Facing big-name competition, Stanley Tucci’s Searching For Italy CNN series won the Emmy for Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special, a category another CNN travel and food series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, dominated for most of the last decade. Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy faced against the highly rated and headline-making Oprah With Megh...

It is the season of 'Legends' on 'MasterChef'. The home cooks were involved in a cut-throat competition from the get-go on the culinary reality show. With only 15 white aprons available as opposed to the usual 20, the home cooks had no option but to put their absolute best foot forward and impress not only the regular judges -- Gordon Ramsay, Aaron...

“If you loved me, you’d eat it” was my Italian grandmother’s mantra. Growing up, I recall this barely five-foot-tall woman a powerhouse who expressed her love through homemade pizza, sauteed zucchini flowers, and every dessert imaginable. While preparing for my first guest chef appearance, I realized her food gene was passed on to me.        My bac...

One of my favorite things to do when I lived in Italy was to go to festivals with mamma and watch the spettacoli di marionette (marionette shows). One of the most famous marionettes (or pupo in Sicilian) is Pinocchio but there is another character born in 1958 who is just as famous today. Chi è? Who is it? His name is Topo Gigio! Topo Gigio was the...

Hollywood is gearing up for the 73rd edition of the Emmy Awards, and this year, the nominees, winners, and participants will toast with Franciacorta, the elegant sparkling classic method wine produced in Lombardy, about an hour west of Milan. The Television Academy, the event's organizer, has chosen Franciacorta as the Official Sparkling Wine for t...

It was just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning in April 1987. I entered  the ‘Maroons Soccer Club,’ officially known as the ‘Italo-American Soccer Club – Maroons,’ through the back door. A handful of older men sipping on their morning cappuccinos greeted me. Some looked inquisitively at this stranger while most nodded a polite good morning. I took a...

The 2021-22 edition of Serie A, Italian soccer’s top division, kicks off on Saturday, August 21, 2021 (8/21/21), when defending champion Inter Milan hosts Genoa at San Siro in Milan, Italy. Fans in the United States can watch the contest, as well as the vast majority of matches during the league season, for free via a trial of Paramount+. Inter Mil...

Stanley Tucci has played a range of characters, from a fashion editor (The Devil Wears Prada) to a serial killer (The Lovely Bones), but this past year he has delighted audiences like never before by playing himself. The actor-director whet viewers’ appetite for his savoir faire in April 2020 when a video of him making Negronis in his London home w...

Superstar standup comedian Sebastian Maniscalco couldn’t perform onstage during the pandemic — so he used that time to create his new comedy cooking series, “Well Done with Sebastian Maniscalco.” “I was looking to get into the cooking space for the last five-to-seven years. I have a passion for the culinary arts and was like, ‘What could we do?,” M...

Rick Aiello, son of the remembered Danny Aiello, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at a hospital in upstate New York. He was 65 years old and an actor, like his father. Aiello worked in more than sixty movies and series, the most remembered of which is Do the Right Thing, by Spike Lee, in which he appeared alongside his father. For that 1989 classic...