Riva Yachts – an Italian Legacy!

  Riva is world renowned for its’ first-class yachts. The style, the elegance, the emotion that Riva creates are all unmistakable. However, it wasn’t always this way… Riva yachts had humble beginnings. Humble, however, doesn’t mean boring or normal… THE BEGINNINGS It was 1842 an Northern Italy had just been through a devastatingly powerful storm, […]

Italians & the Sea

The Italians are no strangers to the sea, their love affair with sailing the Mediterranean and beyond goes back literally thousands of years! The ancient Romans were excellent craftsman and their ships were both revered and feared in all of the ancient world.   The Venetians continued the tradition with an amazing history that goes […]

Ferrari: 70 Years and Counting 

A legend was born on March 12, 1947. That was the very day that the young, aspiring Italian mechanic Enzo Ferrari revved up the engine of the first car to bear his name the mythical 125 S. It was an amazing car for its’ time. The 125 S helped catapult his car into the racing […]

THE LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN ITALIANS AND COFFEE

To an Italian their first coffee in the morning is more than just a morning “cup of joe”. It is more like a religious experience! If you are familiar with Italian culture then you know what I mean and will likely get a kick out of this article. If you aren’t, then you will find […]

The Fascinating World of Latte Art

What is latte art? Put quite simply it is making designs with steamed milk pure over coffee. It sounds simple, however, takes a lot to master. There are even world championships where baristas come from all over the world to show off their talent. It should come as no surprise that latte art originated in […]

Made in Italy — CARS!

  It would be impossible to talk about la bella vita without images of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Alfa-Romeos coming to mind! Italian cars have long been coveted by all men that likes cars — I think that would be all of us 😉   This page is obviously dedicated to Italian cars, it will include links […]

In Vino Veritas

The expression in vino veritas comes from the Romans. It is still widely used in Italy today and refers in a humorous way to the fact that we speak our mind after a glass or two. It isn’t uncommon to see an Italian raise his glass with a smile and say “in vino veritas” after […]

How to Buy Italian Meats Online

There are several foods that I missed after I made the move from Italy to New York. Of course in Manhattan, Brooklyn or the Bronx (my favorite little Italy) there are many specialty shops that import directly from Italy. However, I live a few hours outside the city, so I don’t get much of a […]

ITALIAN COFFEE AND LA BELLA VITA

In my opinion Italian coffee is one of the best ways to illustrate the Italian way of life and la bella vita. In Italy quality is given much more importance than quantity, Italy still hasn’t fallen into the imperialistic idea that bigger is better, but still holds on to quality being the ultimate goal. ITALIAN COFFEE VS […]

Make Wine Like Your Grandfather!

I think all Italians & Italian Americans alike have fond memories of their grandfather making his own wine. The sparkle in his eye as he presented it to others and his pride when he made a particularly good batch. The art of winemaking seemed to have been disappearing, however, it is making quite a comeback! […]