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The Uffizi in Florence might be one of the most famous art museums in the world and at the top of the must-hit list for any tourist in town, but, for children, going can be a drag. After all, what kid enjoys looking at hundreds of works of centuries-old art which have little meaning in their tech-dependent lives? Enter UffiziKids, a new initiative...

After Joe Carlucci closed his namesake restaurant in Downers Grove three years ago, almost immediately he began planning another Carlucci’s that would bring him back to the city. Carlucci has been in the restaurant business for 36 years. “There’s always something in building a restaurant that you don’t realize is going to surprise you,” he says. “M...

Armando Manni, the Italian filmmaker who founded MANNI in 2001, takes food very seriously. What started as a personal mission to create the best organic extra-virgin olive oil turned into a 20-year-long endeavor to produce the best premium organic extra-virgin olive oil on the market. And his commitment to quality has paid off. Manni’s products are...

There will soon be a familiar face on the bench again in the city of Jamestown. On Monday, the Jamestown City Council approved George Panebianco, who was nominated by Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, to be a city court judge. This isn’t the first time Panebianco has been a city judge. He previously served as a part-time city judge from 2004 to 2014...

By the end of 2021, the producers of Prosecco PDO wine will sell more than 600 million bottles, 80% of which are abroad. All over the world, the term “Prosecco” itself is perceived as exemplary of the style and good taste of Italy. According to a recent report by Ipsos research firm, in terms of global notoriety the brand is just below internationa...

Marco's Pizza's largest franchisee has added a location in New Berlin's busiest district. Highland Ventures Ltd., which owns and operates more than 100 stores tied to the national pizza delivery and carryout chain, opened its doors Nov. 15 at the Moorland Square Shopping Center, 15415 W. National Ave., between Pick 'n Save and Burghardt's Sporting...

Buying a cheap property in Italy is an attractive prospect for many travelers, particularly with the ever-growing number of towns offering up homes for next to nothing through regeneration schemes. While some have been brave enough to take the leap and snap up a house ranging in price from one to a few thousand euros in a rural Italian village, oth...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere invites the public to see its annual display of “Il Presepio Della Solidarietà,” the FDNY 9/11/01 Solidarity Crèche, beginning Friday, Dec. 10 when it will be displayed on Casa Belvedere’s front porch. The 18th century style handcrafted nativity scene was a gift of friendship and solidarity from t...

Together with the chestnuts and the pomegranates, the typical fruits of the fall are persimmons which come from Diospoyros kaki, a fruit plant from East Asia belonging to the the family of the Ebenecee. The persimmon in Italy was introduced in 1880 and the success was extra-ordinary. Among the firsts to appreciate it was also Giuseppe Verdi who in...

A new dining option has arrived to Towne East Square. Sitting between JC Penny and Von Maur in the former Noodles & Co. space is Mary’s Pizza Italian Kitchen. It’s on the east-facing end of the mall and has their own entrance for the restaurant. Here’s a first look at what to expect. What you’ll find at Mary’s Pizza is prototypical of what’s availa...

It’s not easy to be a dog in Venice. Plots of grass or even of unpaved earth are rare, as are trees. There are few open public spaces of much size, and even the city’s one substantial park–on the island of Sant’ Elena–has a basketball and a tennis court, two small playgrounds, a scaled-down soccer field, but no dog run. Moreover, Venetian law requi...

I am terrible at foreign languages. Despite having traveled around Europe four months a year since I was a kid, I can barely put a sentence together anywhere east or south of England. But with some creative communication, I manage just well enough to write guidebooks, produce TV shows, and enjoy Europe on vacation. And nowhere do I have more fun co...