On March 2nd, San Francisco celebrated the First Italian Design Day. Hundred Italian institutes worldwide greeted designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, and professors, who acted as Ambassadors of culture and helped understand the impact Italian design has today on art, philosophy, and society itself.Industrial designer Giulio Iacchetti was the Amb...

Who among us isn’t spellbound by the New York City skyline? Whether it’s architecture, design, construction or Instagram, one look at the rooftops and towers and you can’t help but be enchanted. The Chrysler Building has a pretty remarkable effect on Veronica Mainetti, the president of Sorgente Group of America. The night before her interview with...

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...

Milan has recently hosted the Triennale, the first institution for design and for the artistic and creative world in Italy and abroad. As highlighted in a recent report published by Symbola Foundation, in Italy, the origin of design dates back to the 20th century. In particular, the 1950s saw the establishment of the first design school led by grea...

When it comes to living a long life, Italy is the place to be. The high-heeled boot surrounded by five seas is ranked the healthiest country on Earth in the Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries. A baby born in Italy can expect to live to be an octogenarian. But 2,800 miles south in Sierra Leone, the average newborn will die by 52.While It...

This year we will once again be hosting our annual Hill Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, in The Hill Neighborhood here in St. Louis. This year’s event is on Sunday, June 11th. All proceeds from the car show benefit St. Ambrose School and Shaw VPA Elementary School. Last year we had over 150 cars participate in the show and well over 1,000 people in...

Recognized by UNESCO as a “Creative City for Design,” Turin is preparing for this fall’s big event by relying on the ideas of 350 young people, almost all of whom are students at IAAD (the Institute of Applied Arts and Design, located at the foot of the Alps). In fact, these young people themselves (in collaboration with the Turin city government a...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Robert Orsi, who is the first holder of the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University. Robert discusses what inspired him to write his book, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem. He expands on the experiences of immigration an...

When: April 6th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 The rise of Italian Fashion since 1945 has been impressive and incredibly fast! Today Milan is one of the top 4 players in the world of fashion together with Paris, London and New York. Fashion designers like Armani, Valentino, Pucci, Versace, Gucci, Prada...

The act of shooting an oyster and downing a shot are superficially similar—both often end with an overturned vessel on the bar. But where the latter can be sipped or lingered over, if desired, eating an oyster is inevitably a fleeting affair. At Chicago’s Sink|Swim, the seafood-centric restaurant from Scofflaw Group, however, the short-lived ritual...