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Abruzzo: Food Lover’s Paradise

Abruzzo: Food Lover’s Paradise | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Even if you have never been to Abruzzo, chances are you have tasted Abruzzese food.

But dried pasta is just the beginning of what this spectacular region, which stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic coast, has to offer in the way of culinary delizie. The cuisine is a reflection of this varied topography.

Traditional meals in the mountains are hearty—nourishing soups of legumes and vegetables, sturdy pastas sauced with rich meat ragùs, and grilled and roasted lamb, mutton and pork.

Coastal cuisine [...]


5 Favorite Foods from Abruzzo

  1. Arrosticini
  2. Brodetto alla Vastese
  3. Maccheroni alla Chitarra
  4. Porchetta
  5. Scrippelle ‘mbusse
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My 5 Favorite Foods from Abruzzo

  1. Pecora alla Callara
  2. Formaggio Fritto
  3. Le Virtù
  4. Rintroc'l col ragù di castrato
  5. Ferratelle
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Delicious Sicilian Delicatessen

Delicious Sicilian Delicatessen | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Sicily is the land of appetizing, toothsome sweet meats and Sicilian delicatessen that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. Simply extraordinary, these sweets and desserts will stay with you long after you’ve relished in their sweet, soft fragrance. 

Some of the most famous Sicilian delicatessen includes the following:

  • Buccellato: This is a round cake stuffed with almond paste, raisins, walnuts that are coarsely minced and prepared in wine.
  • Ram di Miele: This chewy cookie is shaped like a twig and stuffed with almonds and honey.
  • Cassatta: This is most famous Sicilian dessert. It’s made with sponge cake, ricotta and candied fruits.  
  • Cacateddi: This is made of the same stuff as Bucellato and shaped as squares. 
  • Pietrafendola: Made with fruits, citrus skins, almonds and cinnamon, this is a hard candy that is meant to be cut.
  • Dolci di Natale: This is Sicily’s famous Christmas dessert made of almond paste that is shaped in a variety of forms and stuffed with minced preserved fruits.
  • Cannoli: The most famous Sicilian pastry the world over, cannoli is made of fresh ricotta, honey, sugar and fruits. The ricotta’s fresh, soft flavour and the crunch of the shell makes cannoli so popular.
  • Torrone: This Sicilian nougat is made from honey syrup and sugar. It is soft and chewy and is often mixed with various nuts and candied fruit.
  • Paste di Mandorle: This is a famous dessert made of almond paste mixed with candied fruits and wrapped in white chocolate. A treat for your taste buds.
  • Biscotii con Mandorla: These almond cookies are one of the finest in the whole of Italy. With crispy edges and a moist centre, each bite will leave the delectable memory of pistachio in your mouth.
  • Bacione di Taormina: A soft chocolate and almond filling in a coating of pistachio, this dessert will melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more.
  • Trionfo di Gola: This is a cake prepared in monasteries, made up of myriad ingredients.
  • Dolci di Riposto: A sweet orange preserve coated in a layer of almond paste.

 

The land of delectable food, your taste buds will fall in love with Sicily.

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Deadly Italian: Lamborghini Zagato 5-95 2014

Deadly Italian: Lamborghini Zagato 5-95 2014 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4, considered as the best-selling Lamborghini in history, the 5-95 Zagato is essentially a new aesthetic look of the Gallardo LP570-4, designed by Zagato to evoke an instant classic look that shows the purest expression of Zagato’s unique coach-building skills. One look at it and you can immediately tell the noticeable differences between what a Gallardo looks like and what Zagato did to the 5-95. Under hood features include a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. [...]

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Umbria’s Cascata delle Marmore: Majestic Italian waterfalls

Umbria’s Cascata delle Marmore: Majestic Italian waterfalls | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Set in the centrally located province of Umbria, the cousin province of Tuscany, lies deep forests, wide glens and mystic waterfalls. Umbria is called the land of saints and magicians, it possesses a natural intrigue of ever deepening beauty and quiet corners of countryside.

An hour or so from Rome on the train will get one to the industrial city of Terni. It is a bit of civilization surrounded by the wild forests, but a town that is not lacking in attractions like boutique shops, pleasant churches, fascinating parks and ancient ruins. Tourism here is not as common for outsiders, but in summer one will see many Italians exploring the inner workings of their own countryside.[...]

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Italian Culture: Facts, Customs & Traditions

Italian Culture: Facts, Customs & Traditions | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Italian culture, steeped in the arts, architecture, music and food, has flourished for centuries. Here is a brief overview of Italian customs and traditions.
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18 Things You Didn't Know About Moto Guzzi

18 Things You Didn't Know About Moto Guzzi | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Moto Guzzi was founded on March 15, 1921, and has been making sweet motorcycles ever since, which officially makes them the longest continually-running European bike manufacturer. You probably know they've made some incredible cafe racers over the years, but they've also made a sweet V8 race bike and powered a couple of cars to land speed records. We did our homework and found 18 things you probably didn't know about Moto Guzzi. 

