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Art

Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions is an exhibition on display at the NGV Australia until January 28th 2019. The retrospective proposes two expressionist artists who made a name for themselves in Australia and overseas during the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Lifestyle

She looks like any other 80-year-old Italian woman. Her body is weathered but lithe. Her hair is cut into a smart bob. She sits at a café with her arms folded, gazing into the distance. In another image, she is at the stove, her great grandson playing at her feet.

Migrants

A departure is always good, or at least ‘good enough’. Joseph Conrad said that even if we leave during gloomy weather we still have the open sea in front of us deploying endless possibilities; intoxicated by a fresh start, we feel the architect of the marvels there are in the world.

Travel

Sicily has been on the list of places in Italy to visit for one Australian family for quite some time now. They often would hear about the beaches and amazing food. When the time finally came to spend part of their Italy trip in the Island State, it was a surprise to find that Sicily offers so much more than first expected.

Music

Italian soul and jazz sensation Mario Biondi is on his way to perform in Australia for the first time, and apparently, he couldn’t be happier.

Chefs

As I write this, the smell of raspberry swirl cake is wafting through the room, filling the house with a scent that is sweet, fruity, vanilla, and just plain heavenly. It’s everything you want to smell coming from your oven, and the anticipation is building.

Immigration

CO.AS.IT. Melbourne the main Italian welfare and cultural organisation of Australia has turned fifty. The anniversary was celebrated last September with a number of events and a social gathering at The Docklands.

Travel

Native English speakers are in constant demand in Italy, and this incredible initiative is one way to connect the Italian-speaking and English-speaking worlds. If you have ever considered an extended period of time abroad, then this could be for you.

Migrants

“Are you Italian?” “Yes, but I was born and raised in Australia.” “Well, you’re Australian then.”

Immigration

When I ask my students at Monash why they are studying Italian, many of them reply ‘because of my Nonni’. Many of them have in fact learnt to speak (or at least understand) some Italian, while talking to their grandparents, who usually migrated to Australia in the 1950s and 1960s.

Travel

According to the Wall Street Journal, it's official. Milan is Italy's hottest new destination. Tourism figures show 2017 as a record year with over nine million tourists choosing to visit the city of fashion and design. Rachael Martin looks at what Milan has to offer this autumn.

Food trends

As the name suggests, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) manifests in behaviours that the affected person feels urged to execute, in order to release their anxiety. Common indications of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder include repetitive washing of hands, checking door locks, keeping inventories, and repeating mantras.

Cinema & theatre

Valeria Solarino is impressively prolific, starring in several movies almost every year since the inception of her acting career in the early 2000s.

Cinema & theatre

You are an accomplished filmmaker (with a degree in Criminology from the University of Melbourne, a Master in Anthropology with a special focus on International Development, and a Diploma in Film and Media from Sydney Film School) concerned with humanitarian and human rights issues.

Migrants

A life taken during a random act of terror, Melbourne icon Sisto Malaspina was cruelly ripped away from the breathing fabric of the city in the recent Bourke Street attack on 9 November, 2018, as he generously offered his help during the commotion – only to be fatally stabbed instead.

Cinema & theatre

Rebecca Castellini is one of Western Australia’s most sought-after young Opera singers, having performed in a number of major productions including Tosca, The Merry Widow and Lucia Di Lammermoor. But if Castellini’s name doesn’t’ ring any bells, it’s because up until last year the Perth songstress had been performing under a different name – Rebecca Bunn.

Events

As a family with an extensive Italian heritage, celebrating these cultural days is important, yet for a period of my time it wasn’t. Actually, it was the opposite. During my teenage years I was living in small town that really made me feel ashamed of my culture and my nationality.

News

Currently, in Australia, online gambling is limited to a handful of registered sports betting sites, and residents don’t have access to online casinos or poker sites. This is down to the strict tightening of the Interactive Gambling Act in 2017.

News

Nowadays, online slot games are a million miles away from the original clunky machines that they evolved from. Instead of featuring the classic fruit symbols of old, they are now usually based on hit things in popular culture.

Cinema & theatre

Principal Dancer of the Teatro alla Scala, Nicoletta Manni, showed incredible talent as a ballerina at a very young age. Born in Lecce, she spent much of her childhood training until she was accepted at the La Scala Theatre Ballet School when she was just 12 years old.

Travel

For Australians concerned about their carbon footprint, a trip to Italy presents a few problems. The international flight alone is problematic in terms of environmental impact, so by the time you get there you’ve already got a debt to repay to mother earth.

Cinema & theatre

Linda Jean Bruno was once told that if you want to do something well, you have to choose one thing, and stick with it. A piece of advice the actor/restaurateur has firmly rejected. She has found that combining her passion for acting and the management of her family’s restaurant Zia Teresa has been advantageous to both careers.

Art

The first time he landed in Rome, he burst into tears of emotion. He was a recently graduated 23-year old. He’d bought his ticket to Italy with his meagre savings and he didn’t even know why he was going, but he went and fell in love. A love that is renewed each time he goes back, as if he had lived there in a previous life and is simply going home.

Chefs

Celebrity chef and media personality Guy Grossi is arguably Australia’s Godfather of Italian cuisine. Over 60 years ago, Grossi’s late father Pietro opened the first of a series of renowned Italian eateries that have shaped the gastronomical landscape of Melbourne.

