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Legend has it that the grotto hidden among the craggy cliffs on San Marco hill in Sutera in the heart of Sicily holds a treasure chest full of gold coins. In order to find it, three men must dream simultaneously about the precise place to dig. Treasure or no treasure, the grotto itself is an archaeological gem, its walls adorned with a multi-colour...

A little more than four years ago at my Italian wine blog, I wrote an article about Italy's 50 Best White Wines. It may have been the first article of its type, as white wines tend to be greatly overshadowed by the country's famous reds. But having visited virtually every region of Italy, tasting the typical wines of each area, it became clear to m...

La Brexit, le tensioni tra Usa e Cina, il rallentamento dell’economia mondiale: sono tutti fattori che pesano sulle stime di crescita del commercio internazionale per il 2019, che calerà al 2,5% dopo il 4,8% del 2018. Ma testimoniano anche la forza del made in Italy: nonostante le difficoltà internazionali, dopo aver chiuso un 2018 con un aumento d...

Towards the end of Enrico Cerasuolo’s The Passion of Anna Magnani, Marcello Mastroianni — who co-starred with Magnani in the film 1870 — calls her “the greatest actress we ever had,” a judgment most viewers will agree with. Though it certainly whets the appetite, this one-hour recap of her stage and film career is too brief to get at the heart of I...

We sat down with company leaders sculpting new products and market strategies for three of the Italian confectioner’s iconic names: Ferrero Rocher, Kinder and Tic Tac. The Sweets and Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, packed thousands of brands and hundreds of product launches into three days in Chicago. Not to be out...

Up until the 1930’s, much of what is today called industrial design was considered ‘decorative art’. It was only after WWII that it became known as ‘industrial design’ with the production of the first Vespa scooters by Piaggio (1945) – on an industrial level. The story goes that the Piaggio company was making front-landing gear and wheels for WWII...

Rocco B. Commisso, the billionaire chairman of the cable provider Mediacom, is the new owner of the Italian soccer club A.C.F. Fiorentina in a deal he described as the “quickest closing in soccer history.” Commisso, who was born in southern Italy but moved to the United States when he was 12, said in an interview on Thursday that the deal was compl...

The Royal Armory of Turin was founded when in the 1830s Charles Albert (1798-1849), king of Sardinia, began collecting weapons belonging to the Savoy in the Beaumont gallery, which until then had housed the large paintings moved to the Royal Picture Gallery. What was then known as the “Antique and Modern Armory” was organized by its first director ...

Fra un paio di settimane, il 16 giugno, si terrà il Bloomsday, la festa dedicata a Leopold Bloom e al suo creatore, James Joyce. Chiamarla festa è riduttivo, perché l’occasione mette insieme ogni anno letture pubbliche, lezioni, spettacoli, convegni, mostre, appuntamenti conviviali, pranzi, cene e bevute: in onore dell’Ulisse, il capolavoro dello s...

Premio Artusi 2019 è Lidia Bastianich. Italo-americana, ristoratrice di successo negli States, celebre volto televisivo oltreoceano, autrice di numerosi best seller, grande appassionata di cucina italiana. A scegliere il suo nome è stato il Comitato scientifico di Casa Artusi, con questa motivazione “quale cuoca, scrittrice e imprenditrice, per la...

Invented in Florence in 1919, Negroni is considered to be one of the most famous Italian cocktails in the world. It was named after his inventor, Count Negroni, who asked to add a touch of gin rather than soda to his Americano, in honor of his last trip to London. This is said to have taken place at Cafe Casoni in Florence.   Here’s how you make it...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce its 2019 Region of Honor: Molise. Each year, NIAF collaborates with a region in Italy by promoting its culture, business and tourism in the United States, while also traveling to the region to promote cultural exchange. The region will also be prominently honored at the NIAF 44t...