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If you're looking for an Italian region that offers a quieter and more off-the-beaten-path experience, then Abruzzo Italy is the place to go. This picturesque corner of Italy is located in the Apennine Mountains and boasts miles of rolling countryside, a dramatic cliff-lined coastline, and ancient villages steeped in history. It's also home to live...

I recently discovered a treasure trove of documentaries on art produced by the BBC. Subjects range from Michelangelo’s “David” to Sandro Botticelli’s “La Primavera” to Piero della Francesca’s “The Resurrection.” The documentaries are presented in 26 episodes and are part of a series that aired on the British television network. Making my way throug...

Less than an hour north of Rome, Sabina is an area not yet discovered by tourists. The scenic Sabine Hills, covered with olive groves, are dotted with medieval hill towns, monasteries, castles, and wineries. If you want to get off the tourist track and experience rural Italy, Sabina is a perfect place. If Sabina isn’t on your itinerary or you want...

Have you ever traveled to Italy? For many of us, the dream of traveling to such a dreamy and delicious place is not in the cards anytime soon, which is why we are extra thankful that Colorado has its own “Little Italy,” complete with this authentic and historic eatery: Welcome to the downright delicious Gaetano's, home to "Denver's Best Italian Foo...

If there is anything that defines Italian cooking it might be the universal use of tomatoes. Or maybe garlic, added to the signature collection of vegetables called “odori” or “sofrito” (onions, carrots, and celery). But what else helps define Italian (or more broadly Mediterranean) cooking? Hands down, it is the use of common herbs, spices, and fl...

Six enormous, stunning tapestries designed by the Italian Renaissance master Raphael are being shown for the first time in the United States at the Columbus Museum of Art. “Raphael — The Power of Renaissance Imagery: The Dresden Tapestries and their Impact,” which continues through Oct. 30, is a collaboration between the Columbus museum and the Dre...

Of course, George and Amal. But long before my favorite non-portmanteau'd star couple nurtured their privacy and inestimable style along the shoreline of Italy's Lake Como, centuries of elites—from cardinals and composers to millionaires and movie stars, and, yes, even James Bond—knew the power of this peak-crowned lake to inspire us all to dress b...

Do you miss Rocco’s Italian Restaurant as much as I do? We enjoyed many family meals there over the years, and the staff made us feel welcome every time. I reviewed Rocco’s in their original location at Maizeland and Academy back in the late ’90s, and some years later I wrote about the new location in the old Steaksmith. When we told our college-ag...

The Italian peninsula has a staggering 4,500 miles of coastline set alongside four seas: the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian to the west and the Adriatic and Ionian to the east and south. These waters may all be part of the Mediterranean, but their shores and marine environments are more diverse than anywhere else in Europe. And then there are Italy’s 800...

The Italian-American Heritage Club of Sussex County recently hosted guest speaker Paul Cullen, a former member of the classic rock band Bad Company, as well as a chef, sommelier and guitarist. Along with Jim Rivette, Cullen founded Paul Kares, a nonprofit supporting the culinary and musical arts, and assisting people in need.  Club President Lynn L...

Since 2009, when the Prosecco world found its new formula, with the establishment of the Prosecco Doc, the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Docg and the Colli Asolani Prosecco or Asolo Prosecco Docg (as per the decree of July 17, 2009), the large Veneto territory, enlarged to Friuli Venezia Giulia to include the hamlet of Prosecco in the municipal...

Growing up in Watertown, Frank Martino spent Sundays in the kitchen with his father. They’d chop onions, crush canned tomatoes, and sear meat. Martino climbed onto a stool so he could reach to stir the simmering sauce. He learned to roll meatballs, shape gnocchi, and make ravioli. “I got really good at it at home. I was the official taste-tester,”...