Profiles

Superstar chef Massimo Bottura: knowing the past to shape the future of Italian cuisine

A slice of cod placed on julienne-sliced vegetables, served in a squid ink broth and topped with a sprinkling of powdered seaweed and sea urchins...

Italian Conductor, Maestro Riccardo Frizza, Returns to San Francisco with Roberto Devereux

San Francisco has attracted world class talent, artists from every genre, for many decades and the month of September 2018 was no exception. The city...

Federico Rampini and the “red lines” making today’s world

For every conflict, every porous border crossed by refugees, every suffering or rioting people, every threatening and aggressive regime, for every...

Nido di Seta: a new spin on reviving Italy’s ancient silk industry

Once upon a time, about 600 years ago, the deep southern reaches of Calabria cradled the heart of Europe’s silk industry. Nestled in the Catanzaro...

First stand-alone Princi cafe finds a warm welcome in Seattle

Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz recently credited Italy with inspiring two of the most pivotal moments in his professional life. The...

A chat in the kitchen with Chef Gino Angelini

“At one point, at 47, I realized that I wanted to open my own restaurant. Everyone thought I’d last two or three months, but after 18 years I’m still...

A new generation of Italians

The new generation of Italians coming to the US is a welcomed repeat performance, one that has been ongoing for over 100 years. Italian immigrants...

Mary Taylor Simeti, grande dame of Sicilian culinary culture

“Sicilian novels and memoirs that speak of food are more important to me than cookbooks,” says Mary Taylor Simeti, a grande dame of the vibrant...

Tony Bennett Way, San Francisco renames a street to honor the Italian-American artist

On Saturday June 2nd, San Francisco honored Tony Bennett and his love for the city with a special celebration: during a block party along the...

The Russo Brothers: Italian American Pride Conquers Hollywood

The Italian-American directors Joe and Anthony Russo are among the artists and innovators behind some of the world’s most successful and iconic...

LA Opera Director James Conlon named Commendatore of the Italian Republic

“I have conducted regularly in Italy for over thirty years, and love the country for its beauty, its culture and its language.” James Conlon,...

Giada De Laurentiis: Food Network Chef goes back to her Italian roots

“Cooking with my grandfather Dino is one of my earliest memories.” In going down memory lane, Giada De Laurentiis gets emotional. With such an...

Sicily through the lenses of a maestro

Sicilian photographer Giuseppe Leone has earned the distinguished title of maestro after six decades of documenting the culture, traditions and...

A career well-lived: New book explores a newspaperman’s life

From 1978-1993, Virgil Fassio was the publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, one of the city’s two daily newspapers until it closed in 2009...

Sign Gene: Emilio Insolera’s own take on superheroes

Being deaf is like having a super power. Emilio Insolera, deaf from his birth, was so sure about this concept that he turned it into a feature film,...