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I love travelling. I love to ski too. So perhaps it’s no wonder I collect foreign words for snow. Gatsch is a good one. It’s the Austrian word for wet, sludgy mud, but it’s used for slush as well, and it sounds exactly like the hiss of exasperation that catches in your throat when you try to ski it. Even better is snosmocka. That’s how the Swedes d...

Italian multinational group Ferrero is overhauling its products to attract premium chocolate lovers.  For the past couple of years, Ferrero’s North America division has been on a mission to reach more customers by launching new product formats and giving existing ones a facelift. The parent company owns popular European brands like Kinder and Nutel...

The stunning capital of Tuscany, Florence, is one of the most beautiful cities in the entirety of Italy. A bold statement, I know. But, considering that it’s the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, that’s a hard statement to contest.  Home to majestic architecture, lively squares, rich culture, history, and some of the best Italian food – it’s...

At Rome’s Museum of Etruscan Archeology, Villa Giulia, I saw an intriguing documentary by Dario Prosperini, a video-journalist for Corriere della Sera and cineaste.  L’anello di Grace tells the story of a unique archeological find, the 6th-century BC tomb of an Etruscan high-ranking official containing the skeletons of a man and wife, bronze and te...

Ever dream of really getting away from it all? The Italians have long known how to do it. For centuries this has been a land of hermits and religious retreats – and Italy is still full of secluded monasteries and abbeys where religious folk have lived in seclusion. Only, you don’t have to be religious to live their lifestyle. With roughly €2 millio...

Dining out should always be an enjoyable experience. It’s a treat to go out for a good meal and our state is fortunately filled with fantastic restaurants that offer either a unique experience or ambiance or both. A one-of-a-kind place to dine in Massachusetts that offers a wonderful ambiance and experience is Avellino. And with its open kitchen, y...

If you thought superyachts weren’t wild enough, what with their helipads, spas, ironed bed sheets and million-dollar toys, then prepare yourself for a shock: one Italian design company wants to create a ‘flying’ superyacht. Now, before you go all Isaac Newton on us, or throw your complete works of Albert Einstein at our heads, we don’t mean flying...

The city of San Diego is contemplating spending more than $3 million to upgrade Amici Park in downtown’s Little Italy neighborhood even though it does not own or operate the 2.8-acre facility. The proposed monetary contribution, several years in the making, was last week floated before San Diego City Council’s four-person Active Transportation and...

IN 1932, ITALIAN CULINARY MAGAZINE La Cucina Italiana awarded their Best Pasta Sauce prize to one chef’s Sugo Marinetti, or Marinetti sauce. Said sauce stood out not only for its unique combination of chopped pistachios and artichokes sauteed in butter, but also for its ironic title: the firebrand poet Filippo Marinetti, for whom the pasta sauce wa...

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or — if you’re Pierluigi Mazzella — make sourdough bread, focaccia, panettone, biscotti and pastries. That’s the life he knows. Pierluigi began baking as a 12-year-old, on his native island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples. He apprenticed with a world competition winner, then came to the US. He worked hard...

Singer-songwriter Umberto Bindi truly knew how to write a tune. Yet, even with a warm and inviting vocal, his own recordings of his songs never seemed to be the ones that took off. His 1959 debut record “Arrivederci” didn’t hit the tops of the Italian Hit Parade singles chart ’til the Don Marino Barreto Jr. version released, which went on to be the...

Even though River Oaks Italian restaurant Zanti Cucina Italiana opened in November at 1958 West Gray, it’s already made quite an impression —  we named it an honorable mention on our 2022 list of Best New Restaurant. It’s the second location from founder Santiago “Santi” Peláez and his team; the original in The Woodlands opened in 2019. Joining Pel...