Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the figures of Italian food exports in the first five months of 2020 show an excellent performance for both industrial and agricultural products. According to Federalimentare data, the Italian food industry exports in the period January-May 2020 grew by +3% (+7.2% in the first four months, +9.4% in the first quarter a...

Hard seltzer has unquestionably swept the nation over the past year. In fact, Americans bought more hard seltzer than vodka in 2019. And with its light, fruity taste, low-calorie content, and successful marketing campaigns, it’s easy to see why young people are so drawn to the stuff. But while it may seem as though the hard seltzer phenomenon is an...

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...

The 2020 vintage is getting into its heart throughout Italy. The forecasts foresee a good harvest in terms of quality and quantity, however, the wineries’ are concerned about prices and markets stability. This issue is repeating itself each and every year, even more so in a year marked by concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic emergency, which has ha...

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...

In the 1500s, Venetian merchants got ahold of new goods from the New World — the Americas had just been ‘discovered’, and people were excited to try the new foods. Among these new foods was a plant called ‘corn’, or as Venetians (and most countries) called it, mais or maize. The Venetians were also eager to trade this new good for a profit, and the...

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...

Icon” is a word that gets thrown around rather loosely these days in the world of wine, as it does everywhere else. It has attached itself to everything from vineyards with centuries-old reputations to the golden children of influential critics, or “movements” that will be all but forgotten decades from now. However, most of us would agree that the...

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...