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  • From Sicily, “My beautiful cursed cradle,” to America. The artist from Palermo will sing at NIAF’s annual gala, and she will also be a guest of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at the end of November. She’s a young voice between the past and the future. Considered the spiritual winner of “The Voice of Italy 2015,” Salerno’s music is enchanting. As the original interpreter of Rosa Balistrieri, she has a repertoire that includes various genres. She also has a production under her own name. And surprise–she also plays the autoharp: “I began to study it after falling in love with June Carter and Johnny Cash.”
  • While this recipe could easily be prepared in any Italian coastal town, it is the Italian Riviera that comes to mind whenever I prepare it. Breathtaking Ligurian towns like Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo, and Genoa have magical landscapes that are almost as sumptuous as the local cuisine. The region of Liguria is noted for a very fragrant variety of basil (Genoa, after all, is the birthplace of pesto), as well as wonderful produce and seafood.
  • Dining in & out: From Eataly Magazine
    Eataly Magazine(July 10, 2017)
    Offering fresh, briny flavors of southern Italy, pasta with sardines is a traditional dish in Sicilia. Bucatini, a long and hollow pasta, perfectly picks up the simple sauce, which is perfectly balanced with sardines, wild fennel, and other herbs. Make this sunny recipe to transport your kitchen to the Sicilian islands!
  • Fusilli Freddi, or Pasta Salad
    Dining in & out: From Eataly Magazine
    EATALY MAGAZINE(June 20, 2017)
    Simple and light, this Sicilian recipe pairs in-season eggplant with tasty tuna to serve up Italy’s answer to pasta salad. In other words: meet your colorful — and not-sad — "lunch al desko."
  • Italian judge and prosecuting magistrate, Judge Giovanni Falcone
    On May 23rd, 1992, the Mafia in Sicily tragically killed Judge Giovanni Falcone, who dedicated his career to fighting organized crime. Now, 25 years later, the Fulbright Commission Italy has joined with the Fondazione Falcone and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) to create a grant for students in the field of Criminology.
  • The Cathedral of Palermo
    Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced that Palermo was voted Culture Capital of Italy for 2018. For the honor Palermo bested Trento, Aquileia, Montebelluna, Settimo Torinese, Comacchio, Recanati, Ercolano, Alghero and the twin townships of Erice and Elimo in Eastern Sicily.
  • Cerasuolo di vittoria
    Last May the Wine Media Guild, an association of wine writers, organized a tasting and lunch featuring the red wines of Sicily. I am the co-chair of the organization and was the member sponsor of this event. The wines were from all over the island and ranged in price for $12.99 to $159.99.
  • Rene Barbera as Lindoro and Marianna Pizzolatto as Isabella in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri. All Photos by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.
    We meet Marianna Pizzolato, the mezzo- soprano with the booming voice, in her dressing room at the Metropolitan Opera just before she takes center stage in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri.

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