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It was around 1600 that the first flavored wines were prepared in Germany, infusing a few herbs and roots predominantly in artemisia (absinthe), called Wermuthwein (in German Wermuth, which means absinthe)

The trend of Vermouth: when the cocktail becomes vintage

The Torino flavored wine returns to the spotlight of cocktails on the bar top with the vintage atmosphere from the beginning of the century, not only...

The pleasure of writing, Italian style: the history of Aurora fountain pens

In a world where the younger generations are less and less acquainted with pen and paper, and more and more in love with keyboards, talking about the...

Innovativo Creativo Italiano: a photo shoot capturing Italians’ creative souls

Judy Starkman, who worked as a London-based feature documentary filmmaker for networks, such as ABC , CBS , CNN , and SKY-TV , alongside several...
Francesca Zanetti - Representative IACCW, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles Antonio Verde, IIC Director Valeria Rumori, Italian Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles Florindo Blandolino,  Marco de Ceglie - CEO Salov NA, Lorri Wressell - C-CAP Career Advisor and Event Planner, Giovanni Pellerito - CEO GP Communications NA

Spotlight on olive oil at the IIC for the first edition of LA Food Bowl Festival

For the first edition of the LA Food Bowl festival, organized by the Los Angeles Times, the Italian Institute of Culture of Los Angeles intends to...

The Recipe Hunters: Preserving the World’s Culinary Heritage, One Country and One Recipe at a Time

From Italy and Spain to Egypt, Cyprus, and Korea, The Recipe Hunters have been scouring the earth in search of traditional family recipes. Harvesting...
Piero Selvaggio's ability to reinvent Italian cuisine and offer new flavors and wine labels is probably the reason why Valentino, his restaurant, is still on the scene at the same address after 45 years. Photo by Judy Starkman/www.italianila.com

Piero Selvaggio: The Evolution of Italian Dining in LA

Piero Selvaggio, in English, would translate Peter Wild, and absolutely wild must have seemed to the local scene the changes he brought about not...

Fernet Branca, the Italian liquor that duped Prohibition

In Italy, Fernet Branca has always been an institution, especially among the older generation: both my grandmothers had a penchant for it and for...

Childhood Memories: Sauces of Sicily

My maternal grandparents were born on the shores of Sicily in the little village of Santo Stefano di Camastra, a sleepy place with stunning views...

A Little “Eataly” in Los Angeles

I t goes without saying that good eating is the one thing most Italians would never be willing to compromise on. Countless Hollywood reenactments of...
Growing your own garlic Italian gardener

Growing your own garlic – Plant garlic in early spring, dreaming of Sicily

Spring arrives quite early in Southern California, and I am always excited when I feel the new welcome warmth and the smell of the newly turned earth...

Take it with a grain of farro!

This Mediterranean farro dish is going straight to the top of your favourites list once you try it! But first, let’s touch upon the question, ‘what...
Simple, perfect, unchanged almost one hundred years later: the original, aristocratic Negroni remains the most loved

Give me a Negroni! The history of one of Italy's most iconic drinks

I have lived for fifteen years outside of Italy and had to endure the oh-so-harsh reality my beloved adoptive country knew next to nothing about...

Best Markets in Italy: The Ballarò street market in Palermo

What comes to mind when you think of Sicily? Breathtaking Mediterranean beaches? The movie The Godfather , perhaps? If it’s not the overabundance of...

Lorenzo Damiani, “Ambassador of Design” at LA’s Italian Design Day

T he first edition of the Italian Design Day (March 2nd) – brainchild of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry...

Italian Design: a history of excellence

Let’s start with a definition of “industrial design,” by Argentinian-born, Milan-based, painter, designer and philosopher, Tomás Maldonado: “...

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