Flushing poet Vincent J. Tomeo has given Monterosso Calabro – the bucolic, rustic town that inspired his most acclaimed poem “A View from a Tower in Calabria, Italy” — a place in the sun. After his trip to that quiet corner of the world back in April 2015, Tomeo’s host and friend Antonio Parisi, a well-known patron of the arts, told him he had been...

On the 4th of July, it’s important to remember that a key stone in the foundation of our country’s understanding of democracy was put in place by none other than an Italian by the name of Filippo Mazzei. Born just outside of Florence in 1730, Mazzei practiced medicine in Italy and the Middle East for several years, before moving to London to take u...

As a boy growing up in the northern Italian city of Milan, one of Stefano Landini's favorite memories was poring through his mother's cookbooks and making dinner for her when she came home from work. His interest in food was clearly in his blood, as the Landini family was full of chefs. His grandmother, Ida, owned a well-known pizzeria, his Uncle G...

We’ve talked about “italsimpatia” often in this column, yet this is the first time we’ve stopped to appreciate it in the media, in this instance on the online streaming service by production company Netflix. Master of None is unique in the italianità of the second season’s trailer: set to Peppino di Capri’s “Il nostro concerto,” it opens in black a...

Italian food is indisputably delicious, arguably the best of all cuisines. But eating microwaved lasagna in front of your favorite sitcom re-run is hardly eating like an Italian — that's a very American habit. While Italy is the land of pizza and pasta, it's also the healthiest country in the world, partly because of its food. Healthy fats, fresh p...

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy, in part, lies with one man who had a very unique friendship with him: Edward Gero who plays Scalia in “The Originalist,” which returns July 7 to Arena Stage.“I feel myself, in a way, representing the legacy of Scalia and all those great characteristics that he had as an intellectual, as a love...

When: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 At 7:30 pm - Where: Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum. Organized by : Hammer Musuem & American Institute of Architects (AIA). Entrance : Free. Copresented by the Hammer Museum and American Institute of Architects (AIA), Los Angeles. More information HERE. Professors Felicity Scott, author of Architecture or Techno-U...

The furnaces glow orange and belch heat. And at around 3,000 degrees, something almost magical takes place: a sand mixture melts and becomes glass. The molten concoction can then, like candy, be squeezed, pulled or shaped. It's a craft they've been perfecting on this Italian island for generations. In this "glass Mecca," there's no mistaking the do...

You’ve heard of the Slow Food movement: farm-to-table, market-to-hipster, ramp-to-salad bowl and the like. But have you heard of the Slow Art movement? It’s a philosophy that Vittorio Calabrese, the director of Magazzino Italian Art, hopes this new upstate weekender destination will embody. Turns out Slow Food also began in Italy (as a protest agai...

It's hard to say which feat was more grueling: Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel in the early 16th century or the lengthy construction of the Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The former took nearly 15 years to complete and was a serious toll on the legendary artist; the latter was finished 10 years late and $2 billion ove...