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It’s no secret that Italians love their cuisine and even live for it. With the global pandemic putting a big dent in our ability to travel abroad, I’m dreaming of all the delicious Italian food I am missing. What I wouldn’t give for a plate of bucatini all’Amatriciana topped with freshly grated pecorino Romano at a noisy trattoria in Testaccio. Som...

The 4th edition of Italian Design Day in the World (IDD) will take place in 100 cities all over the world and focus on Drawing the Future. Development, Innovation, Sustainability, Beauty. As in the past editions, the theme will be expressed with particular attention to sustainability by 100 “Italian design ambassadors” - architects, designers, acad...

CELEBRATED IN PAINTINGS BY JACOB Philipp Hackert in 1777 and by Bidault in 1790 (a painting currently on display at Paris’ Louvre Museum), the Cascata Grande defines the urban plan of the small town of Isola Liri. The town is just one hour east of Rome in the historical region of Ciociaria. The Liri river splits in two and drops 88 feet (27 meters)...

Professor Elissa Ruffino recently wrote a book entitled, Dream Big, Dream Small (Politics and Prose, 2020), a story that inspires children to dream and encourages adults to listen carefully to them so that they can provide the support that is necessary to make their dreams come true. The book is dedicated to the Hon. Frank J. Guarini, former U.S. C...

As Italian American Heritage Month draws to a close, we’re presenting our first ever “Live” question-and-answer episode direct from our “New Neighborhood” online membership group! The New Neighborhood is a Place for all Italian Americans… a vibrant, close-knit community centered around our private Facebook group where our most passionate listeners...

Today is opening day for Napoli Italian Eatery, the first solo restaurant for well-known Wichita chef Jeremy Wade. The restaurant, which Wade is opening with his fiance Courtney Mathews, has taken over the former Fetch Bistro space at 7718 E. 37th St. North and is serving a menu of Italian specialties Wade describes as rustic yet modern. It feature...

The Oscar and Emmy nominated actress from ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘The Sopranos’, Lorraine Bracco, will take a break from Hollywood for her next gig on the island of Sicily, renovating a 200-year-old home she purchased for only one euro ($1.18) for HGTV’s latest show ‘My Big Italian Adventure’. While it was a bargain at its one-euro ($1.18) price point, t...

Diane di Prima, a prolific poet who pursued the life of a Beat and rose to the position of San Francisco poet laureate, died Sunday, Oct. 25. For eight years, di Prima had battled Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the central nervous system, and Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease characterized by dry eyes and mouth. She also had...

The debate continues: Is the piadina romagnola the oldest and tastiest flatbread recipe in the region? Or is it the crescia marchigiana? Let’s discuss. Among the challenges of hometown pride that so define our country, the biggest debates in Italy tend to center around food – and that includes the rivalry between the piadina romagnola and the cresc...

Italian winemakers have a storied history of developing grapes that are symbiotic with their climate and soil conditions. The characteristics of each grape have been tailored to the land and to the local cuisine – and vice versa. Until recently, many Italian wine producers were more interested in quantity than quality; American consumers were more...

A few years back, Vince Gerasole, the beloved general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, took one of those mail-in DNA tests you see advertised on television. The Pittsburgh native, who proudly traces his ancestry to Abruzzo and Calabria, was ecstatic to discover he was 85 percent Italian, with a smattering of other European descent to round it...

A senior environmental geoscience major has has no regrets while studying abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jordan Kemp arrived in Florence, Italy, on Jan. 29, though she had been traveling around Europe for several weeks prior to landing. Before the shutdowns began in Italy, Kemp was volunteering at a local elementary school and middle school t...