Celebrate the holidays with food, wine and live music at the fourth annual Christmas City Tasting, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 20 at Hotel Bethlehem. The 21-and-over event, hosted by local importer South Italy Imports, will feature unlimited tastings of 18 Italian varietals, music by Craig Thatcher and Nyke Van Wyk and food samplings from top area restaurants su...

In 1990, as Christmas drew closer, instead of the excitement I had always felt at this time of year, I became more and more melancholy. I loved Christmas, the tradition, the tree, the shopping and wrapping, even the cooking of the Christmas Eve meal for 35 people. I especially loved our nativity scene, our setting it up as a family, and then hiding...

Christmas is one of my favorite times to visit Italy, in part because handmade crafts take center stage. At holiday markets across the country, you can locate treasures like glass ornaments, nativity figures, wooden toys, hand-woven woolen goods, and traditional sweets.  December is also one of the best times of year to buy directly from the artisa...

LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI: Neapolitan Christmas Concert. Special benefit performance and concert featuring music, dance, and dinner. Wednesday December 12 from 19:30 to 22:30 EST. Capri Ristorante - 145 Mulberry St, New York 10013 (In the Downstairs Performance Lounge). Please join me, Alessandra Belloni, to help my non profit organization, I Giullari...

You may know your panettone from your pandoro, but what about other seasonal treats? Read on for a tour of Italy's regional Christmas cakes. In Milan it’s all about the panettone, literally 'pan de toni' or Toni’s bread. Legend has it that Toni was the kitchen hand at the court of Ludovic Sforza, Duke of Milan. He burnt the cakes for dinner so thre...

The week before Christmas was the most exciting time of the year. The entire family got in the car and drove to all the Italian markets in the city. The stores were crowded with other Italians getting the same foods for their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals. Double-parked cars lined the streets, as we circled the blocks searching for a spot....

Phoenix Children's Hospital and Babbo Italian Eatery are joining forces to spread love this holiday season.  They're collecting toys for all of the children who are sick and recovering at PCH this Christmas. All of the toys that are donated will be wrapped and given to the children at a special party.  Anyone who wants to donate can drop off a bran...

When I was a young girl living in Italy, I particularly loved the holiday season that brought back delicious munchies such as torrone (Italian nougat), panettone (Italian Christmas cake), pepatelli (almond and honey biscotti), and the money that my nonno Antonio always handed me when arriving at our house. Most of all, it signified that time had co...

As Christmas nears so does the time for Christmas sweets - those tasty homemade and industrial products whose flavors and fragrances accompany us during the Christmas holidays. There is a great variety of Christmas sweets in Italy, with significant differences from one region, one province, and one city to the next. Just think: depending on the loc...

Saturday December 8, 2:00 pm. Garibaldi Meucci Museum. 420 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, NY. Admission: $10; open to the public. Contact: Carol Berardi 718-442-1608. A lecture and DVD presentation by Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barrella featuring the unveiling of a newly created Presepe Napoletano by Brooklyn Artist John Miniero. A Neapoltan Presep...