Italy—sometimes called one big vineyard—is a mosaic of microclimates, from mountainous to coastal, Alpine to sun-baked. They vary so much that it makes little sense to speak of “Italian wine” in and of itself.  “Respecting the land, the product that comes from it, and respecting the people and tradition from these lands—these guiding principles hav...

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...

Mangia Inc., the producer, exporter and importer of Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano Italian tomatoes and authentic Italian prepared sauces, as well as Carmelina brands Italian beans, has created a unique bridge merging the traditional Italian culture of growing clean, high quality products with the modern needs of the North American and global markets. Fo...

What are the secrets to a good extra-virgin olive oil? And how much does the moment of harvesting affect the final taste? Let’s find out along with La Cucina Italiana's Cooking School advice. It all depends on the fields The variables behind an extra-virgin olive oil are many – plus, they can’t be translated into simple numbers. Like all-natural pr...

While food may be an art form in Italy, it's more like a religion in Sicily. Even if you know Italian food well, Sicilian cuisine will surprise you with its complexity — a legacy of successive waves of settlers and invaders who influenced the cuisine. The first time you find yourself choosing between fish couscous and spaghetti Bolognese on the sam...

Standing at a glowing furnace on a boat at the foot of the Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal, Matteo Tagliapietra blows glass in a mesmerizing demonstration of centuries-old Murano glassmaking. The world-famous brand might take pride of place in the souvenir shops that pepper the alleyways in the Italian lagoon city, but 70 percent of the glass...

If you go to an Italian restaurant – a good one, anyway – you’ll notice at the end of the menu, near the coffee and desserts, a selection of after-dinner drinks. Often, the heading is amari, from the Italian word for ‘bitter’… but there might be any number of sweet things – like limoncello or sambuca – or fiery things – like grappa. All of these ar...

Italy's winemakers have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. As harvest season begins, how are they faring? Piedmont-based wine expert Evan Byrne spoke to producers about the financial aid available and their experiences so far. As far as financial assistance is concerned, different proposals were mentioned, but many producers were sketchy on t...

A lone fig tree was the focal point of my grandparents’ backyard in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and a source of great pride for both of them. My grandfather took extraordinary care to swathe the entire tree from roots to tip before the winter to protect it from the cold, and my grandmother beamed with pleasure whenever she brought the ripe fruit she picked...

In the first quarter of 2020, despite the first effects of the Covid health crisis, exports from Southern Italy recorded a good performance (+4.4%), in sharp contrast to the average of Italian districts (-6.8%).According to the analysis by Intesa Sanpaolo on the first quarter of 2020, exports of Italy’s southern districts have been driven by the go...