Culture

I was just 15 years old when I first stumbled into La Scala opera house in Milan. Truth be told, I had lost my way from the outstretched corridors of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and was in search of directions – no romantic story here at all.

Migrants

Today’s story is one I have longed to share with you for a while now. It is the tale of two Italian women – one Italian by birth, and the other Italian in spirit. They are Vincenza and Melinda Aloisio. Mother and daughter.

Cinema & theatre

Rarely these days - with mainstream Hollywood blockbusters being churned out at a constant speed - do we find small yet big films that explore the very depths of our emotions and encapsulate the essence of our human existence, with all its beauty and many heartaches.

Sport

In the last two decades, specialised magazines including “Surfer” have been clueing in their readers on the possibility of practising surf in Italy. A global perspective may merely address the information as a “diversion for amateurs,” as none have ever heard about riding waves and surfboards on the Italian shores.

Young talents

There is no doubt that restaurant owner and Pizza Chef Ashlley Walliss is in his element when he’s in the kitchen of his South Fremantle Pizzeria, L’Antica.

Immigration

I recently found myself at a checkout with my crying 10-week-old son. I spoke to the cashier in English then tended to my son in Italian, soothing him and using diminutive Italian forms of his name.

Art

The mark left by the artists that have spent time at John and Sunday Reed’s homestead is still evident today not only through the exhibitions, it now houses as the Heide Musuem of Modern Art, but also from the traces that they have left in the building itself.

Food trends

First it was vegetarianism - which was trending for quite a few years - then came veganism - the ‘pure’ form of non-meat eating by virtue of the fact that it also excludes any product derived from an animal. By the year 2050, the world is likely to have a population of over 9.1 billion.

Footy

In 2016, Western Bulldogs shocked Australia with their immaculate surge up the ladder to claim the AFL Premiership against the Sydney Swans. But somehow, in 2017, the Richmond Tigers managed to trump the Western Bulldogs’ Cinderella story with their triumph over the Adelaide Crows to be named premiers.

Art

If you have a flair for art, you’ll be familiar with the National Gallery of Victoria, the Ian Potter Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), but you may not have heard of Heide, the museum of Modern Art, Hidden in the hills of Bulleen, this museum will immerse you in contemporary Australian art. I have overlooked this jewel for too long. and now it’s time to see what I’ve been missing out on!

Business people

Melbourne businesswoman and philanthropist Susan Alberti is not Italian, but she delights in being mistaken for a native speaker. ‘I feel good when I speak in Italian and they respond, and they think I’m Italian. That’s how you know you’re doing it right’, she says.

Chefs

His cooking style is easily recognizable, healthy and with an explicit focus on the raw materials. For many years Niko Romito has been waiting behind the scenes. But now it's time to step up on the stage, into the spotlight. Segmento has spoken to Italy's allegedly best cook.

News

Politicians, entrepreneurs and notable members of the Italian community in Western Australia attended the 72nd Italian National Day celebrations last week at the Perth Town Hall.

Technology

In the Eighties Australian astrophysicists were in a tizzy for what was about to become an incredible enterprise: the launch of the satellite “Starlab”.

Cinema & theatre

Fabio Mollo’s 2017 film Il padre d’Italia has been called “una storia di amore assoluto, puro e universale” [1] . The film has received favourable critical acclaim and audience ratings and appeals to the viewer aesthetically and from a both narrative and moral perspective. [2]

Business people

Life sometimes is more creative than your dreams. For sure Arnie Pizzini couldn’t even imagine what his father’s property would have become in time, but he had an intuition.

Travel

If Rome has Testaccio, Milan has Isola. Both are areas that have been subject to renewed urban interest, and both have the atmosphere of a village where creatives and locals live side by side.

Sport

It is a bright early July day. On a dusty mountain track fringed by fir trees and leading to a pass in the French Alps 2,600 metres above sea level, two men are struggling, pushing, panting. Their sweat has dried on their faces etching masks of effort and pain.

Sport

Beatrice “Bebe” Maria Vio, the most popular Italian wheelchair fencer, is a living example of how a terrible misfortune can be transformed into a glorious destiny.

News

Homemade lunch at Nonna’s, Italian school on Saturdays, traditions of sauce making season, salami and olive. These are a few of the precious memories each founder and member of VITA share and hold dearly. Although each born in Australia, VITA representatives have Italian background.

Wine

Several studies confirm that drinking wine in moderation benefits brain and its functions. In particular, it protects the brain from memory loss, dementia and cognitive decline.

Business people

She has a warm smile, curious blue eyes and she walks as though she’s gliding gently over the floor. Years have passed since she was last on a catwalk, but it seems that hers is a gait you never lose.

Cinema & theatre

I remember the scene vividly. He lay motionless on his back. Blood streaming from a number of gunshot wounds. He stares blankly back at us. Lifeless. Dead. The year was 2008 and ‘Underbelly’ was on our TV screens.

Music

Running a restaurant is like a performance, according to Luca Lorusso. There is a subject, a script, characters, costumes and a carefully designed scenography. There are critics. Like any production, the success (and longevity) of the production depends on the passion and dedication of its director.

Art

The Corsini family have been one of the most influential and notable Florentine families for the last seven centuries. Like the Borgias and the Medicis, in Florence, the Corsini family name is one that is synonymous with prestige, wealth and nobility.

Food trends

The last time I was in Rome I stayed in Testaccio, as recommended by a Roman friend. You'll love it, she told me, and she was right.

