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Giardiniera is known in the U.S. (primarily by Chicagoans) as the pickled, sometimes spicy, vegetables that top their famous beef sandwiches. But while Chicago may have made giardiniera famous here in America, its roots are not Midwestern. Bon Appétit reports that giardiniera's origins are in Italy, and preserving the topping was born of simple pra...

I’m getting pretty excited, look.” Chef Eric Rivera lifted a pant leg to reveal various shapes of pasta floating on the black background of his sock. It was June 2021, and his enthusiasm for Ravello Ristorante in Montgomery, Alabama, was at full boil. After months of pandemic and supply-chain-related delays, the restaurant opened in July 2022. The...

One crisp winter day in 2004, Uran Pelushi was walking along the banks of the Vivo, a creek in the Seggiano Valley in southern Tuscany. Unexpectedly, he noticed an object jutting from the leaf-covered earth. At first, it resembled one of the many charcoal-colored tuff rocks that cover the ground in the area. But as he cleared away the weeds around...

Italian Sons and Daughters of America is pleased to announce that a new ISDA lodge has been established in Pensacola, Fla! The newest chapter, founded in September 2022, is called Primo Paradiso Lodge. Its members primarily reside in the cities of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, and some travel from as far away as Lillian, Ala. Pensacola is known as Ame...

With its 1,600 years of history, the city of Venice attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. The unparalleled charm of its calli, historic palaces on the lagoon and breathtaking views is an irresistible lure for those who want to enjoy a one-of-a-kind travel experience. In particular, Carnival is among the main events that...

In case you’re still mourning the discontinuation of Ronzoni’s nostalgic star-shaped Pastina pasta shape, we have some carb news that might lift your spirits. Pasta manufacturer Sfoglini is teaming up with The Sporkful Podcast creator and host Dan Pashman to add three likely-new-to-you pasta shapes to your pantry. The two existing shapes hitting th...

I’ve got an undue excitement for Italian things, which is why I spend so much time at the Italian grocery store (both Stateside and in Italy), where I first spotted Pocket Coffee. When I picked up the slim box with its charmingly outdated typeface, I noticed that it was made by Ferrero, but could otherwise glean no information before I made an impu...

At a Clark Township Council meeting held Jan. 17, resident Joe Arancio was recognized as the recreation department’s 2023 Volunteer of the Year.  “So many residents of Clark offer their talents and volunteer their time to help the recreation department throughout the year [and] we are so appreciative of individuals who coach teams, hold classes, se...

The island of Sicily in southern Italy is one of the country’s top tourist destinations, and now it is offering visitors the chance to stay an extra night for free. The region’s president hopes the initiative will boost quality tourism by encouraging vacationers to stay longer. The scheme, named “See Sicily,” follows the lead of other Italian citie...

The non-profit organization American Cinematheque in Los Angeles has been a cultural touchstone for the film community for years. Through their support, the monthly series Cinematic Void puts on themed screenings showing challenging, generally unsettling genre films. Their sub-series called January Giallo has been a go-to for fans of stylized Itali...

Of all Italian cities, Naples is probably the one whose life is most full of contrasts. And if there’s anything you should know about contrast, it’s that it looks good on film… as well as in theater.  Ever since the post war period, Naples’ great tradition of theater, reclaimed and refined by playwright Eduardo de Filippo, has often been transposed...

The most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce confirm the positive trend of Italian agri-food exports to the U.S., which, in the first 8 months of 2022, increased by 13.1% compared to the same period last year, reaching $4.95 billion. “In 2021, our sales recorded $6.5 billion for the food & wine sector alone”, reports Antonino La...