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Remembrances of times past: a long lunch with Zeffirelli

I will never forget how Franco Zeffirelli made me feel welcome that spring-like day on March 20, 2013 when he invited me to lunch at his Roman villa...

Asparagus & goat cheese ravioli with burnt butter, sage & hazelnut sauce

Making your own pasta isn’t difficult, and I was reminded whilst making these ravioli just how satisfying, relaxing and therapeutic it can be. I...

A Boom Boom connection between father and son

When most young boys are shooting hoops or playing catch with their fathers, Ray Boom Boom Mancini stepped into a boxing gym and promised his dad, “...

Great success for the 2019 Italian National Day

On June 3rd 2019 the Italian community of LA celebrated the historic day, back in 1946, when a pivotal referendum decided the fate of Italy about...
The Staff of the Italian Consulate joined Consul General, Lorenzo Ortona, and his wife Sheila for a group photo. Ph Credits Emanuela Quaglia

From Festa della Repubblica to Matera European Capital of Culture

For the 73rd time in their history, Italy and Italians celebrated the Festa della Repubblica , with events across the globe aiming to underline the...

Filmmaker Laura Luchetti explores unlikely friendships amid violent realities

The new film from director Laura Luchetti , Twin Flower (Fiore Gemello) explores unlikely friendships and the loss of innocence, set against the...

Leonardo’s Knots – art, mathematics or mystery?

I n honor of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci ’s death (1452-1519), the San Francisco Bay Area will host numerous events, exhibits, and...

Leftover Wine? Don't waste it, make ciambelline al vino!

L eftover wine from that party last eve? Don’t toss it – make these simple Italian cookies instead. I first came to learn of these wonderful little...
Embrace the Italian in you: 5 things to do and feel more Italian than ever!

Embrace the Italian in you: 5 things to do and feel more Italian than ever!

T o be honest with you, I think Italians and Americans have plenty of things in common: big hearts and lovely smiles, to begin with, but also an...

Da Re: the inspiring, successful story of an Italian family of chefs in Los Angeles

The true American dream is made of a thousand stories about hard-working, committed, honest immigrants who came to the United States for different...
Italy’s Frecce Tricolori during a performance @ Aeronautica Militare

Frecce Tricolori: flying high Italy’s flag

F ive biplanes dive down into their targets. The head of the group noses up and makes a full loop, while the others fringe off while turning upside...

Matteo Troncone and the Neapolitan “art of living”

I t’s sunny in San Francisco on the Saturday afternoon before Memorial Day. Matteo comes to San Francisco from San Luis Obispo, before taking a...

Sergio Leone: 30 years without his genius

T he years between 1950 and 1960 were difficult for the great Hollywood film industry. A sentence of the Supreme Court of the United States decreed...

Lest We Forget: a homage to the memory of Holocaust by photographer Luigi Toscano

L EST WE FORGET, the message echoing around the San Francisco City Hall was clear: nobody should ever forget the Holocaust and the pain and suffer it...
An old fishing boat on the shore of the stormy sea in Pescara, Abruzzo

Looking at the sea from a mountain top: Abruzzo

Up to 1963 the proud region of Abruzzo was not a region in its own right, but cohabited with Molise, even if Frederick of Swabia had already, in 1233...

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