Celebrating cuccidati, the Sicilian Christmas cookie that merits its own festival

On a recent cold and gray December Sunday, dozens of Italian families gathered to celebrate a Sicilian Christmas cookie at Casa Italia, the Italian cultural center in west suburban Stone Park. Little known outside Italian-American communities, the fig-stuffed treats, called cuccidati, are loved enough to warrant their own festival, now in its second year. “Cuccidati … Read more…

Italy’s hidden gems

Discovering that next hidden gem, be it a stunning venue or little-known destination, is every event-planner’s dream. Northern and central Italy have seven regions offering a largely untapped source of inspiration for planners seeking new locations to wow their guests. From meetings to incentives, the regions of Piemonte, Valle d’Aosta, Liguria, Lombardia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and … Read more…