The first time I picked up the Italian writer Elsa Morante’s 1957 novel “Arturo’s Island,” in this new translation by Ann Goldstein, the gifted translator of Elena Ferrante’s novels into English, I put it down after 75 pages. Morante’s vision is so baroque, and her prose so operatic, that after reading her I needed some alone time, with cucumber sl...

Be careful if you plan on cooking up a tasty pasta dish this week, because there’s an olive oil shortage halfway around the world. Quartino Restaurant cooks up close to 10,000 meals a week, but in his kitchen, Chef John Coletta is stocking up to avoid a shortage of the key ingredient. A severe winter in 2018 and a massive bacterial infestation are...

Lusso, cibo di qualità, superacar. Il Made in Italy si riconosce nel mondo per quelli che sono tradizionalmente i punti forti della Dolce vita, declinata in salsa moderna grazie all'apporto di tecnologia, innovazione, narrazione e comunicazione. Gucci è il nostro marchio di maggior valore, seguito da Tim ed Enel.BrandZ, la classifica che assegna un...

Ferraris are works of art. As the founder of the company, Enzo Ferrari, once said, “Ferraris are not cars, they are dreams.” The world’s best-known exotic car brand has been around since 1947, when Enzo Ferrari founded it shortly after WWII. Ferrari has been an innovative force in the car world since then and they continue to innovate and excite wi...

Italians love to linger at the table, slowly savoring each course from antipasto to primi and secondi. Dessert, dolci, is also enjoyed leisurely and is often served in three parts. First the sweet itself, which is accompanied by a dessert wine; then espresso; and finally an after-dinner drink. “Having an after-dinner drink to aid digestion, a diges...

Whenever I walk into a restaurant nowadays I can’t help looking back at the time I worked for an Italian Food Wholesaler. I spent six years of my life driving a food service truck and delivering all the food to Italian and Greek restaurants exclusively. It seemed like a normal job from the outside. However, from the inside world of food distributio...

For nearly a half century Empson  & Co. has championed fine Italian wines in the United States and around the world. Founded by Neil and Maria Empson  in 1972, when most Americans knew nothing but Chianti, Valpolicella and Soave , the importer was the first to bring in the highest quality wines from names like Gaja, Sassicaia, Marcarini, Conterno F...

From 1911 to 1986, the Colt M1911 was the pistol weapon of choice for the U.S. military. These days, most military personnel don't require or train on a pistol, but in the days of the 1911, most absolutely did. The American-built weapon was a trusted, durable weapon for decades and many, many wars – and still hasn't been entirely replaced. But ulti...

Exports of 'Made In Italy' agrifood products reached a record level in 2018, seeing an increase of 1.8%, with an overall value of €41.8 billion. This is according to Italian farmers association Coldiretti, based on the final Istat data for 2018. Almost two thirds of Italian exports went to European countries, with Germany accounting for the highest...

Cisitalia is likely one of the most important and influential automobile manufacturers of which most people have never heard. Founded by wealthy Italian industrialist Piero Dusio, the name (pronounced chee-see-TAH-lee-uh) was a partial acronym that stood for Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia. It was one of dozens of small Italian firms establis...