It was supposed to be a capsule collection of GCDS for the Italian iconic pasta group Barilla. Instead, the project by Giuliano Calza, creative director of the street-wear brand from Milan, has become a video celebrating the “art” of being Italian. The short movie was shot in Hollywood with the extraordinary participation of Sophia Loren, icon and...

Every time I return from a break in the espresso-stained, red sauce–laden part of New Jersey I call home, I feel uneasy. I just spent a week consuming at least three cloves of garlic a day and beginning all conversations at a 7/10, but as I try to settle back into Baltimore, I wonder if I need to tone it down. Hopkins can feel like something of an...

Italy, the world's largest pasta consumer, can't abandon the North American wheat used to make spaghetti and macaroni, after smaller plantings and foul weather curbed output in the European Union. Exports of durum wheat by the U.S. and Canada are booming, foiling efforts by Italy to protect its farmers by adopting country-of-origin labelling rules...

Christmas in Tuscany would not be complete without a slice of panforte — the peppery, dried fruit and nut-based spice cake born in the central Tuscan hill town of Siena in the Middle Ages — served with a glass of vin santo, a sweet Italian dessert wine. Several legendary origin stories surround panforte. Some culinary historians believe it was insp...

As you would expect, an Italian Christmas becomes a true Christmas in the kitchen. When I was a child, Christmas was my grandmother’s time to shine (or I should say, to shine even brighter, because the woman was a goddess in the kitchen all year round): she would prepare cappelletti by hand, twisting and turning them one by one, with the skill and...

The grandmothers set up shop early. Out of ground-floor kitchens that opened directly onto the street, they came out singing old songs, sweeping the stone floor and scattering their homemade orecchiette, the city’s renowned ear-shaped pasta, on the mesh screens of wooden trays. As the pasta dried in the sun along with the sweatpants, T-shirts and b...

When Il Mito first opened on North Avenue in Wauwatosa some 13 years ago, it was the trendiest spot on the block. However, during these intervening years, it’s become something better—a tried and true local favorite for delicious Italian food. The man behind the successful eatery, Chef Michael Feker, has opened other restaurants as well, but Il Mit...

Toward the end of 1999, I was living in Atlanta when a friend called with an intriguing offer. He’d finally scraped together enough money for a down payment on a place, and the modest one-bedroom apartment he’d been renting, a fourth-floor walkup in an old tenement building in downtown Manhattan, would be available. What really sold me, before I ev...

Imagine Venice, the city of canals, at Christmastime — twinkling with lights and dressed in garlands. Now translate that into gingerbread and gumdrops. That's exactly what hundreds of architects, designers and engineers came together to do — build the Italian city made up of more than 100 small islands out of Snickers, Mars bars, Jellybeans, cereal...

If you've got Italian on the mind, a recent opening is need-to-know. The fresh arrival to the West Village, called Solaro, is located at 13 Carmine St. Solaro serves a concise menu of authentic Italian dishes. Check out appetizers like burrata with smoked salmon, octopus with chickpea puree and roasted red beet salad and entrees like straccetti (pa...