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After twenty-five years as the Director of the US Information Office for the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano, the official entity for the King of Cheeses in Italy, Nancy Radke is handing over her veritable crown to two successors, Danielle Caponi Bolla and Federico Bolla of Ponte PR & Marketing.   Radke's agency, Good Food Cr...

by Eric Asimov   Wine is now made in all 50 states, though few suggest much of it is any good. But on a hillside just outside this small town in central Vermont, a little east of the Killington ski resort, Deirdre Heekin makes wines under the label La Garagista that are so soulful and delicious, they challenge crucial assumptions long taken...

Friday, September 25, 2015, 10am The Italian Academy 1161 Amsterdam Ave (south of 118th St.) New York, NY 10027 Organized by: Columbia University in collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institute Free and open to the public. Registration required: www.italianacademy.columbia.edu   Maurizio Martina Italian Minister of Agricultural, Fo...

Ercolano, the town close to Naples and famous for its ancient Roman ruins, unveiled a proposal to become the 2016 Italian Culture Capital. The cultural offerings ranged from tours on Caravaggio to tours on street art, from the revival of a used clothing market to a spotlight on creative business startups, archeology and the environment.  ...

True to their Italian roots, North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf will be the site of the 147th Italian Heritage Parade, starting at 12:30pm this Sunday, October 11th. This year's parade will feature 93 units of bands, marchers, vehicles, floats, dancers, equestrians, and more—the largest number of entries ever.   The parade route starts at The...

by Rachel Silberstein   Once again, as in years past, Bensonhurst's 34th Annual Columbus Day Parade was a smashing success. Nearly every school, community center, and church in town marched down 18th Avenue for the joyous annual event organized by the Federation of Italian American Organizations(FIAO) to celebrate the many contributions...

by Al Mancini   In a town full of flashy celebrity chefs, it's easy to overlook some of the corporate executive chefs who run large, quality local restaurant groups from a little further behind the scenes. Brian Massie has long been one of those chefs.   For years he helmed kitchens at many of the restaurants within the Light Group em...

by Brandon Baker Fourteen years after the opening of the original Sabrina's Cafe at 910 Christian St., husband-and-wife owners Robert and Raquel are taking their winning brunch and dinner formula over the bridge to Collingswood, Camden County.   Robert De Abreu, 47, told PhillyVoice the duo had been approached to bring their restaurant to C...

by Daniel Gerzina "Cooking with a traditional heart and a modern hand." That's the phrase that chef Sarah Grueneberg and her team constantly reiterate, a question that they ask of themselves about every dish they present, dishes that Grueneberg says she "cooks from a soulful place."   It's what they hope will be recognizable to everyone who...

By Nick Squires   A mysterious Roman basilica built for the worship of an esoteric pagan cult and now lying hidden more than 40ft below street level has opened to the public for the first time. The basilica, the only one of its kind in the world, was excavated from solid tufa volcanic rock on the outskirts of the imperial capital in the...

by Lavinia Pisani   The first time I fell for the work of Francesco Camillo Giorgino, a.k.a. "Millo," was the second I laid my eyes on one of his murals: a red-painted heart, amidst a surrounding black-and-white surface, that was being firmly hugged by a larger-than-life child-like figure.    After seeing Millo's name featured on...

By Giovanni di Napoli   Do to the unseasonably warm weather in New York City, it doesn't quite feel like Christmas yet. So, to help me get into the Christmas spirit, I recently visited St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue to see the presepio (crèche) on loan from Basilacata called "The Secret Garden of Southern Italy."   Installed on...