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One of Los Angeles’ less well known ‘hoods is Hayden Tract. Once a thriving industrial zone and latterly notorious for its drug trade, in recent years, the area has, with gentrification and lower real estate values, become a hotbed for start-ups, media studios and experimental architecture. No surprises that Hayden Tract has also been reeling in a...

During the 15th century, Italian villas witnessed an incredible transformation, going from fortified country houses to places of entertainment and leisure, and in the process, experiencing deep remodeling during this transition. Used to entertain guests and as a retreat from the noise and confusion of the streets and piazzas, these villas often fea...

Gabriella Pinel, class of 2017, studied Italian at Chapman University while completing her B.F.A. in Television Broadcast Journalism. Motivated by her fruitful study abroad experience in Italy, she decided to move to Sicily after graduation to live in the small fishing village where her mother was born and raised. Recently she completed the short f...

An 8 a.m. class is mission impossible without a cup of coffee in hand. My first semester at NYU, my immediate mission was to scout out all of the nearby coffee shops: the perfect study spot, my on-the-run go-to and places to chat with friends. Finding that special place is often a feat. Thankfully, there’s Caffe Reggio. Located on MacDougal Street,...

The first time I picked up the Italian writer Elsa Morante’s 1957 novel “Arturo’s Island,” in this new translation by Ann Goldstein, the gifted translator of Elena Ferrante’s novels into English, I put it down after 75 pages. Morante’s vision is so baroque, and her prose so operatic, that after reading her I needed some alone time, with cucumber sl...

A highly successful return to professional ice skating after a 16-year hiatus is not something Deanna Stellato ever envisioned. “It’s definitely not something I thought I would do,” says Stellato, 35, who with her skating partner Nathan Bartholomay earned a U.S. bronze medal last year. Stellato, a native of Illinois, competed as a junior until the...

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today a free, live-concert simulcast to be screened on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Annette Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. This performance will mark conductor Fabio Luisi’s first appearance with the DSO since he was announced as the orchestra’s next Music Director. He will lead the...

The Vasari Corridor, which has been closed since 2016, has just had renovation plans approved and will reopen in 2021. The Vasari Corridor has been traditionally home to one of the largest collections of self-portraits by famous artists from the Renaissance to the 20th century.  Built in 1565 by Giorgio Vasari for Grand Duke Cosimo de’ Medici, it w...

The first line of Kathy Curto’s book says it all: “When I was growing up in southern New Jersey in the 1970s and 80s, there were days my mother floated through the halls of our brick ranch house leaving behind waves and wafts of curious and enticing aromas: Charlie, Wind Song and, if she’d been cooking all day, garlic.” Curto is a Jersey Shore nati...

In 1933, a lively Italian immigrant enclave on the Lower East Side was wiped from the map. Though this area was in many ways indistinguishable from the rest of the Lower East Side – a bustling, immigrant stronghold characterized by densely populated tenement buildings – since 1899, this particular block existed under the shadow of a sinister narrat...

Valle d’Aosta: “heaven for men, purgatory for women, hell for mules,” but certainly delicious for our palates! Among mountains and castles, up there, in the western-most corner of Italy, the smallest of regions, Valle d’Aosta, winks at us. Stern and strong, but so welcoming and soft, just like one of its most famous dishes, fonduta.  It is the only...

It was July 2009 when Pamela arrived in New York City for vacation: a single, young, Italian girl with a luggage full of dreams. She only spoke one language: Fashion. With a heart full of passion, dreams, and courage, she started the greatest adventure of her life. Born and raised in Rome, Italy young Pamela dreamt of one day becoming a Fashion Des...