Here in Philly, the Christmas Eve tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes — a massive, seafood-packed meal in honor of the holiday — is a well-known and oft-celebrated event for Italian American families. But when he was growing up in Brooklyn in the 1960s and ’70s, Blaise Tobia never heard of it. So, when he came to Philadelphia to work at Drex...

Can a dish tell a story? Can it bring someone to a special place even if living on the other side of the world? In other words, can you feel you are in Sicily without having to move, not a single step, from London, Berlin or New York?  The answer is yes, absolutely. A dish can do this and many other magic things, especially at Christmas time.And we...

Among the most famous Christmas desserts, born in Campania but now appreciated and enjoyed throughout the country, struffoli have their roots in ancient times, even if their origins are uncertain. According to many, struffoli derive from the Greek strongoulos – hence the name – meaning “rounded,” while others believe that Neapolitan pastry chefs we...

Known as La Vigilia (the vigil) in southern Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a classically Italian way to celebrate Christmas Eve, first introduced to the northeast in the late 1800s by Italian immigrants. The meal’s roots come, ironically, from fasting. Catholic tradition dictates meatless fasts before major holidays — but in the American w...

Sculptors from around the world return to Jesolo, a seaside resort near Venice in north-east Italy, for an annual sand festival dedicated to religious art. The 18th edition of the popular event, which skipped a year due to the covid pandemic, opened on 9 December and can be visited until 6 January 2022. On display are 12 monumental sculptures, made...

The Italy-American Chamber of Commerce of Texas announced registration is open for the Taste of Italy in Houston. The event connects over 500 attendees from every segment of the food and wine industry with buying power and decision-making ability. All the main Texas based brokers, importers and distributors will be present. In the years passed, key...

Here is how houses and cities are decorated in Italy With the beginning of the month of December in many Italian cities people start to prepare their Christmas decorations. There are so many traditions that have been carried on for years. In fact the beginning of Christmas preparations coincides traditionally with the date of 8th December on occasi...

Adoro i presepi. Fin da bambino ho avuto il compito di sistemare la Natività sotto il nostro albero. Ogni anno posizionavo delicatamente le figure di gesso dentro e intorno alla stalla. La Sacra Famiglia era dentro mentre i Magi, i pastori e gli animali li guardavano dall'esterno. In cima alla mangiatoia, ho appeso l'angelo per proteggere il bambin...

With only a few days remaining before Christmas you can feel the holiday cheer all around, streets filled with lights and colors for the most awaited celebration of the year. In the squares of many cities around Italy you can see a Christmas tree, which has become a tradition: aming these squares there is St Peter’s, one of the most beautiful squar...

The Chef’s Pers-pective in December should be an easy column to write. The truth is that there are so many topics available in this last month of the year that it is not as easy as you might think. I considered topics ranging from what Christmas is like for a tourist visiting Italy to the artistry of the Nativity competitions that are widespread in...