Known for his creative approach to food and exceptional dishes at Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, chef Massimo Bottura has blazed a trail in the food world by pushing the industry's boundaries again and again. His latest project, a dinner inspired by immigrants at Ellis Island, is raising funds for God's Love We Deliver, with help from his sp...

Overshadowed by powerhouse destinations like Rome and Florence, Modena flies under most travelers’ radars. But given that this northern city is the birthplace of many Italian icons — from balsamic vinegar to Ferrari cars to famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti — there’s no shortage of cultural and culinary riches to discover. Thanks to its star turn in th...

Food waste is a huge problem globally — starting with our own refrigerators. Over this Thanksgiving week, Americans will throw out almost 200 million pounds of turkey alone, according to figures from the Natural Resources Defense Council. But before you toss that bird, read on. We asked Massimo Bottura, one of the world's best chefs, to help us fig...

Somebody just bought the Ferrari-you-can’t-buy. Yes, a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta sold for $10 million Saturday night at the RM Sotheby’s auction at Ferrari's Fiorano track in northern Italy. (By our calculations, 8.3 million Euros equals $9,989,340.50. We just rounded that up to $10 million.) Mama mia! That’s a record for a modern car. It’s also dou...

When I started planning our vacation to Italy my teenage sons worried about being trapped for hours in museums. I promised that wouldn’t happen, since I still have flashbacks to my parents dragging my sisters and me on exhaustive and exhausting visits to museums and places like the landscape painter Frederic Church’s house at Olana in Hudson, N.Y....

It has been almost 10 years since Luciano Pavarotti’s passing on September 6, 2007, but his legacy will live on forever. He has been one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar. “I would like to be remembered as the man who brought opera to the masses,” the legendary tenor said in an interview. The most beloved and cel...

Tourists visiting Modena will find all the charm of small-town Italy, where people leisurely walk along cobblestone streets in the early summer heat while enjoying gelato — fresh, rich and creamy, as it should be. As a base of regional travel through northern Italy, Modena (pronounced Mo-dah-nah) is located in the Emila Romagna province. Three airp...

There have always been different types of vinegar made from grape must in Modena, which have developed in accordance with the history of various recipes, different methods of preparation and aging. The origin of these products dates back to ancient Roman traditions. The term balsamic is relatively young, however, and was used for the first time in...

Steve McQueen famously said: “Life is racing. Everything else is just waiting.” In June, more than 100 drivers and their crews of the Italian motoring club proved the actor right. The Modena Cento Ore, an annual road rally race through the Northern Italian “Motor Valley” that lies between the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean, ended as per traditi...

I'm standing at a large wooden barrel in front of a rustic outdoor bar with a huge platter of cured meat and cheese balanced on top of it. As slice after slice of the finest Parma ham melts like butter in my mouth, I’m enveloped by the buzz coming from so many others doing the same thing under the welcoming heaters. After cleansing the intense flav...