World-famous Italian chef Lidia Bastianich has a story that transcends the culinary industry. Lidia was born following the conclusion of World War II, a time when European countries were still settling border disputes. As a young girl, she grew up among three different cultures, each with a profound influence on her. Today, as a professional, Lidia’s childhood experiences and her family ties continue to prove monumental in her continued success.
Marianna Pizzolato nel ruolo di Isabella per "L'Italiana in Algeri" di G. Rossini.
“Lella Vignelli, a Designer With a Spare, Elegant Style, Dies at 82” wrote The New York Times a couple of days ago. The digital magazine Quartz summarizes in a few words the story of the famous couple, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, and their difficult battle against the flow: “A legendary husband-and-wife design team fought to get her equal credit for 40 years.”
To remember Lella, we decided to re-publish our article about Designed by: Lella Vignelli—a book of love that her husband Massimo edited in 2013, just few weeks before passing away. The book is a compendium of Lella’s contributions to design.
Born out of a conversation with Massimo, our longtime friend, the article was entitled “The Realist and the Dreamer,” where “The Realist” was Lella—not his muse, but his wife and life-long professional partner. Massimo wanted the book to be an inspiration to all women, and circulated it free on the Internet.
“For years,” Massimo wrote in his introduction, “the collaboration between female architects and designers and their partners has been under-appreciated …” And, he maintained, Lella had always been the hard rock behind his dreams: “consistent throughout her career; unfailingly intelligent; rigorous, not arbitrary; timeless, not trendy.”
Editor in Chief Letizia Airos and Mezzo Soprano Marianna Pizzolato in the dressing room of Metropolitan Opera
Quella di Sergio Romano è una delle voci più autorevoli e ascoltate nel panorama italiano. Storico, commentatore e analista politico, è stato Ambasciatore d’Italia a Mosca negli ultimi anni dell’Unione Sovietica. Interrotta, per sua scelta, la lunga carriera ai vertici della diplomazia, si è dedicato allo studio e all’insegnamento. Il suo sguardo, anche quando non si condividono le sue opinioni, è illuminante, chiarificatore, a volte anticipatore. Nella nostra intervista parliamo di America, di Europa e di Putin, a cui è dedicato il suo ultimo libro.
Sergio Romano, Italian writer, journalist, and historian
Photo: TV 2000 Ufficio stampa
Sergio Romano carries a lot of weight on Italian turf. The historian, political analyst and commentator served as the Italian Ambassador to Moscow at the twilight of the Soviet Union and later suspended his diplomatic career to focus on research and teaching. Even those who differ in opinion admit his viewpoint is always illuminating, informative, occasionally prophetic. We sat down with him to talk about America, Europe and the subject of his latest book: Putin