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
Realtor Enzo Ricciardelli

Realtor Enzo Ricciardelli will help you find your dream house in L.A.

As Carlo Levi himself declared, in reference to the origins of his well-known memoir’s title, Christ Stopped at Eboli (1945): “ The title of the book...
Star Chef Cristina Bowerman, President of the Association of Italian Ambassadors of Taste, Consul General Antonio Verde and Los Angeles based Italian Star Chef Antonio Murè (Barrique Restaurant), at the reception that Consul General Antonio Verde had at his official residence to showcase prestigious DOP products

The First Italian Cuisine in the World Week lands in L.A.

If I would ask any of you to tell me what is the capital of worldwide cinema, the obvious answer would be, Los Angeles. To be precise, its most...
Vintage artwork, initial concept designed by artist Federico Seneca for Perugina in 1922. (courtesy Perugina Nestlè Italia)

Chocolate wars: what’s Italy’s real chocolate making capital?

In Italy you know Winter has finally arrived when, upon entering a café in the mid-afternoon, the comforting scent of hot chocolate and whipped cream...
Kathy McCabe, the host of “Dream of Italy” on PBS

Kathy McCabe Dreaming of Italy

Blonde-haired, creator of the Dream of Italy newsletter and PBS travel series, doesn’t look Italian—nor does her name sound Italian. But the first...
Mi Garba doesn't only serve authentic Tuscan food: it also conveys the heart of the Italian philosophy of life: Live simply and eat well. Photo courtesy of Mi Garba

Andrea Tempestini’s Mi Garba: a slice of Tuscany in NYC

Step into Mi Garba, just south of Union Square, and you will feel as though you have left New York City far behind. You are in Tuscany now, but you...
A food expert and a real entertainer, chef Mario Batali presented his new cookbook, Big American Cookbook. 250 favorite recipes from across the USA. Photo credit: Ken Goodman

Chef Mario Batali Entertains Audience in Pasadena

I n the evening of October 26th, multi-awarded celebrity chef Mario Batali presented and signed copies of his just released cookbook, Big American...



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