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Things you can count on: death, taxes and everyone likes Italian. Right? Pretty true in my experience. That's why there's a good long list of local Italian restaurants. So which one? Every Italian restaurant is slightly different, but there are a lot of places that serve spaghetti with red meat sauce and associated dishes, sometimes with pizza. Sor...

It was dinnertime on a Friday, and my friend Jennifer and I decided to go out for a spontaneous dinner. But without reservations, we knew finding a table in Portland would be challenging. Drifters Wife had a 45-minute wait just to sit at the bar. At Baharat, a little more off the beaten path, the line of people waiting to be seated reached the door...

I’VE MISSED ITALY FOR 12 YEARS. My first and last visit more than a decade ago is still vivid in my mind— the charming romance (and pungent smell) of the Venice canals; the timeworn sampietrini streets and solemn, soaring cathedrals of Rome; the dizzying sensation on the final step of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I’ve been meaning to get back, but, a...

First things first. As a small entrepreneurial Silicon Valley start-up 6+ years ago, why did we even attempt to do business in Italy? Why not focus closer to home? That’s an easy question. Our business then was entirely focused on helping renewable energy-focused utilities grow, scale, and dominate their respective markets. And one of the largest,...

Italy has many great places to visit, among them fabulous, unheralded locales. If you want the inside scoop on some less predictable choices for a memorable holiday, ask the pros. Here Domenic Petrino, the director of business development for Select Italy, a boutique travel company specializing in custom itineraries, talks about three under-the-rad...

Stefano Fabbri, owner of Pomo Pizzeria, says the idea for his latest restaurant concept came to him from his customers.  "We are a pizzeria, but everyone eats meatballs. It's the Number 1 seller after pizza," he says.  So he's giving the people what they want. On Thursday, March 21, Fabbri will open Meat The Ball, a casual spot at Biltmore Fashion...

The recently-opened Classis museum in Ravenna may very well be your first stop when you visit this Emilia-Romagna city most people know for its extraordinary mosaics, part of Unesco’s World Heritage sites. Perhaps not many are aware though of the important role Ravenna played in the past, and this museum aims to provide not only an overview of the...

With a candle in hand, a poor seamstress searching for a light enters the life of a poet in 19th century Paris. They fall in love, they spar, they reconcile, and finally they mourn a shared flame extinguished far too soon. It’s beautiful. It’s heartbreaking. It’s quintessential opera. Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” which first premiered in 1896, in...

With its rolling hills, pretty hilltop villages, incredible history, and famous cuisine, no wonder Tuscany is a place so many people dream of moving to – and do move to. Call it the Under the Tuscan Sun effect, or just the allure of the region, but statistics show that people from English-speaking countries are particularly drawn to Tuscany. The re...

Antonio Albanese, owner of Matteo’s Bakery in North Kingstown is known for his legendary cannolis and traditional Italian baked goods. “We are known for our cannolis. We have people coming in who have tried them all over the state and keep coming back to Matteo’s. It’s a secret recipe, but my mother taught me that the most simple recipes are the be...

On the occasion of the exhibition Italian Types, on view at the Institute from March 21 to May 2, we present a special screening of Design is One. Lella & Massimo Vignelli, a documentary by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra. Co-director Kathy Brew will introduce the film and discuss the Vignellis in conversation with designer Jonathan Wajskol. Lella an...

With a population of some 7000 people, Pieve di Cento is one of Italy’s most charming small towns. Located in Emilia Romagna, the town sits smack in the middle of a geographic triangle formed by the region’s larger and better-known cities: Bologna, Modena and Ferrara. The town doesn’t receive many tourists even though it is less than an hour’s driv...