All over Italy, there are thousands of picturesque, perfect towns, with Medieval stone walls and Etruscan caves banked into hilltops from which the 360-degree vistas are interrupted only by the appearance of the next picturesque, perfect town. And all over Italy, these towns are dying. According to a 2016 census, there are nearly 2,500 rural Italia...

Italy's iconic Baci chocolates are now available covered in ruby-tinted cocoa. Their star-studded sparkly silver wrappings have been a mainstay at Italian restaurants across the peninsula since 1922. They are an essential Valentine's Day gift and a safe offering at any wedding, dinner party or special event.  The hazelnut and gianduia-filled chocol...

Perhaps because I currently reside in the resort town of Palm Springs, my grocery shopping experiences often end with a cashier weighing in on my haul. An employee telling me they’re surprised that I’m not simply stocking up on boxes of La Croix, tortilla chips and salsa is just part of the checkout experience at this point. I nod politely, and say...

Upstate New York is home to a large population of Italian families. In fact, New York State has the largest population of Italian-Americans than any other state except New Jersey. Even the small city of Rome, N.Y., has a population that declares itself over 30 percent Italian-American. So let's take a look at a list of favorite Italian markets and...

Why should Luciano Fabro, a postwar Italian artist deeply attached to his national roots, be of interest to American audiences in 2018? Although he was associated with Arte Povera, Fabro described himself as “the heretic of the Arte Povera church.” This self-declared outsider position allowed him to develop a broad, open and collective sense of cul...

The fourth-generation Ermenegildo Zegna Group announced this week it had reached an agreement with Sandbridge Capital and Thom Browne (below), the 53-year-old American designer. Zegna bought 85% of the Thom Browne brand leaving Browne the founder as the sole remaining shareholder. He will continue as chief designer and run the company independently...

Enjoying an aperitivo, the typical Italian way to spend happy hours with cocktails and a rich variety of the best quality food, is trending also in North America, bringing new creative ideas for the retail and foodservice channels. In a sign of how the trend is bringing innovation, Italian producers of olives, cheese and salami are adding to their...

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a class member’s challenge to the settlement of an action under which purchasers of Flippo Berio olive oil—which proclaimed on their labels, “Imported From Italy”—-will receive, subject to provisos, 50 cents for every bottle they purchased between May 23, 2010 and June 30, 2015. The settlem...

Luxury Italian lifestyle brand Bruno Magli unveiled its new digs last night, a 2,000-sq.ft. store in New York’s trend Soho neighborhood at 120 Wooster St. “Opening our concept store in Soho is about having a more direct relationship with our Bruno Magli customer,” said Cory Baker, COO of Marquee Brands, parent of the label. “Not only are we seeing...

Our country is known and appreciated all over the world for the exceptional value of some figures that have characterized recent history. One of the best known is Renzo Piano, one of the most active and prolific architects in the world. Italian Traditions will lead you on the discovery of this important figure for Italian and world architecture. We...