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The concept of a "new Florence" might seem like an oxymoron; like the new Botticelli or Michelangelo, two masters of the Renaissance that the city of the Rinascimento has leaned on for the last five centuries. Florence is so rich with artistic and architectural wonders, who can blame the conservative Florentines for resting on their laurels, or sor...

One of the greatest culinary marriages came about when dried pasta, introduced by the Arabs to Sicily in the 12th century, met tomatoes grown from seeds brought to 16th century Spanish Palermo after Hernán Cortés gathered them from Montezuma’s gardens. Regardless of its international foundations, red sauces and pasta dishes have come to define popu...

The ages-old apulian cuisine is one respectful of the seasonal cycle, and divided among land-based dishes and coastal seafood ones. Today we explore the cookery art of Puglia. First up a dish which is now considered an appetizer, but which originally was an actual meal for fishermen and farmers who were away from the household for the larger part o...

The old saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” can literally apply to my vintage Leto family portrait (circa 1923). Therefore, you might say this famiglia photo of my Italian immigrant grandparents and their second-generation children has a story of at least a thousand words. Many of us who cherish and share our old family photos know th...

Italians are wed to the sanctity of using local, seasonal products. And whether it’s bread, pasta, or anything else, the best foods (and wines) in Italy tend to be regional—unless they’re more local than that. Part of the joy of traveling across the Italian “boot” is tasting some of the specialty foods and unique dishes of different regions. In fac...

Dining out in Rhode Island quite often means taking our taste buds on deligthful adventures around the world. This enchanting restaurant in Newport, for example, will give us a taste of the Old World in Italy. That, after all, is where the inspiration for Mamma Luisa’s was born. A Newport favorite since 1992, the elegant Italian restaurant pays hom...

Facing the charming Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) is a gorgeous cluster of five different port towns, fairly close to one another guarded by the impressive hills of Liguria’s vineyards. Featuring tiny fishing harbors, cobblestoned alleys winding up the hill, and enchanting pastel-colored tiny houses, the five little settlements mak...

The 38th Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce, sponsored by Serpentini Chevrolet, will be held Aug. 26-28 at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club, 29717 Euclid Avenue. The event will host more than 100 teams from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, California and Canada,...

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi. Ever since I moved to France, I wanted to experience La Dolce Vita and act like I was the lead in Eat, Pray, Love. But that didn't work out when my Christmas trip to Italy fell through; thanks to my broken sacrum! Ouch, right? But you see, I don't give up that easily so, for my 23rd...

Whether your budget has been busted by soaring travel costs or you just can’t stomach the airport chaos of this summer’s constant cancellations and endless delays, there’s a good chance your dreams of sipping wine in Tuscany or strolling the fashionable streets of Milan have been dashed. To get you there in spirit, we’ve rounded up the 10 most fabu...

Neapolitan pizza is usually the first dish to spring to mind when one thinks of the food of Campania, but panuozzo di Gragnano is also worth the trip. This pizza hybrid is made from pizza dough that's been stretched out into the shape of a foot-long bread. It dates back to the early 1980s, having been invented at Pizzeria Mascolo in Gragnano, a tow...

Multidisciplinary architect and designer Gaetano Pesce conceives sculptures and installations for the two-part exhibition My Dear Mountains at the ground floor gallery of Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, USA. Pesce’s recent show exhibits a maelstrom of furniture, drawings, and sculptures that identify his experimental style with his materials as well...