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...

The sports cars are made all over the globe yet the Italian finish remains to pull the heart strings of the drivers all the time. Over time, the charisma of the classic Italian sports cars has earned the love for consumers for its bright charm. Let us look at a few fast sellers in this list:  The Lancia Stratos was not only the best of the classic...

Besides many other beauties, Italy is also famous for its Espresso coffee. In spite of the simple appearance in the small mug (known as tazzina), making a good Espresso is not a simple thing. Several varieties are out there, combining different mixes and grindings. For this reason, the Italian Institute for the Italian Espresso has issued the “Espr...

Niki and Shaokao Cheng, owners of BoConcept New York, proudly announce the March 1st opening of the first Calligaris Brand Store in New York City. The husband and wife team have owned and operated the BoConcept Franchise in New York and New Jersey for the past 14 years. This is their first foray into a furniture brand outside of BoConcept. “We chos...

For centuries they were the only way to travel, criss-crossing the shallow lagoon and navigating the city’s iconic canals. Today, whilst Venice’s gondolas still glide silently through the waterways few visitors know their history, happy to just enjoy the view or the occasional melodic song of a gondolier. Look closer, however, and you’ll see that t...

Gesticulation is a signature way of Italian communication now being “taught” at British universities. Luca Vullo, a filmmaker from Sicily who lives in London, has made a documentary about Italian gestures called La voce del corpo (The Voice of The Body), focusing on the Sicilians’ gestures in particular. According to research by Italian professor I...

To understand the meaning of the word design, it is useful to return to the etymological root of the word, from the Latin de-signum, literally "relativo al progetto" ("related to the project"). Seen in this light, design is a modus operandi not only related to solving aesthetic problems, but also to the ability to manage and solve complex problems:...