Marcello Mellino

L'Aperitivo

November 2021
L'ora dell'aperitivo, the time for an aperitivo, is the Italian version of our happy hour. I believe, however, that the aperitivo ritual has been an Italian tradition for a much longer time since drinks like Campari and SUBSCRIBE NOW! online +...


La Piazza

October 2021
La piazza (the square) has been the center of town since the Romans and the Greeks before them. The ancient Italian villages were built traditionally around a main square where most activities took place such as the daily market, most political...


Colori della notte

September 2021
Photographing the night can be difficult, however the results bring out a different atmosphere and often a very romantic, soothing mood. I personally love visiting small, mostly unknown villages (figs. 1,2) and borghi away from the big cities where...


Pizza Day!

August 2021
Ask any child in Italy what they would like for lunch. Not surprisingly, the answer will usually be pizza or pasta! Interestingly enough, we probably would get the same answer from most American children these days. Italian food has conquered the...


Sapore di Sale

July 2021
"Sapore di sale, sapore di mare..." (figs. 1,2) was a popular summer tune. I remember it well as I spent many of my teenage years in the south of Italy, luckily always near the sea. The song talked about happy summer days by the beach (fig. 3) in...


Le Finestre d'Italia

June 2021
Italian windows are quite different from the ones we are used to in the U.S. They are actually open at all times, weather permitting, and they serve multiple purposes. Perhaps because of the rather universal lack of air conditioning, windows in...


Un Bel Gelato

May 2021
I am not sure if this event (fig. 1) happens regularly in Italy, but it did a few years ago! Imagine a three-day extravaganza where any possible flavor of gelato can be tasted bringing total happiness to children and adults alike. A gathering of...


Al Mercato

April 2021
Shopping at a mercato all'aperto, open market, in Italy is an incredible experience well worth enjoying. They are typically found in most residential areas. The mercatino are set up early in the morning from well-equipped vans. While some return on...


A Viso Aperto

March 2021
It has become normal to look at a person today and wonder how does he/she really look behind that mask? People are by nature socially inclined, however we have come to accept as normal a life essentially devoid of spontaneous socialization. I...


Andiamo a cena

February 2021
I remember with some nostalgia the many opportunities enjoyed over the years to meet friends back in Italy for a cena. Someone would usually have a great trattoria in mind (fig. 1) to get together and talk about memories and old adventures. Of...


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