Tag: Italy at home

Painting Italy: An Artist Profile

The beauty of Italy has inspired countless artists through the years, including ones who live here in the United States. Today, I am profiling artist William Renzulli, who was moved to paint his ancestral home Castelnuovo della Daunia in Puglia after a family reunion visit in 2008 and who will soon be headed to Bologna to paint that city’s gorgeous…

How To Make Bolognese Sauce

 

Here’s a great way to bring Italy home – learn how to make Bolognese sauce! There are dozens of instructional videos out there, including this recent one from Epicurious.com. But the best that I have found – that adhere to the original ingredients and techniques from Italy and are in English – comes from Mario Batali, the Italian-American chef who used to have a fantastic show on the Food Network. It’s fun to see Mario preparing the ragù. I’m definitely inspired to make my own!

Abruzzo’s Beffi Triptych

In the wake of Abruzzo’s devastating earthquake of April 2009, many companies and countries have pulled together to aid the tremor-stricken region. The other day, while visiting the National Gallery in Washington, DC, I learned that this aid has been extended to the art world. Since June 15, 2009, the National Gallery’s grand rotunda has been the home of the…

Italy at Home: Renaissance Rivals in Boston and Valentino Everywhere

No time or money to plan an Italy vacation right now? Here’s another installment of what we call “Italy at Home.” Here are two things you can put on your calendar. If you’re in Boston, head to the Museum of Fine Arts where the show “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” is underway. A recent review by Holland Cotter…

Why Gelato? Why Not!

If you’re like us, then any time of the year is a good time to think about and eat gelato. This is exactly the premise of a new website called WhyGelato.com. Owned by PreGel America, a subsidiary of a gelato company from Reggio Emilia, WhyGelato.com wants to be a “gelato-inspired resource for anyone and everyone interested in gelato and looking…