Culture
Rome in 2020

Rome in 2020

Hey guys, Just a quick note from the future, to let you know what it is like to be in Rome (Italy) in 2020. I’m writing this for you, because it’s only with your help that this is going to happen. Trasportation Transportation in Rome finally works. Amazing right? There is no need to wait...
Salt and Pepper | More than just spices

Salt and Pepper | More than just spices

  Sale grosso is what my mother added to the water when cooking pasta and sale fino is what she used to season food. That is the world in which I grew up and reaching for these two kinds of salt is what comes natural to me. In recent years, however, I have slightly expanded...
Simon Boccanegra | At the Opera with Mr. Domingo

Simon Boccanegra | At the Opera with Mr. Domingo

Being a new contributor to Ganzo, I very proudly flaunted my new press privileges. As a “serious” journalist, I was able to reach a couple of my contacts to get a sneak peak of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra,” performed at the Los Angeles Opera. I assumed that being invited backstage I would meet Domingo, of...
The Smell of Living Abroad

The Smell of Living Abroad

  We have 5 senses. Sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch. It’s normal that every time you go to a different city, a different country, the perception of these 5 senses change. I want to talk to you about one sense in particular: smell. Because if you think that you are going to experience the same...
Great Courses Demand Grated Cheese

Great Courses Demand Grated Cheese

Grated cheese is an important ingredient in my kitchen: first of all, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, then Montasio, Gouda, and other cheeses.   I use only authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano and whatever cheese I choose for a specific dish, I grate it immediately before use. To support my position, I am calling Gordon Edgar, cheesemonger at Rainbow Grocery in...
Cutting Board & Mezzaluna | Traditional Italian kitchenware

Cutting Board & Mezzaluna | Traditional Italian kitchenware

Among the traditional italian kitchenware my mother had, there was one item that particularly fascinated me: the mezzaluna (literally: half moon). She used it very rarely and I was not allowed to touch it — two facts that contributed to make it even more special to my eyes. And it is a special tool, efficient...
The Italian job | Time ride through the eyes of Miguel Galluzzi

The Italian job | Time ride through the eyes of Miguel Galluzzi

ProItalia Ducati cocktail party in Glendale (CA) with Miguel Galluzzi   Between a Nastro Azzurro and a mouthful of cheesecake, Miguel Galluzzi takes us on a journey through the stages of Italian motorcycle design. Thanks to Glendale’s Pro Italia , we  had the pleasure to enjoy  an exclusive event  dedicated to the history of motorcycle design in the...
Anna Utopia Giordano | POP Bottles Project

Anna Utopia Giordano | POP Bottles Project

  Anna “Utopia” Giordano, works with  everything connected to images and communications. She is really a polyhedral artist: poet, actress, performer, model and all-around creative person.   POP bottles “Pop bottles” takes the packaging of famous alcohol brands and transforms them into baby bottles while substituting the original brand name with that of iconic children’s...
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti meets Obama in Washington DC

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti meets Obama in Washington DC

On February 8, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti arrived in Washington DC.  It was the first official visit of an Italian prime minister to the US in more than two and a half years. Right after the meeting with Obama, on February 9, Mario Monti had a press conference scheduled at the Italian embassy in Washington DC....
Pastry Board and Rolling Pin | Italian Kitchen Items

Pastry Board and Rolling Pin | Italian Kitchen Items

Spianatoia and matterello (a pastry board and rolling pin) were two important items in my mother’s kitchen. She mostly used them to make pasta all’uovo (egg pasta), one of her specialties. In my childhood kitchen, when not in use, both items were inserted in the kitchen table, underneath the table top, like special drawers. My mother had...
Chef Gino's Food Revolution | From Italian Schools to American Cafeterias

Chef Gino’s Food Revolution | From Italian Schools to American Cafeterias

Italian Chef Gino Brings the Food Revolution to Elementary School Once a month I host a kids-make-your-own-lunch event at Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica, CA. It’s an event orchestrated by Harriet Fraser and myself, born at one of Jamie’s Oliver’s food revolution’s call to action meetings. The program is simple: we got a local...
Mario Canali | Opening Reception at DAC Gallery

Mario Canali | Opening Reception at DAC Gallery

As I’m sure you know at Ganzo we love Italian art and the best original Italian artists, so you can imagine how happy we were to head over to the opening of Mario Canali’s new show at the DAC Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles last Saturday.     The space was packed with a great...