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Although he was among the most renowned Italian painters of the late fifteenth century, Ercole de’ Roberti almost slipped through the cracks of history. Within a hundred years of his death, historians had muddled even the basic details of his life, and over the next three centuries all but two of his surviving works were attributed to different art...

When I first meet Rachael Lowe, she isn’t the “picture” of a fine-dining sommelier I had in my mind. Down-to-earth and gregarious, she doesn’t speak in esoteric or rarefied tones, even though she is brilliant in her descriptions of the style, producer and terroir of the 800 labels on Spiaggia’s wine list. For over five years, Lowe has been the beve...

The award-winning short form comedy series, "Little Italy, Los Angeles," produced by Adriano Valentini Productions & Adaptive Studios, is in consideration for a 2019 Emmy in the category: "Short Form Comedy or Drama Series"  LA's Little Italy is a neighborhood undergoing change. From corporate stores to hipster salons, foreign food trucks to gay ba...

Is there an Italian region that is hotter these days than Puglia, or as we say in English, Apulia? I don’t think so. Granted, you can argue that Basilicata is the current Italian hot spot, with the New York Times celebrating it in their travel section as the number three of fifty-two places to go in the world in 2018, and with Matera being designat...

A total 14 Italian food and beverage products received the Italian Food Awards on the opening day of the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City before an audience of top personalities from the Italian food industry, U.S. buyers, chefs, ambassadors of Italian cuisine, and members of the media. The winners were selected from 11 product categories. T...

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens have opened the gates to its summer display. Each season, the conservatory has a new display of several themed scenes, created from thousands of flowers. With the arrival of summer in Las Vegas, the theme this year is “La Dolce Vita” and depicts summer in Italy. The east garden, full of lemons, represen...

Lilli Bertone, wife of Nuccio – one of the most famous Coachbuilders of all time and founder of the Stile Bertone – passed away at the age of 84 in Lugano, Switzerland. Ms. Lilli spent her life with her husband and after his death in 1997 she took over the reins of the company, taking it until the centenary celebrations. In 2012, in fact, at the Ge...

A hit San Francisco wine bar specializing in the Roman flatbread known as pinsa has made its way to New York City this week. Dubbed Montesacro Pinseria Romana, the critically acclaimed California-bred pinsa shop is now open in Williamsburg at 432 Union Ave., where the menu’s star carb is accompanied by traditional Roman cuisine. Pasta, cheese plate...

A New York City-based eatery known for their cozy candlelit spaces is hoping there is room for one more Italian restaurant in Frank Sinatra’s hometown, as they are opening their first New Jersey location along the main street of the Mile Square City. Caffe Buon Gusto has been serving hungry New Yorkers for three decades at 151 Montague Street in Br...

More than 150 rare and exotic cars from across the world were on display in West Hartford on Sunday, as a part of the annual Concorso Ferrari and Friends event. The car show celebrates exotic Italian automobiles and raises awareness for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). Lamborginis, Maseratis, Ferraris and Paganis made their way dow...

Following the unification of Italian states in the latter half of the 19th century, many peasants faced financial hardships caused by years of war and political turmoil over who would rule what – and how. The process was particularly hard on the southern regions of the country, viewed by their powerful northern counterparts as corrupt and unciviliz...

Salvatore Macchia, Professor of Composition and String Bass at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named chair of the Department of Music and Dance, effective July 1, 2019. He followsRoberta M. Marvin, who recently completed her three-year appointment as chair. Macchia, who recently celebrated his 40th season with the department, is w...