A number of Italian agriculture and food companies have teamed up to defend, support and enhance Italian food products, with a new association Filiera Italia. The establishment of Filiera Italia was initiated by farmers lobby group Coldiretti, together with Ferrero, Inalca/Cremonini and Consorzio Casalasco (Pomì and De Rica), reports Ansa. Other fo...

Popular confectionary and coffee house Divino Gelato will open its fourth location at Mayfair Mall later this November. According to a Journal Sentinel post, the kiosk in Mayfair Mall will sell Italian ice cream, French macaroons, along with local favorite Colectivo Coffee. Divino Gelato was started in Downtown Waukesha by Lori Lester. A second loc...

If you're looking for classic Italian comfort food, this West Bank spot has a menu for you. Specialty Italian Bistro (2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, 504-391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com) is a family-owned restaurant that brings Old World Italian food into the modern age. Opened in 1991 by Patrick Himel's father, the restaurant now has a...

Italy’s cheese exports hit a record high this year, driven by growing global appetite for Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano. Italy is expected to export more than 400 million kilos of cheese for the first time ever in 2017, according to farmers’ association Coldiretti, which represents an increase of 7 percent from last year and 84 percent in th...

Il segreto dei cannoli siciliani sta tutto nella ricotta. Se è buona, e soprattutto fresca di giornata, il risultato è garantito. Altrimenti nemmeno il più bravo pasticcere del mondo riuscirà a offrire ai suoi clienti un dolce all'altezza della sua fama, quella del secondo dessert italiano al mondo dopo l'irraggiungibile tiramisù. Ecco perché fuori...

Chicco is delighted to see us when we meet him on a crisp morning in the Italian countryside of Emilia-Romagna. He springs up on to his hind legs to plant a slobbery kiss on his owner’s nose, then greets us by wagging his tail gleefully. We’re in the woodlands surrounding Sant’Agata Feltria, a sleepy, fairytale village that comes alive during weeke...

I once asked a noted Italian restaurateur why a city like New York couldn’t have at least one restaurant where the seafood is every bit as good as I’d find in Italy. His answer was distressing: “If I were to bring in the best quality seafood from Italy, I’d have to charge so much money no one could afford it, not even in New York.” Sadly, most Ital...

When you’re cooking Italian, you round up the usual suspects: Parmesan, mozzarella, provolone — the country’s cheeses we have come to know and adore. Yet there are dozens of other cheeses popular in Italy that remain under the radar in the U.S. We reached out to two of Chicagoland's top Italian cheese mongers — David Malzahn, the salumi and formagg...

La missione della delegazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia a New York è cominciata nel segno dell’enogastronomia con una serie di appuntamenti da Eataly Downtown a New York. La delegazione è composta da: Debora Serracchiani - presidente della Regione FVG; Cristiano Shaurli - assessore alle Risorse agricole e forestali della Regione FVG; Carlo Fortuna...

New promotions with major US retailers, a new video to explain the crucial factors behind the success of Italian food, and a closer monitoring of the effective results of the government-backed promotional activities in the sector are the key priorities for Marco Saladini, the new director of the ITA-Italian Trade Agency in Chicago.  We will look in...