LIFE & PEOPLE

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...

It’s Not Just Pizza Anymore!

Did you know the United Nations considers pizza Napoletana a cultural heritage? In December 2017, the Art of the Neapolitan Pizzaiuolo, lovingly...

Turin offers us a “bicerin”of tradition

While I write, I’m sitting in my own house in the hills of the Langhe, a good feet of snow outside. It’s that time of the year when the scent of...

Land of many faces: the Crete Senesi

She lies just south of Siena, this stark yet soft and wizened land. Her sensuously rolling landscape is ever-changing — breathtakingly alluring when...

The truth behind ceramic Moorish heads

Any trip to Southern Italy is never complete without browsing through dozens of ceramic stores from the Amalfi coast, to Puglia and throughout the...

2017: a year full of Italian events and much more. What to expect in 2018

“ Not who starts, but who perseveres.” The Italian Consul General in Los Angeles, Antonio Verde, recalls the motto of the Amerigo Vespucci tall ship...

Farewell to Gualtiero Marchesi Maestro of Italian Cuisine

2017 ended on a mournful note for the world of Italian cuisine, which lost one of its most beloved fathers, Gualtiero Marchesi, on Saint Stephen’s...

La Vucciria, mirror to Palermo’s soul

Photography is an incredible versatile form of visual expression, yet there are instances when only painters, with their brushes, charcoals and...

The Pope! The Pope! Historical curiosities on the spiritual leader and a symbol of Rome

For millions of Catholics around the world, the Pope is a spiritual leader. For the Romans, he’s a fellow Roman, regardless of where he comes from...

Oceana Rain Stuart – Figurative sculptor

The San Francisco Bay Area has attracted gifted individuals from its earliest days and recently we were graced with an exhibition by one of the best...

Celebrating the bounty of food, cooking and community

Food and hospitality are two of the lodestones of Italian culture, part of its DNA. Lisa Caruccio and her husband Rino took these elements to the...

Italy’s most common last names: is yours among them?

We carry our own history in our name: it often tells about our relatives, after whom we may be named, or about name trends in the year we were born...

Luba Mitnik-Gankin, the woman that can make your Italian dreams come true

Luba Mitnik-Gankin, creator and owner of Primavera Dreams , is a true citizen of the world: she grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia most splendid...

Italy by the Bay 2017 – a retrospective

2017 has been a stellar year for San Francisco, Italy, so much so that I’ve coined the phrases, “Italy by the Bay” and “Bay Area, Italy.” This past...

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