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Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books exhibit opens Sept. 22 at Gardner Museum

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BOSTON, MA (August 2016) – Rarely seen, exquisite Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books make this a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books showcases over 65 Renaissance paintings hidden between the covers of rare books in Boston’s libraries and museums. The works – remarkable for their beauty and jewel-like colors – will be on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston from Sept. 22 through Jan. 16, 2017. At the heart of the show is a remarkable trove of illuminated manuscripts from celebrated Renaissance libraries. Written, illustrated, and bound by the hands of leading artists for popes, ...

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Diving into the Wine World of Campania with Filippo de Magistris

Filippo de Magistris with Jennifer Martin

It’s always a pleasure to speak with folks of Italian heritage, but when they come from the same region as your own family — Campania — and even the same province and town, Candida, then it gets very exciting. I recently had the pleasure to meet Filippo de Magistris, one of the restaurant owners of Il Casale in Lexington. The restaurant is located in downtown Lexington on Mass. Ave and it focuses on the cuisine from the region of Campania where de Magistris and his brothers, Dante and Damien, originate from. De Magistris’s father Leon came over from Candida with ...

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Emilia-Romagna Wines Make a Splash in Boston and Providence

From left: Emanuele Tozzi, Katia Di Felice, Barbara D'Agapiti, Filippo Atrioli, Angela Saraniti, Filiberto Mazzanti.

Over the past week, several representatives of Emilia-Romagna’s wine and food sectors visited Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, in an effort to establish partnerships and raise awareness of the Italian region’s quality products. “We are here to promote the wines of our region and lift them from anonymity,” says Filiberto Mazzanti, director of the Consorzio Vini di Romagna. “We also want to create a stronger territorial identity.” Mazzanti took part in a promotional tour focusing on establishing business realtionships between local distributors and wine producers in Emilia-Romagna, a region with a growing number of quality wines that are still somewhat ...

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