Vintage
Il Fiasco Toscano | Vintage Italian Wine Bottle

Il Fiasco Toscano | Vintage Italian Wine Bottle

  Growing up in my house autumn was always marked by one important weekend trip : a car ride to visit my uncle in the hills of Tuscany.  This wasn’t just a family visit to see the cousins, there was an element of business about these trips because waht we did was buy close to...
Sophia Loren | Vintage Italian Movie Talent

Sophia Loren | Vintage Italian Movie Talent

Italy’s screen icon     With a curvaceous figure, dark doe-like eyes and a beautiful mane of wavy auburn hair, Sophia Loren quickly became a symbol of Italian elegance, sophistication and sex appeal in the 1950s and 1960s.       Born in Rome in 1934 to a single mother, Sofia Villani Scilicone was raised in...
Le società fonografiche | The First Italian Record Labels

Le società fonografiche | The First Italian Record Labels

  From gramophone to record player As a teenager,  discovering my father’s record collection opened up a whole new world to me.  I was amazed by the richness of the sound and the depth of the atmosphere.  It didn’t take very long before I fell in love with the moment when the needle would drop...
Risotto alla milanese | Vintage Italian Risotto

Risotto alla milanese | Vintage Italian Risotto

Milan’s saffron risotto With its bright golden hue, deceptively minimal ingredients and creamy texture, Risotto alla milanese (risotto milanese style) is one of the most famous dishes in Lombardy’s culinary tradition. Traditionally made with saffron, grana padana cheese and bone marrow, today this golden delicacy is an iconic dish, but one with a debatable history based...
The Italian National Soccer Team | Vintage Italian Soccer Spirit

The Italian National Soccer Team | Vintage Italian Soccer Spirit

103 years of Italian soccer Normally, I’m someone who doesn’t care very much about sports, but put me in front of the TV when the Italian National Soccer Team is playing and you’ll see me laugh, cry and jump off of the sofa! I can’t explain it, but I go nuts. Maybe it’s because, in...
Modiano Playing Cards | Vintage Italian Cards

Modiano Playing Cards | Vintage Italian Cards

Rolling papers to playing cards in Trieste     There was always a certain routine to the end of a festive family dinner in my house. After drinking coffee and liqueur, we moved on to telling stories that everyone had heard before, but still managed to make us laugh.  Finally, my grandpa would reach for...
Tiramisù | Vintage Italian Pick-me-up Dessert

Tiramisù | Vintage Italian Pick-me-up Dessert

  Sunday lunch with the family is a well know Italian tradition, especially when you are a child. I remember I was always happy to go to my grandmother’s house because I would get to eat her delicious Tiramsù. While every Italian will say that their grandmother’s Tiramsù is the best, I’m sure that my grandma...
The Golden Years of Sanremo | Vintage Italian Music Festival

The Golden Years of Sanremo | Vintage Italian Music Festival

The golden years of Sanremo – Vintage Italian Music Festival     The Sanremo Music Festival is the most famous Italian music festival.  The three day contest is held annually in the beautiful city of Sanremo on coast of Liguria, close to the French city of Nice.  Known as the “city of flowers,” Sanremo hosts...
Isotta Fraschini | Vintage Italian Luxury Cars

Isotta Fraschini | Vintage Italian Luxury Cars

Want to go for a ride with Isotta Fraschini?   With its history dating back to the dawn of the 20th century, Isotta Fraschini is the largest Italian deluxe luxury car manufacturer.  Cesare Isotta and Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste Fraschini founded the company in 1900 with what today might seem to be a very simple and...
Super Mario Brothers | Vintage Videogame Fun

Super Mario Brothers | Vintage Videogame Fun

  I have this picture in my mind that I can’t forget. It’s one of my favorite childhood memories: my brother and I both excitedly screaming “pay attention to the turtle” or “hurry, the mushroom is coming up!” It was wintertime and we were pretty young. We were in the living room sitting on the carpet we...
Superga Sneakers | Vintage Italian Shoes

Superga Sneakers | Vintage Italian Shoes

  The Italian shoes everyone loves As the most important brand of Italian tennis shoe, Superga sneakers are a worldwide symbol of Italy’s reputation as a premier source of well-designed footwear. Across the generations, most young people in Italy have at some point owned a pair of Superga shoes. A case in point: these shoes...
Teatro alla Scala di Milano | Vintage Italian Opera and Ballet

Teatro alla Scala di Milano | Vintage Italian Opera and Ballet

  On stage in one of Italy’s great theaters When you think about opera music and ballet in Italy, one theater inevitably comes to mind: La Scala. When I was little and wanted to become a ballerina, I dreamed of gliding gracefully across the stage.  While at a young age I knew that La Scala...