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2018 food trends put Italian taste in the spotlight

The Extraordinary Italian Taste made its way to San Francisco kicking off a year that sees - once again - Italy as one of the leading countries in...

Bussana Vecchia, where artists brought quake village back to life

Early one morning in 1959 a ceramic artist from Turin known simply as Clizia arrived in Bussana Vecchia, a medieval hilltop village about five miles...

Referendum Underway to Restore San Francisco’s Italian Heritage Day

On February 15, 2018, CIAO, the Coalition of Italian American Organizations, held a press conference in San Francisco’s Washington Square announcing...

Gina Lollobrigida honored with a star on the Walk of Fame

Gina Lollobrigida came to Los Angeles to attend the ceremony for the naming after her of a star on the famous Walk of Fame, a tribute Hollywood chose...

Secret Italy: a voyage through the mysterious and the unknown of the peninsula

From North to South, from East to West, Italy is a beautiful chest filled with mysterious treasures. Bones of dragons and alchemic doors, secret...

The art of Italian aperitivo

“Salute!” — the clink-clink of glasses resounds like church bells throughout Italy as the late afternoon begins to dissolve towards evening. It’s...

The white gold of Italy: Massa-Carrara and its marble

We hear Tuscany and, of course, we think Florence, Siena, the leaning tower of Pisa, Lucca’s medieval walls. If idyllic settings and wine are your...

Secret Italy: a voyage through the mysterious and the unknown of the peninsula

The nature of mystery is manyfold and there is certainly more to it than supernatural events, haunted locations and unsolved murders. Mystery,...

The Caracalla Baths, a plunge into the Roman Empire

For centuries ancient Romans have built roads and bridges connecting all of their conquered territories, triumphal arches celebrating their victories...

Transforming a hotel dining room to nourish the soul

From Theodore Roosevelt to Elvis Presley, from William Howard Taft to Babe Ruth, guests who stayed in the New Washington Hotel in downtown Seattle...

Sweet success of licorice, Rossano’s ‘black gold’

Even in the time of the Ancient Greeks, Calabria’s s soil and climate had already proved ideal for growing long, thick and sweet licorice roots...

Su filindeu: a pasta so rare it’s at risk of disappearing

This is the story of a dish whose origin is rooted in people’s own heritage and centennial tradition. It is the story of a dish that was born to be...

Bye-Bye Columbus? Addio Italian Heritage Day?

On Tuesday, January 23, 2017, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to approve a proposal to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day...

A chat with Valeria Rumori: a new year full of events for the Italian Cultural Institute in L.A.

Not only Hollywood, but culture, fashion, entrepreneurship and good food as well. Los Angeles is no longer just the world capital of cinema. And the...

Carnevale and its thousand faces

When I was a child, Carnevale was the occasion to don some improbable outfit, usually involving satin gowns and glitter or, depending on the mood of...

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