Strictly speaking, people have been eating pizza for centuries. Flat and flavoured breads appear all over our culinary history from Greek pitta and Mediterranean focaccias to Indian naan bread and the Chinese 'bing'. But where does the pizza we know and love today really originate? Find out in our brief history of pizza... It all began in Naples......

Stretching more than 200 miles from tip to tip, Puglia is a land of exciting diversity. Many wine lovers are familiar with this southern Italian region’s stalwart grape, Primitivo, but a revisit might be in order to understand the variety’s true range. The most famous is Primitivo di Manduria Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), a region in...

During the 20th century, Americans developed a love affair with pasta. On the big screen, spaghetti played memorable roles in classic films such as the Marx Brothers’ Night at the Opera (1935), Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955), and Goodfellas (1990). Pasta became an increasingly common sight on restaurant menus in the United States, but the Itali...

Mono-brand retail offers the customer a total brand experience, from apparel to accessories and even brand extensions such as watches, jewelry and perfumes. Quite often, mono-brand retail is led by a “ flagship” store that represents brand culture and values throughout the total collection. In short, this type of retail in intriguing to view from a...

When famous Tuscan wine estate Tenuta dell’Ornellaia unveiled a white counterpart to its expensive flagship red in 2016, 400 bottles were offered via online lottery to Relais & Chateaux’s U.S. restaurants. Despite a price tag of more than $200 each, they were scooped up in minutes. What a surprise! Italy’s white wines rarely get the same global res...

Love it or hate it, cheese remains the king of Italian tables. We eat it every day, with bread, with pasta, on its own. Aged or fresh, hot or cold, as an ingredient in complex dishes or on its own. We eat it while feasting and we eat it while dieting. We use it to make anything and everything, from starters to desserts,  and it ends up in our plate...

No conversation about midcentury Italian fashion would be complete without a mention of Emilio Pucci. But the renowned designer frequently moved beyond clothing, expanding his oeuvre to include rugs, furniture, and porcelains, three categories that are the basis of the new book Unexpected Pucci ($90, Rizzoli). The volume was compiled by Pucci’s dau...

Lorenzo Ghiberti was born in Florence Italy in 1381 as Lorenzo di Bartolo. His father was Bartoluccio Ghiberti, a trained artist and goldsmith who taught his son the gold trade early on in life. Like Brunelleschi he was trained as a goldsmith in Florence by Bartoluccio de Michele. Ghiberti was an adept artist, writer, architect, and humanist theolo...

Italian Ducati-brand motorcycles have long been known as premium products, with a heritage of racing and sports bikes. Hardly a volume manufacturer, Ducati produces about 50,000 two-wheelers per year, with Italy as the biggest market and the U.S. as an important secondary. North America is 20 to 22 percent of global sales. The U.S. motorcycle marke...

A new tenant unfolding at The Forum in Wilmington brings Italian menswear to the shopping center on Military Cutoff Road. Baldini for Men is set to replace Spectrum Fine Jewelry, which is going out of business after more than 20 years in the Port City. Luis Cepeda is opening the men's clothing store, which will be stocked with nearly everything a m...