In the beginning it was the Cirò Boys. It was the Nineties and theirs was a reverse revolution. They were a group of producers - which today we would define as ante litteram natural wine producers - who wanted to reaffirm the primacy of tradition and the gaglioppo grape. Having abandoned the small oak barrels and the use (sometimes abuse) of chemis...

The idea of having a bridge connecting Sicily to mainland Italy has been around for a while. And we really do mean a while. Apparently the Romans were the first to pitch the idea thousands of years ago, suggesting that a bridge of boats and barrels could be a way of linking Italy’s ‘foot’ to its ‘ball’.  Over the next several thousand years, a brid...

Caciocavallo Silano DOP is without doubt one of the oldest and most typical spun curd cheeses of southern Italy. It was mentioned by Hippocrates in 500 B.C. when describing the art used by the Greeks when preparing “Cacio” (cheese). This dairy tradition, which originated in the Sila Plateau, gradually expanded along the Apennine ridge in southern I...

After almost three years of the pandemic and multiple global crises, many of us are in need of a respite from the stress of our day to day lives. Thus, we are launching an Italian Diaspora Studies writing retreat that will  provide participants with the space and time to focus on their writing and on other creative and intellectual pursuits away fr...

The province of Calabria, which composes the tip of the Italian "boot," is relatively unknown to outsiders. Condé Nast Traveler remarks that tourists are so rare in the region that those who do venture there can have a hard time finding accommodations. Italians from other regions express little interest in Calabria, as the province's reputation has...

Calabria is known for the beauty of its landscape, its food and for its historical connections with Ancient Greece. The region was one of the richest colonies of Magna Graecia,_° and Hellenic culture is still deeply entrenched in some areas, where Greek-based dialects are still spoken today. Not many, however, know about the connection between Cala...

Eating a plate of onions doesn't usually top anyone's food cravings or dreams there's one succulent, niche Italian variety that might make even die-hard no-onion eaters change their minds. Each week Francesco Calabro drives his lorry from Calabria to Rome to sell premium red onions that grow along the coast around Tropea, a clifftop town on Italy's...

It’s Seven AM on a Saturday: I groan at the sound of my alarm and suddenly remember why the heck I woke up so early. It is ‘nduja weekend. I eat a Stella D’Oro cookie, drink a cappuccino and depart on the half hour pilgrimage down Route 78 to the house of Vincenza Pontoriero, my nonna. The weather is cold and overcast. I feel winter’s aggressive br...

What's it like visiting a town in Italy where more than half the population has the same name as you? For actor Stanley Tucci, accompanying his elderly parents to his ancestral homeland in the southern Italian region of Calabria, it was "very emotional." The Tucci family made a pilgrimage to the town of Marzi, tucked away in the toe of Italy's boot...

Calabria is known for the beauty of its wilderness and its marvelous beaches, as well as, of course, its delicious food. Just like every other region in Italy, Calabria also has a very lively linguistic panorama, with varieties of its dialect spoken across the region. What many may not know is that our punta dello Stivale, the tip of the Italian bo...