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Monday
Jul222013

GABRIELLA SCARPA

Gabriella Scarpa has years of experience in skillfully managing high performance divisions at Yves Saint LaurentCartierSwatch, and Christian Dior. Today she is President of LVMH (Louis Vuitton S.A.• Moët Hennessy) Italia, CEO and President of Acqua di Parma, and Country General Manager of Christian Dior Couture ItaliaYou grew up in Milano: how did this city influence you? I am from Milan and my family is from Venice. I believe that my origins, deeply rooted in Venice, have lead to my (more)

Wednesday
Jul172013

CHEF PASQUALE COZZOLINO

Co-owner and executive chef at Ribalta in New York, Chef Cozzolino is a renowned master pizza maker honored with a diploma as “Ambassador of Pizza Margherita” in the world (2010); the First Prize for the Fourth International Championship for "Neapolitan Pizza" (2005); and an Award of Excellence in making the traditional Margherita pizza sponsored by the Association of Neapolitan Pizza makers. Pasquale, when did you decide to become a chef? I was fourteen when I started cooking (more)

Sunday
Jul142013


MARIA LIBERATI

As a former international supermodel, Maria Liberati never dreamed that she would go from being a fashion diva to a domestic diva. Ironically, while jet setting off to modeling assignments around the world, Maria became closer to the simplicity of life and food in the country setting of her family’s vineyard in the mountains of central Italy. She began to experience the real tastes of food that she knew from her childhood. An Award Winning  cookbook author and Celebrity Chef - her passion with food began at the early (more)

Monday
Jun242013

PAOLA DAMA

Dr. Paola Dama is a researcher at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Ohio State University. She holds a PhD in Molecular Oncology obtained at the University of Ferrara and one from Ohio State University. You were born in Naples: how did your city influence your life? Naples can be described with two words: Heaven and Hell. I have loved and will continue to love a city that sometimes makes you regret it. I am a powerless witness of the way our city is treated, and I feel betrayed by an (more)

Monday
Jun172013

ROSARIO PROCINO

Rosario Procino is an engineer who decided to bring Naples in New York starting with its amazing pizza. He is the co-owner of Ribalta, one of the best pizzerias in the United States. Rosario, tell us about your life in NaplesLife back home was great! I did Public Relations for several clubs to pay for my studies. I had such a great time, I am almost ashamed to call it a job. Then, at 26, I obtained a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering. (more)

Wednesday
May222013

MELISSA MULLER DAKA

By Caroline Chirichella - Melissa Muller Daka is a restaurateur, professional cook and writer, specializing in Sicilian cuisine and the cuisines of the Mediterranean region. She holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University as well as a degree (more)

Wednesday
May152013

GINA ROTUNDO

By Caroline Chirichella - I had the chance to sit down with the lovely Gina Rotundo, co-owner of Alloro (along with Chef Salvarote Corea, her husband) and talk about the restaurant. Owning a restaurant is a full time job. On top of that, your husband is the head chef and you have kids. How do you (more)

Tuesday
May072013

JOE CAMPANALE

By Caroline Chirichella - Ciao a tutti! I am very excited to share with you my interview with Joe Campanale, co-owner and beverage director of Dell’AnimaL’ArtusiL'Apicio and Anfora, all in New York City. He has been featured in Forbes, Restaurant Hospitality and Zagat and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart, so I feel very lucky to have had the chance to ask him a few questions. Hope you all enjoy! (more)

Saturday
Dec082012


DIRECTING CLOUDS

It isn’t easy to interview Fausto Bernardini, the director of Cloud Services at IBM. Born in Rome, a degree in Electrical Engineering, a doctoral degree in Computer Science at Purdue University, he started working for IBM in 1997 as a researcher and never left.  "I am an advocate, an evangelist of the Cloud. I am trying to push the envelope of what people want to do today when this thing is still not completely understood or trusted. That’s why I like my job, (more

Saturday
Dec082012

LUXURY, A STATE OF MIND

Buccellati is an Italian family enterprise that has been creating exclusive jewelry, silver and watches since 1919. Buccellati is recognizable by its craftsmanship: the rich texture, the lace-like designs, the precise engravings, the atypical gemstones, all set in harmonic ensembles. One of the most important designing companies in Europe, in 1952, Buccellati opened the first Italian jewelry shop on Fifth Avenue. Today, Alberto Carlo Milani is the CEO of Buccellati Americas, rated “the 2011 most exclusive jewelry company in the US” by the Luxury Institute(more

Saturday
Dec082012

Hedge Funds, Italian Style

Anthony Scaramucci is a successful American financier, entrepreneur and author. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital, which is a global alternative investment and advisory firm. "I want to be a forceful advocate and change agent for what is positive about our industry, and I don’t mind taking some hits along the way. I am not searching for a favorable opinion; I want to share my opinion. You can either like or dislike what I am saying, but I hope you respect me for the authenticity of who I am as a person." (more

Monday
Dec032012

AN INTERVIEW WITH NICK D'AGOSTINO III

Nicholas D’Agostino III is the president and CEO of D’Agostino Supermarkets, a chain of food stores that is a cultural emblem for the city, and that embodies all the ideals of the American dream. Third generation Italian-American, Nick grew up learning and living the trade.  “My mother is Irish, so I grew up with Italian and Irish relatives in the Upper West Side, but in school and at the stores there were mostly Italians. When I was a little kid, my mother would take me to the stores and I used to make a nuisance of myself, always trying to fix things, telling people what to do."  (more)