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The pandemic broke fashion’s spell: less is now more

Excessive consumerism blinded us with “needed” material abundance until the COVID-19 pandemic broke the spell. Living in a consumerist culture, we...

Travail and triumph: The tale of an Italian émigré

Life, we all know it, is truly unpredictable. There’s very little we can anticipate and we rarely think about how, at times, a cheerful, carefree...

Memories of Covid-19: dead in Italy will long rustle like leaves

In Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Vladimir, one of the two main characters in the existential play, suggests that the voice of the dead makes a...

Alluring Italy remains our dream – even from the armchair

A quote attributed to the 18th-century British writer, literary critic and moralist Dr. Samuel Johnson goes: “A man who has not been in Italy is...

The Coronavirus crisis: Italy, my wounded land, garland of love

I woke up to a dystopian reality on February 22 when at dawn I heard that the novel coronavirus exploded in our efficient, modern, German-like...

Italian inventions: the utilitarian table fork, once a “scandalous” innovation

In most western households, forks are a basic part of a table setting — unless you’re all eating is soup. The relationship Italians have with the...
Temple of Neptune. Paestum archaeological site in Italy— Photo by Dogstock

Cilento: Ancient, artisanal and authentic

Compared to the Amalfi Coast, its bustling neighbor in the province of Salerno, Cilento might seem like land that time forgot. Long stretches of its...

Alba, truffle pearl: a mother lode of enterprises

When in late October 1929 Wall Street collapsed, contributing to the Great Depression of the 1930s, a rural village of Piedmont started to thrive. In...

Festive California: new land of King panettone?

The Italians enter the Christmas spirit with a fragrant, yeasty slice of panettone -- Christmas isn’t Christmas without it on our festive tables. We...

Caesar’s Salad, a gift from Baveno, Lake Maggiore

Before pasta, there was Lady Salad. Today we can taste all kinds of spectacular insalatone or large salads, yet the first to prepare raw leafy...