I like museums as much as the next guy. Yes, even the ones with paintings of people who are most likely dead now and dinosaur skeletons. It’s a glimpse into artifacts from a bygone era and usually one of the few opportunities to see rare and exciting things. Sometimes they can be quite surprising, and also indicative of the people who run them. Aft...

“I would be jumping up and down telling my friends: ‘Oh my god, don’t you see what’s happening—we need to do something!’” Ippolita Rostagno tells host Dennis Scully in the latest episode of the Business of Home podcast. “But of course, these problems seem so large that it’s like, Where do you start? This is an Italy problem.” Rostagno is familiar w...

Italian cake producers Bauli and Balocco have both posted a positive end to 2018, announcing plans to expand production at home and abroad. Holding one third of the market, Bauli confirmed its leadership in the panettone and pandoro segment (where it is present with the Alemagna, Motta, Doria and Bistefani brands) with a turnover of €472.6 million,...

Ci sono anche quattro realtà italiane in corsa per il Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) 2019, l’oscar dell’innovazione nel settore ortofrutticolo assegnato ogni anno nell’ambito della kermesse berlinese (6-8 febbraio 2019, fiera Messe). Il 6 e 7 febbraio, i primi due giorni del salone, oltre 77 mila visitatori professionali provenienti da più...

So you know you love mozzarella's soft, tangy cousin, but do you know how to use it? A fresh, creamy invention from Puglia, burrata is one of Italy's most beloved cheeses. It's made out of a "pouch" of stretched mozzarella cheese filled with cream-soaked stracciatella. The result is a pearly white ball that oozes with cream when you cut into it. Ne...

Italy is known for its culture and smooth sophistication, but go to the Apennine Mountains and you’ll find the country has a wild heart. Consisting of smaller parallel mountain chains, the Apennines extend 1,200 km along the length of the peninsula. In the northwest they join with the Ligurian Alps at Altare, and in the southwest they end at Reggio...

The GranLusso is the very finest version of the 2018 Maserati Quattroporte, full of so many lovely soft-touch surfaces that you barely notice the switches out of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles parts bin. Here are five interesting things we found in this $136,160 sedan. 1. The Engine Has to Go to Two Countries to Be Assembled The Quattroporte has two...

Just two fiddles in a case. That’s how an old friend described the rare Cremonese violins he had just seen on their way from one recital to another. Together, they are worth in the low 8 figures, so I can’t help wondering what their maker, Guarneri del Gesù, a solitary, ailing man who produced relatively few instruments, would have made of the mark...

The iconic FIAT 500, symbol of Italy’s post war economic renaissance, became part of MoMA’s permanent collection last year, but 2019 brings even more lustre to the tiny Italian four-wheels, as it will be one of the centrepieces of The Value of Good Design exhibition. The kermess will take place from the 10th of February to the 27th of May and will...

A line-up of Ferraris will be among the headline offerings at the Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2019 auction, scheduled for January 18-19 during Arizona Auction Week. The 275 GTB Prototype that raced in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally, a late-production Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a single-louver Tour de France and a Vignale-bodied 250 MM will be pr...