Migrants

Finally, after one year and a half of living my dream in Australia, I decided it was time to go back home to see my family and friends, and to enjoy the Italian summer in my hometown Stigliano, Basilicata!

Travel

As anyone who’s spent time exploring Australia knows, Melbourne is a very fun city. Known largely for sport, adventure, and nearby beaches, it’s the capital of Victoria and a very popular tourist destination.

Cinema & theatre

In keeping with neorealist traditions, Italo-American cineaste Jonas Carpignano’s second full-feature film (co-produced by Martin Scorsese) A Ciambra is shot on location in the Reggio Calabria seaside municipality of Gioia Tauro, on the Tyrrhenian coast.

Politics

Angelo Paratico, running for the Senate in the centre-right coalition formed by the parties known as Forza Italia, Lega and Fratelli d’Italia

Literature

It all depends / on what happened yesterday; / it all depends / on what the papers / say; / whether / today / you are a wog, / a New Australian / or an alien.

Cinema & theatre

Set in a non-specific northern Italian location - we are told the narrative about to unfold develops “somewhere in Italy” - in the early 1980s and based on the 2007 novel by Sephardi Jewish writer André Aciman, Luca Guadagnino’s multi-award nominated new film Call Me by Your Name (or Chiamami col tuo nome in Italian) is an ageless celebration of love and life, of scenic beauty and parallel human beauty - particularly that of the male body.

Literature

When we think of linguistic influences in Australian culture we often think of the languages brought to us by migrants from foreign lands.

Tennis

Fila is a renowned brand of sportswear and accessories, favored by many sporting greats for the quality of its materials, unique designs and practicality.

Food trends

Luisa Valmorbida is the current “Delegata” or president of the Melbourne branch of the Italian Academy of Cuisine, a role she took on more than 18 months ago. Raffaele Caputo interviewed her about the history of the Academy in Melbourne and her innovative ideas on how to enhance knowledge and appreciation of the Italian cuisine.

Events

Buffet style dinner with Italian deliciousness, lots of cocktails and wine to celebrate the three years of commitment and hard work of Segmento. Click on the image to read all the details (menu and program).

Music

Whenever I think of Italy, I think of sun-kissed days by the Mediterranean ocean – aperitivo in hand, watching the beautiful people go by through the lens of my Ray-Bans, golden tans, late dinners, dancing to Italian music whilst the sea breeze tousles my hair.

Cinema & theatre

This year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival (Melbourne 14 September - 8 October, 2017) offered a selection of fine films, some of which have recently been released.

Soccer

More than being a surprise, Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 Football World Cup can be described as the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Even the most sanguine Italian soccer fan was aware that the Italian national team had long lost its competitive edge and sooner or later was destined to bite the dust.

Culture

Perth-based mother of three Tania Pietracatella has been enamoured with Italy and the Italian language ever since she first visited the Bel Paese on a family holiday when she was 12 years old.

Motors

Valentino Rossi. If you don’t know who he is, you are not from this world, believe me. He is not an icon; he is “the icon” of motorcycling. Not just because he has signed the highest number of wins in the modern Moto GP era and the most podium appearances in the history of this sport, but because of how he wins.

Events

Christmas festivities in Milan began with the lighting of the Swarovski Christmas tree in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Europe’s oldest shopping mall, and home to Italian fashion brands such as Prada, Gucci and Armani.

Motors

With 107 years of unique memories and incredible achievements, Alfa Romeo certainly has a history worth sharing; achievements that not only reflect the Alfa Romeo brand, but those which helped create the enticing and driving experience that continues to this day.

Footy

The origin of Australian Rules Football has inspired many books, articles and much historical research. This in itself gives us a clue as to how important this game is to so many Australians.

Footy

The story of a Victorian country girl of Italian descent who is developing a career as a professional player in women’s Australian football and is a staunch promoter of gender equality in all sports.

Cinema & theatre

The Venice International Film Festival 2017 (30 August to 9 September) marked 74 years since its inception in 1932.

Pizza

Traditionally in Italy, the craft of pizza making has been the domain of men. No wonder the Italian word “pizzaiolo” only exists in the masculine form. It’s a language practice that needs to be amended because a woman has finally broken into one of the last male bastions with brilliant results.

Immigration

In his 1964 masterpiece The Italians, Luigi Barzini, in his infinite wisdom and acute social awareness, states: “In the heart of every man, wherever he is born, whatever his education and tastes, there is one small corner that is Italian”. What else could explain your need to pick up this edition of Segmento? Everyone can connect with, even in the smallest way, the Italian way of life, culture and language.

Music

By definition, soul is ‘the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life’ (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Our souls are intangible but reveal themselves in our thoughts, emotions and feelings, and in a most meaningful way, through our creative activities. Of all art forms, no genre gives vivid expression to our souls more than soul music.

News

The Sardinian Cultural Association (SCA) of Melbourne has just turned 30 years old and is set to achieve further goals in fostering the cultural well-being of the Sardinian immigrants−including their children and grandchildren−and their ties with their original homeland.

Food trends

Five years ago I was diagnosed with an allergy to wheat: this was heartbreaking news. In a very short amount of time I had to re-train my brain to overlook the yeasty, crusty temptation, and seek guilty starchy pleasures in other forms; needless to say it took its toll. How ridiculous! – you might say. Take bread away from an Italian, however, and the situation gets serious.

