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Andrea Ferrini estimates he’s seen 22 new businesses open on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner in the last 25 years. His has been a constant in that time, doling out plates full of al dente pasta, sandwiches, and more dishes prepared in the style of his hometown, Florence, Italy. Today, Bottega Fiorentina remains a fixture of the Coolidge Corner ne...

It's generally accepted that, in order to achieve fame and fortune, one must be prepared to sell one's soul. But Elena Ferrante did it without giving up so much as her name. In less than a decade, the anonymous Italian author has become a global phenomenon, with her four-part "Neapolitan" novel series ensnaring millions of readers in their decades-...

Leaving the city of Vercelli, the route, following the Sesia riverbank, crosses the border between Piedmont and Lombardy reaching the city of Pavia. Then, just like the Archbishop Sigeric in 990 AD, you will cross the Po River via ferry in Soprarivo of Calendasco, entering the Emilia-Romagna region. Pavia Famed art heritage and college town of the...

For nearly a half century Empson  & Co. has championed fine Italian wines in the United States and around the world. Founded by Neil and Maria Empson  in 1972, when most Americans knew nothing but Chianti, Valpolicella and Soave , the importer was the first to bring in the highest quality wines from names like Gaja, Sassicaia, Marcarini, Conterno F...

 Award-winning author Christopher Castellani will speak about his new novel, “Leading Men,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth. The novel is a story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity featuring Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and their social circle in 1950s Italy. Weaving fact and fiction to navigate the t...

For the artist Andrea del Verrocchio, a breakout global show has been a long time coming. But after more than 500 years, the Renaissance master and teacher of Leonardo da Vinci finally is getting what organizers call his first world-wide exhibition. “Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo” opens in Florence on March 9 at the Palazzo Strozzi and the nearby...

There’s something disarming and charming about a dish that brags up its own effectiveness. The Flavor Explosion pizza at Mama’s Pizza talks a good game, and it delivers: sausage, pepperoni, bacon, banana peppers, and pineapple. The cumulative impact of all this exploding flavor, delivered atop a crispy thin crust covered with a generous melty roof...

Peter Sebastian Cimino was a young man from Tampa who loved fishing, God and serving in the U.S. Army. Sunday, March 3, his mother and father received a visit no parent ever wants. The soldiers came to say that Cimino, 19, a private with the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat team, stationed at Caserma Ederle, in Vicenza, Italy, was found dead on base. “...

Viggo Mortensen has revealed people believe he actually has Italian ancestry after seeing him play Tony “Lip” Vallelonga in the film “Green Book.” In his first interview since Green Book took home the Oscar for Best Picture, the Hollywood Reporter asked Mortensen what has been the most rewarding part about his performance. “I have had quite a few I...

The morning after their family's South Chicago pizzeria burned down, Len and Lena Ciannamea went back to visit. As they surveyed the charred remains of Capri’s on Commercial, longtime customers slowed down in their cars and snapped pictures. Social media flooded with messages hailing the restaurant, first opened in 1955, as a staple of their lives....

During the 1960s and 1970s, the name Fazio’s was synonymous with grocery shopping in Northeast Ohio. The opening of a new store in Northeast Ohio was greeted with newspaper articles extolling the European flavors in Fazio’s bakery departments, gourmet specialties from around the world and large produce department. At the height of his grocery store...

Visiting the Fontana di Trevi, turning your back at it and throw a nickel into its waters, with the hope of coming back, one day, to Rome, the most magical place in the world. Of course, all tourists do it: Rome has a way to steal people’s heart as soon as they set foot in her streets and I still have to meet someone who visited and left without lo...