There are many reasons why Caffè Reggio is the grand dame of coffee shops in New York City. One of the oldest operating coffee shops in New York City, Caffè Reggio was opened in 1927 by Domenico Parisi, an Italian immigrant. Located at 119 Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village, it was the first American cafe to serve cappuccino, heralding a new wav...

Nick crocheted while taking the train through Europe. Elena hurt her knee in Brazil. Because of those two events, there’s a new café overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. Gusto Italian Café opened just after Christmas, and the weeks since have been a whirlwind for Nick and Elena Gagliardi. Their breakfast-and-lunch restaurant has been more popular than t...

One of the greatest joys about living in (or visiting) Italy is the ubiquitous Italian coffee bar. I love everything about it; the energy, the social aspect, the smell, the physical space, and yes, the coffee. With all due respect to Starbucks, there are some things that Italians just do better. Maybe that’s why Italy resisted the invasion of the S...

Venice's Caffè Florian, the world's oldest coffee house, is preparing to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2020. The landmark Venetian bar, nestled amid the arcades of the central Piazza S. Marco, has been serving locals and visitors to the lagoon city for three centuries. Opened on 29 December 1720, Alla Venezia Trionfante - as it was called orig...

Sporting Kansas City announced today a new, multifaceted partnership with Parisi Coffee, a Kansas City-based artisan coffee roaster that specializes in hand-brewed coffee and fine foods. Beginning this season, Parisi will serve as the official coffee and cold brew of Sporting Kansas City as well as the preferred specialty foods provider for City Fo...

The moka is an easy and inexpensive tool for preparing coffee. Its name comes from the city of Mocha in Yemen, an area best known for the production of coffee, especially Arabica quality, but its use is 100% Italian. Making coffee with a moka is a sacred ritual, to be followed to the letter for a good result, with an intense taste and irresistible...

The cappuccino is a paragon of Italian coffee culture. It’s a simple beverage prepared with espresso and milk, but has nothing to do with another popular drink known as a “latte.” The latte is a classic drink is prepared by simply mixing milk and espresso. Whereas the secret of the cappuccino is all in the foam. And, of course, in the delicious coc...

The noise of the machine and the steam coming out of it. Pouring it little by little until creating a little crema, cream, on top and here we are: il caffe’ e’ servito (coffee is served)! Every morning a strong scent can be smelt in the streets of Italian cafés where coffee pops up. This is not simply a drink but a ritual that Italians cannot miss....

If you had any doubt about how seriously Italians take their coffee, consider that earlier this month, a campaign kicked off with support from a bi-partisan group of the country’s MPs to help espresso gain UNESCO recognition and make it on to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list (as Neapolitan pizza recently did). Since the late 1800s the special...

What do Chinese acupuncture, Irish hurling and the polyphonic singing of the Aka Pygmies of Central Africa have in common? They are all examples of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity that UNESCO has recognized since it began anointing such things in 2003, racking up more than 500 different practices and traditions so far. Italy now hopes...