LIFE & PEOPLE

John Turturro: calling Puglia home

“My grandfather had a dream: becoming successful in America. I am part of that dream, and I am part of Giovinazzo, where my father, my grandfather...

Guess who’s coming for dinner: did the Romans really make it to America?

We all know when and how the American continent was discovered — let us not delve into the unnerving diatribe about “discovering” vs “conquering”...

Tracing the origins of pasta

There are great love affairs that permeate the ages: Anthony and Cleopatra, Rhett and Scarlet, Samson and Delilah…Everyone and Pasta. There’s...

Viva ‘a tazzulella: Naples and her love story with coffee and tradition

The relationship between caffé and the city of Naples can only be called love. La tazzulella di caffé is the way Neapolitans welcome the day,...

Beautiful Ustica, an isle that enriched New Orleans and San Francisco 

It was the eve of a fervent celebration planned for the Feast Day of Saint Joseph in 1906 when an earthquake struck the island of Ustica some 72...

Vacanze Romane? Yes, but there are rules to follow

Rome: caput mundi, the Eternal City, the cradle of Western culture as we know it (without forgetting Athens, of course!). A city made of history and...

From the Romans to Murano: the colorful world of murina glass as you have never seen it

The purity and beauty of Venetian glass is known worldwide: a precious and ancient tradition that speaks of quality, beauty, elegance and creativity...

Sardinian Fregola with clams

I was re-arranging my pantry recently and found a package of Sardinian fregola . Memories came flooding back of my trip to this wonderful island back...

A family’ s fairytale and rediscovering one’s roots: The Seven Golden Apples and Robert Cirillo’s journey into his own Italian heritage.

Every child grows up with a favorite fairytale and it’s not always a polished Disney iteration of some traditional story nor, in fact, a classic like...

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...

Carretti Siciliani: the young faces of an ancient tradition

I think that speaking with an artist is always, always an honor. And for this reason, I was truly delighted and — I must admit — quite excited, by...

Tradition gets “insta-famous:” the curious story of Barni

We of L’Italo-Americano are great supporters of traditional knowledge and heritage, and it really couldn’t be any different. For Italian-Americans ,...

Porto Empedocle: Andrea Camilleri sure to live on through Inspector Montalbano

I met Andrea Camilleri twice in Milan at the Hotel Manin in the late ’90s. The Sicilian literary phenomenon was not a kid at the time. He was already...

Lina Wertmüller: an Oscar to an original portrait of Italianness

“I am grateful to have received this award, which I didn’t expect, and that, for this reason, is even more welcome and makes me all the happier. For...

Two sites along the Adriatic shore visited by angels

The Adriatic coast of Italy is one with many secrets, among which two sites that have been visited by angels of all stripes: some of them have...

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