Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! Things are going great here at We the Italians: another month full of wonderful things happened and news to be announced. Last October 25th I had the pleasure to participate in the presentation of the Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2019. Once again Delfina Licata and her team have put together an e...

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan is always striving to develop new programs to inspire, educate and engage the community. Please join us on December 17, 2019 at The Village Players of Birmingham for the performance of “The Nativity Scene” (Natale in Casa Cupiello) by Eduardo De Filippo. The cast is formed by a wonderful group of volunteers c...

Sometimes you leave a theater thinking to yourself: “Wow. I just saw something very special that I will never forget.” Such was the case watching Opera Modo perform La Gioconda at the The War Memorial in Gross Pointe Farms. This opera company, which has been surprising and delighting audiences big and small for a few years now, has blown the doors...

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...

This year, Italian Cuisine Week in the World – in its fourth edition – aims to promote Italy’s agri-food industry and the tradition of high-quality food and wine which is so central to the Italian identity and culture. DAS of Michigan will celebrate the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, where the grapes that produce the famous Prosecco sparkling...

On October 19, 2019, the Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan  (IACCM) commemorated its 100th anniversary with a gala celebration at the Detroit Athletic Club. The IACCM was founded in 1919 by the Consul of Italy in Detroit Pietro Cardellio, as well as several Detroit area Italian Americans, to promote business relationships between Ita...

For the 2019 #GiornatadelContemporaneo promoted by the AMACI - Associazione dei Musei d'Arte Contemporanea Italiani, we invited #WalterContipelli and #AlessandroBreveglieri of the ORTICANOODLES collective for creating a mural in #EasternMarket, on Supino Pizzeria’s wall. #SamanthaCristoforetti, the astronaut who was the first Italian woman in space...

Italian fashion house Gucci has launched a $1.5 million U.S. university scholarship program that is aimed at students who are “traditionally underrepresented” in the fashion industry. The program, which is set to run four years, is part of Gucci’s multi-pronged effort to boost diversity following the uproar earlier this year over a $890 sweater tha...

The New York strip steak I ordered recently at Bar Verona stands out as one of the tastiest steaks I’ve enjoyed in years. Topped with garlic-herb butter and grilled medium-rare as specified, my steak came with whipped potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. Based on this entrée and other items sampled, I have high hopes for this upscale-c...

Just as chef and owner Andrew Carmellini intended, San Morello in the Shinola Hotel is a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Only the neighborhood is the buzzy, busy, scooter-infested community that is downtown Detroit.  While it's on the ground floor of the Shinola, San Morello has an identity beyond "hotel restaurant." With an entrance right on Wood...