Pre-pandemic: a recently common term in our uncommon world which refers to things as they were in our global society before March 11th, 2020 when the Novel Coronavirus Disease was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Prior to March of this year, about eight years prior, I began photo-documenting Italian neighborhoods all across Ame...

If you visited Italy in person, you are probably familiar with the fact your caffè al bar is often accompanied by a curious shot glass of water. In Piemonte and Liguria, basically every café will give it to you, while it’s not as common in Rome or Milan. But if you are in Naples, the true capital of coffee culture in the country, that tiny glass of...

For a brand with as much history as La Perla, similarly storied Highland Park Village is a fitting destination for their first Dallas store. The newly opened boutique is a true extension of the Italian luxury brand, blending modern seating and striking parquet floors with an eye-catching vintage chandelier — a marrying of old a new that feels like...

It’s a little-known fact that the hinterlands north of Milan host a rich textile culture. From Como’s famed silk producers to the colorful knits that spill from the Missoni factory in Varese, the uppermost stretches of Lombardy are home to a wealth of woven wonders. Leading the pack is Frette, the luxury linens brand founded in 1860 in Monza, just...

It’s our second episode of "The Italian Garden Project”- Nostalgia For Yesterday, Lessons For Today- the newest show on the growing Italian American YouTube channel from the hosts of The Italian American Podcast! Join creator and host Mary Menniti as we get a glimpse into the garden of Pasquale and Luigina Cesario of Norridge, Illinois. They grew u...

In 1971, the Italian company Gufram launched a new product called ‘Pratone’ – a bright green block of wavy plastic fronds, large enough to sit among, should you so choose. Designed by an avant-garde collective of artists and architects based in Turin, called Studio 65, it is quite simply a lunatic pop art proposition for a sofa. And to me, unbeatab...

The Italians are well known for their love of great Pasta, beautiful art, and of course, gorgeous cars. A bold claim that they make the best-looking sports cars might not be so far-fetched, and we are not just talking about the main powerhouses – Lamborghini and Ferrari. Even the less prominent ones have turned out some pretty special automobiles o...

Andy Warhol. Robert Rauschenberg. Jasper Johns. William S. Burroughs. John Giorno, the poet and performance artist, slept with them all. These romantic connections were sometimes ‘transcendent’ (Giorno’s words), of a piece with his lifelong commitment to Buddhism; sometimes, he found himself awed by the personality of the great artist. But it was a...

Beauty and ingenuity. Italy is loved and admired for the many structures and monuments that sets it apart from the rest of the world. Our artists and craftsmen made history, they laid down the foundation of aesthetics and technique. Our paintings and sculptures became the canon, the path and the model to follow. Enchanting landscapes — as painted b...

When we think expats in Tuscany, we think of Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun; we think of the English patient in the gorgeous Villa San Girolamo and we, decide, pretty quickly, that’s it’s out the realm of reality and the budget of the average sea changer.  But there is a part of Tuscany that doesn’t cross most expats’, or even, most tourists’...