LIFE & PEOPLE

Vico Equense and the human touch: Springsteen, Franklin and the Neapolitan Enlightenment

There is an under-the-radar town that has a few secrets up its sleeve. Its name is Vico Equense and dates back to pre-Roman times. The picturesque...

Viva la 500! The iconic car makes history at MoMa

The iconic FIAT 500, symbol of Italy’s post war economic renaissance, became part of MoMA’s permanent collection last year, but 2019 brings even more...

Volterra and alabaster: More than 3,000 years of art in stone

The beautiful walled city of Volterra, an ancient Etruscan town some 45 miles southwest of Florence, is famous for its well-preserved medieval...

It wasn’t always the Romans: Italians before Romulus and Remus

Rome, caput mundi and glorious mother of western civilization, wasn’t the first power to rule over the peninsula. Naturally enough, a lot happened...

Syracuse Duomo: a story of 4 faiths, 6 conquerors and over 2500 years of history

Nestled on a little island, off the southeastern tip of Sicily stands a gleaming white cathedral. As the hot Mediterranean sun hits its towering...

Word of the Day: Tombola

Every Italian received a Tombola set as a Christmas present at some stage of their childhood. Mine, however, was a bit of a historical relic, as I...

Marco Ponti’s newest comedy calls attention to Italy’s economic woes

Rank heists, police chases, beautiful actress, cruel gangsters, crooked cops and social criticism: Marco Ponti’s newest film, Reckless Life (Una Vita...

Il Cenacolo: the men and now the women

This year, 2018, marks the 90th anniversary of San Francisco’s premier Italian cultural club, Il Cenacolo. This impressive and important milestone...

Knocking on Italy’s door: Spotlight on Basilicata’s local identity

A beautiful article appeared a while back on the renowned pages of the New York Times. It was an incredibly entertaining and informative account of...

Meeting panettone and pandoro’s cousin: buccellato

Christmas desserts in Italy are usually always associated with panettone and pandoro, and people usually have a firm favorite of the two.  I love...

The Italian Cultural Institute wraps up a 2018 full of events

“The new year will open with an Italian evening organized by the LA Clippers in collaboration with the Institute and dedicated to the NBA champion...

Silvia Chiave is Italy’s new Consul General in Los Angeles

“Even before choosing to travel, I was a nomad and I got to know first-hand the nature of the various Italian communities abroad, I was able to...

The pine cones of Christmas

On one of my many trips to Italy in the early 1980s, I had the good fortune to visit with Father Romano Romani, a friend of my good friend, Dr...

Perbacco: fine dining beyond the Week of Italian Cuisine

Several weeks prior to the 2018 Week of Italian Cuisine (November 12-17), San Francisco's fine dining establishment Perbacco, offered special guests...

A world without Venice: a nightmare more real than we think

Last month Venice suffered the fourth highest floods in its history. Water seeped up through the drains, over the canal sides and into the houses,...