The Italy of tourism starts again and looks far away. The Ministry of Tourism and Enit aim to reach the general international public, in collaboration with the Regions, with the partnerships with Eurovision and Giro d'Italia and the support of Coni, thanks to a tourism promotion campaign aimed at many nations around the world. At the center of the...

Chef Massimo Bottura didn’t bring his chef’s jacket to the photo shoot. Which is just as well, considering that simple chef’s whites could never convey what this exuberant bon vivant has become since opening the doors of his three-Michelin-starred, two-time winner of the best restaurant in the world, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, in 1995. H...

To make something valuable out of something that might be seen as not having any value at all. It’s with these words that Chef Massimo Bottura, well known worldwide for his three-Michelin-star restaurant in Modena, explains what’s the spirit of his Refettorios. The Italian word comes from Latin and means “to re-make” and “to restore.” Originally a...

It’s a big day for Farming Hope. The Refettorio San Francisco, one of the spaces designed by Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore’s non-profit, Food for Soul, opened its doors for a celebration on a Sunday evening, November 7th. Located in the heart of the city, Refettorio SF reflects local design and aims at offering an uplifting experience for the wh...

A large, black and white portrait of Nonna Bianca standing with her family greets guests in the entryway of this historic Modenese restaurant Trattoria Bianca. Sporting a white apron and pleasant demeanor, she showcases some of the territory’s classic specialties: a flask of Lambrusco, a leg of prosciutto crudo, and whole hens displayed neatly on t...

‘Should I add some prosciutto?’ Fumbling around in his kitchen, Massimo Bottura, the chef behind the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is making a snack. We have just arrived at his home, a few kilometres from Modena’s medieval city centre. The motor of his white Maserati is still warm in the driveway. Around m...

The first two U.S.-based Refettorio projects -- the no-waste soup kitchens and cultural centers from Massimo Bottura and his partner, Lara Gilmore -- are showing signs of life. With help from New York's Italian consulate, Refettorio Harlem will open at Emanuel AME Church (37 W. 119th St., Manhattan). While the actual spaces aren't open to the publi...

In Palazzo Vecchio in Florence lies a more modern contribution to Italian art. This is the Gucci Garden, created in 2011 by Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s current creative director. The exterior of the structure at first glance looks like many of the other ancient buildings in Florence, but with a baby pink banner hanging from some stones. However, th...

You're taking Stradello Bonaghino in San Damaso, a small hamlet of Modena, trusting in the navigator's indications since there are no signs to reassure you that you are on the right track. The only one in evidence reads Acetaia Fabbi which is not your destination. Still, it makes you happy anyway because it confirms that you are in the heart of Emi...

In 2015 I made a small contribution to a crazy, unprecedented and wonderful feat. A group of visionaries managed to bring the great actor Tony Lo Bianco to Rome, where in a historic evening at the Sala Umberto he staged his show "The Little Flower," the story of Fiorello La Guardia, the most beloved mayor by his citizens in the history of New York....