The word Chianti conjures up red table wine perfect for sauce-heavy Italian-American cuisine. It’s the portly bottle known to wear a fiasco, or straw basket, for extra Old World kitsch. That is one kind of Chianti, sure, and a perfectly serviceable one at that. But you can’t put this world famous wine in a small, decidedly Americanized box. The wor...

Char, smoke, meat, and loads of umami are the essence of any barbecue and Italian red wine is the finest pairing. The ultimate grilled meat experience is steak Florentine (bistecca alla fiorentina)— an amply sized bone-in steak cut that is grilled over hot coals—if you’re really doing it right you are working with Chianina, an indigenous Tuscan cat...

With unsold luxury handbags and clothing gathering dust in their workshops, Italy's artisans fear for their future as brands cut orders and in some cases demand discounts and payment delays. Italy accounts for around 40% of global luxury goods manufacturing and has been hit hard by a dramatic drop in demand triggered by the coronavirus crisis, with...

Italian Cuisine – from 1929 the most authoritative and long-standing cooking monthly in Italy and in the rest of the world – with the July issue launches a new and ambitious communication project aimed at supporting the universal value of gastronomic culture Italian: a great choral initiative to nominate “ Italian cuisine” as an intangible heritage...

The Italian comedy series "Under the Riccione Sun" became available today on Netflix. Directed by Antonio Usbergo and Niccolo Celaia, the series follows the adventures of a group of teenagers vacationing on the northern Italian seaside. Click here for more information. Coming on July 15, "Gli infedeli" (The Players) boasts an all-star cast that inc...

Peter Klosse is somewhat of a mad genius. And what he’s attempting to do, may seem impossible, but through scientific rigor and a lot of eating, he’s on the verge of cracking the code on taste. Klosse is a taste scientist and he and a team of researchers are endeavoring to quantify taste through objective methods. Klosse has broken taste down into...

Two seats, light, small. It sounds like the description of a mini supercar, maybe a Lotus Elise or a Caterham, but these three adjectives refer to what would later become the queen of Italian roads: the 500. Or rather, the Nuova 500 of 1957, that little curvy babe that only a few people have been able to refuse. However, the project did not start o...

There are few things that Rolando Beramendi loves more than cooking, so it was not surprising when he offered to prepare dinner for his newly-anointed inlaws during the Christmas of 1987. The soon-to-be-founder of Manicaretti Italian Foods Importers had just completed his degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis, an...

TASTE OF ITALY 2020. Digital Hybrid Italian Food and Wine Trade Show. September 21-22 HOUSTON; September 28-29 NEW ORLEANS. Top Italian producers, regional distributors, local buyers and trade members. CLICK HERE TO RECEIVE MORE INFO. Connect with Trade Members. Interact with leading buyers, including importers, distributors, retailers, restaurateu...

When Antonio Aransaenz and his wife, Valentina Sorzana Antinori were looking for a place to expand their artisan-crafted shoe brand, there was really only one city that came to mind: Houston.  "My wife and I just fell in love with Houston," Aransaenz tells CultureMap. "Besides the fact that we love Texas and we love Houston and the people are frien...