My introduction to Capanni Bells was from a sporty red Citroën. Fellow ag journalist Joel Reichenburg and I were winding our way down from the Apennine Mountains when we whizzed past the bell yard. Joel asked, “What was that?” “Bells,” I said. “Turn around. We’ve got to check this out.” And that’s how we met Paolo Capanni, the current owner of Capa...

When Mike Piazza arrived in Reggio Emilia, he was greeted as a hero. It was June 18, 2016. Everyone remembers the exact date. Piazza had just purchased a controlling interest in A.C. Reggiana 1919, the Italian city’s soccer club. Few locals had heard of him. Even fewer understood his Hall of Fame career catching for the Mets, Dodgers, and three oth...

Last August, when Gabriele Monti was co-curating the “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion 1971-2001”exhibition in Milan, his first port of call was a 19th-century former hosiery factory. The building in Reggio Emilia, a small city about two hours’ drive southeast of Milan, is rarely visited by outsiders and almost never discussed, even by f...

Reggiana, the third-division Italian soccer team Mike Piazza agreed to purchase in 2016, has been declared bankrupt, according to reports out of Italy. The team announced on June 24 that it would not be registering in Serie C for the forthcoming season because of its financial issues. Five days later, the team had begun negotiations with an ownersh...

In the past, when the powerful Este dynasty ruled the duchies of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio in Emilia-Romagna, the palaces and castles they owned were decorated with precious paintings even on the outside, especially in order to convey political messages and to celebrate the history of the family, who dominated the area for almost six centuries, fr...

Lambrusco’s second life. After opening the world markets to Italian wines and years of struggles at bay, we have now been witnessing the rebirth of Lambrusco for some seasons, which has become synonymous with fizzy red wine – or rosé, everywhere. It cannot go unnoticed, however, that Lambrusco has many different identities. The homelands of Lambrus...

Hop on your Vespa — we're headed to Emilia-Romagna! All year long, we're taking you to some of Italy's most popular cities and regions to dine all'italiana in our pop-up restaurant and enoteca series! The next destination on our strade di sapori, or "journey of flavors," is the region of rolling hills and grassy fields: Emilia-Romagna.   From May 1...

Baseball legend Mike Piazza purchased a lower-level soccer team in Italy last year. He became the majority shareholder of Reggiana FC, a Serie C (third division) team that has fallen on hard times in recent years. Piazza brought with him the promise of turning the club’s fortunes around, but there is one particular condition that is driving Piazza...

When we think about the Italian superior quality in how to educate our children, a world well known excellence is the Reggio Emilia Approach. Launched after the war by Prof. Loris Malaguzzi, it has slowly but constantly carved out an ever-increasing and appreciated space, in a field as important and delicate as that of primary education. The US has...

It looks like it's been ridden straight out of a sci-fi movie. This stealth black stripped back cafe racer though is very much the real thing. The Tripla 0.0 675 cc was built by the bike fanatics at Italian Dream Motorcycle as a strictly limited- edition model. This radical bike is the latest in a line of customised Triumph Street Triples to emerge...