LIFE & PEOPLE

Vino for serious “Sangweech”

In your neighborhood, it may be called a “sammich.” But, in the mash-up of English and southern Italian dialect we grew up with, it’s referred to as...

Five reasons you should include Catania in your next Sicilian trip

We are in that time of the year again. The summer is over, we’re all going back to our daily routines and embracing the comforting colors and sound...

60 years of Milanese style: the touch that drives an industry

Sometimes clothes tell me about humanity more than philosophers, scholars or gurus. I love fashion, and if you want to live and breathe fashion, you...

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...

Is Florence declaring war to street food?

This is what many came to think, when the Florence city council emitted an ordinance, which took effect on September 4 and will last until January 6...

Is Italy still dreaming the American Dream?

America: its name alone has been enough to bring a sparkle in the eye of several generations of young Italians. A sparkle of hope, initially: hope...

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...

Sant’Eustachio: Pasquino hunts for coffee

Outside Caffé Sant’Eustachio students and cabbies, bankers and brokers, pundits and senators sip espresso and mock the news. Starbucks, the US coffee...

Seattle and the Northwest pizza wars

Pizza is one of those ubiquitous food items that can be prepared in so many different and delicious ways: crusty or chewy, thin or thick, square or...

San Leo: soaring fortress, a soothsayer and a saint

Rimini has attracted a crowd in August since time immemorial. The internationally renowned summer holiday destination on la Riviera Romagnola is...

Cinema in Venice: why is the Festival del Cinema di Venezia so different?

When summer passes the torch of seasons to fall and people start getting back into their routines after weeks at the beach, Italy enjoys one last...

Marcello Mastroianni, La Dolce Vita and much more at Cinema Italia SF this September

When he entered the legendary gates of Cinecittà for the first time, Marcello Mastroianni was only 11. Nevertheless, his entire life as an actor was...

Finally… the fall: a trip through Italy, following autumnal traditions

It’s only the 2nd of September, today, yet the sounds and scents of summer seem far. The weather has been helping to get into the mood, treating us...

Mystical allure of scenic Scanno

A slice of paradise was created by a landslide at Mt. Rava a thousand years ago, forming Lake Scanno, a heart-shaped mountain lake 1,050 meters above...

Meet the Italians: five types of women you’ll find in the Bel Paese

La donna Italiana: timeless like la Loren, mesmerizing like Milva, beautiful like la Bellucci, intelligent like la Montalcini, strong like la Fallaci...