NEWS FROM : ITALY  

La parola “cibo” evoca l’Italia nella mente di tre persone su quattro in giro per il pianeta. Un bel vantaggio reputazionale per le nostre imprese della filiera agrifood, quando si decideranno a sfruttare appieno le loro potenzialità sui mercati internazionali (oggi esporta appena il 15% delle aziende e le vendite oltreconfine sono di 40 miliardi d...

It seems the month of December is the time of gift giving regardless of your religious affiliation or nationality. This is especially true in the United States, where the image of Santa Claus is emblazoned everywhere since late November. Other countries have their own version of a benevolent older gentleman who gives out gifts in December, usually...

Entering the holiday season (which we Americans kicked off on November 22 with our Thanksgiving), perhaps you’re looking forward to some time with family and friends, some good food, and maybe even a long-awaited vacation. For many of my fellow citizens, this vacation will be a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Florence or Tuscany. It’s also a time to...

The word cappuccino means, literally, small hood, but of course we think of coffee when we hear it. Or friars, and the link is not haphazard at all. You all know how the story goes: every morning, on the way to work, Italy stops at her favorite bar for a quick cappuccio e brioche, the ultimate Italian breakfast. If you like it light, with only a hi...

E’ davvero così vantaggioso e semplice per un’impresa investire oggi negli Stati Uniti d’America? Questo è stato il tema principale del seminario SelectUsa “Le opportunità di investimento e presidio commerciale negli Stati Uniti” svoltosi oggi a palazzo Bernardini organizzato da Confindustria Toscana Nord e a cui hanno partecipato, tra gli altri, l...

I have fond memories celebrating the Christmas season with my Italian family. Besides the religious observances, the exceptional food and baked goods were an enjoyable part of it. The season started early, right after Thanksgiving, with the baking of tons of cookies and cakes.  As cookies go, there were the tarralle, pizzella, mastachioli, which, a...

My grandmother Serefina in many ways fits the stereotype of the hardworking southern Italian immigrant. At age 16, she came to America with her family in the early 1920s. They were seeking a better life and future than they foresaw in Stefanaconi in Calabria. In Italy, she had had little formal education; in America she married my grandfather Nicol...

The ancient, spiritual heart of the Casentino forest in eastern Tuscany is full of sights straight out of a fairytale, and it's the perfect place to escape everyday life. Apartment blocks in Italian cities can be incredibly noisy, and I'm convinced my neighbours have to be the noisiest of all. As I lie awake in the dark, listening to them apparentl...

“The Castle in Nerola, which will forever be famous for the events of the Saint Peter Crusade, rises atop a small mountain, almost as an island in the elbow of the current border with the Papal States, which stretches into the province of Rieti. It is surrounded by valleys and hills, some left wild and others farmed, and some stripped of any greene...

From the 15th century until today Neapolitan music has positively evolved, been preserved and also mixed into modern styles. In the 50s, with the American influence of jazz and boogie music, new styles were formed and embraced by the artists of the time. One of the first artists to bring Neapolitan music to the larger Italian public was Renato Caro...

Baccalà is cod fish preserved by packing it in salt and drying—great as an appetizer or as a main course. Where my parents come from, the Campanià region of Italy, it’s was cheap and kept well without refrigeration, which made it an ideal food on Fridays when meat was not eaten. Growing up, Baccalà was always part of  La Vigilia—feast of the seven...

Il mercato, in termini globali del food-tech, come viene definito – ovvero il mercato che usufruisce della tecnologia e dell’innovazione all’interno del contesto delle cosiddette “innovative food pratiche” – e’ in crescita smisurata. Globalmente, si registrano circa $240 miliardi di dollari in entrate in termini di tecnologie alimentari. Aziende co...