Giusti’s Place in Walnut Grove, whether reached by vehicle or by a short walk from the nearby boat dock, was a must-stop for visitors to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region for over 100 years. Giusti’s, in its fourth generation of family ownership, had called the historic Miller Ferry Saloon building in Walnut Grove its home since 1912. Visitor...

The Rape of Proserpina is a masterpiece by the great Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, on view inside Rome’s Borghese Gallery.  It was commissioned by cardinal Scipione Borghese, a patron of the arts, and executed between 1621 and 1622. Bernini was only 23 years old when he executed the sculpture.   The subject of the sculpture is taken from O...

The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster is one of the most iconic sports cars, gifted with all that's in and out. As a more nippy-looking version of the 8C Coupe, the Spider model rolled in 2008 and pulled off handling around five hundred customers in two years. Though the 8C Competizione (with Coupe and spider variants) was around for only three years,...

While ostentatious charcuterie boards may have become all the rage in recent years, the more self-effacing antipasti platter has remained a staple in Italian and Italian-American culture — just as it has for centuries within restaurants, households, formal events and casual get-togethers. While there is some overlap between charcuterie boards, anti...

When I moved to Italy as a 22-year-old American, I was naïve, but even I knew that Italian menus are planned with respect to seasonal rhythms. The farm-to-table concept that we strive for in America comes naturally in Italy. The dining table is an extension of the garden, farm, and field. Spiky artichokes and tiny sweet peas in spring, glossy purp...

Fans of the storied and lavish fashion house Gucci: rejoice. The iconic brand has just unveiled a new lifestyle line for those who can’t get enough GG in their life. The new collection will be released on September 10 at the Houston Galleria location. Offerings include satin silk pajamas featuring different Gucci House prints; these come in a print...

My dad’s side of our family is nearly 100 percent Italian. As a result, I grew up immersed in Italian-American traditions, including large family gatherings with a lot of food and laughter, mispronouncing words like mozzarella (“mut-za-tel”), and most importantly for this post, learning to talk with my hands. I know it’s a silly stereotype that for...

An Akron sculptor is earning new recognition for his role in creating eight iconic statues on Cleveland’s skyline. In the early 1930s, Italian immigrant Cory Fiocca helped carve the Guardians of Traffic on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, now known as Hope Memorial Bridge. The 43-foot art-deco figures, sculpted out of Berean sandstone on the bridge’s fo...

Years before deciding to create a Shelby Cobra-killing sports car, 27-year-old Argentine-born Alejandro de Tomaso emigrated to Italy in 1955 with the dream of becoming a Formula One driver. He settled in Modena, a city with deep roots in the automotive industry, and two years later, he got a chance to make his dream come true by joining Scuderia Ce...

With more than 200 pieces on display, the “Diva: Italian Glamour in Fashion Jewellery” exhibition is dedicated to elegance, creative flair, manufacturing quality and close attention to materials and workmanship, all typical characteristics of this area of undisputed Italian excellence. The exhibition can also be visited online at www.divaexhibition...