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December, the month of Christmas. But also of Saint Nicholas and Saint Lucia, of New Year’s Eve and of the Winter Solstice. It is a month pregnant with traditions and spirituality: in it, Christians all over the world celebrate the coming of Christ on this earth, but it is today common knowledge that, even before then, the last month of the year wa...

The Consortia for the protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO have signed a memorandum of understanding to share their strategies for the future. In recent years, the two Consortia have started a collaboration that has become increasingly intense identifying as common goals the protection of their...

About the time my great-grandfather, Pietro Cassinelli, came to Dayton about 1888, one of the most severe winters in recorded history settled upon the land. After leaving the sunny fields of Tuscany, he and a few relatives settled in the Dayton Valley with the intent to grow crops and livestock for the markets of the Comstock. Snowfall was early an...

Get into the holiday spirit when you visit these Italian villages where Christmas is celebrated with special events. Candelo (Piedmont) Located about 60 kilometers northeast of Turin, Candelo is a medieval village known for its ‘Ricetto’, a fortified storehouse made of a group of houses and streets surrounded by walls, which the local population us...

Stellina Pizzeria near Union Market was such a hit out of the gate with its pizza dough paninis and and cacio & pepe pies that the founders are opening a second location in Mount Vernon Triangle next year. Restaurateur Antonio Matarazzo and Chef Matteo Venini, who first met working at Lupo Verde, are planning a Summer 2020 debut at 508 K St. NW.  I...

I have always been an admirer of everything Italian. Though, admirer does not sound like strong enough a word. Truth is: I believe my soul is Italian, and, in this life, I have been condemned to living away from my culture. For that reason, to satisfy my soul’s hunger, I have been a student of Italian language and culture, and eventually became a t...

The church of Santa Maria dell’Isola is one of Tropea’s icons: it towers on a promontory facing the Calabria town’s beach, hiding its ancient origin in the new look it acquired when its was extensively renovated after being damaged by a terrible earthquake in 1905. Likely built between the 6th and the 9th century, at first it welcomed a community o...

Italian food is a favorite — and surely not just in Italy! It is on everyone’s menu, and whether it is served at home or in a restaurant it is always welcome. “People love Italian food because it tastes good and is comforting. It’s ‘feel good’ food!” says Alison Iovine, co-owner and front end manager of Beniamino’s Cucina & Pizza. “It is also healt...

This month, Emanuela Barzi, a Fermilab senior scientist and Ohio State University adjunct professor and graduate faculty, was elected as a member of two committees of the American Physical Society: the Council Steering Committee and the Committee on Committees. She will begin her two- and three-year terms, respectively, on Jan. 1, 2020. The APS Cou...

Many countries have holiday fruit breads and cakes, and these typically end-of-year specialties filled with assorted combos of raisins, nuts and dried fruits, have been produced in Europe at least since the Middle Ages. Panettone, of course, is one of the best-known of the variants, and is now available throughout the world in November and December...

Every year, people from all over Europe and and North America travel to Northern Italy to enjoy its amazing mountains: the Alps. The Alps are home to some of the best ski resorts and most picturesque towns in the world. There are plenty of winter sports to practice and you can choose from a number of locations to enjoy skiing activities. If you wou...

Kings County Democratic Chairman Frank Seddio held his much-anticipated house-lighting extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 6. Each year, Seddio invites family, friends, elected officials, community leaders, area residents and children of all ages to attend this festive event. The annual block long “block party” took place at Seddio’s law office at 9306 Fl...