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Saturday
Jul202013

AMARO

Italians have invented hundreds of after-dinner drinks, and amaro cocktails are well known internationally. Served straight in a tall glass, or with ice and a lemon or orange wedge, amaro (bitter) is the classic Italian herbal liqueur that is usually drunk as a digestif. It originated in monasteries and pharmacies as a medicinal tonic: around 1300, monks began to (more)

Saturday
Jul202013

VAL GARDENA

Val Gardena, in the province of Bolzano, is a world-renowned ski-resorts area during winter and the perfect location for hiking and rock climbing during summer. The “king of the eight-thousanders” Reinhold Messner has conquered all the highest mountains but he has a special attraction for the Dolomites that surround Val Gardena: “They are not the highest, but they are certainly the most beautiful (more)

Friday
Jul192013

STUNAD, CHOOCH, DUZIPAZZ

Sundays at your old Aunt's house with cousins, second cousins, their children and grandchildren: hand gestures, people talking over each other, and enough food to feed a small army. Your old Uncle gets into a stupid argument with his son and here we go: Stunad - Chooch - Duzipazz! - Oopatz - Disgraziat’! Wanna know what he is saying? (more)

Friday
Jul192013

PAOLO BORSELLINO

They will kill me, but it will not be a mafia’s revenge. Mafia does not use murder to get revenge. Maybe mafia will physically kill me, but he/she who will actually order my murder will be ‘others’.” Paolo Borsellino was one of the most important magistrates who fought the Sicilian Mafia. On July 19, 1992, he was killed by a car bomb in Palermo, his hometown, in front of his mother’s house, 57 days after his dear friend and fellow antimafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone was assassinated. The bomb also claimed the lives of five police officers: Emanuela LoiAgostino CatalanoWalter CosinaVincenzo Li Muli, and Claudio Traina. (more)

Thursday
Jul182013

TRAVEL, A NEW TAB

You have probably noticed! Our advice is: if you only have a week, do not visit more than one big city at the time. Many Americans take tours that stop in Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, and that is torture. From Rome, you can reach  lakes, mountains, beaches in less than an hour. Same with most cities. As Jackie Gleason used to say to Audrey Meadows: "take two trips!" Or more... 

Thursday
Jul182013

GOOMAH AND BACOUS

Goomah comes from "comare", a godmother, a confirmation sponsor, a neighbour, an old female friend, or a busybody. In Italy. In the United States it has a whole different meaning, as we all know. Here a goomah is a girlfriend you are seeing on the side, a mistress. Do not make mistakes or you will get in trouble, and remember: a wife or fiance is never a goomah. (more)

Thursday
Jul182013

LIVE TO 100, ITALIAN CENTENARIANS

Tzia (aunt in Sardinian) Claudina Melis just celebrated her 100th birthday, cheered by her sisters Consolata, who is 105, and Mafalda, almost 80, the youngest. Together with their siblings Maria, 98; Antonino, 94; Concetta, 92; Adolfo, 90; Vitalio, 87; Fida Vitalia, 81, their combined age reaches a total of 825 years. That is why, in 2012, their family entered the Guinness World Records for having the oldest living siblings on earth. (more)

Wednesday
Jul172013

TONY CONIGLIARO

Born in RevereMassachusetts, on January 7, 1945, Anthony Richard Conigliaro, nicknamed "Tony C" and "Conig", was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Boston Red Sox and the California Angels. Tony batted .267, with 162 home runs and 501 RBI during his 802-game Red Sox career. He holds the MLB record for most home runs (24) hit by a teenage playerTony came from a close-knit family: parents Sal and Theresa, brothers Richie and Billy. He grew up in East Boston and Swampscott (more)

Wednesday
Jul172013

CHEF PASQUALE COZZOLINO

Co-owner and executive chef at Ribalta in New York, Chef Cozzolino is a renowned master pizza maker honored with a diploma as “Ambassador of Pizza Margherita” in the world (2010); the First Prize for the Fourth International Championship for "Neapolitan Pizza" (2005); and an Award of Excellence in making the traditional Margherita pizza sponsored by the Association of Neapolitan Pizza makers. Pasquale, when did you decide to become a chef? I was fourteen when I started cooking (more)

