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 […]

Espresso Machines and Italians

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 […]

Cappuccino and 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 […]

Espresso, Cappuccino 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 […]

Home Made Wine: An Italian Tradition!

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! […]

La Bella Fashion!

When someone thinks about living La Bella Vita they often start by, envisioning themselves racing a Maserati, or a Ducati to their super-yacht where they take in the aroma of fine Tuscan wine and then enjoy its’ harmony with the sumptuous, perfectly paired meal. The next logical step in this —all to common fantasy—  is to […]

Italian Towns Worth Taking a Picture of

There are few things as fascinating to me as the art of building. Nowadays it seems that most buildings are designed to be built as fast and cheap as possible with emphasis on practicability. However, there was a time in the past when buildings were works of art and construction workers were artists, artists that […]