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Nearly every Italian family has their own recipe for Pollo alla cacciatora. In fact, many Italians forage mushrooms in the fall that can then be incorporated into this delicious dish. My own family gathers them from the Sila mountains in Calabria. The ritual of going into the woods and finding edible treasures is every bit as enticing as tasting th...

The Sicilian Puppet Theatre (Opra) is a characteristic theatre performance where the puppets, animated by “puppeteers”, represent the exploits of the greatest medieval heroes who fought for Christendom against the Saracens. In particular, the most recurrent theme in the Opra was the clash between the paladins of Charlemagne and the Muslim warriors...

The Name of the Rose is the most famous work of Italian writer, essayist, linguist, and philosopher Umberto Eco (1932-2016) and it was published in 1980. Eco was a great scholar and author of different kind of works; he received several honours - among those, the cavaliere di gran croce ordine al merito della repubblica italiana in 1996 and honoris...

Perched on a tuff cliff, at more than 800 meters above sea level, between the broad Bradano river valley and the Fiumarella stream, it is truly the “caelsae nidum Acherontiae”, the “eagle’s nest of Acerenza” described by the Latin poet Horace, born in the nearby Venosa. The layout of the town is that of the typical medieval walled Borgo. To those a...

In 2021 we published an article about the surge of applications for Italian citizenship by descent among U.S. citizens with Italian ancestry, and we observed that the increase was correlated to the outbreak of the health emergency in 2020. Together with a number of other factors, the health emergency produced a drastic change in people’s livelihood...

The species known as Cichorium Intybus has been around since the dawn of time as wild chicory, but it took continuous selection and technical improvements to make the prized and famous Radicchio Rosso di Treviso IGP. Its presence in the Veneto area can be traced to the 16th century as demonstrated by iconographic studies: in particular, in a painti...

A few days ago, we’ve witnessed an historical event: the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Whether we are monarchists or not, the death of the longest-reigning monarch in British history holds great importance worldwide. This month I decided to honor this monumental event with some vocabulary related to the topic. First of all, let’s see a few basic ter...

As the entire world quickly shut down in 2020 for the pandemic, my inner world slowly opened up in new and exciting ways. Finding myself at home on Hilton Head Island on the coast of South Carolina in the USA with extra time, I committed to an earnest and thorough effort to finally research my genealogy. It wasn’t long before I was completely engro...

Last August 13th was not only the day on which Piero Angela passed away at the age of 93. That date will always be remembered as the end of an era, the one when the Italian television educated the Italians via its edutainment programs.  Piero Angela was not only a science journalist, a talented pianist, and a writer who sold millions of copies of h...

Sardinia is Italy’s 2nd largest island located off the western coast of Italy separated by the Tyrhhenian Sea. Sardinia is one of the few regions I have yet to explore in Italy and I’m not sure why. It has a rugged, mountainous interior with forests and scrub covered land.  It also has about 1,200 miles of coastline, some jagged, but the rest with...

The first generator for storing electricity, the battery, was made in Italy by Alessandro Volta. Today, with the very ambition to imitate Volta and bring Italy back to the center of the technological vanguard, there is Salvatore Pinto, charismatic founder of GES (Green Energy Storage). The young Italian company, founded in Trento in 2015, is a smal...

Ancient Reghion, in modern times the city of Reggio Calabria, is universally known as the City of Bronzes. Indeed, it is the Museo della Magna Grecia. In the city center, it hosts the famous Riace Bronzes, the sculptures of two warriors from the 5th Century (found at the bottom of the Riace Marina 50 years ago, in 1972).   Reggio Calabria boasts a...