August 29, 2012 An Italian food expert delves into her collection of cookbooks to find a historical recipe for spinach and rice ravioli that was nearly identical to the one an NPR listener wants to re-create. And it turns out the secret to success is in the cheese.
June 29, 2012 At a summit in Brussels, leaders agreed to steps that were more bold than expected. A key part of the plan: Loans from a bailout fund will go directly to troubled banks in Spain. So the Spanish government won't pile up more debt.
June 25, 2012 How do you cook regional food when you're 5,000 miles from home? Bring your own grano, and hope for a good farmer's market, according to one Italian chef who found himself stranded in D.C. without a few of his favorite ingredients.
June 13, 2012 It's not just money. Germany fears a lack of control. German leaders think if they intertwine themselves more closely with the rest of Europe — without having some control over the actions of other countries — they will once again be on the hook for bailing out their neighbors.
May 29, 2012 At least 15 people are dead and it's feared that others are trapped in rubble and that the death toll will rise after an earthquake today in Northern Italy. The 5.8-magnitude temblor is the second deadly quake to hit Italy in the past nine days.
February 29, 2012 In 10 matches over 78 years, Italy had never lost to the USA. Clint Dempsey scored the game winner.
January 19, 2012 More than 20 people are still missing. The Costa Concordia hit some rocks on Friday and listed over on it starboard side. Eleven deaths have been confirmed. There were about 4,200 passengers and crew onboard.
January 18, 2012 The Costa Concordia shifted slightly earlier today, forcing searchers to back off at least temporarily. So far, 11 people are known to have died. Another two dozen are still missing. The ship's captain is under house arrest.
January 17, 2012 The death toll from Friday's crash off the coast of Tuscany has risen to at least 11. The ship's captain is accused of manslaughter. He allegedly abandoned the ship before some passengers were off. You can hear him be ordered to get back on board.
November 9, 2011 Even with a government shakeup, markets are still worried that Italy is headed toward default. The interest rate on the country's debt has shot up to 7 percent and with an economy as big as Italy, there may be no will — or money — for a European Union rescue.
November 8, 2011 Saying his resignation was for the good of the country, the Italian leader confirmed he will step aside after Parliament passes a budget that includes tough new austerity measures. Italy's borrowing costs are ballooning as the bond market worries that it hasn't put its financial house in order.