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By Valentina Harris   Considering that is 96 per cent Catholic, it is not surprising that Christmas is treated as a very important occasion. In addition to the religious traditions, the festivities centre on spending time with friends and family – and much like in Britain, the gathering of loved ones has a heavy focus on food.   The d...

by Nicole Danna   Grato is a good name for James Beard Award-nominated chef Clay Conley's new restaurant. The meaning — "grateful" in Italian — is exactly how Conley feels about his latest venture, set to open in West Palm Beach January 8.   "I live in the community [where Grato is located], and for a while I've dreamed of opening a p...

By Emily Siegel   The gist: Little Italy has long been a destination for OG Italian-American joints that are often set their ways, but newcomer Aunt Jake's Italian Specialties lets the diner decide with customizable pastas and more. Following the made-to-order, counter service trend popularized by chains like Chipotle, Aunt Jake's offers cus...

di Fulvia Caprara   Con «Salvo», nel 2013, avevano lasciato a bocca aperta l'esigente platea del Festival di Cannes.   Adesso, dopo la cascata di premi ricevuti per quell'esordio folgorante («Grand Prix» e «Prix della Révélation» alla Semaine de la Critique, Nastro d'Argento, Globo d'oro e 4 nomination ai David di Donatello) Fabio Gra...

To meet the growing demand for pizza in the growing states of South Dakota and Montana, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action. How big is the demand for pizza in South Dakota and Montana? The oil boom in North Dakota has added a ton of momentum behind the economies of South Dakota and...

An archive of author Mario Puzo's papers that includes multiple drafts of "The Godfather" novel and movie screenplay has sold at auction for $625,000. RR Auction of Boston announced that the 45-box archive sold Thursday to a bidder from the U.S. who wishes to remain anonymous.   "The Godfather" material included thousands of pages, note...

After a delightful trip to the New Haven Little Italy, our next stop is a neighborhood in South Hartford, Connecticut. This neighborhood's main strip runs for about a quarter of a mile along along Franklin Avenue.   Underlying our journey is one major curiosity. Coming from Brooklyn, where all of the Italian neighborhoods throughout our enti...

By Rita Cipalla A century ago in Black Diamond, Wash., the freight trains arrived empty twice a day and twice a day they left, loaded with coal. Railroad assistant Amos Ungherini would go down the line each day in a hand-pumped "speeder" to weigh the cars. Back then, the railroad was more than just a way to get coal to market. It was the lifeblood...

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT). In anticipation of the upcoming performances of "Falstaff" conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti at the Chicago Symphony Opera, the Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to present "Giving Shape to Falstaff," a lecture by Gabriele...

To connect with the rural charm that defines Tuscany, consider exploring by car and staying not in towns but in farmhouses. Savvy travelers can slow down and get a taste of Italian rural life in the traditional-yet-cozy lodgings of a countryside B&B or an agriturismo — a working farm that takes in guests.   As the names imply, these lodg...

Un'opera veneziana torna in vita dopo tre secoli. Accade però non in Italia bensì a San Francisco. È qui infatti che, dopo il successo dell'anno scorso con La Cleopatra, opera veneziana mai sentita in tre secoli, Ars Minerva, un'organizzazione no-profit artistica con base a San Francisco, riporterà in vita "Le Amazzoni nelle Isole Fortunate" di Car...

Ansaldo Honolulu, a joint venture between Ansaldo STS and Hitachi Rail Italy, unveiled the first driverless and staff-less train for urban transport in the U.S. in Honolulu.   The joint venture between the two Italian subsidiaries of the Hitachi Group will design and manufacture Honolulu´s rail transit system, as well as build 20 driverless...