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Il Parmigiano del Terremoto Posted by on May 31, 2012

Obviously when the disastrous terremoto (earthquake) in Emilia Romagna struck, our first thoughts went out to the people directly involved in the event and their suffering. It’s difficult to imagine what it must be like to become homeless overnight, and to live in constant fear of the next violent tremors. But these disasters always have…

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Terremoto in Emilia Romagna Posted by on May 29, 2012

On Sunday the 20th of May, at 4:04 in the morning, l’Emilia Romagna was woken up by a violent terremoto (earthquake) measuring 5.9 magnitude on the Richter scale. During the quake, which lasted 20 seconds, six people died and several more were injured. Four of these victims were doing night shifts in the factories where…

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Quanti Pani! Posted by on May 25, 2012

Writing about traditional pane (bread) in a previous article made me realise just how many different variations we actually have here in Italy. Let’s have a look at the names of a few of the different breads that you’ll find at the panettiere (baker’s): la pagnotta is the most common name for a standard loaf…

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La Strage di Capaci Posted by on May 23, 2012

I recently read in John Dickie’s book “Cosa Nostra. A History of the Sicilian Mafia”, that the killing of the magistrate Giovanni Falcone was such a shock to the whole country, that most Italians can remember exactly where they were when they heard the news: On the 24th of May 1992 I was in Lusaka…

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Il Pancotto di Mattia Posted by on May 22, 2012

Yesterday I published a blog by my friend Mattia who, as he himself describes in his post, dreams of becoming a professional cook. Mattia is from Puglia in the south of Italy, and like most Italians is very passionate about his region’s culinary specialities. Here, as promised, is my translation of Mattia’s traditional Pugliese recipe…

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Il Giovane Cuoco Italiano Posted by on May 21, 2012

In our blogs we always try to portray as many different facets of Italian language and culture as possible, but at the same time we are aware of the difficulty of trying to depict a country as varied as l’Italia from our relatively limited perspective. So for some time now we’ve been looking for an…

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Il Pane Posted by on May 18, 2012

Bread has been a fundamental part of our diet for thousands of years. Examples have been found in Egyptian tombs dating back more than five millennia. It is not surprising therefore that there are innumerable variations based on the simple ingredients of flour and water. Here in Italy we have our fair share of different…

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