Yes, Honey!

It seems like everyone is taking about honey these days– especially in my home region of northeastern Pennsylvania, where we are taking it by the pound to help with our early spring allergies! While honey comes in a wide variety of types and flavors to appeal to every palate, it has been determined that some…

Two Easter Traditions from Irpinia

Easter is tomorrow and while this year is not a traditional one in my household due to several unforeseen circumstances, that doesn’t mean I don’t get to write about two Easter culinary traditions that come directly from Irpinia. Ever since I was a little girl, my mother has made Pizza Chiena (filled pizza), also known…

A Holy Week Tradition in Vallata

On April 18 and 19 in the town of Vallata (AV), a Holy Week tradition will take place as it has done for nearly 500 years. The Via Crucis, or Holy Procession, representing the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, is a popular commemoration of that fateful event throughout all of Southern…

My Grandfather, My Hero

It’s a story I never get tired of telling. My grandfather, Joseph Anthony Longo (Giuseppantonio Luongo in Italian) arrived in the United States in 1927. He was 11 years old. The only thing he ever really wanted to do was go home to his birthplace, Guardia dei Lombardi, Avellino Province. He never made it.

Say “Buongiorno” to Donatus

A new exhibit featuring the work of Solofra (AV) native Donatus Buongiorno is set to debut this April in New York City. “The Art of Immigration” will be held from April 11 to May 11 at the Rectory Gallery of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street. The exhibit will feature Buongiorno’s works,…

Hazelnuts from Irpinia May Be In Your Easter Candy

Known for iconic brands like Nutella, Tic Tac, and Ferrero Rocher, among others, Ferrero has a manufacturing facility in Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi (AV). Because Irpinia is known for its hazelnuts, Ferrero recently announced a new marketing initiative designed to celebrate the region by showcasing one of its best-tasting exports.

A Scarf of Solidarity

I have to admit, when it comes to knitting or crocheting, it is something I enjoy doing, but I am notorious for starting projects and taking months to finish them, thanks to a busy schedule. I refused to let this be the case when I got a Facebook message from my friend Giuseppe Silvestri of…

Discovering Prosciuttificio Vittorio Ciarcia

The town of Venticano in the Province of Avellino is the home of Vittorio Ciarcia, which since 1930 has created a wide variety of cured meats “Irpinia Style,” including prosciutto and culatello, among others.

The Best Panettone Comes From Irpinia

I have a confession to make… I cannot get enough of Panettone (the name loosely translates to “large bread”). We Americans have seen the brightly colored boxes with the string pop up all over during the holiday season. This year, I even discovered an incredible one imported to the US from the Milan region that…

Celebrating Greco di Tufo

One of the most popular wine festivals in all of Italy takes place on September 14, 15 and 16– the Tufo Greco Festival in the town of Tufo in Avellino Province. This festival celebrates Greco di Tufo wine in all of its glory– a white wine made from the “greco” grape that has been certified…