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Everyone needs a little ‘amore’ in their lives!

Italian-American heritage & culture is alive and well here in the Lowcountry.

Our population is unique in that many locals grew up someplace else. Everyone brings their regional culture and wisdom with them and enlightens the rest of us, while soaking up the ways of the Lowcountry. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship that improves the quality of life for us all (example: We show Cincinnati transplants how to relax, they show us how to make Skyline Chili).

With October being Italian-American Heritage Month, we decided to dedicate this issue to all of our Italian-American friends and neighbors and honor the positive impact they make.

We talk to local Italian families and residents who were born in Italy. We showcase the hottest Italian jewelry, uncover a luxurious Italian pen collection and teach you how to speak “silent” Italian, using just your hands.

We’ll give you a sneak peak of the top Italian cars coming to this year’s Concours and share all the details of the upcoming Italian Heritage Festival at the Coastal Discovery Museum.

We also travel to Verona and examine lessons we can learn from our much older sister city. Speaking of Italian travel, am I the only one that did not vacation there this year? Seriously, so many locals were there recently — I’m so jealous!

And do you think we could do an Italian issue without food or wine? Fuhgeddaboudit! We are blessed to have so many world-class Italian restaurants scattered throughout the Lowcountry. The New Orleans Road area has developed into quite the “Little Italy” district for fine dining. Few towns (or even cities) can compare. We spoke with many of those expert chefs for advice on how to properly cook like an Italian, complete with recipes and other useful tips.

We break down how many Italians it took to cook the world’s largest meatball and uncover oodles of noodles and the many ways you should be consuming them.

We also pop the cork on Italian wines. Did you know Italy is the largest wine-producing country in the world by volume?

A personal favorite is the collection of family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Extra special thanks to the Chiulli, Catalano, Palomba, Bastardi and Nadeau families for sharing their treasures. I hope you are inspired to make an authentic Italian meal for somebody you love as we celebrate all things Italian and enjoy another wonderful month. Cin cin to a wonderful, hurricane-free October!


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Hair on fire!

If you love angel hair pasta the way I do, treat yourself to this tasty-yet-healthy fiery favorite. It’s quick, easy and oh-so-delicioso. Buon Appetito!

LOCAL Life Test Kitchen – Spicy Angel Hair Pasta


1 pound angel hair pasta

1/2 cup chili oil (1/2 cup olive oil, one tablespoon crushed red pepper)

1/2 teaspoon flat leaf parsley

2 tablespoons lemon zest

1/4 cup lemon juice

2/3 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions [1] Boil pasta for about eight minutes [2] Stir together chili oil, lemon zest and juice. [3] Add pasta and some reserved pasta water. Season with salt and red pepper flakes.