The contrast in colours from the 3 delicate red stigmas cloaked by purple petals on an Abruzzo Autumn day couldn’t be stronger; the saffron crocuses of Navelli are worth their weight in gold, and knowing that no Risotto Milanese is complete without it, they provide a never-ending market that is not reliant on fad or fashion. Navelli’s Saffron Queen...

“It is a very forgiving car. Very pretty, too.” That’s what the legendary Steve McQueen said about Duetto in the summer of 1966, having been invited by Sports Illustrated to try the Italian spider, along with other “fast friends.” The model he drove was one of the first Alfa Romeo 1600 Spiders to arrive in the US, after its debut at the Geneva Moto...

Benvenuto Brunello, a three-day wine event introducing the 2015 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino to select press and trade, began on February 22, 2020. That same week, the first Italian died of complications from Covid-19 and a handful of cases were confirmed in the north of the country. Unfortunately—and rightfully so—the good news about the qual...

Chiara Boni, the designer behind the feminine, form-enhancing brand Chiara Boni La Petite Robe, understands the urgency to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Boni launched her #SmileForUSA tee-shirt and campaign to help make sure that families in need will not go hungry during this most challenging time. Boni discussed the evolution o...

Authentic native food flavours of Italy are currently trending globally. Especially, Americans are looking for originals rather than fusions. Alessandro (the founder) figured out this opportunity and started an online portal where people can buy Italian products online. In this multi-brand store, original food products from the leading Italian bran...

The versatility of Italian cheeses is embraced and enjoyed in every region of Italy, from a few hunks with an aperitivo to the starring ingredient in a dessert. Whether baked, fried, grated, sliced, or dolloped, cheese is a quintessential element in countless dishes, as well as on delectable taglieri, wooden boards typically brimming with salumi an...

Michele Rubini came to pizza-making later in life. As a native of Ischia, Italy, he was no stranger to the pie, but he was a graphic designer by trade. Then he happened upon a wood-burning stove in his in-laws’ backyard. “It was a weird situation because I was a graphic designer for so many years,” he tells InsideHook. “My wife’s parents have it an...

Limoncello is a vibrantly colored digestif that goes down easy on a hot summer’s day. Although the sweet liqueur is most often served, chilled, in a shot glass, it is meant to be sipped slowly after your meal. And although easy to make, limoncello has a complicated — and contested — history. Some people believe that Italian monks first made the spi...

Some 63.5% of companies operating in the Italian wine sector expect sales to fall this year, compared to 2019, with more than two-fifths (41.2%) expecting sales to drop by 10% or more, according to a Mediobanca study. The study found that there is slightly less pessimism among wine cooperatives, generally more linked to large-scale distribution, an...

After working for years in luxury fashion, I reached a point in my career where I felt unfulfilled with the direction of where my professional life was heading. I had been managing a beautiful heritage luxury men’s footwear brand, A. Testoni, when the time came that they would sell the company to a large conglomerate, somewhat breaking my heart to...