Tag Archives: Tradition

Slow life, slow food, and heavenly pleasures

In this week’s #NIAFblog, our guest blogger, Jenifer Landor – founder of Live and Learn Italian – offers a fascinating look into the culture and traditions of small Italian towns in the Apennine hills.   A large rotating vat  – which looks almost like a … Continue reading

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Remembering the Master Copper-Smiths

In this week’s #NIAFblog, our guest blogger, Jenifer Landor – founder of Live and Learn Italian, offers a fascinating look into the heritage of a small Italian town in the Apennine hills, known for its artisan work in copper.  The little town of Agnone, … Continue reading

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Costumes, confetti, and chiacchiere, oh my!

Carnevale in Italy By Danielle DeSimone Every year, before the austerity and penance of Lent, Italy – and, specifically, Venice – comes alive in bursts of colors, costumes, and chiacchiere. This annual festival of Carnevale, known in other parts of … Continue reading

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The Bells of Agnone

In this week’s #NIAFblog, our guest blogger, Jenifer Landor – founder of Live and Learn Italian, offers a fascinating look into the heritage of a small Italian town in the Apennine hills –  where for centuries, the Marinelli family has been making bells. The … Continue reading

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Italy’s Christmas Witch: The Befana Tradition

Perhaps one of the most beloved characters in Italian folklore – at least among children – is that of Befana. Although her origins are not always clear, Befana has now become popular nationwide in Italy, serving as a representation of … Continue reading

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Un Giorno con Gigi (A Day with Gigi)

Captured (written) by The Recipe Hunters in Calabria, Italy We’re sharing a blog post from our guest blogger team, The Recipe Hunters, of an adventure they had while traveling through Calabria as they searched for authentic, Italian recipes. You can read … Continue reading

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A Summer of Pesto

By Danielle DeSimone For me, summer means pesto. It’s usually our go-to, last-minute dish. It’s the “There’s-Nothing-In-the-Fridge-But-People-Are-Coming-Over-In-Ten-Minutes” dinner that is thrown together in a flurry of crushed garlic, clanging pots, and the hiss of boiling water. Now that I no … Continue reading

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Addio to Part of My Childhood

By Gabriella Mileti, NIAF Director of Programs. It’s safe to say, I cannot escape my Italianità.  I speak the language, I cook the food, I sip espresso from a Bialetti Moka pot every morning, I read books about Italian history, … Continue reading

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Un Minuto con…

Some challenges of being an Italian American   By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Italian Americans who are well versed in Italian and English often have to cope with everyday challenges: I have yet to fully enjoy an Italian movie with English … Continue reading

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Un Minuto con…

A moment in history… By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the Italian economy was booming with a growth rate of around 6.2% per year.  Today, many look back and wish they could enjoy such a … Continue reading

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