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Rocco G. Verrigni, who educated thousands of young chefs during a nearly 40-year career teaching in the culinary program at SUNY Schenectady, died Monday (2/17) at home in Saratoga Springs. He was 68 and since 2015 had been been battling pancreatic cancer, which claims 80 percent of its victims within the first year. Verrigni’s death was confirmed...

The northern Italian city of Parma is the Italian Capital of Culture in 2020.  It took over the title from Italy's 2018 Capital of Culture, Palermo, and the 2019 European Capital of Culture, Matera.  Below you will find just some of the countless reasons why this stunningly beautiful city deserves this recognition. Within Parma, one can find numero...

Daniel Louis Castellaneta was born on Oct. 29, 1957 at Roseland Community Hospital on Chicago’s south side to parents Louis and Elsie. He was raised in River Forest and Oak Park, Ill., and despite being decades away from voicing one of the most popular characters in TV history, he would impress friends and family with uncanny impressions that were...

“Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a solemn crown. A quite common feature of terraces and gardens in big and small towns in Sicily, they are made by skilled local craftspeople and have spread across Italy over time. The most famous ones are from Caltagirone, a center of exc...

The 4 P’s of great Italian food: pizza, pasta, prosciutto, and prosecco. Find it all—and more—on 2nd Ave right here in downtown Birmingham. We went behind-the-scenes, and we’re bringing you with us! Check it out. Chef Marco Butturini has created magic in many popular Birmingham kitchens, including Highlands Bar & Grill, Chez Fonfon and Bottega. Mar...

Penn State Professor of Italian Sherry Roush has received grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to support work related to translating “Peregrino,” a 500-year-old literary work by Jacopo Caviceo, from Italian into English. Published in 1508, “Peregrino” is considered a proto-...

Naples in the 1950s: Lenù e Lila are two girls who become friends in a poor neighborhood in the extreme eastern outskirts of the port city. Life was hard and they grew up together as best friends. At times they grew apart to then reunite and become even closer. Their story is told in four books written between 2011 and 2014 by Elena Ferrante: the f...

A bill that would abolish Columbus Day in Colorado and replace the holiday to honor another Italian pioneer is advancing at the state Capitol. The bill passed the state House and will move to the state Senate. Supporters claim Columbus committed crimes against humanity and should not be honored. Instead, they want to create Cabrini Day to recognize...

There are certain details of the Naples experience that shouldn’t be missed. The feel of an espresso cup so hot it nearly burns your lips. Comparing two types of sfogliatella – the riccia and the frolla – so you can settle the age-old controversy about which is better. Or eating a pizza folded in four as you walk down Via dei Tribunali. Wherever yo...

Si è conclusa con successo al Policlinico Universitario Sant’Orsola di Bologna la prima operazione chirurgica al mondo condotta in una sala operatoria reale, ma in cui il chirurgo, durante l’intervento, vedeva di fronte a sé anche elementi virtuali, in grado di supportarlo e guidarlo. Questo è stato possibile grazie a un visore di Realtà Aumentata...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is pleased to present a new temporary exhibition exploring the cultural-religious tradition of St. Joseph’s Tables, which are among the richest expressions of Italian American cultural identity and embody a living tradition that has transcended ethnic lines. St. Joseph is one of the most venerated...

Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano is scheduled to open at Casino Del Sol on Monday, March 2. “We are eager to open Bellissimo and share our love for freshly made pastas, breads, sauces, and desserts with our guests,” said Ryan Clark, executive chef at Casino Del Sol. “We didn’t want to open just any Italian restaurant. We wanted as much as possible to...