Profiles

Chef and Restaurateur, Celestino Drago. Photo Courtesy of Katie Conway

Celestino Drago: Italian Excellence in the LA Food Scene

It could have been a completely different story. Celestino Drago, who comes from the Province of Messina (Sicily), might have become a successful...
Elvis Presley presents a Tennessee ham to Governor Albert Rosellini, far left, during the 1962 Seattle’s World Fair

The Rosellini cousins: among the most influential people in mid-century politics and business

Cousins have often played complementary roles throughout history. Take Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, fifth cousins, who became president of the...
Talent manager Zeno Pisani

Zeno Pisani: the Italian Manager of Hollywood

Zeno Pisani was meant to shine among the Hollywood stars. For more than 20 years he has been speeding across the roads of Beverly Hills, West...
Gigliola Staffilani. Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gigliola Staffilani and her parable to success

Gigliola Staffilani is the only Italian woman teaching full time pure mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Originally from...
Italy Mourns Actor and Filmmaker Bud Spencer

Italy Mourns Actor and Filmmaker Bud Spencer who Died at 86

Italian actor and director, Carlo Pedersoli, known as Bud Spencer, died today at the age of 86. Born in Naples, he grew from a successful swimmer in...
Italian Prima Ballerina, Alessandra Ferri, Returns to the Metropolitan Opera House at the age of 53

Italian Prima Ballerina, Alessandra Ferri, Returns to the Metropolitan Opera House at the age of 53

Alessandra Ferri, Italian Prima Ballerina, returned on Thursday night, at the age of 53, to the Metropolitan Opera House stage to dance, for just one...
Sal Scognamillo Executive Chef at  Patsy’s Italian Family Restaurant. Photo: Jeff Gurwin

Patsy’s Secret Recipe? Family, Hospitality and a Touch of Sinatra

There are not many family-owned restaurants in urban cities that have been in business for over seventy years. One reason for this is the Food...
Kent Bakke, CEO of La Marzocco International, imported La Marzocco espresso machines from Italy for 15 years before acquiring a controlling share of the company and establishing corporate headquarters in Seattle. (Jill Greco Bodnar)

Got coffee? La Marzocco International calls Seattle home

If you are a coffee aficionado, you’ve heard of La Marzocco. A hands-down favorite among baristas, these high-end espresso machines can be found in...
Tony Gemignani is the chef and owner of thirteen restaurants in Northern California and Las Vegas and an 11-time world pizza champion. Photograph courtesy of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

The World Champion Pizzaiolo is from the San Francisco Bay Area

Who is this world-renowned pizzaiolo? None other than Tony Gemignani. What exactly is a pizzaiolo? That would be a person who makes pizzas in an...
Gianluca Legrottaglia at Montesacro Pinseria in San Francisco

Montesacro: All Roads Take to The Roman PinsaLand in San Francisco

A wholesale bakery connected to a restaurant, the "Mead Restaurant and Bakery" built around 1910. A wall was hiding a coal-oven that measured about...
Architect Diane Favro. Photo Courtesy of D. Favro

Historical Architect Diane Favro and her 3D visions of Imperial Rome

Diane Favro, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, as well as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of the Arts and...
Italian Actress Stefania Sandrelli Turns 70

Italian Actress Stefania Sandrelli Turns 70

Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli was born 5 June 1946 in Viareggio, Tuscany , and she is famous for her many roles in the commedia all'italiana...
Artistic director Laura Caparrotti. Photo: Stefano Corso

A conversation with Laura Caparrotti Artistic Director of Kairos Italy Theatre

Laura Caparrotti is an artist, educator, journalist, playwright, lecturer, consultant and Italian dialect coach for Boardwalk Empire, a curator and a...
Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi Won The Italian Golden Globe for Their Career

Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi Won The Italian Golden Globe for Their Career

Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi will receive the 2016 Italian Golden Globe to honour their career. The cerimony, on its 56th edition, will be...
Italy Mourns Theatre Director and Actor Giorgio Albertazzi

Italy Mourns Theatre Director and Actor Giorgio Albertazzi

Italian Theatre Director and Actor Giorgio Albertazzi died Saturday in Tuscany at the age of 92. He was born in Fiesole in 1923. On stage, often in...

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