays upon us, sometimes you simply need a good stiff cocktail to ease the stress or wait, perhaps a soothing dessert would better calm...
In Trentino Alto Adige on December 6th, a large number of animal-like people called Krampus runs in the streets, followed by Saint Nicholas, who protects onlookers from their violence

Beyond Presepi and Mercatini: curious Christmas traditions of Italy

That of presepe is, very likely, Italy’s best known Christmas tradition: it is popular from north to south and it is indissolubly tied to one of the...
The store is a feast for the senses, with displays of dresses, sunglasses, jewelry, shoes, food products and more. Photo: ACV Photography

New Pop-Up Shop Brings Italy to New York for Holiday Shopping

N ew York -based Italophiles have a new resource in town when it comes to high-end holiday shopping. The city that never sleeps welcomed the OFFICIAL...
Sommelier and Wine Educator Giammario Villa. Photo Courtesy of G. Villa

Six food experts give their personal recipe for sustainability

O n November 30th, it took place, at the Italian Cultural Institute in L.A., a round table discussion about food sustainability in the greater Los...
The apple of Valtellina

The apples of Valtellina

We're at the Valtellina's largest fruit-growing cooperative, Melavì. Here you can taste the famous apple from Valtellina, a PGI product. The apple...
Fiat 500

Fiat 500 Restoration: You, Me and Sicily

Fiat 500 Restoration: You, Me and Sicily



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