5 Tips to Create a Rustic Italian Kitchen

Rustic Italian decor combines smooth and rough elements in a way that only Italians could have come up with. The striking contrasts of smooth and rough, light and dark along with natural lighting create an atmosphere that is elegant and charming while being humble and down to earth at the same time. When done right […]

Espresso Machines

The hardest thing for me when I moved from Italy to NY was finding good coffee! I tried very hard to find a good coffee bar. Starbucks were everywhere, but the high prices, low quality, and the teenage baristas that didn’t know what they were doing made me decide not to go back.   I […]

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 […]

Understand the Basics to Wine Pairing

It’s no secret that a glass of wine can change its’ flavor and adapt to its’ surroundings, or that the food we eat can either drastically improve the wine that we drink or take away from its grandeur.    WINE PAIRING The secret is how can you combine the right wine with the right food. How to […]

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 […]

Luxury Sports Cars – Made in Italy

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 to my […]

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 […]