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In 1840, the Colosseum was a heap of ruins. In 1860, the year before Italy became a unified state, there was nothing but a wooden ladder to climb to the topmost tiers. One hundred years on, it had become the monument we see today. In the 1970s, tourism was still scarce, so it was possible to shut the amphitheater down for extensive restoration wor...

The act of shooting an oyster and downing a shot are superficially similar—both often end with an overturned vessel on the bar. But where the latter can be sipped or lingered over, if desired, eating an oyster is inevitably a fleeting affair. At Chicago’s Sink|Swim, the seafood-centric restaurant from Scofflaw Group, however, the short-lived ritual...

The recipes in her most recent cookbook, "Ciao Italia: Family Classics," are based on the three women Mary Ann Esposito admires most: her grandmothers and her mother. Her mother, Louise Saporito, a dietician, was "just an amazing person," she said. A native of New York, Esposito said she learned to cook Italian food from her mother, and her grandmo...

Spring is in the air and it is that time of year again when lemon trees bloom and the Sicilian air is fragrant with Fiori di Limone which then turn into big juicy lemons. The Sicilian climate and fertile volcanic earth creates a long growing season and the gathering of lemons takes place over three periods. First is the Autumn harvest Primo Fiore f...

The sports cars are made all over the globe yet the Italian finish remains to pull the heart strings of the drivers all the time. Over time, the charisma of the classic Italian sports cars has earned the love for consumers for its bright charm. Let us look at a few fast sellers in this list:  The Lancia Stratos was not only the best of the classic...

Buon appetito! A new food truck serving up homemade Italian fare will be rolling into Sacramento beginning in late April, serving up traditional, well-plated dishes—like spaghetti alla carbonara, eggplant parmigiana and freshly baked focaccia stuffed with prosciutto—that defy typical greasy mobile fare. Che Buono (which means “how delicious!” in It...

When: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 At 7:30 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Organized by : IIC - Entrance : Free Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Pirandello, US premiere of a new live installation conceived and performed by visual artist Samantha Stella and musician Nero Kane. Itali...

NYC Village Pizza opened Thursday at 129 W. Fourth St. in south Bethlehem. The 40-seat restaurant serves Italian and Mediterranean favorites such as calzones, strombolis, gyros and kebabs. Owner John Okumus previously operated Stromboli Pizza on North 17th Street in Allentown and other restaurants in New York City since 1980. The menu reflects his...

The Women's Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is offering scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to young ladies of Italian heritage, who are graduating at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship award will be presented on April 26 at the scholarship benefit fashion show and dinner to be held at the Drury Lane O...

Augie's in Larchmont is open. The Italian favorite, in operation since 1990, recently moved from Boston Post Road to Chatsworth Avenue. And while construction took awhile, the popular eatery, known for its family-style portions, is now ready for business. Monday, March 20 is the official opening but the serving of meals is already taking place. Acc...

"All Roads Lead to Rome," an extensive exhibit at San Francisco Airport's International Terminal, lifted off on Saturday, March 11, with a big, Italian styled opening. The Italian Consul General, Lorenzo Ortona, talked of the connections between Rome and San Francisco, while Piraneseum partner, Lucia Howard gave an introduction to the show. With pr...

As big as a hubcap and layered with ham, salami, provolone cheese and -- critically -- olive salad, a single muffuletta sandwich can feed four grown adults. The muffuletta, despite its Italian-sounding name and ingredients, is pure New Orleans. It can be found neither in Italy nor in the other American cities that, like New Orleans, received an inf...