How do you say “Bah, humbug” in Italian? I Hate Christmas, Netflix’s first Italian Christmas series, stars Pilar Fogliati (Cuori) as Gianna, a woman who doesn’t buy into Christmastime sentimentality and is content to stay single during the holidays. “I shall not bend,” she says in I Hate Christmas’ newly-released trailer, which hypes up the Lux Vid...

Dec. 24 has always been my favorite day of the year. Until I was 12, family members numbering in the dozens would descend upon my grandparents’ tiny two bedroom apartment in Troy, New York, for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Although the Italian tradition typically means a day of fasting followed by a meatless banquet at night, my family took the i...

It’s not every day that you find yourself locked down in the midst of a global pandemic with a one-toothed puppet of Italy’s legendary La Befana, but through a mix of serendipitous circumstances, that some might call fate, I spent the pandemic living out an urban version of ancient Italian legend. For those who may not know, in Italian folklore, th...

The Christmas and New Year festivities marked a new record for Made in Italy food exports, which reached a total value of 4.4 billion euros in this period alone, thus recording an increase of 11% compared to last year's figures. This is underlined by the analysis prepared by Coldiretti based on ISTAT data, from which it emerges that the double-digi...

Another holiday season has come and gone here in Italian America. The fishes have been served, the champagne has been popped, and the lentils have been eaten, so we’re kicking off the new year with the best thing we can think of to combat the post holiday blues… a collective therapy session! We’re getting together to share our reflections on this y...

Wednesday, January 12, 2022. From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm. Location: IIC NY - 686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021. Organized by IIC NY in collaboration with Casa Belvedere. Free entrance. Book Now here. A Christmas Tradition in the Italian American Community. A lecture by Anita Sanseverino & Lou Barrella This lecture and video presentation explores the ori...

When temperatures drop low, what’s better than a steaming hot drink to warm the body and spirit?! Here are nine drinks to enjoy in Italy in winter.  Bombardino The name alone is enough to bring on some cheer. Bombardino (meaning ‘little bomb’) may very well be the favorite hot drink of skiers as you will see many of them gulp one down at Italy’s ri...

Holidays are all about sharing and making memories if you ask me. Sharing, because we end up spending a lot of time in the company of our family, definitely more than the rest of the year,  and that means sharing space, time, and tasks, especially around the kitchen. Making memories because when you’re in good company, that always happens. But shar...

Zelten, a sweet bread made from dried fruit, is a telltale sign of Christmas in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. Derived from the German word "selten" which means "sometimes," zelten originated as a winter cake. While dried fruit is now available year-round now, it used to only be accessible during winter.  Quintessential "mountain cuisine," zelt...

Rome will illuminate the city hall building at Palazzo Senatorio with a light show of Roman Renaissance drawings over the Christmas period. Titled Nascimento. Ispirazione Romana, the project will see city hall lit up with Renaissance images of a city model "based on the concepts of harmony, symmetry and proportion." In addition two landmark buildin...