Up until the 1930’s, much of what is today called industrial design was considered ‘decorative art’. It was only after WWII that it became known as ‘industrial design’ with the production of the first Vespa scooters by Piaggio (1945) – on an industrial level. The story goes that the Piaggio company was making front-landing gear and wheels for WWII...

Looking for the next book to dive into as you sip on your morning cappuccino or wait for your sauce to finish simmering? Here are 19 famous novels by Italian authors to complete your summer reading list for 2019. Many of the novels on this list were originally penned in the Italian language and translated into English years later, and some were eve...

Despite countless attempts at imitation by others, ceramics from Vietri (le ceramiche di Vietri) have proven themselves to be so unique that they can’t be duplicated. Thanks to the ceramics’ rich history and tradition, not to mention the specialized system used to produce it, Vietri’s ceramics really are in a class of their own. The process and the...

Veroni, the Italian salumi producer known for giant mortadellas, brought a record-breaking 600-pound version to the U.S. The Italian-made mortadella is 6.4 feet long and will be featured at IDDBA 19 in Orlando next week. Veroni, founded in Emilia-Romagna in 1925 and present in the USA since 2016, has specialized in the production of giant mortadell...

Sicily can reasonably claim to be the most enigmatic of all Italian regions. Anomalous and magical, with a multicultural identity that has fused together countless civilisations, the island has an allure unto itself that has seduced travellers since the time of Ancient Greece. Sadly, in recent years, it has also struggled the most with poverty. You...

Is anyone familiar with word similarity games? Let’s try one now. Capicola. Gabagool. They look exactly the same, right? Take a moment to say them out loud. They sound the same too, right? If you’re scratching your head in slight (or much) confusion, you aren’t alone. Thanks to Dan Nosowitz, the world has a little more of an understanding of this p...

Designer Domenica Vacca has found himself in a very unfashionable place: on the curb. After a months-long legal battle with his landlord in Manhattan, Vacca closed his 3-year-old flagship store at 15 W. 55th St. over the holiday weekend. A sign in the front window of the swanky store, which sold $3,700 smoking jackets, $580 suede loafers and $1,950...

Skyrocketing global demand for Prosecco may be putting too much strain on the precious soil in northeastern Italy’s vineyards, Italian researchers reported. The boom in prosecco production in recent years may be an environmental hazard, as it is contributing to the erosion of some 400 million kiograms of soil every year, according to a new study of...

I don't know if my love affair with Stappi is because of the bitter edge to the sweet soda or because of its vibrant vermillion color and the super-cute little bottles. Flavor is important in Italian culture, yes, but so is design. Stappi brings together both beautifully. We're talking about Stappi Red Bitter, one flavor in a line of Italian-made s...

Così come esistono sommelier del vino, esistono sommelier del sigaro Toscano che insegnano come degustarlo o come abbinarlo ai piatti e alle bevande. Anche il processo di lavorazione (fermentazione e stagionatura) e i tempi di produzione del tabacco (raccolto a settembre) sono simili a quelli del vino. Manifatture Sigaro Toscano (MST), l’unica azie...