Riva has always been at the top of the Richter Scale of cool. The wooden Italian speedboats ooze glamour and sophistication, especially when they were so famously owned and graced by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Sophia Loren, and power duo Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor--the mid-century equivalent of Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

When you think of pasta, do you see the market aisle filled with boxes of dried spaghetti and linguine? Or how about tender, delicate pillows of fresh pasta dough beautifully crafted into countless shapes and sizes? For years, fresh pasta has been significantly more superior in taste and texture than dried and processed boxed pasta. It’s easy to ma...

Mysterious Italian author Elena Ferrante will soon release a new novel — her first since 2014, when she published the last instalment of the four Neapolitan novels that made her a global literary star. That quartet, which followed two girls growing up in a poor neighbourhood of Naples during the 20th century, was praised by critics for its striking...

People's habits change in subtle ways when they move abroad, and in food-obsessed Italy the changes are most obvious when it comes to eating and drinking. When you rst move it's likely you'll still be craving foods from home or (if you're like me) pouring milk into your tea for some time. But sooner or later you'll nd you've ditched your old ways a...

Enter Amaro, by the James Beard Award-winning writer Brad Thomas Parsons. I had a sneaking suspicion that a book with that title might contain answers, and wouldn’t you know, it did. Parsons’s excellent book contains far more than clarifying information, including recipes for aperitivo, classic, and modern cocktails, suggestions for cooking (and ye...

The "entire" Italy spirits and liqueurs sector is at risk from US tariffs, wine and spirits federation Federvini said Wednesday. "The US tariffs put at risk the entire sector of the production of spirits, liqueurs and cordials," it said. "Trump's axe may hit a hundred or so companies and several thousands jobs," it said. "The tariffs will spell a n...

Citrus is well known around the world, it’s used in many different cultures to flavour dishes and adorn gardens, but how many of us think about where these lemons or oranges come from? As we place them in our baskets at the supermarket, are any of us thinking about the provenance; were they hand picked, what does the farm look like, what kind of pr...

Italy’s Illycaffe could reach its goal of opening 200 cafes in the United States within five years as part of a broader drive to expand its business outside its home market, Andrea Illy, the chairman of the premium coffee maker said. The project - which would mark a significant expansion overseas for the Italian roaster - is conditional on finding...

This is the first of a four-part series exploring Sicily’s wines. In Part One, I will give a brief overview of Sicilian wines. In Parts Two and Three, we will highlight Sicily’s top rated white and red wines. Finally, in Part Four, I will discuss the future of Sicilian wines in an interview with Lynn Sherriff, MW, a widely acknowledged authority on...

Few bottles stand out on the liquor shelf quite like crimson-hued Campari. Even when it’s poured into a glass, the drink’s distinct color makes it instantly recognizable. Though contenders have emerged to challenge Campari’s dominance, when it comes to mixing classic cocktails like Negronis and Americanos, bartenders agree: There’s simply no substi...