Wine

Robert Dessanti is the director of the wine importer company “Euro Concepts” and parent consumer brand “The Wog with The Grog”. While the word ‘wog’ has lost the derogatory connotation it once had towards South Europeans and ‘grog’ it is a very Australian word used for alcohol.

Migrants

Her Facebook page has nearly 300,000 followers from all over the world; her videos on Youtube are widely clicked: she is known as the web’s best ever Nonna. She’s a little over a metre tall and 80 years old but her smile and charisma are explosive. So is her attitude to certain things; tattoos is one, she hates them.

Food trends

It was in 1945 – the year that marked the end of World War II – when, in a small town of Romagna, a thirty-nine year old man called Attilio Babbi made a bet on himself. Italy was in ruins and, against all odds, he set to make cones for ice cream.

Food trends

The first thing we should bear in mind when talking about the Italian Academy of Cuisine (Accademia Italiana della Cucina – a gastronomic association that began in Milan more than half a century ago, is the oddity of the name.

Culture

Buon appetito, buongiorno, grazie, nonna, nonno, Pasqua, Natale… If you are born into an Italian family in Australia, these words become part of your vocabulary. They were so imbedded in mine as a child, I didn’t realise there was an English equivalent.

Sport

In 1934, Nino Borsari landed for the first time in Australia to compete in the Centenary 1000: a cycle race that was part of the Centenary of Victoria celebrations. He didn’t know he was shaping his future and the history of the bicycle trade in Melbourne. Several other European and international cycling champions came to race over the seven stages, covering 1,773 km, but none of them stood out from the others. Borsari won two sprints in Ararat and Ballarat and finished 5th overall.

Young talents

The man sat in front of me, coffee in hand, is not the man I have seen in action. Today he is poised, articulate and composed. With grace and unabridged honesty he recounts the ups and downs of his life journey. So far, in all my encounters with him, I have been his audience: I sit gripped, hanging on to every word.

Chefs

Every day at dawn, thirty-two year old Domenico De Marco gets on his racing bike and rides it through the beautiful parkland surrounding Hepburn Springs, a lovely country town famous for its mineral springs, 128 km north-west of Melbourne.

Art

To know Stefano Costabile’s work is to know a mastermind in action. Likened to the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll’s imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland, Stefano is indeed mad about hats. With a career spanning decades, and with work gracing various industries and fields, Stefano has proven that he has what it takes to lead the millinery industry and set a new standard in functional Italian fashion. As it goes, there is certainly more to hats than meets the eye: medium, design, artisan technique and styling.

Politics

Since becoming a republic in 1946, Italy has had 28 Prime Ministers which is by far the largest number recorded by any Western democracy in the same period.It is politics Italian-style, which means never letting anyone become established at the helm of government.

Pizza

For the gluten-free folks out there craving a delicious and satisfying slice of pizza, look no further! World Pizza Champion Andrea Cozzolino shares his recipe for a truly authentic Neapolitan gluten free pizza.

Migrants

How two "paesani" from a little town in Basilicata happened to meet unexpectedly for the first time in a Queensland holiday suburb

Young talents

Daniele Ciurleo-Larubina’s essence of his mastery lies in the seemingly effortless ability to transition from musician to composer, from arranger to conductor.

Literature

From a young age, Daniela Pruiti Ciarello would often get lost in the magical worlds of the fairy tales and fables she was told. “I’ve always been a dreamer,” she proclaims. “Faries, goblins, dragons and magic mirrors populated my childhood, and I often nestle into this world to escape from reality.”

Lifestyle

The Roman forum was a public space: the key political, ritual and civic center. If I were to compare it to a modern day equivalent in Melbourne, then Cafè Brunetti in Carlton meets the criteria. It is my third year working at Brunetti and it has been more than a part time job while attending university.

Cinema & theatre

Each year when I attend the Italian Film Festival in Melbourne I feel I get a glimpse into the heart and soul of Italy through the films that have been made, and most loved, by Italians that year.

Cinema & theatre

Life, famously, is full of surprises and often more unlikely than a Hollywood blockbuster script. In that vein, a few years ago if someone had have predicted that I would give voice and sense of identity to the younger generations of the Italian-Australian community in Australia I would have thought they were nuts. On the contrary, I would expect them to have divine gifts from God.

Lifestyle

In 2006, I remember making one of the hardest choices in my life, having to choose between supporting Italy, or supporting Australia in the 2006 World Cup prior to the Italy vs Australia round sixteen match. I distinctly remember siding with Italy rather than Australia,this prompted my brother, James, to buy me an Italian National Football Team beanie for me to wear to show my support.

Politics

As the heads of government of the world’s seven most industrialized democracies walked down the streets of Taormina towards the San Domenico Palace Hotel where their meetings were to take place, an old Sicilian man observing the scene was heard saying: “Questo G7 sarà oscurato dalla bellezza di Taormina” (This G7 will be overshadowed by the beauty of Taormina).

Music

In todays ever-changing digital landscape consumers are constantly looking at faster ways to access entertainment. The increasing popularity of social media and streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix have seen traditional mediums of entertainment including film, television and radio struggle in recent years.

Footy

Following in his nonno’s and father’s footsteps, the nineteen year old Jack Silvagni promises to add luster to the name of a legendary family of Italian-Australian footballers

Music

Of the thousands of young Italians that every year ends up in Australia, most of them are destined to be let down. Personal dreams and expectations need to face a sad reality, getting trapped in the vicious circle of humble and casual jobs and no prospects. Hence, a huge army of waiters, dishwashers, farmers and so on, often with a degree.

