Traditions

One dessert, many tales: tiramisù, its debated origins and many recipes

Ask anyone around the world to name a classic Italian dessert and many will answer t iramis ù . We tend to think that t iramis ù has been around for...
Pasta frittata is considered a stroke of Neapolitan genius

The “frittat’e maccarun,” Naples’ own pasta frittata

Around the first half of the 19th century , during the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies , Lent days were called giorni di scammaro and people had to eat...

Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily! But don’t forget about Emilia Romagna

Italy is all beautiful, but it’s undeniable that outside national borders some regions are more popular than others: topping the world’s preferences...

Carbonara: one recipe, so many stories

Italy is always associated with pasta so I thought I'd write about one of it's most celebrated pasta dishes which is a traditional Roman recipe, and...

A mysterious deck, with Italian origins: the tarots

Only naming them brings to mind mystery and divination, the magic aura of the unknown surrounds them: but are tarot cards really that difficult to...

The art of making soap with almond ashes

Some decades have passed, but the memory of almond trees fields is still very much alive in my mind. Fields that filled our land with many, old trees...

Alive and well - The medieval art of flag throwing

The low, deliberate beat of the drums comes first, distantly reverberating off the high stone walls like a pulsating heartbeat. Louder and louder...

Wedding traditions, Italian style

Maybe it is all due to fairy tales, but weddings, big and fat or small and thin, are always in fashion. A wedding in Italy is considered such a...

Culinary secrets of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany at IIC SF

What is Italy known for? Among its many charming attributes, Italy is known for its cuisine. Who doesn't think of Italian food and fondly reminisce...

The art of being Italian American

Art, in all its forms and shapes, is the most immediate and beautiful of all ways of communicating: a painting, a song, a piece of poetry, a palace...

Messina, the neglected capital

Messina in north eastern Sicily is a sadly forgotten capital of the Italian island. Cruise ships arrive, and their passengers are whisked off to...

Little, tasty nuggets of Italy

For over forty years, I have been living in both Italy and the US. I feel Italian and American, Italiana and Americana, sounds almost like a...

Lost crafts: the master rope maker, u mast’s l’andrète

The craft of rope makers, funaio or cordaro , is as old as Man: a thousands-year long art, based on an easy manual technique, where two only...

Italian craftsmanship: culture, heritage and hope for the future

The expression Made in Italy itself is almost perfectly synonymous with Italian craftsmanship, or artigianato, to say it as we do. From culinary...

The world behind your Italian name

Naming a child is usually one of two things: a matter of trends or a matter of tradition. Every year, parents all over the world let celebrities and...