You don’t have to be Italian to come to the annual Christmas gala fundraiser organized by the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival committee. But the Nov. 27 event will definitely have an Italian flair to it, according to Michele Fabbro of Steubenville, president of the festival board of directors. The holiday gala is at Undo’s West, located a...

Watch as your favorite downtown neighborhood is transformed into a winter wonderland with Christmas twinkle lights along the 48-square blocks, 10-foot tall nutcrackers and kinetic tree holiday displays on street corners, and holiday performances. Experience some of San Diego’s best holiday spirit with loved ones at this family-friendly event when y...

When cooking school founder Loretta Paganini’s three daughters grew up, married and started families, they negotiated holiday sharing. Thanksgiving would be with their husband’s families and Christmas with their parents. That left the uber-social chef and native Italian facing a lonely November holiday. So, she and her husband Emil took Thanksgivin...

Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world, including Italy. The Italian version of the holiday is called “Martedì Grasso,” and it is celebrated with the same festive spirit as its American counterpart. In Italy, Martedì Grasso is a time to indulge in rich, fatty foods before the start of Lent. Many Italians ta...

When the locals learned that we were moving to Pieve di Compresseto, a little village in the heart of Italy, they often remarked: “Oh, the Pievesi are famous for their gnocchi festival. They’re known for being a tightly-knit community that likes to be together.” It wasn’t long before I learned firsthand that this was true. Less than two months afte...

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...

In a barn-like marquee in Italy, diners of a rice festival sit at dozens of long wooden tables. They are laden with carafes of wine and plastic plates piled high with colourful risotto dishes: pumpkin and sausage, Amarone wine and mushrooms and truffle. This is one of the hundreds of sagre that take place up and down the country, especially in autu...

Visitors to the Rome Film Festival and MIA Market last month couldn’t have avoided them. They were everywhere in the eternal city: bright red billboards celebrating Cinecittà, the city’s legendary film studio. They weren’t promoting any new film or TV series shooting at the fame backlot. Instead the ads were part of a campaign, call it Cinecittà re...

Ciao, Charleston. The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival is back for the 16th year. The festival partners with the College of Charleston to bring a celebration of contemporary Italian cinema and culture to the city. This year’s event featuring 13 films is Nov. 10-13 at the Queen Street Playhouse downtown. There will be presentations by special gue...

In 1989, President George H.W. Bush officially declared the month of October Italian Heritage Month to celebrate the achievements and contributions people of Italian descent have made to the United States. People of Italian descent have been finding many ways to celebrate their heritage, from cooking authentic dishes and hosting gatherings to parti...