Cinema & theatre

The story of Australia’s largest independent cinema chain and founder of Palace Cinemas, told like a film

Travel

The unique experience of six Australians visiting Italy with a whole family of tour operators

Fashion

Stefania Lucchetta, according to the leading magazine Wallpaper, is one of the “Top 20 reasons to be in Italy”. She is a talented young jewellery designer from Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza). Her works will be displayed at Bini Gallery in Melbourne, from 18th March to June 2016, in a solo show called “Jewels from the 21st Century”. Segmento caught up with the artist at the opening night for a brief chat.

Food trends

Melbourne has many popular places to enjoy food and shop around but it also holds quite a few pleasant surprises for those who are prepared to venture in less known territory. The problem though, is identifying the places worth exploring.

Profile

I would like to acknowledge the Jadawadjali and the Wotjobaluk peoples as Traditional Owners of the Wimmera region, and pay my respects to their Elders past and present, and the Elders from other communities of Victoria.

Immigration

On a recent trip to the US I was humbled to explore Ellis Island’s National Museum of Immigration. The harsh conditions of the New York winter melted away as I stepped inside the warm and welcoming lobby. After catching my breath, I stopped to admire the world I had stepped into. Millions of hopeful immigrants had to withstand gruelling transit conditions with no guarantee of security in the US.

Wine

We begin this overview of Italian wine with some numbers. In 2016, Italy conquered as the world leader in wine production. Estimated at around 50 million hectoliters, they overcame archrivals France and Spain: a triumph from many points of view.

Fashion

In a glittering career spanning over three decades, the Perth-based designer Aurelio Costarella has cemented his way to the top of the Australian fashion scene; from showcasing at New York Fashion Week, to having A-list celebrities Rihanna and Kendall Jenner snapped wearing his beautiful gowns, to dressing Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary. Despite his incredible achievements in such a cutthroat industry, Costarella has remained an unpretentious and approachable person.

Food trends

Based in Epping, Arancini Art is a food company specialised in producing traditional Italian Arancini, Olive Ascolane (stuffed olives), and Supplì. It began from the idea of the Sicilian Riccardo Siligato and her wife Josanne, aiming to share their innate passion for the islander cuisine in Australia.

Wine

As the demand for Prosecco continues to grow in Australia, despite the news earlier this year of a shortage of supply in the UK due to its limited production in a geographically defined area in Northern Italy, we can expect that the tide will turn yet again for the popular Italian bubbles.

News

With a few exceptions, men continue to monopolize all positions of power. Not just in politics but in all major industries and institutions, including those preserving, managing and displaying art collections. It is a fact that most of the world’s great museums and galleries remain firmly under male control.

Business people

A lot has been written about post-war immigrants and their quest to build a new life in an unfamiliar and remote land as Australia still was in the middle of the last century. Little account has been given of their children’s experiences as they grew up torn between two cultures, wrestling with society’s push to mainstream or marginalize them.

Lifestyle

March of 2014 signalled the beginning of a new and exciting life for the talented Erika Lancini, her husband Manuel, and their three daughters, Martina, Alexandra and Maya. After long discussions and reflections about what a future remaining in Italy would look like, they packed up their life in Brescia and moved to Melbourne; a move neither regrets.

Food trends

How is it that most Italians are in such great shape and fit though they live on delicious food unfailingly accompanied with wine? It is the not so secret Italian secret: eating genuine food (a far cry from fast and processed food) and being physically active.

Food trends

That’s Amore Cheese Diavoletti has been crowned Champion Flavoured Cheese at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, the Grand Final of dairy competitions in the country.

News

West Australians were the first in the country to get an exclusive look at the Italian naval ship FREMM (European Multi-Mission Frigate) ITS Carabiniere. The state of the art vessel, which boasts the turbine power of 60 Formula One cars and has the capacity to generate enough electricity to a city of 12,000 inhabitants; arrived in the Port City of Fremantle on January 25, as the first stop in the navy’s one-month visit to Australia.

Literature

Clichés about Italians are the image, often distorted, that foreigners abroad have of us. They began in Europe with the spread of travel diaries of the intellectuals who visited our country, struggling with the educational journey called “Grand Tour”. Centuries later, in the early 1900s, the stereotypes were reinvigorated thanks to migratory phenomena.

Restaurants

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been longing to live a long and healthy life, and to crack the mysterious recipe capable of boosting our lifespan and staving off death. The good news is that science has finally revealed a few secrets. The so-called Mediterrean diet, combined with genetic factors and lifestyle is the elixir of life so much craved for.

Literature

A few weeks ago, at the Italian Institute of Culture of Melbourne, a group of key stakeholders met a delegation of members of the Italian Senate to discuss the current state of Italian language education in Victoria. The delegation was accompanied by the Italian Consul-General Dr. Marco Maria Cerbo and comprised Sen. Claudio Micheloni, Sen. Francesco Giacobbe, Sen. Pippo Pagano and Sen. Vito Rosario Petrocelli.

Immigration

ALTO is the name of a business and social network created by a group of second-generation Italian-Australians who take pride in their Italian identity and bring it into play in their business dealings and social relations. They are the torchbearers of a transformed Italian culture in Australia that has come a long way from the experience of their parents.

