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The chocolate giant behind Nutella and Fannie May on Thursday announced plans to build a chocolate factory in Bloomington, Illinois, its first in North America. New Jersey-based Ferrero North America, part of the Italian candy company Ferrero Group, said it will invest $75 million to expand its existing production facility in Bloomington, where it...

Rimini is about to bear the cultural fruit of a productive combination of public policy, a local sense of civic responsibility and a strong architectural vision. This mini-metropolis on Italy’s Riviera Romagnola, known as the country’s party capital and the home town of Federico Fellini, is opening the doors to a new contemporary art museum. PART,...

Panettone, whose origins have long been associated with the Italian region of Lombardy, is a sweet enjoyed throughout the world during the holidays. Top bakers in different parts of Italy turn the full force of their considerable talents to making artisanal versions of this bread-cake during the Christmas season, utilizing both traditional and cont...

Rochester long has been considered a vibrant soccer city. However, the western New York city also has a sometimes frustrating history to tell about former soccer teams. Presenting a quick history of former Rochester professional soccer clubs: Rochester Lancers (1967-1980) Created after the success of the Italian American Sport Club’s run to the 196...

Bless the Italians! Like everything else in life, they celebrate their Italian Christmas Traditions in a manner of different ways.  The non-Italian kids might be quite jealous to find that the Italian Christmas lasts almost a month! It seems quite unfair that the rest of the world has to wait 365 days for a celebration that only lasts 24 hours. The...

It is time to buy basil to prepare the tastiest of Ligurian sauces at home. Choose uprooted plants with small leaves and grown in sea regions. Careful as there is a difference if the cultivation has taken place outdoors or in a greenhouse, as well as between the mortar and blender… Late July is the best period for one of the tastiest and highly val...

Gruppo Fanti, an Italian metal packaging manufacturing company, plans to open a plant in Weirton, officials announced Wednesday. The new plant will initially create 40 new full-time jobs, and Gruppo Fanti plans to invest $30 million into the Brooke County operation, according to the office of Gov. Jim Justice. “I love when we have firsts in West Vi...

If, like me, your social media feeds are dominated disproportionately by beautiful food content the chances are you’ve probably already heard of Mimi Thorisson.  Best known for her books on seasonal, countryside French cuisine, the writer, cook and blogger has built a sizeable following on Instagram over the past years, broadcasting scenes from her...

In ancient times, poet Tibullus first hailed Rome as the Eternal City for its seemingly unstoppable growth, cultural influence, and splendor. With some three millennia of history, Rome still impresses, from the ancient structures of the Colosseum and Pantheon to the modern marvels of the MAXXI museum of contemporary art and architecture opened in 2...

When: Friday, December 11th at noon (CT) Where: Organized by Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago, in collaboration with the Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library During his all-too-brief career, Raphael of Urbino (1483-1520) frequently benefited from the patronage of women and painted works intended for female viewers ranging fro...

Dance, magic, music, joy, love, liberation: if you asked a Salentinian what the pizzica means, he would respond with these words. Pizzica (pinch) is the famous popular dance spread throughout Salento, the heel of Italy, and has ancient origins. In recent years it has been exported and known thanks to the Night of the Taranta held in late August in ...

No white wine from Italy is more recognizable than Pinot Grigio, which is almost synonymous with Italian whites. This is both good and bad — good in that the variety has been a bonanza for Italian wine in general; bad in that mass production has led to a plethora of generic, nondescript Pinot Grigios, which nonetheless have met the demand for a gla...