Having grown up in Italy, my great-grandfather expected the family over for dinner every Sunday. Homemade pasta, or macaroni as we called it, was just one of the items on the menu, usually served sometime after an appetizer and before a meat or fish dish. My grandmother would hand-cut the pasta dough, dry it on her wooden rack and serve the pasta w...

With the growing popularity of baking soaring, the book, The Italian Bakery, is perfect for both beginner bakers and experts looking to expand their repertoire. Available in English at our Books For Chefs online store, it offers 140 classic and contemporary recipes for cakes, pastries, pies, cookies, chocolates, and frozen puddings. The introductio...

Join us on November 30 at 6pm for an enlightening evening with Gaetano Cipolla, an authority on Sicilian culture and language. RSVP Here. He is Professor Emeritus at St. John’s University and President and Editor of Arba Sicula, an international organization that promotes Sicilian culture. Dr. Cipolla launched two series of books on Sicilian cultur...

It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Professor Gerald Meyer of Hostos Community College, the City University of New York. Professor Meyer’s varied research has resulted in almost one hundred articles and books elucidating various aspects of Italian America and working-class history as well as the intersections of radicalism and immigr...

Baltimore fiction readers may not know Rosalia Scalia’s name, but they should. An award-winning local short story writer, the Little Italy native’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines over the years, including the North Atlantic Review, Notre Dame Review, The Portland Review, and closer to home, The Loch Raven Review. Her story “Sister...

When: Nov 17, 2021 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada) - Organized by: Consulate General of Italy in Chicago in collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago - Online Webinar Prof. Massimo Montanari presents his intellectually engaging and deliciously readable essay "A Short History of Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce", a stereotype-d...

LITaly: New Italian Writing in Translation, a title that is a play on Italy and literature, is a project organised by the  Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco to promote the translation of new Italian authors in the United States.  An anthology of nine writers (Andrea Esposito, Ilaria Gaspari, Francesco Longo, Eleonora Marangoni, Paolo Pece...

There are likely very few, if any, with the resume of Steven Van Zandt. His life’s work is as varied and colorful a mosaic as many of the bandanas and groovy shirts that complete his signature look — the chosen uniform of perhaps rock and television’s most preeminent sideman. The latest entry in his five-decade-spanning career has long been imagine...

In Ghosts of the Belle Époque: The History of the Grand Hôtel et des Palmes, Palermo, by Andrew & Suzanne Edwards, the authors have given us a memory story taking place over many times and set in one particular place. The book is jam-packed with events from the turn of the 19th Century through to the present. It is a remarkable achievement to maint...

When: Tuesday, Nov 16, 11am CT Sponsored by the Center for European Studies, the Department of French and Italian, and the Food Studies Network at the University of Wisconsin -Madison, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, and the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago. Part of the European Studies 2021-2022 Lecture Series. Opening remarks will...