To get to Livernano, a tiny hamlet in the heart of Italy’s Chianti region, one must turn off a perfectly comfortable highway and endure two miles of what the charming Italian driver calls “dirty roads.” On these lanes, two cars barely fit side by side, which is particularly unnerving on the hairpin bends. When the inevitable dust settles, a corners...

“Salute!” — the clink-clink of glasses resounds like church bells throughout Italy as the late afternoon begins to dissolve towards evening. It’s aperitivo time – that glorious hour or two (or three) when the busy-ness of the day is set aside for drinks,  nibbles and elbow rubbing with friends.   But you won’t see any neon signs glowing with “2 for...

Every now and then, I encounter a winery that excels with so many wines I don’t know where to start in telling people about them. So consider this a blanket recommendation for Fratelli Rabino, a winery in Italy’s Piemonte region, just a few miles west of Alba. That’s the home of white truffles and Barolo, two luxury-priced items, but the Rabino fam...

To put a little more pep in the 2018 Fiat 500 lineup's step, the Italian announced Thursday at the Chicago auto show that it is making a more powerful turbocharged engine standard equipment. The new 1.4-liter turbo-4 engine represents a 33 percent increase in horsepower over last year's non-turbo engine. For 2019, the Fiat 500 delivers 135 hp and 1...

Italian textile manufacturers made up some lost ground in 2017. The figures published on Tuesday at the opening of Milano Unica, the benchmark trade show for the Italian textile industry, being held at the Rho exhibition centre in Milan until 8th February, show that the industry has reversed the trend after a two-year decline.  According to the est...

Dal 20 al 24 gennaio si è tenuta la 39ma edizione di SIGEP la fiera internazionale leader indiscussa nei settori della gelateria, pasticceria, panificazione artigianali e caffé. Quale migliore occasione per parlare di gelato, di estero e di strategie. Ne abbiamo discusso all’interno del convegno “GOING GLOBAL: Compre aprire una gelateria negli USA”...

Food products deriving from biodynamic agriculture are among those displaying the highest quality. This phenomenon also significantly affects Italian markets. In 2016, the turnover of Italian agricultural and processing companies certified with the Demeter brand, and therefore officially recognized as companies that practice biodynamic farming tech...

Robertino Presta, president and CEO of Chicago-area grocer Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, is looking for a wide array of products from Italy as demand for authenticity, organic and natural has gone beyond the specialty food segment to become mainstream. We are looking at a wide array of innovative products. Italian producers are always coming up wi...

Maserati North America is bringing its full 2018 vehicle lineup to the 2018 Chicago Auto Show at the expansive McCormick Place complex. Two Levante vehicles, the "Maserati of SUVs," will be joined by the Ghibli sport sedan, the flagship Quattroporte executive sedan, and the legendary GranTurismo sports car. The show stand display will highlight the...

Italy makes a whole lot of wine. In fact, according to the most recent figures from the International Organization of Vine and Wine, Italy leads the globe in wine, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the world’s production. Despite the impressive volume, many drinkers are far more familiar with French Chardonnays and Napa Cabs than they are with It...