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The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nearly a decade on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. Exactly one year later, the fan favorite is back! Namesake chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco signed a lease for the ground floor of 119 Essex Street, last home to Char Sue (another pandemic v...

«There is nothing here. This is a sentence I heard thousands of times, as if I had contacted a voicemail instead of actual people.» It is perhaps in this passage from the writer Franco Armino’s “Vocabolario Appenninico” (Apennine Vocabulary) that the ultimate meaning of Simone Donati’s new work is concealed. Donati is a Tuscan photographer known ab...

From the Northern "Polenta," to the Southern "Arancini," the typical dishes of Italy are steeped in the particular makeup of their regions' history, geography, culture, and social customs. Delve into the mythical, sensual origin of the tortellini, a Queen's historical visit that gave us the Margherita Pizza, and the way typical cultivations (such a...

Sicily is the island of sun, sea and beautiful cities teeming with life and color, but, in addition to this, this territory also offers the opportunity to be explored with itineraries of another kind. The beautiful medieval villages, close to the sea or carved into the rock, contain the secrets of Sicilian history and are waiting to be discovered a...

Sometime in 2018, documentary filmmaker Peter Miller, who lives in Manhattan, purchased some nettles at his local farmers’ market and, with his wife, set about making ravioli with them. They were using a recipe written by Marcella Hazan, the legendary Italian cookbook author and instructor who lived on Longboat Key from 1999 until she died in 2013....

While Verona’s most famous football club has a well-documented association with the far-right, the truth is that taking in a game at the Bentegodi is a fun, family-friendly and relatively inexpensive day out – an occasion not to be missed for any sports fan. Hellas Verona is now in its third straight season in Serie A – a feat not achieved since th...

Starting this fall, a section of Pine Street will likely be known as Aquilonia Way — in honor of the township’s continuing relationship with its sister city of Aquilonia, Italy. The Montclair Township Council unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance that would give the honorary name to a stretch of Pine Street between Claremont Avenue a...

What happens when the Italian “PDO economy” meets the world of food industry and craftsmanship? This is the question that Fondazione Qualivita (an Italian foundation created 21 years ago in Siena with the aim of enhancing and protecting quality European agri-food productions) has tried to answer with its latest in-depth study on the segment of Ital...

Set amid historical sites like the Charleston Naval Shipyard and plantations dating back to the 17th century is Amici’s Italian Bistro, a place filled with the sounds of Sinatra playing in the background, red and white checkered tablecloths, and chianti bottle-candles lit on every table. Here, you’ll encounter the aromas of garlic and nana's fresh...

Pistola Garden, in Puglia between Alberobello and Fasano, offers a place to walk, see flowers and plants native to Puglia, enjoy a picnic, or just relax. Set on the grounds of a masseria, or old farm estate, Giardini Pistola also has vineyards and a farm shop where you can buy snacks, their wine and other products produced on the estate or nearby f...

While there’s never a right time to lose a loved one, losing an elderly parent can oftentimes be a more traumatic experience than if a parent passes earlier in life. Just ask anyone who’s lived through the sad scenario. They’ve always been a part of your day to day life — even if separated by miles. Learning to live life without them can be difficu...

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has released the first ever video game to promote the country’s culture and heritage. Called Italy: Land Of Wonders, available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, aims to promote Italy’s cultural heritage and wonders to viewers around the world. The puzzle game developed by Forge Repl...