When asking a friend what time you should meet for lunch, she may say ‘a mezzogiorno’ – at midday, at noon, or at 12pm.  However, when Italians use the word ‘il Mezzogiorno’, they are not always be talking about lunchtime. Instead they could be referring to the southern area of Italy, including the regions Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilic...

Holidays in Puglia? If you plan on exploring the heel of Italy’s boot, you should prepare yourself for an extraordinary gastronomic experience with a variety of the Mediterranean’s best products concentrated in one region. To make sure you don’t miss anything, here’s a guide to the 10 foods that you must try (and in some cases buy as a souvenir). B...

The trulli are historical limestone dwellings now mostly converted into museums or boutique hotels, found in the southern Italian region of Puglia. Unesco inscribed them into their World Heritage List in 1996, describing them as “remarkable examples of drywall construction […] The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders” collected from...

Carnival has always been one of the most awaited celebrations of the year for young and old people, and in Italy it enjoys a very ancient tradition. From North to South in fact, there are many cities celebrating Carnival with processions, masks and above all allegorical wagons.  Putignano, in Apulia, is the country where the latter are not only a f...

I’m on set with first-generation Italian-American Rossella Rago and her 86-year-old maternal grandmother, Romana Sciddurlo, to talk about the evolution of her popular online show Cooking with Nonna. By “set,” I mean the humble basement kitchen in Nonna Romana’s house in Bensonhurst, where Rago spent countless hours during her childhood watching her...

Spring time is the right time to go on a city break, to enjoy the art, history and food of Italian towns at better prices than the high season and at a time where you may find less crowds. Here are five Italian cities we picked from north to south and from the islands, which also offer attractions nearby to go further explore the countryside or the...

It is called ‘Burgonza’ the new dairy product that manages to unite Italy. An Apulian burrata stuffed with Gorgonzola able to bring on the palate, at the same time, the milk of the Murgia area and the most renown Italian PDO blue cheese of Lombard origin (that nowadays is mainly produced in Piedmont, in the province of Novara). Caseificio Viscanti...

From the Alps to the pink beach of Sardinia, Italy is full of natural wonders. But when traveling outside of Bari, I was introduced to one in Puglia that I had never heard of: the grotte di Castellana. The cave system can be found near the town of Castellana and it is absolutely mesmerizing. The grotte were officially discovered in 1938 though it i...

Venice will always be one of Europe’s most magnificent destinations. But with so many tourists flooding in and out of the city every day, it’s not for everyone. Luckily, there are plenty of Italian destinations that are equally charming but not yet spoiled by mass tourism. WITNESS THE BEAUTY OF SIENA, TUSCANY The picturesque region of Tuscany is ho...

Friday, March 6, 2020. 5.30 pm - 7 pm Light Snack (Appetizers & beverages), Networking, and Presentation. History of the Italian Immigration Museum - 1834 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19148. The event is $15 for all Filitalia members and $20 for non members. RSVP is required, so please reserve your ticket online.‌Join Angela Cacciarru and...