Culture

Do you ever hear voices in your head? I do. All the time. I hear two. One voice, usually the voice of reason and control, speaks English. The other, the voice that pipes up in moments of extreme emotion and passion, speaks Italian.

Fashion

Glamorous Italian is a fashion showroom in Melbourne of Quality Brands made in Italy for private customers.

News

On May 11th 2016, the Italian Parliament approved a law giving the green light to civil unions in Italy. On that fragrant spring evening, to celebrate this historic accomplishment, people gathered in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Events

When Italian migrants made the courageous decision to move to Australia, they did not just leave behind family and friends but also their cherished traditions. The “Festa del Santo Patrono” – the feast in honour of the Patron Saint – was and still is the most important religious and social event in ones town or village.

Art

Vittorio Sgarbi is a famous Italian art critic and historian. He is a most prolific author and some of his books, though quite expensive, have become best-sellers. Sgarbi is a media personality, and has made a name for himself with his boisterous invectives at people who in his view are incompetent or inept in their role as public figures.

Food trends

The words of America’s notorious chef could not sound more true in describing Giorgio Linguanti, Melbourne’s premier specialty cheese maker and proprietor of That’s Amore Cheese, That’s Amore Mozzarella Bar & La Latteria.

Art

Pizza for us Italians is more than an appetising dish. It’s a magnet for getting together and spending good time with family and friends. It’s our gastronomical mandala, symbolising our gregarious spirit. Over a pizza we laugh, we joke, and most of all, we talk.

Cinema & theatre

Considering how vibrant and passionate the Italian community in Australia is, it’s both concerning and disheartening how few Italo-Australian stories have made their way onto the big screen. Sure, we all laughed with Vince Colosimo’s Frank in “The Wog Boy” series and went on a journey of self-discovery in “Looking For Alibrandi”, but since then Italo-Australian cinematic stories have been few and far between – until now.

Pizza

Andrea Cozzolino’s passion for the art of pizza making – and yes, it is quite an art – began in Naples during his school-age years. Andrea was just twelve years old. It all started quite modestly, working at a local family-run pizzeria, making simple pizzas, preparing ingredients and feeding the staff.

Travel

There is something magical that happens when one lands in this great eternal city. They say all roads lead to Rome and to that I must agree. Whoever said it had a point. Rome, in its essence, is a city that has a lot to offer. It’s the city of love, culture, food, shopping and traces of Renaissance and history. Its people that are lively, proud and warming.

Lifestyle

As a child, when I met with boredom I would often look out from my bedroom window, or, that of my parents. Sometimes, I would head onto the balcony to observe the world that lay on the other side of the bars and grates of the windowsill.

Economy

For decades Northbridge, an inner city suburb of Perth, was affectionately known as “Little Italy”. The streets were filled with the aromas of roasted coffee, the scent of baked Italian goods and the sound of Italians chatting away as they went on their daily passeggiatas.

Soccer

In recent years, European football seemed to realize the big potential of Australia in terms of future growth and revenue. In 2012 the choice of an icon such as Alessandro Del Piero to join the A-League with Sydney FC reached a milestone for Australian soccer, which has started to be followed beyond the national borders, too.

Politics

The appreciation of female beauty has been at the heart of Italian art and culture for centuries, and continues to be relevant in contemporary Italy. The feminist idea that glamour works against women, famously argued by the American author Naomi Wolf in her book “The Beauty Myth”, has never taken root in Italy.

Restaurants

Life can be drenched of delightful surprises if you only have the will and tenacity to look for them. Moments of pleasure in fact lie around the corner so just be open-minded and explore! Which lately is exactly what I have been doing in order to uncover the best story to tell you and make you happy.

Fashion

Shoe designer, Annalisa Lippis’ passion and elegance illuminates as she welcomes me with a big smile. She asks my daughter, who has accompanied me, how she is and immediately complements her on her cherry red winter boots.

Business people

There are many stories of Italian migrants who came to Australia with nothing more than a suitcase and were able to achieve great success in their business undertakings: stories of hard work, endurance, determination and, in some cases, extraordinary fortitude in the face of dire circumstances.

Young talents

I miss it. I really miss that feeling of wandering around, as I used to do in my home country, stopping, as soon as I’d get peckish, for a quick bite & chat at one of my favourite street food traders, no matter the time. No need to sit down nor spend a fortune for a snack on the run that can easily turn into a main meal, and only for a couple of bucks!

Lifestyle

Reflections upon the concept of communication and barriers that people from different cultures and languages come up against when they find themselves in conversation.

Culture

As well as achieving the status of a leading Italian academic philosopher, the 72-year old Massimo Cacciari has devoted a great deal of his life to politics, holding a seat in the Italian parliament for seven years when he was still relatively young and the office of Mayor of Venice (his native town), for three terms, the last one ended in 2010.

Photography

The Sicilian in Jonathan Di Maggio likes the theatrics and drama of photography. The vibrant colours and shades of a subject matter—any subject matter, arouse a deep appreciation in this twenty-something Melburnian of the theatre that is life.

Diplomacy

Being an Italian ambassador is not an easy job even in a highly civilized and friendly country like Australia. It requires a great deal of competence in economics, trade, communication and, last but not least, a high degree of fluency in the English language.

