Italophiles and pizza nerds, get ready: Zia Esterina is opening on Thursday at 112 Mulberry Street, the pizza fritta and fried calzone spot from Naples very own Gino Sorbillo. He’s one of Italy’s most public food figures, an Italian TV regular whose reputation was enhanced when he defied the Camorra when it allegedly torched his restaurant. And he...

The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is pleased to announce the first in a series of evenings devoted to the theme "Literary Locations," an exploration of the intimate connection between author and the place that provides the backdrop to their stories. The choice for the first event in this series is author Elena Ferrante, whose quartet...

According to various media a team of physicists working at Federico II University in Naples reproduced in a lab a very small scale of the spacetime tunnel known as the ‘Einstein-Rosen bridge’, or Wormole, and described in the theory elaborated by Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen in the 1930s. The coordinator of the international group that carried...

By combining traditional archaeology with 3D technology, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have managed to reconstruct a house in Pompeii to its original state before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius thousands of years ago. Unique video material has now been produced, showing their creation of a 3D model of an entire block of houses. A...

Paradise of Exiles: Early Photography in Italy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art begins with the first photographic images to arrive in Italy, a delicate 1839–40 album of botanical negative images sent by William Henry Fox Talbot to botanist Antonio Bertoloni. The ghostly silhouettes of ferns, grasses, and other specimens, created with Talbot’s cam...

Presentata a Napoli allo Spazio Guida editori l’edizione 2017 del Premio letterario nazionale Amerigo delle Quattro libertà (The Amerigo Four Freedoms Award). Il riconoscimento, promosso dall’associazione Amerigo presieduta da Vito Cozzoli e che ha sede presso l’Ambasciata Americana in Italia, punta a valorizzare le opere letterarie (saggi, romanzi...

After completing our annual month of Italian language study in Rome, my wife Carole and I headed south for yet another tour of Southern Italy’s many cities, towns, and villages.  We had traveled to the South on at least three previous visits. Our itinerary included stops from the totally unknown to the familiar, including the now famous UNESCO Nati...

Let’s get back to our journey all around Italy discovering the many different dialects that this country has to offer. This month is the time to stop in Campania and Napoli, the birthplace of pizza and, of course, Neapolitan. First of all, let’s take a step back, because in order for us to understand what Neapolitan is and where it comes from we ne...

Pizza finds a place on every country's table and is topped with countless delicacies, each country creating its own - more or less - orthodox version of this quintessentially Italian food. Yet it remains Neapolitan in the  minds of all of us and having a pizza in Naples is certainly on the bucket list of more than a foodie.  Neapolitan pizza, or “v...

The Catacombs in Naples branch out into two sepulchral complexes, San Gaudioso and San Gennaro. Never a place of death (“quae perpetuo cunctos absorbet hiatu”, “that swallows everyone in its eternal abyss”, as you can read on one of the epigraphs scattered in these hypogea), they have been brought back to life by the efforts of young adults from Ri...