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Slow Food Slow Food

Now that the cooler weather is setting in for many of us, my thoughts have turned to comfort food—those hearty soups and stews that simmer for hours and fill our homes with fabulous aromas. Along with some good Italian bread, they are a meal in themselves. If you grew up in an Italian household, you probably remember your mother or grandmother... [Read more]

Visiting my Mother’s Village Visiting my Mother’s Village

Everyone has a story: tell us yours! I flew into Rome with my cousin Annette and as Sicily came into view we had our first glimpse of the rugged mountainous country that is Calabria… and we both cried. My cousins Annette and Tony’s Grandmothers and my mother were 3 sisters and they also had a brother. Tony his... [Read more]

Bill de Blasio: A Trip Back to His Italian Roots

On July 18th New York City’s first family will say “Arrivederci, Big Apple” as they head to Italy for a family vacation. Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and their two teenage children, Chiara and Dante, will spend ten days visiting Rome, Venice and Naples, as well as Grassano and Sant’Agata, the ancestral villages of de Blasio’s... [Read more]

A Vote for Matera A Vote for Matera

ItalianSide for Matera 2019 Why Matera Should Be The European Capital of Culture 2019by Diane Hirsch In October the Council of Ministers of the European Union will decide which of the six nominated Italian cities will become the European Capital of Culture 2019. Matera, the City of the Stones, is among them and while the other cities are very beautiful... [Read more]

Matera’s Culture Comes in Many Forms (part II)

ItalianSide for Matera 2019 Matera’s Culture Comes in Many Forms Part II by Mark Russell Part I is here Descending into the Sassi, visitors can spend countless hours exploring the rich architectural heritage of this stony labyrinth. The sophisticated residential structures of the Sasso Barisano, some dating to the Renaissance and still... [Read more]

Matera: European Capital of Culture 2019 Matera: European Capital of Culture 2019

ItalianSide for Matera 2019 Matera’s Culture Comes in Many Forms Part I by Mark Russell Matera is candidate to be the European Capital of Culture 2019.My maternal grandparents could never have imagined this! In 1921, my grandmother left her family home in the Sasso Barisano for Toronto. She was on her way to marry a Materan man she had... [Read more]

Suor Cristina IS The Voice of Italy 2014!

And the winner is…Suor Cristina! Suor Cristina IS The Voice of Italy! Sister Cristina from the J-AX team, won the final of the Italian show with her great voice. Her last performance was with the song “what a Feeling” from Flashdance movie. Suor Cristina won agains Giacomo Voli the second finalist of the show. Giacomo is a great... [Read more]

The Monna Lisa’s Instant Fame The Monna Lisa’s Instant Fame

By Diane H. Would you believe that the Leonardo da Vinci’s Monna Lisa (*) was not always the acclaimed work of art that it is today? In fact, most art critics did not even consider it a masterpiece of Renaissance art until the 1860s, more than 350 years after it was painted. For years the public showed little interest in the Monna Lisa. It... [Read more]

Walking on the Edge of the Sky… Walking on the Edge of the Sky…

“And suddenly you realize that you’ve been walking like on the edge of paradise”. Apparently enough, this is what many hikers and travelers must have thought when looking at the stunning views beneath them, delighted of the once-in-a-lifetime experience they were having on this unexpected side of the Amalfi Coast, along the world famed “Sentiero... [Read more]

David’s Weak Ankles David’s Weak Ankles

As anyone over 50 can tell you, time and circumstances take their toll on every body. Even Michelangelo’s David, the epitome of the perfect male physique, is suffering from weak ankles. Scientists at the National Research Council and Florence University ran tests and have found fractures in both the carved tree stump and left ankle of the great statue. The... [Read more]

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