While the pandemic has brought some families closer together, it has kept many others apart. And with the holidays approaching and state restrictions still in force, we’re all wondering how to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in our hearts. The JCCIA is doing its part by inviting you to share your favorite Italian-American holiday memories with t...

Christmas is in the air. So I though, why don’t we just take a break from the usual topic, and I teach you a few Christmas words? How can I not start with Santa who is Babbo Natale in Italian, “Father Christmas” or maybe I should say Gesù Bambino, “Baby Jesus.” Yes, because many kids are told that Babbo Natale brings them gifts and others are told...

There is a lot of talk about borderline forms of expression, and in particular about contaminations between art and design. Piero Figura, Apulian by birth (from Brindisi to be exact) and Milanese by adoption, is one of the people who best interpret this desire to mix things up, not to conform to a predefined language, trying instead to wander in di...

Tracing its origins to Southern Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a traditional Christmas Eve spread revived by Italian-American families. DC-area restaurants are commemorating the holiday meal with multi-course seafood menus—and plenty of takeout and delivery options—on and around Thursday, December 24. Centrolina974 Palmer Aly., NW Amy Bran...

The sheer scale and variety of traditions, between regions and families alike, makes it impossible to offer to the reader a comprehensive overview of Christmas celebrations in Italy. But wherever you are in the country, this is it: the big day, the main event, the Olympics of holidays. Our focus for this first installment is a proper Christmas lunc...

Sun, December 20, 2020. 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM CET. A Virtual Seasonal Celebration for the Households of ICC Members & Friends. Sign up by Friday December 18 and you will receive a Zoom Link on Saturday December 19. The small contribution ($5 members; $10 non-members) will be used to support our harpist and to continue producing ICC events. Thank you...

Expand your knowledge of the history and culture of Italian gastronomy with the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine ALMA - La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana. Join us on Saturday, December 19, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a live conversation (in English) with Chef Ambassador Andrea Ruisi about...

Buon Natale Paesani!  We’ve brought back our much-loved ItalianAmerican answer to the YuleLog... the "YULE POT"... the ULTIMATE ItalianAmericanChristmas Playlist! We've replaced the stocking-bedecked fireplace with an icon of the Italian American Family Christmas... a beautiful pot of bubbling sauce (or gravy... whichever you prefer) and over SIX H...

The heart of winter, as we all know, are the Christmas holidays, Italy from North to South is crossed by hundreds of cultural, culinary, religious and artistic traditions. From the Nativity crib to the Christmas tree, passing by the struffoli and the panettone. Without forgetting then of St. Stephen's Day and New Year's Day, arriving until Epiphany...

Christmas Eve celebrations in Italian families are legendary for the amount of food, fun and, of course, faith.  And by faith, I mean a trip to church for Midnight Mass.  But let’s get back to the food.  With the exception of an Italian wedding, you’ll not see this much food at any other time of the year. It’s a pescatarian feast with every kind of...