Like an artwork, preparing a good ragù, or meat sauce, requires patience. In both Bologna and Naples, the lower classes created this sauce to maximize flavor from what little meat they could afford. But Italy has many ragùs. French term The name itself actually comes from France, where ragout refers to any stewed dish containing diced meat, fish, o...

This week’s episode of The Italian American Podcast takes listeners on a journey through the Neapolitan Sceneggiata with special guest Dr. Reba Wissner, who is assistant professor of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Wissner’s specialty is the Neapolitan Sceneggiata, which is a form of musical drama t...

San Gennaro is an important part of the history, tradition and religion of Naples. The patron saint of the gulf cit, in fact, is historically connected to the town in a very profound way, and it represents a myth whose importance is renewed every year over and over again, especially in occasion of the miraculous melting of his blood, the 19th of Se...

The blood of St. Januarius, patron of the Italian city of Naples, liquefied on Sunday. The miraculous event took place in the city’s Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary during morning Mass on Sept. 19, the saint’s feast day. Before the Mass, Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia went to the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius with Msgr. Vi...

Naples’ pending coffee – ‘o cafè suspiso – is an old tradition that has seen a sort of revival during recent years. The pending coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance to the benefit of a stranger. When the client in the bar orders a suspended coffee, they are in fact paying for two cups of coffee: one for themselves, and the other one for a...

In news we need more of, a railing at the top of a castle in Naples, Italy, is going viral, and it's not just because it's a medieval fortress. The 14th century Castel Sant'Elmo is located on Vomero Hill, and it features sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Mount Vesuvius. Attached to a wall on the castle that overlooks the land, a 92-foot-long...

No country in the world has birthed more winners of the best international feature Oscar — formerly the best foreign language film Oscar — than Italy, with 14. However, all but one of those wins happened many years ago. Indeed, in the 21st century, Italy’s only win in the category came eight years ago, with Paolo Sorrentino‘s The Great Beauty. In t...

Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to Italian director Mario Martone’s “The King of Laughter” (“Qui Rido Io”) ahead of its world premiere Tuesday in competition at the Venice Film Festival. The film, being sold internationally by Italy’s True Colours, toplines Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) as popular and prolific early 20th century Neapoli...

Google is a tool that is now an integral part of the daily life of each of us. Searching for songs, recipes, information and much more on the well-known search engine is a natural action, almost like drinking a glass of water. Among the numerous Google tools there is Destination Insight which is part of Google Travel Insight, useful for monitoring...

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has profiled some powerful figures over the years, from real-life Italian premiers to fictional popes, as well as his adopted Rome in the Oscar-winner “The Great Beauty.” But in his newest release, Sorrentino turns the camera on his own personal tragedy. Sorrentino’s autobiographical “The Hand of God,” which premie...