Traditions

Pasqua – a season of hope

The vigorous celebrations of Pasqua and Pasquetta in Italy -- Easter and the Monday after Easter -- are as much a part of the season of renewal as...

The Piemontese palate: rich, traditional, and delicious

Ask the average non-Italian to give you a rundown on Italian cuisine and chances are it will sound like this: "Spaghetti…with meatballs, Fettuccini...

'NEW POPE' inspired by the tv series of Paolo Sorrrentino, drink by Simone Mina bar manager of Ch 18 87 in Roma

DRINK: NEW POPE (inspired by the TV series ‘The New Pope’, by Paolo Sorrentino, 2019) BARMAN : Simone Mina, bar manager of Ch 18 87 , the cocktail...

A Venetian Carnevale: the Marega family and the mascareri tradition

There are two words that truly define the essence of Italian Carnevale : the first is maschera , or mask; the second is — of course — Venezia. While...

Italian inventions: the utilitarian table fork, once a “scandalous” innovation

In most western households, forks are a basic part of a table setting — unless you’re all eating is soup. The relationship Italians have with the...

The heart and soul of Naples: history and poetry of the Quartieri Spagnoli

“Napule è mille culure, Napule è mille paure, Napule è a voce d’ ‘e creature che saglie chiano chianu e tu saje ca nun si sulo:” Naples is a thousand...
View of the promenade in the downtown of Alghero, Sardinia. Photo by AlKan32

Alghero, a small Barcelona in Italy

Barcellonetta, an Italian term meaning small and pretty Barcelona, is the nickname for the city of Alghero, on the Northern coast of Sardinia dating...

Alba, truffle pearl: a mother lode of enterprises

When in late October 1929 Wall Street collapsed, contributing to the Great Depression of the 1930s, a rural village of Piedmont started to thrive. In...
Cervia (Ra), Romagna, the old saline of etruscan origin and some of the tools for harvesting salt. Copyright : Mario Bonotto

Italy's White Gold: The "Sweet" Salt of Cervia

Cervia, the ancient city along Italy's Adriatic coastline was once called Ficolce, and as legend has it, the name derived from Ficol, the mighty...
The commedia dell'arte developed types, also called maschere, or masks, for different stock characters. Copyright: Il Ricetto - 123RF Stock Photo

The Masks of the Commedia dell’Arte

During a recent visit to the Museo Teatrale della Scala I admired many antique prints of commedia dell’arte situations. Commedia dell’arte was a...

Five unspoken rules everyone follows in Italy

There is a bit of Giovanni della Casa in every Italian, you know. What do you mean, who’s he? Della Casa, that dude who wrote the Galateo, in 1558...

Winter legends for an Italian 2020

Winter is such a fantastic time of the year. It’s my favorite season and I just love it. The snow, the chilly air, the color of the sky. Everything...

Welcome 2020, a year to be proud of being Italian

We’ve been living in a new decade for almost two weeks, and so many things have already happened. Yet, the month of January is, more often than not,...

Five unspoken rules everyone follows in Italy

There is a bit of Giovanni della Casa in every Italian, you know. What do you mean, who’s he? Della Casa, that dude who wrote the Galateo, in 1558...

Festive California: new land of King panettone?

The Italians enter the Christmas spirit with a fragrant, yeasty slice of panettone -- Christmas isn’t Christmas without it on our festive tables. We...