The vigorous celebrations of Pasqua and Pasquetta in Italy -- Easter and the Monday after Easter -- are as much a part of the season of renewal as any of nature's predictable proclamations.  It's a time of awakening. Vibrant green spills over the Italian countryside almost overnight as if a heavenly saint spilled a bucketful of paint from above. Ne...

At an Italian table, Easter is on par with Christmas in terms of traditional dishes, rituals, family recipes, and a large gathering of relatives to share it all with. Newly-sprung spring has much to do with typical Easter fare, so you'll often find dishes prepared with fresh ricotta made from the sweet and creamy milk of sheep that have been nibbli...

The Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison has canceled Festa Italia 2020. The festival was scheduled for May 29-31 at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg. The event celebrates Italian and Italian American culture. “The coronavirus has impacted our nation, state and local community.  Cancellation of our event is the responsible thing to do in order to protect...

Festa Italiana Hawaii, Hawaii's first & only Italian festival, celebrates where “Ciao Meets Aloha” - the intersection of Hawaiian and Italian cultures. During these trying times, Festa Italiana Hawaii is eager to show aloha (compassion, kindness, love) to the people of Italy and the local Hawaii restaurant community. The festival has launched a ter...

The 36th annual Italian-American Heritage Festival will have its celebration this year Aug. 6-9 on Warren’s Courthouse Square, according to Carol Ficeti, president of the committee’s board. The festival has sent out letters to vendors stating it will take place 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 6 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 7 -9. “We want to stay in Courthouse Squ...

First Summerfest gets postponed and now Festa. Organizers broke the news Tuesday that Festa Italiana 2020 will be canceled. The Italian Community Center Board of Directors says it was the most responsible decision to cancel the festival in the midst of the global pandemic that has already closed so many other festivals and businesses. "The coronavi...

Towering Pandoro and Panettone cakes may reign supreme in Italy at Christmas, but Easter is all about the sweet known as Colomba di Pasqua. The cake takes its name from its shape – baked in the form of a dove, or colomba in Italian. The symbol of peace, as well as a sign of spring, the dove shape is also the cake’s main association with the Easter...

No one in the room will ever forget that day. It was Thursday, February 27. And the Taste of Italy planning team had met for an emergency session to discuss whether or not Taste of Italy 2020 should be postponed from its March 30-31 dates in Houston and New Orleans and its April 2 date in Los Angeles. At the time, Prowein, the annual wine trade fai...

We are sad to confirm that, at the direction of state and local authorities and federal guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been directed to cancel the 2020 Memphis Italian Festival. Though we are disappointed that we cannot present MIF this year, we understand this must be done for the greater good. We WILL have the festival next year M...

After an attempt to postpone the trade show, Vinitaly 2020 has been eventually cancelled due to coronavirus crisis. The international wine fair will take place in 2021, from 18 to 21 April at Veronafiere, as scheduled, while extraordinary investments will be made on wine events abroad. This was officially announced by a statement from VeronaFiere’s...