I could not imagine a more difficult task than to revisit the places that inspired his commitment to learn Italian, to study with Luigi Bonaffini in New York to decipher the Lancianese dialect well enough to translate his cousins’ poetry; or to stay with the cousins we love and first met on our Sicilian honeymoon; or my cousins in Calabria where we...

This week, Nov 18-24, marks the fourth anniversary of the World Week of Italian Cuisine. Countries across the world will celebrate with dinners, panel discussions, and other activities that pay homage to the innovation, technology and tradition of Italian gastronomy. In New York, five events will take place across the boroughs, from a book launch b...

That Italy is beautiful goes without saying: I may be partial to the fairness of my own country, but I think the whole world has pretty much agreed on it, as heralded, for instance, by the large amount of UNESCO heritage sites in the country. What many may not know is that Italy, just as every country, doesn’t only have beautiful and historically r...

Mamma Denise non voleva giocasse a football. Preferiva il soccer, il calcio. Almeno finchè lui e i suoi fratelli non fossero cresciuti un po’ per sopportare l’impatto con uno sport che, a qualsiasi età, non fa sconti. Papà Tony non aveva neppure il tempo di stargli appresso, impegnato com’era a sbarcare il lunario nell’America che tocca agli emigra...

Perched on a rocky spur, the village of Barrea is set amid the natural beauty of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, surrounded by mountains, beech forests and pristine creeks. It is in fact an ideal starting point for walks and hikes into the park as numerous trails depart from Barrea, leading to the area’s main attractions, such as La...

"Questo palcoscenico internazionale deve rappresentare occasione e strumento per far conoscere le nostre eccellenze enogastronomiche e sopratutto per promuovere le bellezze del nostro Abruzzo". Questo il commento dell'assessore regionale al Turismo Mauro Febbi a margine dell'evento Educazione Alimentare: Cultura del gusto, tema della quarta Settima...

It was all about Italian at a recent gala at the Paxon Hollow Golf Club. About 250 guests packed the ballroom for the 28th annual Associazione Regionale Abruzzese (ARA) Delco dinner dance to pay tribute to their Italian heritage and honor local people of Italian origin or descent who have made outstanding contributions to the community while foster...

It was only a few months into my tenure as the Free Press restaurant critic when I realized that — wait — maybe my job was actually, improbably, somehow even better than I imagined. I was sitting in a conference room with two of my editors who wanted to check in to see how I was settling in. During our wide-ranging conversation, I casually mentione...

Si è riunito questa mattina, 25 ottobre, a Pescara, nella sede della Regione Abruzzo, il Consiglio regionale degli abruzzesi nel mondo (CRAM). Sono tre gli organi partecipativi: il Consiglio, il Consiglio direttivo e l'Osservatorio per l'Emigrazione. E questa mattina, in occasione della prima seduta, l'Osservatorio ha eletto il suo rappresentante i...

The promotional campaign launched by the Abruzzo region to bring its audiovisual talents back to the region has begun, and Hollywood is its main target. The campaign to reach the Mecca of show business began in Cannes in mid-October at MIPCOM, the world's leading audiovisual trade fair. The Abruzzo region arrived on the Côte d'Azur with a promotion...