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October is National Sausage Month, and Americans surveyed have crowned a king. An online survey found Italian sausage edging out breakfast sausage as America's favorite, with kielbasa and bratwurst in the number three and four slots. This news comes from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), who worked with Harris Poll to survey more t...

Italian master glassblower Lino Tagliapietra has a thing for undulating shapes and eye-catching color. For those unfamiliar with his work, even a cursory Google image search makes this abundantly clear.   In a new installation titled "Metamorphosis," however, the 80-year-old artist created a series of open and closed glass forms in soft gray...

Dalla Baia di Oakland, in California, Renato Sardo, 45 anni, guarda con curiosità agli americani e al loro strano rapporto con la pastasciutta. «Devono ancora capire la differenza tra pasta fresca e secca. Prima o poi dovrò decidermi a organizzare un corso», dice, a metà tra lo scherzo e il progetto.   Negli Stati Uniti Renato è arrivato die...

For our occasional food series, Farm to Fork, we went to a small Somerville office park near a junk car lot. Inside, behind a red door there's a kitchen and a little piece of Italy. According to Tremont 647 chef and owner Andy Husbands, this kitchen has some of the best mozzarella around.   The company is called Fiore de Nonno — or "gra...

Though rich foods and sweets tend to dominate the holiday season, at least one segment of the population celebrates with a marginally lighter meal.   The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition, brought here by Italian-Americans. As the name suggests, it's a seafood-heavy affair, one that pays homage to a Catholic custom of abstain...

Italian luxury house Bottega Veneta (Kering Group) is opening a new flagship store in New York at 740 Madison Avenue in New York. The new store covers 24,000 square feet and is made up of 3 buildings. Bottega Veneta has been operating a flagship store on Fifth Avenue, with the other two smaller stores likely to merge into the new larger flagship st...

By Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara   It was an honor on Tuesday morning at the state Capitol to pay tribute to the late Mario Cuomo.   Former Governor Mario Cuomo will be remembered for his integrity and dedicated public service to our state, so it was fitting that we remembered his legacy with an Assembly resolution. I was proud to b...

by Robert Pela   Few are surprised that, in less than half a year, Vivo! Ristorante has established itself as one of the more refined dining spots in town. Its pedigree helps: Vivo! is the latest offering from Phoenix restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore, creator of Tomaso's and a long list of other local restaurants.   After decades of manag...

Communities — cities — need Catholic schools. Why? What is to be done in an environment when the closing of Catholic elementary and secondary schools have big cities and small towns alike?   In their book Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America, Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Garnett document the importan...

San Giuseppe Lavoratore di Cinisi invites the public to their 52nd annual dinner dance beginning at 6 p.m. at the San Marino Club, 1685 Big Beaver in Troy. Hors d'ouvres at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m., dancing and open bar, with Italian American entertainment provided by Venue.   Raffle proceeds will benefit the St. Louis Center in C...

The American Institute for Verdi Studies (AIVS) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies. This biannual award honors the noted Verdi, Schubert, and Mozart scholar, Martin Chusid (1925-2013), who was Professor Emeritus of Music at New York University and the AIVS's Founding Director. Any book, book chapter, articl...

Come riesce il cibo italiano ad avere un sapore così autentico anche qui in America? Com’è possibile che i piatti dei ristoranti italiani negli Stati Uniti, specificamente a New York e in New Jersey, abbiano quel sapore d'Italia che fa apprezzare la cucina del Bel Paese agli americani?    Per capire come la cucina italiana stia riuscend...