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March 20th is officially the first day of spring - but what does the new season typically bring to Italy? Expect to see delicious food at your local market, foreigners shedding layers of clothing while Italians merely reach for their sunglasses, and a healthy dose of quirky local festivals. Here are six tell-tale signs of an Italian spring. 1. The...

Marisa Merz's story is one of upward mobility. From her humble beginnings in Turin, Italy, the artist developed her own style in a diverse array of mediums, eventually becoming the sole female contributor to a prominent artistic subculture. Through the distortion and manipulation of imagery and materials, she reveals her prowess for abstraction in...

Created from a childhood passion for making pizza, owner Will McMaster has travelled from Brooklyn to Italy studying and perfecting the craft. Offering a simple menu of five wood fire oven pizzas, two salads and a seasonal side, Pizza Nono is wowing diners through their mission of serving guests undeniable quality, artisanal, traditional and fresh...

Comedian Joe Piscopo wants you take him seriously. As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, the “Saturday Night Live” alumnus is laying the groundwork for a run for governor of New Jersey – and he has changed some of his plans for doing so. Piscopo is a Jersey guy with a with a Jersey attitude. Baker thought it was only fitting to meet up with him for an inte...

Italian eyewear designer, manufacturer and distributor, Luxottica Group, recently announced the expansion of its metro Atlanta distribution facility. The company behind Ray-Ban, Oakley and Dolce & Gabbana will create 1,000 jobs by the end of this year, including positions in administration, production and distribution. “Luxottica has been part of t...

Sorry Minneapolis, Eataly just isn't that into you right now. Eataly, an Italian food hall concept backed by celebrity chef Mario Batali that mixes several restaurants with retail and a cooking school, had been a wish-list favorite of real estate brokers and others wondering how to fill the lower levels of the downtown Minneapolis Macy's store. Mac...

Woodstock’s newest addition to the downtown area, Mia Passione, 228 Main St., serves up what owner Michael Palmieri calls “Italian-American comfort food". The Italian eatery’s Woodstock location opened March 9. Palmieri also runs a location in River Grove, which opened in 2014. As a child, Palmieri said he spent time watching his grandfather cook w...

Italy has a unique artistic heritage. However, many of its ‘gems' not only get left in storage, far from sight, but they're often left in neglectful conditions. One of these is Sammezzano Castle, a masterpiece of 19th century “orientalist” art (so much so that critics compared it to the Sistine Chapel), with a park that nearly covers 200 hectares....

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017 From 7:30 pm To 9:00 pm - Where: Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22209 Organized by : National Chamber Ensemble, In collaboration with : Italian Cultural Institute. Entrance : Ticket Purchase Required Four seasons become eight when the National Chamber Ensemble presents The Four Seasons of...

Family, faith, and food are what guided Jeanette Mancini Mitchell, a pillar of Sonoma County’s Italian-American community, all her life. She died at home in Santa Rosa on Sunday at age 86. Mancini Mitchell served as one of the founding members of the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation and its second president, serving for 28 years from 1985 unti...

One of the wonderful aspects of what I do is meeting remarkable people who passionately pursue their life’s work. They live by a set of rules that might not seem conventional but I find their determination to live a life of creative struggle profoundly inspiring. Recently I visited the composer and conductor Anton Coppola a few days before his hund...

Like high-waist pants, lambrusco lends credence to the theory that if you wait long enough, everything will come back into fashion. In lambrusco’s case, the resurgence took about 40 years. Maybe you’re old enough to remember the first big splash. Long before prosecco captured North American hearts, lambrusco was the Italian fizz of choice. It had m...