Food trends

In recent years there has been an increase in nutritional awareness with many people now following certain diets and food-based lifestyles. This has forced restaurant owners and food manufacturers to meet an ever-increasing demand for products dedicated to specific dietary requirements.

Food trends

Until a few years ago, those who were constricted to a gluten-free diet because of their coeliac disease had very little choice. For a long time, bread, pizza and pasta were just distant memories. In the best case, coeliac people had to settle for gluten-free products that were really far from the organoleptic and mechanical characteristics of their gluten counterparts.

Lifestyle

“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita” (halfway through the journey of my life) I have become an immigrant… The major consequence in one’s life of becoming what today is called an ‘immigrant’ is, above all, the loss of control.

Restaurants

The intention of this article is to bring attention to something that, in my humble opinion, is the most important, enduring aspect of the human experience: true friendship. That combination of unconditional love and affection that, according to an old Swedish proverb, doubles a joy and halves a sorrow.

International

It is December but the sun is pounding over Rome and transforms a winter’s day into the subtle suggestion of an early Spring. Everything is ready. In Vatican City, thousands of pilgrims are crowding into the Colonnato del Bernini in a kind of Christian apotheosis, full of emotion.

Young talents

A natural talent for defining new and old spaces, Tommaso Spinzi is an Italian-born interior designer and owner of Melbourne-based company Spinzi Design. After ending his academic career with a Diploma in Surveying, Tommaso worked in the construction industry before moving to Lugano, Switzerland, to collaborate with a prestigious architect studio.

News

Carlo Guaia, a third year Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Western Australia, is a staunch believer in the “fair go” spirit of Australia. For a growing number of people such spirit is long dead and gone but not for him who has put it into practice through a community organization he founded late last year, with the aim of bringing Italian and Australian scholars, professionals and students together.

Diplomacy

Before his election just over a year ago, the new president of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, was mostly known by ordinary Italians for an oddity associated to his surname. A quiet, reserved man, he had been a member of Parliament for 25 years (1983-2008), had served three times as a government minister and once as vice-premier before becoming a judge of the Constitutional Court, the highest Italian judiciary institution.

Fashion

The Clash, arguably one of the best rock bands ever, released their hit “Should I stay or should I go” in 1982. To go or to stay. Andare or Restare. The question is reminiscent of Hamlet’s existential ponderings, and continues to arise for thousands of Italian youngsters as they attempt to escape Italy’s current deteriorating economic situation.

Chefs

There’s been a lot of hype about him, but Johnny Di Francesco’s is not a rags to riches story. Rather, it is a straightforward ‘work hard and make your own luck’ type of tale. According to him, achieving your goals depends on working hard and smart, consistently and persistently. Johnny’s level of success is something special, though.

Fashion

A FORMER INVESTMENT BANKER DECLARES WAR TO CONFLICT MINERALS It has been said that a jewel is an extension of the personality of whom it is worn by. This could explain why many women are so charmed and abducted by the beauty and value of jewellery.

Culture

In today’s society of modern man I believe that Carnevale is one of those festivities to which only few people give the proper magnitude. Yet the Carnival has deep roots in the history of humanity, and in all its manifestations, throughout the peninsula it is possible to find a common denominator: the propitiation of fertility of the land, through the exorcism of death.

Food trends

Today I am telling you the story of Katia and Sabrina, two inseparable sisters and highly skilled cheese makers that moved to Melbourne a couple of years ago to become heart and soul of La Formaggeria, a little artisan cheese shop placed in St Kilda.

Lifestyle

Many other trees are renowned for their supremacy. We all know what are the tallest trees in the world: the famous Sequoias of North America, which reach up to 120 meters high, while an oak (Quercus Cerris) will reach about 40 meters.

Fashion

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF WEARING A NECKLACE MADE FROM BLOWN GLASS BUBBLES? OR SOME COLORFUL AUTUMN BLOOMS AS EARRINGS? PROBABLY NOT, UNLESS YOU POSSESS A HIGHLY ARTISTIC MIND, OR YOU HAVE VISITED THE BINI GALLERY.

Fashion

The Sicilian actor who found his fortune making bow ties out of fabric remnants Paolo Lolicata is the young creator of Lolicu, a project based on designing bow ties. Actor by profession, Paolo came to Melbourne to improve his English and follow his great grandfather’s footsteps. Captured by the charm of this city, here he is, 5 years later: a vintage artisan inspiring new original styles in town.

Cinema & theatre

Internationally acclaimed Italian author, Simonetta Agnello Hornby was a special guest at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 and participated in a special event at the Italian Culture Institute of Melbourne (IIC), which was centred around the topic of “Travel and Inward Journey”.

Immigration

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE ABRUZZO CLUB? “The club is not just a committee, the various subcommittees, the volunteers and staff; the Club is all of us! It is for you, for your family, for your children and friends.”

Events

Confucius once said, “If you buy a man a fish you will feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish you will feed him for a lifetime”. Ever since I heard about Expo Milano 2015, this illuminating idea of Confucius has abided with me and still influences me.

Culture

The “presepe” or “presepio” (also known as Christmas Crib or Nativity Scene) had been for a very long time the only Christmas adornment of the Italian families, a humble and genuine way, deeply-rooted in our culture, to celebrate Jesus’s birth before the advent of Santa Claus and the decorated trees.

Pizza

The only gospel for a Neapolitan pizzaiolo is to knead by tradition- al methods! The recent visit of the “TRUE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA ASSOCIATION” (AVPN) in Melbourne opened my eyes to the fabulous life of expert pizza masters who ‘travel the world, spreading the word’.

