Espresso has always been identified as one of the symbols of the Italian tradition. Usually, it is attributed to Italy in a generic manner, but as the company's motto affirms "it's not just from Italy, it's from Naples where espresso is a passion". It is right in Naples where Kimbo has been producing its coffee since 1963, faithful to the Neapolita...

On a late October morning, the wind howls through the winding streets of ancient Otranto. Whitecaps curl up from a bright blue sea, smashing against the fortified walls of the southern Italian city. Otranto was once considered the easternmost tip of Western civilization, with just under 50 miles of Mediterranean sea separating the city from Albania...

Recently the Wharton School of Business published an intriguing interview with Riccardo Illy, chairman of Gruppo illy, and Marco Mari of the Italia Innovation Program. The conversation focused on areas of manifested Italian leadership, areas of great potential and areas where more work is needed to bring Italy to the forefront of innovation in a gl...

by Maria Gloria   December, the month we celebrate Christmas, exchange presents with our friends and wish all "Buon Natale," I got to thinking that some people, by their efforts, wind up enriching an entire community or in the case of Carlo DiRuocco, the entire West Coast and beyond with their gift of espresso.   No, Signor DiRuocco d...

We are overly superstitious. Italians can take superstition to the next level. Avoiding walking under a ladder is pretty common, but things can get tricky when someone refuses to carry on driving because a black cat has just crossed their path.   To avoid "sfortuna," or bad luck, one would make a substantial detour. After tripping up, i...

After 18 years in an assuming little building on South Carrollton Avenue, chef "Nino" Bongiorno plans to close his doors there for the final time at the end of next month. "Everyone knows me, and everyone cries," Bongiorno said of word about his plans to close getting out.   But fans of Nino's chicken marsala and red wine still have rea...

If you're drinking coffee with the sole intent of staying awake, being productive or battling the Houston heat, Starbucks will do just fine. For all other days, seeking out small, independent shops is the best way to ensure a quality espresso.   Soon there will be another local Italian café to satisfy your quality caffeine craving. Fellini C...

by Nick Panzarella   If you're strolling down Kelvin in Rice Village, you'll eventually encounter an upscale coffee shop that seems in line with the entire Village vibe—that is until you realize the customers inside are all speaking in Italian. And those customers aren't just one Italian family in Houston by rare accident. You'll notice grou...

For all I know, it might actually have belonged to my great-grandmother, Giuseppina, a rock of a woman who brought her two younger kids over from Italy to track down her husband, who met them at the boat then disappeared again.   (There's more to that story, I'm sure.) You see how the tarnish on it, the bangs and dents, the sense of a histor...

by Meta Pettus   National Coffee Month is nearing its end but that doesn't mean you're going to stop drinking coffee. In fact, if you're like other Americans you might be nursing a cup of coffee right now. Galllup recently found that 64 percent of American adults reported drinking at least one cup of coffee daily, with only 10 percent o...