If you think of “Made in Italy,” two words spring to mind: quality and tradition. No business seems to embody them better than  violin-making these days. A quintessentially Italian craft, the making of stringed instruments is associated with the  Lombardy town of Cremona since the 16th century.  Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù and Amati produced in t...

Making your way up the driveway to the garage door of Tony Liotta’s house on North Quincy on a chilly September afternoon, you can already smell his latest labor of love. Like any good Italian, within minutes of stepping into his kitchen, whether an old friend or a stranger, he’s served you homemade olive oil and bread, and his dish of the day, hot...

While many events have been forced to cancel this year, it seems art will triumph — at least while safely outdoors. Bakersfield Museum of Art announced its Via Arté Italian Street Painting event will take place next month at The Marketplace.  This year's festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. S...

At the outset of his career in Genoa, Germano Celant was cited by colleagues as a critic on his way to becoming a major curator and art historian. This was in 1967. Anyone familiar with this eager 27-year-old writer understood Celant as an ambitious critic, a polemical critic, who in addition to writing regularly for the art and design magazine, Ma...

It's that sacred time of the year again –when large Italian families gather outside their driveways, garages, or back patios at 6 am in their oldest clothes and old stained aprons (that they’re not afraid to ruin), pulling out their huge steel pots, giant plastic tubs and plastic crates full of mason jars, old bedsheets, and large wooden spoons. It...

Most of us don’t think of buildings beyond their mere function. Whether they’re made of steel, stone, concrete or glass, they provide us with places to live, learn, work, heal and have fun, and that’s about it, right? But have you ever considered how buildings can flow with us, taking us from stress to rest while getting us from point A to point B?...

On September 9th, the winners of Italy’s most important design prize, the XXVI Compasso d’Oro Award, were announced in the brand new spaces of the ADI Design Museum in Milan (remember? We talked about that here).   For the ones who are not familiar with industrial design, the Compasso d’Oro is an important award that is assigned by the Industrial D...

Generally speaking, Ferraris are rare. Although there’s a full-fledged factory churning out Prancing Horse cars somewhere in Italy, sticking a mass-produced sticker on a Ferrari is nothing short of sacrilege. And that’s not only because of the exotic nature of these machines, but also thanks to the draconic ways the Italian carmaker uses to protect...

Ah! Finally the Fall is  here! After  months of unbearable heat, the soft, fresh and  fragrant air of the  most colorful season  of the year feels like a liberation. Our word of the day is quintessentially tied to the Fall, even if it evokes events that, in  truth, take place all year round.  Sagra (sah-grah)  is the feminine of the  early Italian...

Put whatever preconceived notions you may have about beauty pageants aside: There is no denying that winning one, especially one as massive as Miss Universe, has some major advantages. The best one—in our opinion—is having the public platform to highlight social causes you care about. Just look at Olivia Culpo. Since winning the crown in 2012, the...