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The breathtaking region of Alto Adige is a crown jewel of Italy, but a hidden gem still undiscovered by many Americans travelers. With is stunning mountains, vast green valleys, and fascinating combination of Alpine and Mediterranean cultures, however, Alto Adige offers much to explore all year long. Also known as South Tyrol, Alto Adige is Italy’s...

Even during the hardest times, there is something that never changes in Italy: we have plenty of pasta in the larder: it’s cheap, versatile, and makes everyone happy. When the country went into lockdown for the first time, in March 2020, pasta was the first product, followed by flour, bottled water and, of course, toilet paper, to fly off supermark...

Before it even debuts at the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes, Midtown Manhattan’s Zeppola Italian Bakery already has plans for a second Las Vegas expansion. Still under construction on the resort’s replica of St. Marks Square, the cafe will replace the former home of French-inspired chain Paris Baguette. Designed by locals GT/AD Studio, the two-leve...

During the spread of mad cow disease several years back, serving pajata (the intestines of milk-fed veal) was banned in Rome. And locals weren't happy as Roman cuisine is rooted heavily in the so-called quinto quarto, or fifth quarter – the “less noble” parts remaining from the animal slaughter. Once destined for the poor, the fifth quarter can be...

"Tony n' Tina's Wedding" has been performed all over the world, from its start as an Off-Broadway show in the mid-1980s to a big screen 2004 movie starring Mila Kunis and Joey McIntyre as the titular characters. The immersive theatrical experience, which replicated an Italian-American wedding, is the brainchild of Poughkeepsie native Mark Nassar, w...

When autumn arrives, you want to enjoy rural experiences, tastings and visits particularly focused on food and wine. The province of Pavia is certainly a great opportunity: thanks to the Autunno Pavese event, you can enjoy unique experiences among the wineries, restaurants and farms of Oltrepò Pavese, Lomellina and Pavia. Autumn is the most wonderf...

Italian restaurant Crust Simply Italian is set to open its third Valley location in Gilbert next year, part of a plan to have 10 Arizona locations in the next eight years. The new location at Williams Field and Recker roads will open in the second quarter of 2022, according to a press release. Founded in Scottsdale in 2007, the menu includes pizza,...

Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance which began in the late 13th century when the powerful Medici family were great patrons of the arts and commissioned many masterpieces. The Renaissance quickly spread to Siena and other parts of Tuscany, then to Venice and Milan and to smaller towns like Urbino in central Italy’s Marche region...

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, in partnership with the College of Charleston, is proud to announce the 15th edition of the annual celebration of contemporary Italian cinema and culture. The 2021 event will take place Nov. 4-6, 2021, at the Queen Street Playhouse and will feature 10 award-winning films. “We are very happy to have a real pr...

With the festa dei morti just around the corner, we thought we’d dust off a very interesting mini-series of videos produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom. On the website of the British network a couple of years ago aired on October 31, the documentary “The beautiful dead”, rediscovering the Sicilian tradition of il giorno dei morti.  This mini-s...

One of Aspen’s most beloved and longest-running local establishments, L’Hostaria Ristorante, is saying ciao after 25 years of nourishing the community. The Italian restaurant and bar, locally referred to fondly as simply “L’Host,” will close for good on Nov. 5, owner Tiziano Gortan announced Wednesday. In reflecting upon the past quarter century, t...

Sicily is full of unique charm and boutique hotels are the perfect way to experience local culture while enjoying luxury. Their smaller size also means more space and less mixing with large crowds, a positive for many travellers since the pandemic. But, as in many countries, what is meant by a boutique hotel isn’t always clear. One of the options o...