A wine seminar I attended in New York recently, focused on Barolo and Barbaresco. The Master Class instructor was Ian D’Agata, the director of the Rome-based International Wine Academy that he started in 2002. For over 25 years D’Agata has written about wine and is the 2007 recipient of the prestigious award for “Best Young Italian Wine Journalist....

In just a few weeks, Italian Festivals of New Mexico (IFNM) rolls out the 10th edition of its annual flagship event with a best-yet lineup of contemporary Italian films, a sampling of some of the finest, most authentic Italian cuisine and wine in New Mexico, and live music and dance performances by unique local talent. IFNM’s mission is to raise aw...

Italian festival in Lauderdale: If you like Italian food (and who doesn't?), there's a first-time festival taking place this weekend at Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Taste of Little Italy 2017 runs March 3 through March 5 and features food, music and art. The festival runs 3-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p....

Goodbye Columbus? The House of Representatives approved the second reading of a bill Tuesday to have school commemorations drop Columbus Day observances and replace them with Montana Heritage Day, capping an emotional debate in which heavy criticism was launched against the famed Italian explorer credited with discovering America in 1492. House Bil...

Considering my obvious Italian surnames, it may come as a surprise to some people that I support the San Francisco Board of Education’s recent decision to remove Columbus Day from its October academic calendar. The day will now be designated simply as Indigenous People’s Day. Both names had apparently been on the academic calendar for some time. Ma...

IVREA, Italy: Thousands of people poured onto the cobblestone streets of a northern Italian town on Sunday (Feb 26) to throw oranges at a makeshift monarchy, a tradition dating back more than 150 years. The juicy battle in Ivrea is part of the town's yearly carnival, which recreates a centuries-old revolt by commoners against the monarchy. The thre...

“Ciao, Bella! We’re off to Italy!” Yes, that could be you after your next shopping visit to your neighborhood Schnucks. Between Wednesday, February 22 and Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Schnucks’ annual sweepstakes contest, “Taste of Italy,” fills stores with hundreds of authentic Italian products so you can recreate your favorite Italian recipe at home...

The 15th annual March Mandolin Festival presents two concerts with a lineup of virtuoso mandolinists, whose musicianship showcases the range and expressive qualities of the mandolin. The concerts will take place on Friday, March 3 at the Stone Church in Newmarket and on Saturday, March 4 at the Concord Community Music School in Concord. These perfo...

Bust out the forks and knives, it’s time for the South Florida’s Italian Festival. The event, which will include music, games and of course, a lot of Italian food, is set to take place from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at Arts Park Young Circle in Hollywood. Food vendors catering the event include Gino's Italian American Market, Mama Mia Italian Ristora...

Ascension Parish in Batavia will host its annual Saint Joseph Day Table beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. This year the event is open to the general public and the funds raised will be used for the ministry and outreach done by Ascension Parish on behalf of the community. According to its pastor, Fr. David R. Glassmire, the parish seeks to "...