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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...

A taste of summer: pomodori arrostiti

Finally the summer heat has yielded a delicious crop of tomatoes – plump heirloom, sweet cherry, meaty San Marzano. I wait patiently all season for...

The First Spritz is free – Confessions of Venice Addicts

“When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become – incredibly but quite simply – my address.” Thus wrote French novelist Marcel Proust,...

Pizza Pascalina, a slice of health

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food: it’s filling, it’s versatile, it’s perfect for sharing but also great to have on your own. A night on front of...

Italian fashion never goes out of style

Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Trussardi – we all know the names and are familiar with the image of these fashion powerhouses,...

Ferragosto, the traditional Italian mid-summer feast

The exodus begins in early August. Factories in the Tiburtina Valley grind to a halt. Executives abandon EUR’s corporate offices. Shops on Via del...

The coolest summer: why Italian gelato doesn’t feel the heat of a slower economy

The late July heatwave has been making sun, sea and sand lovers happy this year, with temperatures well into the high 80s and a gentle breeze...

Ape: working hard since 1948

When Ape was born, Vespa was only two years old and had already found a place in the heart of Italians, who had been getting back on their feet after...

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