Easter in Italy is a serious topic. Children and teenagers are on vacation for a week, adults plan Easter lunch weeks in advance to decide who should bring what. La settimana Santa (aka Holy week) starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter. But what about wine? Easter: high, medium or low? Let’s start with a little curiosity: we know that Easter does...

Easter in Italy has always been celebrated by traveling, and who among us doesn’t yearn for a trip right now?  This year, it seems Italians are dreaming of slow, eco- conscious escapes, traveling by train rather than any other means.  Their favorite destination? The sea of course. Easter is a perfect time to return to the water.  The holiday, after...

Easter is coming and we have to think about the delicious dishes of traditional Italian cuisine. In Italy, the traditional Easter dishes are not lacking and, from year to year, from generation to generation, are handed down and re-proposed, often with some variations.  In this article we have selected the top 7 traditional Italian Easter dishes to...

Those who knew Victor Laruccia describe him as larger than life. “Everything was big about him,” said his stepdaughter Jennifer Davies. “He had a big heart, he was generous with his time and his thoughts, he had big hugs — everyone knows the big Victor bear hug — he had a big laugh, a big smile, and most of all, he had a big brain.” The 80-year-old...

The Newport Festa Italiana Committee today announced some initial dates for their annual celebration of Italian Heritage month in Newport and the need for a paid event planner and volunteers. Newport Festa Italiana originated as a way to bring together its Italian community to celebrate the accomplishments of Italian-American immigrants and to shar...

Rome celebrates its 2,775th birthday on 21 April 2022. Known as Natale di Roma, the annual birthday celebration is based on the legendary founding of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC. This year sees a return of the historical re-enactments such as costumed parades and gladiator fights which were held online for the last two years due to Italy's covid-19 r...

La santa Pasqua, or holy Easter, in Italy and among Italian Americans, remains firmly rooted in special, ancient traditions commemorating Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. While our country’s secularized observance of Easter is unimpressively reduced to bunnies and Cadbury eggs, celebrations in our Patria or fatherland, and wherever our immigrant...

Veronafiere and Vinitaly once again open the doors of the former Gallerie Mercatali to welcome the 130 Italian producers invited to OperaWine 2022. The wineries selected by Wine Spectator magazine represent all the regions of Italy, from north to south, including the islands. The event offers producers the opportunity to present their wines to inte...

The Chipotle of Italian food is coming to our neighborhood. Piada Italian Street Food was started after the founding chefs took a trip to the land of Vespas. In Rimini, they observed family-owned food carts and corner markets, smelled the aromas of basil, meats and cheeses, and decided the experience had to be brought to the United States. The firs...

It’s not yet time for the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival! But one of the very first events to kick festivities off was tonight. The 2022 Italian-American of the Year has just been named, and a familiar face just walked away with that honor tonight. Anthony ‘Herk” Sparachane has just been named as the 2022 Italian-American of the Year. “I...