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Mistral made of Gragnano, a town of just under 30.000 not far from beautiful Naples, the historical heart of dry pasta-making in Italy. But we’re not talking about the dry wind born in the South of France that graces the whole Mediterranean with its coolness, but of a peculiar variety of it, the Marino — as it is commonly known — which blows from t...

New York City’s  beloved California-Italian restaurant, Barbuto, is about to share its kitchen secrets with the world. This week, Chef-owner Jonathan Waxman, a James Beard award winner and former judge of Top Chef, announced the arrival of “The Barbuto Cookbook,” calling the book “an ode to years of passionate & brilliant cooking and our fantastic...

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Rotella as its new director. Rotella joins the Coccia Institute from Publisher’s Weekly, where he has been Senior Editor since 2006.  Rotella is an internationally recog...

Sardinian gastronomy is famous for its simplicity and its link with local traditions. At the base of the typical preparations we find durum wheat semolina, sheep meat, cheese and honey. Every recipe is linked to the island life, authentic and true as its unspoiled nature. But what are the first ten dishes of the Sardinian tradition? Speaking about...

The typical restaurant experience has changed quite a bit since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived this spring. Many customers are opting for takeout and delivery over the dine-in routine, and while restaurants have shifted to accommodate customers ordering online, pop-up restaurants like Sarasota’s new Tralia has arrived right on time. Tralia has no ph...

Tony Charmoli, the three-time Emmy-winning choreographer and Broadway veteran who directed Shirley MacLaine and Mitzi Gaynor in splashy TV specials during the 1970s, has died. He was 99. One of the top choreographers in TV history, Charmoli died Friday at his home in the Hollywood Hills, his friend, Paul Manchester, announced. They collaborated on...

CHARLES OF BOURBON, KING OF NAPLES and Sicily, famously commissioned the construction of the spectacular Royal Palace of Caserta. However, this was not the first royal residence he had constructed.  In 1738 after a visit to Portici positively impressed the young king and his consort, he decided to commission a new royal palace in the small town jus...

Remember Lambrusco? In the 1970s and 1980s, the Italian sparkling red wine was highly popular in the U.S., though it got little respect from oenophiles. The reason had to do with its sheer sweetness — it was less a wine and more like a carbonated wine cooler, a drink that was more akin to, say, cherry soda than a quality Italian sip. But these days...

This story begins, as so many do these days, on Twitter. Last May, Nicole Tersigni, a Detroit-based writer, logged onto the social media platform at the end of a long day. She was tired and frazzled from looking after her 8-year-old daughter, who was home sick at the time. “So I go online just to kind of scroll through Twitter and zone out for a li...

In recent years, Italian economic policies have invested particularly in measures to make the country more attractive to international investors by facilitating business initiatives and simplifying internal regulations in order to make the bureaucratic system more streamlined for those who want to start a business. What is the Investor Visa for Ita...

They called him “Tony the Tailor.” But he was also a masterful chef of Italian cuisine, a careful gardener with a green thumb and a loving father of three. The multitalented Antonio Ventre considered two places home in his lifetime: Italy and Long Beach. He was born in Sant'Apollinare, Italy, on Sept. 16, 1940, and raised on a farm about 75 miles s...

GREAT award winning films from Italy! * SEPT. 17 -Oct. 8 * - Atlas Cinemas Eastgate. We jumped through cinematic hoops to bring you the best film fest this year and some GREAT films from Italy!! There are some changes this year as you can expect: :) We have half the normal seating available to allow for social distancing in the theaters. For each f...