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Word of the Day: Cappuccino

The word cappuccino means, literally, small hood, but of course we think of coffee when we hear it. Or friars, and the link is not haphazard at all...

The Week of Italian Cuisine highlights Mediterranean diet and Apulia’s traditional food

The Mediterranean Diet as a model of proper eating, as a balanced and sustainable lifestyle for both health and environment, was the main topic of...

La Marzocco: the coffee machine behind Italy’s best caffé

It takes a lot of things to prepare a good cup of coffee: obviously, a good coffee blend and a good machine, to say the least. There’s a brand that...

Retiring in Italy: it may no longer be only a dream

Regardless of their age, Italians have one huge preoccupation these days: retiring. With income taxes among the highest in Europe and pensions often...

The last lighthouse keeper at Punta Carena

The lighthouse, a mysterious and poetic place, cherished by artists and writers: Virginia Woolf set one of her most popular novels, To the Lighthouse...

Identità Golose opens in Los Angeles with Carlo Cracco

Being behind the counter and in front of the cooker feels familiar to Carlo Cracco; here he shows us step by step, ingredient after ingredient, how...

Castagnaccio: a traditional Autumn Tuscan treat

With rain forecast for the next few days, and as 1st November is a public holiday here in Italy, why not spend some time in the kitchen making a...

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...

Alto Adige Pinot Noir

Chances are good you’re aware that Italy’s northernmost province of Alto Adige, the self-governing region tucked away in Italy’s northeast,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A walk through the streets of a diverse Rome

More than sixty years ago the Italian writer and painter, Carlo Levi, wrote a series of essays about Rome that were published posthumously. These...

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