Homemade bread is like a dream come true. If the Nonna was there, she would be oh-so-proud. Warm, homemade bread, just as she used to do in her Italian kitchen back in the days. And the warm homemade bread scent released in the house is irresistible, isn’t it?  Not to mention the stress relief effect that kneading gives, a hobby that brings joy and...

The town of Trapani has always been characterized by coral fishing, but also by the artisans who, daily, worked coral making it precious jewelry. The origin of the coral manufacturing process in Trapani dates back to the 12th century, according to the words of the geographer Al-Idrisi, who praised the precious quality of the coral of Trapani.  The...

The first data on Italy’s olive harvesting show a drop in production compared to last September. And this will negatively affect the production of Italian olive oil. According to the forecasts of Ismea and Unaprol, the olive production of the 2020 – 21 campaign should reach 255 thousand tons, with a drop of -30% over last year. The olive harvest wa...

An artist in Italy has remaigined the traditional Christmas nativity scene  for the coronavirus age. At Genny Di Virgilio's workshops in Naples, his nativity figurines gaze at the Baby Jesus from behind  protective masks.  And the charachters are even standing at a safe distance, especially the elderly. Only baby Jesus remains unchanged. Too big a...

Cannoli, one of Sicily’s best-known desserts, are deep-fried cylindrical pastry shells filled with sweetened whipped ricotta mixed with candied citron and grated chocolate. The size and fillings vary in different parts of Sicily. Most notably, there are the ones with a creamy dark chocolate ricotta filling created by the pastry chefs of Messina. Ca...

CNN Traveller’s World’s 50 best foods ranking has just been updated confirming the presence of Prosciutto di Parma PDO, which comes in 31st place. Italy conquers two more places in the ranking with lasagna (in 23rd place) and climbs the podium thanks to Neapolitan pizza (2nd place). The presence of Prosciutto di Parma PDO in the ranking confirms it...

If you’ve never seen Quadrophenia, just think of it as a British version of The Outsiders. Instead of the greasers versus the socs, the cinematic adaptation of the Who’s rock opera pits the Mods against the rockers. And instead of the rival gangs driving Mustangs and Thunderbirds, the rockers zip around on café racers while the Mods lay claim a veh...

Casa Artusi is not the home of Pellegrino Artusi, but it’s as if it were. This is where he would have felt at home, also because only those who have the soul of his teachings can work here. It opened in June 2007 by the will of his hometown, Casa Artusi is the first center of gastronomic culture dedicated to home cooking and food culture distributi...

Piedmontese have two favorite chocolates: one, gianduiotto, is sweet, charming and dressed in gold, always, almost to show its royal origins in the city of the Savoias, Turin. The other is probably not as known around the world, but just as loved within the region —and delicious: Cuneese al rhum. Cuneesi get their name from the city where they were...

Italians go all-out when it comes to the holidays, preparing special dishes and desserts that reflect long-held traditions, although what you’ll find on menus and at home will vary from region to region. While Italy is beyond reach for many travelers at present, you can still celebrate the holidays as the the Italians do. Here, three culinary exper...