LIFE & PEOPLE

To Your Health: Salute Rucola!

I stopped by the local farmer’s market this weekend and found myself in front of a beautiful basket of freshly picked arugula. Memories of a...

Pasta con le sarde

A traditional Sicilian pasta recipe which I absolutely adore is pasta con le sarde - pasta with sardines. If you have a keen eye though, you’ll...

The Bells of Agnone: Marinelli’s family handcrafting papal bells since 1339

There is a special sound that speaks of Italy, the same for thousands of years, a sound that becomes one with the country’s landscape, dotted with...

Feeding Italy for millennia: the history of ancient grains

Greeks and Romans offered spelt to the Gods, Aztecs considered chia seeds worthy of tributes, and farro is noted in the Old Testament. Today,...

Mary Taylor Simeti, grande dame of Sicilian culinary culture

“Sicilian novels and memoirs that speak of food are more important to me than cookbooks,” says Mary Taylor Simeti, a grande dame of the vibrant...

Pliny the Elder, story teller of the world

Second only to Aristotle, Gaius Plinius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder, was probably the most influential scholar of Antiquity, and the only one...

Ciao belli! A little history of Italy’s most popular word

Isn’t Summer the perfect season for trivia? I don’t know you, but when the heat hits I suddenly develop a thirst for curious facts and tasty tidbits...

Italian wine: celebrating drinkability

You might think that with a bottle of fermented grape juice, drinkability comes as standard equipment. But, it just ain’t so. And what exactly is...

Tony Bennett Way, San Francisco renames a street to honor the Italian-American artist

On Saturday June 2nd, San Francisco honored Tony Bennett and his love for the city with a special celebration: during a block party along the...

The Russo Brothers: Italian American Pride Conquers Hollywood

The Italian-American directors Joe and Anthony Russo are among the artists and innovators behind some of the world’s most successful and iconic...

Venice’s pali da casada and the history they hide

Every year hundreds of trees are cut down. They’re trimmed, sanded and hand-painted, then pile-driven into the dense mud of the Venetian lagoon. It’s...

Bringing you back to your roots: la Farnesina promotes Italy’s “turismo delle radici”

It is a special year for L’Italo Americano, which celebrates its 110th anniversary. One hundred and ten years dedicated to keeping the Italian...

Rome’s Colosseum: there’s more than meets the eye

When in Rome … it’s a no-brainer that the famed Colosseum is at the top of most visitors’ list of “must see” attractions. In fact, this forerunner to...

Tuscany in red and white: following the Wine Trail’ s treasures

Among the reasons that make the Tuscan region one of the most beloved of the whole Bel Paese, the fine arts, its unique landscapes and its delicious...

Chinotto: a fully Italian vintage soda

Chinotto is a citrus fruit originally from China, exclusively grown on the Ligurian coast, in the Savona area since the end of the 19th century...