Young talents

For those who grew up hearing the iconic song for Coppa Del Nonno’s commercial, “Joy, I feel good, I feel fine”, Gisella Cozzo’s voice might already be endeared to those childhood memories and fondness for ice cream.

Food trends

Allow me to begin by saying a mea culpa! When I discovered that seven of the most influential Melbourne based Italian-Australian businessmen owning their own olive groves, were gathering to compete for the “Grande Olio d’Oliva 2015”, the first thing that came to mind was the provocative aforism of Frank Capra: “The amateurs are playing for fun when the weather is nice…”.

Cinema & theatre

Award winning Italian actor Luca Zingaretti was recently in Melbourne for the 16th Lavazza Italian Film Festival (LIFF), hosted by Palace Cinemas. Known in Australia for his leading role in the popular series, Inspector Montalbano, which broadcasts on sBs, Luca Zingaretti featured in two evoking films during this year’s LIFF: Edoardo De Angelis’ “Perez” and Marco Pontecorvo’s “Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells!” And during his short stay in Melbourne, he was interviewed by Segmento’s Bridget Borgobello.

Profile

For those who grew up hearing the iconic song for Coppa Del Nonno’s commercial,“Joy, I feel good, I feel fine”, Gisella Cozzo’s voice might already be endeared to those childhood memories and fondness for ice cream.

Immigration

It is eleven o’clock and I am smoking a cigar on the busy waterfront of my hometown. On the seashore a father and son are sharing the son’s exciting experience of fishing.

Lifestyle

Last month marked exactly two years since I last walked on my native soil. It was a day blessed by the warm colours of the spring when I greeted my family, friends and homeland. Two days later I started my journey in the “Terra Australis Incognita”, as the Europeans in the Seventeenth century nominated it when it was still a legendary land.

Pizza

Marana Forni Ovens are Made in Italy to the highest of standards, from design to craftsmanship production of every single part.

Photography

John Casamento’s name would be well known to many newspaper and magazine readers across Melbourne as a result of his 52 years in photojournalism. His assignments have covered major news stories in politics, arts, sport, and those that headline from Mick Jagger to the late Pope, John Paul II.

Fashion

In my early primary school years, mum and dad won a tender to run a hairdressing salon inside Melbourne Airport. It was 1976 and I was six years old. They had previously run a salon at the Astrojet, a shopping precinct on commonwealth land near the airport and were now thrilled to take on the challenge of hard work and long hours within Melbourne Airport.

Art

James Liotta is a young Australian-Italian actor, performer and comedian that had drawn from his Italian heritage the tools of his trade. He had his first experience on stage when he was 8 years old taking part in one of his father’s community theatre productions and grew up refining his acting skills, however his professional career as a comedian started as a result of a friend’s suggestion.

Wine

On October 11, The Melbourne Royal Exhibition hosted the Vinitalia Food & Wine Festival, the largest display of Italian wines ever held in Australia.

Culture

Immediately after I met my wife the path that led me from celibacy to the conjugate status had been really short. Only a month passed away since we started dating and we were already living together; six weeks had been long enough for me to decide to propose to her (and for her to say the fateful ‘yes’); the following year for the first time in my life I was visiting Australia and my future family.

Coffee

Coffee is a peculiar hallmark of being Italian. A habit, a real ritual that gives the opportunity to socialize, have a chat in lightness, nice break at work and in free time.A tradition so ingrained is to be a true icon of Italian lifestyle.

Immigration

At a recent funeral for a respected elderly family member I got to thinking that as more and more of that wave of Italian post-war migrants die off, our current lifestyle threatens the traditional view of what it means to be the sons and daughters of Italian immigrants to Australia.

News

Sophia Loren’s visit to Melbourne as a special guest of “La Dolce Italia” Gala Charity Dinner to raise funds for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, was but a flickering moment in the long and impressive career of the most famous actress Italian cinema has ever produced.

Travel

Most travel agents send you away with tourists. Melissa sends you on holiday with the locals!

Restaurants

When I first visited Il Melograno, an extremely cosy café and ice cream parlor located in Northcote, I was suddenly struck by the beauty of the place: its nature-inspired design made of wood and earth colors, the smiling faces of the staff, the cabinets full of delicious pastries, everything conveys a warm and friendly atmosphere with light aromatic notes of sugar and coffe.

Pizza

LA SOPHIA LOREN - There are a number of reasons for my choice of ingredients for the Sophia Loren pizza.

Wine

A new way to enjoy fine Italian wines by the glass. Andrew De Angelis is the founder of TAP., a brand of “wine on tap” promoting a new concept to serve fine wines by the glass.

Events

Unique promotions for exhibits, cultural events, train and plane tickets: these are only some of the advantages that Milan Expo 2015 has prepared for the Italians living abroad and for all the foreign citizens of Italian origin that will sign up to the “Made of Italians” project.

Literature

ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY is a witty yet poignant tale of Maxine. A professional 30 something gal that seemed to have her life in order when all of a sudden she finds herself suddenly single and facing the dole queue.

Politics

He is the youngest ever-Italian prime minister and has been set out to transform his outdated and ailing country into a leading European nation. His name, of course, is Matteo Renzi and his sheer optimism and confidence are reminiscent of the early days of Silvio Berlusconi’s rise to power.

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