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Quality ingredients, time spent cooking, consistent tasting and a blend of Italian flavors make for a good marinara sauce, but one ingredient makes it great: love. That is the winning touch, according to Pedro Cipriano, executive chef at Mio Vicino Pasta and Pizzeria Cafe. The popular eatery in Saratoga just won Little Italy San Jose’s Boss of the...

Roughly 700 keen Vespa and scooter enthusiasts gathered in beautiful Seattle, Washington, USA this year at the start of July for Amerivespa 2017, the US counterpart to Vespa World Days.  Not only was Amerivespa celebrated but also the 25th anniversary of the VCOA (Vespa Club of America). Amerivespa is the largest Vespa scooter rally in the USA with...

After about one month of renovations, the Bormio’s Bagni Vecchi (Old Baths) have reopened, allowing the public to enjoy once again the historical, panoramic pool (with a breathtaking view of Valdidentro, in Valtellina) and ancient springs, managed today by QC Terme. The Bagni have a long history and tradition: an 1870 travel guide mentions, “Crossi...

Some readers will remember the name Tony Manero from years ago. He is one of those golfers whose name is vaguely familiar, but his story of winning the U.S. Open in 1936 is a classic. He was born in New York City as Anthony T. Manero, on April 4, 1905 and was a relatively unknown professional playing out of the Sedgefield Club in Greensboro, North...

Within a block of each other in the shadow of the old Florida Avenue Market — now known as Union Market — you’ll find a tale of two Italian-American food purveyors that give us a glimpse into the Washington food scene, past and present.  In a city that was derided for decades for having no culinary soul, yet is now considered at the top of the food...

The name of Gae Aulenti has been the distinguishing characteristic of several important projects, not only in Italy but in the broader international scenario. She has been a protagonist in renovation processes involving the Gare d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, but also Palazzo Grassi (Venice), Rome Quirinale and the Estense Castle in Ferr...

The Italian American Cultural Club presented its annual scholarships at the July 10 meeting held at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. The recipients were Jack Marx, Gabriella Capaldi, Anthony DeFallo, Lexi Biasi and Virginia Olszewski. The scholarships are awarded in memory of club members’ loved ones. Gabby Capaldi’s scholarship was presented by M...

The Endowment for Radio Maria and the Poor will raise funds for both causes at its fifth annual banquet at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Pescatore Palace in Franklin Park. The event will feature entertainment by Loris Giannoni, better known as “DJ Italian Gold.” A Catholic radio program broadcast around the world in several languages, Radio Maria is spearh...

Positioned on the sidewalk in front of Salumeria 2703, the A-frame sign basically serves the same function that Luther, the anger translator, did for President Barack Obama: It bluntly explains the inner workings of something opaque to many Americans. The sign clarifies — curtly, if not vociferously — that the salumeria is an “Italian deli.” Most m...

Though he was one of Italy’s most influential mid-20th-century architects and interior designers, very little is known about the inner world of Turinese legend Carlo Mollino. Born in 1905 in the northern Italian city of Turin, Mollino became a figure of fascination for design enthusiasts worldwide, many of whom were transfixed by his hidden private...

Sebastian Maniscalco is a stand-up comedian who was born in Chicago and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He has appeared on Comedy Central and late night shows such as “Conan,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Said by The New York Times to have h...

In a perfect world, we wouldn't need to explain why beaches and islands up and down Italy are worth visiting. We wouldn't need to describe the fluorescent waters and talcum-powder sand, or highlight the delicious seafood or lively nightlife. Fortunately, this isn't a perfect world, so we get to show off these 12 beautiful spots and you get to read...