Bistecca alla Fiorentina? It has to be at least two fingers thick!

...Here it is, in all its “thickness,” the bistecca alla Fiorentina! “and you know what — they say in Florence — outside of Tuscany, they don’t even...

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...

Tell me how you speak and I'll tell you who you are: Italy and the true beauty of dialects

My relationship with Piedmontese, the dialect of my region, has always been ambivalent. Growing up in a small rural community, I learned it without...

Ferrara, “la città del silenzio:” stories and curiosities of the first truly European city

Ferrara, loderò le tue vie piane/grandi come fiumane,/che conducono all’infinito chi va solo col suo pensiero ardente: I shall praise your flat...

Myths and legends of Italy Campania – Parthenope and the foundation of Naples

Vedi Napoli e poi mori , once you’ve seen Naples, you are free to die. It may sound unsettling at first, but whoever visited the city can testify it...

Word of the day: Stufo

The expression essere stufo (ehs-eh-rai stoo-foh) comes from the Italian verb stufare , and began to be used with the meaning we are familiar with...

Italian men’s suits – why are they so special?

A debate on whether a man in a suit generates appeal might last a minute or two. The same debate on a man in an Italian suit would be over before I...

A Renaissance tradition becomes popular again: Florence and its buchette del vino

Florence’s streets are filled with secrets and curiosities: some of them are known to those into history and local legends, others are so obscure...

Basil lemon ricotta cheesecake

As summer draws to a close, most of us have cleared out our garden beds either to let them rest for the winter months or turn them over for fall...

Louis Prima: His legacy through the eyes and words of daughter Lena

During this past summer, I attended my friend’s bachelor party in New Orleans. Prior to visiting the Crescent City, I had made preliminary...