Furla, the Italian luxury brand of bags and leather accessories, has opened a new shop in Miami. Located at Aventura, the largest shopping mall in Florida and the second largest shopping mall in the United States, the store spans over 1,000 square feet. It is Furla’s fifth shop in the U.S. The Miami flagship design store features interiors of durma...

Food industry is a great resource for Italy, thanks to 61 billion euro of added value, 1.4 million employees, over a million companies, and 41 billion export sales. These are the most important figures that emerge from the latest Report on the competitiveness of the Italian agri-food industry, recently presented by ISMEA in the presence of the Ital...

Traditionally, the red wines of Italy have garnered the country’s greatest recognition, but as awareness of the country’s wine diversity grows, so too does the world’s appreciation for Italian white wines. From north to south, all of Italy’s regions produce white wine, typically crafted from local grape varieties. While they can vary from light to...

If you’ve ever been to Venice, you’ve seen some of his magnificent work: the clock tower at Piazza San Marco, which he was charged with reconstructing in the mid 18th century. A few years later he added the nativity scene and the three kings automata to the tower, which hordes of tourists view and enjoy each year. I’m referring to accomplished watc...

I knew I had become truly Italian once I had mastered shopping for food on a daily basis (every morning) as opposed to a large once-weekly supermarket shop. Food shopping Italian style means encompassing the fundamentals of an Italian diet, which is buying food that one needs for that day (maybe two because there will be leftovers), and buying only...

YOU HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN about pesto, have you? This is a public service announcement. I made pasta with pesto for guests recently, and they loved it. As in, could not stop talking about how good it was while they ate it as fast as they could and then asked for more. The happiness-to-effort ratio was approximately 1,000,000 to 1. I felt like I tied my...

Cesare Catania is not only an artist in life, he is also a multi-facetted man with a lot of skills; a complex personality mastering many disciplines that finally enrich and serve his art. This brilliant master of all trades with encyclopaedic knowledge wears by turns the hat of an artist, of course as a painter and sculptor but he also wears the ha...

Tours and tastings at olive oil estates and wineries are a popular part of any trip to Italy, but why visit for only an hour or two when you can spend the night? Several of these estates throughout the country hope to attract overnight guests with new accommodations and a lineup of activities. Hanging your hat in a winery or with a local olive oil...

Like inked art on a barista’s forearm, high-end cafes are showing up everywhere. On both coasts and in the middle, over the past two decades Americans have embraced better brew, turning what was once a tiny niche into a mighty market. Nearly half the coffee consumed in the United States today comes from specialty beans ranked well above the commodi...

Italy has long been able to boast true excellence in beer production, competing now on equal terms with the most important traditions of Northern Europe. Let’s take a look at the latest Italian artisan beers. As a demonstration of how beer has become a leading drink, more and more appreciated and followed by enthusiasts and connoisseurs, for some y...