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Archive for September, 2012

Orecchiette con le Cime di Rapa Posted by on Sep 17, 2012

Here is the recipe that Mattia promised in his article, which was published a few days ago, about le orecchiette, a typical pasta from Puglia. You can find out how to make orecchiette by clicking on the link: orecchiette pugliesi The traditional dressing for this type of pasta is that most humble of all the…

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Le Paralimpiadi Posted by on Sep 14, 2012

This has been a great year for the Italian team at Le Paralimpiadi 2012 (The 2012 Paralympics). They finished their amazing adventure with a total of 28 medals: 9 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze, 10 medals more than the previous Paralympics in 2008 and the same number of medals won in this year’s Olympics…

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Le Orecchiette Pugliesi Posted by on Sep 12, 2012

Our guest-blogger Mattia, the ‘young Italian chef’, has sent us a nice article in which he describes how to make a traditional pasta from his native region of Puglia (if you find it hard to read you can have a break while you watch the video! See the link at the end of Mattia’s blog)…

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Ne: un po’ di ripasso Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

A long time ago I wrote an article in which I tried to explain the different meanings of the pronoun ne: Tricky little words: ne (click on the link to view the article). Following an e.mail from a friend, I’ve decided to revisit the topic concentrating on its practical use. The word ne in Italian…

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Il Mestiere Più Antico Del Mondo Posted by on Sep 7, 2012

There is an old Italian movie directed by Federico Fellini in 1957, that me and Geoff love: Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria. Click on link for more information). Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife, wonderfully portraits a very naive prostitute, or rather una battona, as they say in Rome. Cabiria is the professional name of…

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Maremma Amara Posted by on Sep 5, 2012

A few days ago Geoff wrote an article about the effects of this summer’s draught on Il Parco Naturale dell’Uccellina in Maremma, which reminded me of a folk song that I love. My professor of Topography at the University of Pisa used to sing it during our archaeological campaigns in Vada, near Livorno. Maremma is…

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Tu and Lei Revisited Posted by on Sep 3, 2012

Last year, Serena wrote a couple of blogs about the use of Tu and Lei (click on text to open links): Part 1, Part 2 Those blogs explained that in Italian we have two main forms of addressing people: the informal tu and the formal lei. We normally use tu with family, friends, and children…

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