Tuesday
Jul162013

YOU ARE GIVING ME AGITA OR AGIDA

You are giving me agida! You must have heard it plenty of times when you were young. Agita, or agida in dialect, is a feeling of agitation in your stomach, a word brought to America by Italian immigrants. What you feel when somebody is aggravating (more)

Monday
Jul152013

HONOR KILLINGS

An honor killing is the homicide of a member of a family by other members, due to the belief of the perpetrators that the victim has brought dishonor upon the family or community. The UN estimate for the number of honor killings in the world is 5,000 per year, and most people associate it with Muslim culture, a generalization both dangerous and incorrect: in Italy, the legal system recognized honor as an 'extenuating circumstance' in murders until 1981. (more)

Monday
Jul152013

BRACIOLE

In most of Italy, a braciola is a slice of lean meat pan-fried or grilled, usually a pork-chop. In the United States, when people say braciole they mean what in Italy are called involtini (little bundles), thin slices of beef, or pork, or chicken rolled as a roulade with a filling of grated cheese, onions, garlic, parsley, olive oil, bread crumbs, minced prosciutto (or pancetta or Italian sausage), held together by a wooden toothpick or tied with a string. The word braciola comes from brace, hot coal. (more)

Sunday
Jul142013

PERUGIA

By Maria Liberati - Once you enter the walls of Perugia, you will have traversed into a land enclosing some of the most alluring and beauteous Italian art, history, and modern life. To (more)

Sunday
Jul142013

MARIA LIBERATI

As a former international supermodel, Maria Liberati never dreamed that she would go from being a fashion diva to a domestic diva. Ironically, while jet setting off to modeling assignments around the world, Maria became closer to the simplicity of life and food in the country setting of her family’s vineyard in the mountains of central Italy. She began to experience the real tastes of food that she knew from her childhood. (more)

Saturday
Jul132013

TOSCANINI IN A RAGE

The Washington Times, January 18, 1920 – Why a great orchestra leader is irresponsible? If the genius Toscanini smashes his baton on the head of a musician who is playing a little flat, well, that's his artistic license, so the Italian courts decided. The jealous concern with which a great composer nurses his own (more)

Thursday
Jul112013

ISCHIA

The most beautiful island in the center of Italy, Ischia is a volcanic paradise renowned worldwide for its curative spas and natural hot springs. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples with its 21 miles of varied coastlinegeysersvolcanic mudthermal spasfertile lush valleys, and its green mountains in the middle. It welcomes (more)

Thursday
Jul112013

SAN GIMIGNANO

San Gimignano is a small town that can truly take you back to the Middle Ages: high towers, quaint squares with wells and fountains, narrow winding streets, Romanesque churches, palaces, it is truly an unforgettable place. San Gimignano is in the province of Siena, 35 miles south of Florence, in the (more)

Wednesday
Jul102013

MOZZARELLA

If Parmigiano is the king of cheeses, Mozzarella is its Queen. Fresh, sensuously rich, soft enough to melt in your mouth, mozzarella can be fior di latte, made from fresh pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's milk; affumicata (smoked mozzarella); or the best of all, mozzarella di bufala (buffalo mozzarella). The expression "mozzarella" derives from the (more)

Tuesday
Jul092013

SALVATORE CAPEZIO

Salvatore Capezio was born April 13, 1871 in Muro Lucano, a town in the province of PotenzaBasilicata. After training as a cobbler in Italy, he emigrated to the United States. In 1887, at the age of seventeen, he opened a cobbler's shop at Broadway and 39th Street, diagonally across from the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The sign above his door (more)

Monday
Jul082013

PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO

Sharp and sweet, nutty, with a unique gritty texture, Parmigiano-Reggiano is the king of Italian cheeses. Historical evidence shows that it was invented in Bibbiano, in the province of Reggio Emilia, and its production spread to the Parma and Modena areas. Already in the late 1200s, Parmigiano had reached its perfection and it has remained pretty much the same. Today (more)