There is something humbling about participating in a traditional olive harvest. Every couple of years I get to help out my husband and his family gather olives to make oil for our own family. Everyone loves the taste of good high quality oil and simply refuse to do without it. The harvest is only a few days of work but it unexpectedly makes me feel...

It’s been almost a year since Prada debuted its “Prada365” initiative, an ambitious multi-channel attempt to remodel the company’s public identity, across everything from print media to Instagram to retail.  One of the qualities that has made Miuccia Prada such a force in fashion is her quickfire curiosity, leaping from one idea to the next. At the...

Looking for ways to brighten the darkest month of the year? From ski slopes to fire festivals, marathons to markets, Italy has plenty to offer. Shop like a Milanese: Milan celebrates its patron saint, Sant'Ambrogio, on December 7th. It celebrates with one of the oldest fairs in Italy, Oh Bej! Oh Bej! ("How beautiful!" in local dialect), which takes...

Gucci has recently opened up a new store in Miami’s Design District. The new store spans 4,700 square-feet over 2 floors. Creative Director Alessandro Michele has had a hand in the design concept and it features immersive concept elements such as velvet armchairs, industrial accents and other luxurious details. The exterior of the shop parallel’s t...

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a monument to a monument. With more than 200 works, and a core group of 133 drawings by the beyond-famous artist — the largest number ever assembled — on loan from some 50 front-rank collections, it’s a curatorial coup. More important, it’s an art historical tour de...

Much is said about the commercialization of Christmas and the loss of the Christmas spirit. So what is Christmas and what is behind the Italian tradition that has been exported to the world over? Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is a Roman Catholic tradition which is emulated by many other cultures throughout the world. The bi...

In this special holiday episode of The Italian American Podcast, I speak with the three winners of our Italian American Recipe Contest that we recently held. They are Christine Simolke, Mariann Dorico-Raftery, and Jennifer Perrine Nevins. We talk about their wonderful recipes as well as the rich Italian American traditions that their recipes repres...

The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross in the West Village (30 Gansevoort Street - New York, NY 10014) will be hosting a reception for the artist Chiara Scarpitti this coming Friday, December 8th from 3-7pm. Her exhibition, Poetic Adornments, is currently on view through January 15th, 2015. Chiara is a well respected artist and educator from Italy. She is b...

Three years ago, I moved to a small town called Adria in the Veneto region of northeast Italy, less than an hour from Venice. I moved to Italy for everything from its art masterpieces to the variety of mushrooms, from going to operas in Verona’s ancient Arena to going to local saint’s day festivals that have nothing pious about them. Adria isn’t a...

A 17th century Italian castle that has been meticulously restored has opened as a dynamic new space, featuring a museum and a culinary school as well as a luxury hotel.  Located in the Salento region at the southern tip of Puglia, Castello di Ugento features accommodation that is comprised of nine rooms and suites that have been curated with modern...