  1. Moto Guzzi was started by two WWI pilots and their mechanic who spent their time on the ground daydreaming about motorcycles.
  2. The eagle on the logo represents one of the founding trio.
  3. It wasn’t originally called Moto Guzzi.
  4. They used the first engine they ever developed for 45 years.
  5. Carlo Guzzi’s brother rode a bike to the Arctic Circle, proving that their new chassis was worthy.
  6. The Isle of Man Time Trial is one of the most grueling, legendary, and prestigious races in the world. They won both classes they entered in 1935.
  7. That senior class race almost led to the original “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment.
  8. Moto Guzzi was basically the Ferrari of motorcycle racing.
  9. They built the world’s first motorcycle-specific wind tunnel in 1950.
  10. Oh, and that wind tunnel? It was a modified version of a design by Gustave Eiffel. That Eiffel.
  11. They made a blindingly fast V8 racing bike in the mid 1950s that was decades ahead of its time.
  12. And that V8 was the most beautiful V8 ever made for a bike.
  13. They built the Batmobile before Batman was even a thing.
  14. Guzzi also powered this car to land speed records.
  15. They built a MotoTruck.
  16. The Italian motorcycle and scooter industries were extremely sensitive to turf wars, as Moto Guzzi found out.
  17. Moto Guzzi did, however, make a large wheeled scooter as a workaround.
  18. It was once owned by the same company that made the iconic DeTomaso Pantera.
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10 reasons to love Italian women

10 reasons to love Italian women | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Italian women, must be among the world's most beautiful. Full of life, love and knowledge of Italy, an Italian woman is your best guide to la bella vita. For International Women's Day, here are ten reasons to love Italian women.
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  1. They look great, have style and they know it
  2. Passion
  3. They love food
  4. They like chivalry
  5. They’re smart
  6. They’re funny
  7. They love kids
  8. Sense of family
  9. They just know shit about art and opera
  10. They like foreign guys
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The Great Beauty wins best foreign language film Oscar - TheGuardian

The Great Beauty wins best foreign language film Oscar - TheGuardian | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Great Beauty has won the best foreign language film Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a field that included The Hunt, from Denmark, Cambodia's The Missing Picture and Belgium's The Broken Circle Breakdown. In doing so, it becomes the first Italian film since Life Is Beautiful in 1998 to take the award.[...]


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Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.


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Becoming Italian Word by Word: Michelangelo "Draws" the Italian Language

Becoming Italian Word by Word: Michelangelo "Draws" the Italian Language | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

How to communicate if you don't speak or read a language? Draw it! (Disegnalo!)
Michelangelo, of course, knew that well. It was a common practice in the old days to hand-draw (disegnare a mano) items for the illiterate, such as Michelangelo's servant in this case. [...]

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... And just as interesting is the fact that one can hand-draw items for our very literate clients too. Doodle with a purpose. Think and communicate like Michelangelo.

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Research uncovers diets of middle, lower class in Pompeii

Research uncovers diets of middle, lower class in Pompeii | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
No fries, but how about a side of giraffe leg? Surprising discoveries result from an excavation site in the buried city of Pompeii.
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 - Findings revealed foods that would have been inexpensive and widely available, such as grains, fruits, nuts, olives, lentils, local fish and chicken eggs, as well as minimal cuts of more expensive meat and salted fish from Spain. Waste from neighboring drains would also turn up less of a variety of foods, revealing a socioeconomic distinction between neighbors.

A drain from a central property revealed a richer variety of foods as well as imports from outside Italy, such as shellfish, sea urchin and even delicacies including the butchered leg joint of a giraffe.

"That the bone represents the height of exotic food is underscored by the fact that this is thought to be the only giraffe bone ever recorded from an archaeological excavation in Roman Italy," says Ellis. "How part of the animal, butchered, came to be a kitchen scrap in a seemingly standard Pompeian restaurant not only speaks to long-distance trade in exotic and wild animals, but also something of the richness, variety and range of a non-elite diet." - 

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Studying Italian in Rome

A short promo about studying in Rome, shot in May 2013

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Deeply Italian | Lamborghini "Aventador"

Our latest car porn introduces Lamborghini's new super sports car Aventador with its 700 HP bull power - powerful and classy just like his namesake, Spanish bull legend Aventador - relentlessly fighting the forces of nature in a 3-minute special effect thunderstorm, shot in the Californian desert Coyote Dry Lakebed and directed by Ole Peters.

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Manufacturing magnate Italian Ferruccio Lamborghini founded Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963 with the objective of producing a refined grand touring car to compete with offerings from established marques such as Ferrari. The company's first models were released in the mid-1960s and were noted for their refinement, power and comfort. 

Nowadays Lamborghini  is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary brand division Audi. Lamborghini's production facility and headquarters are located in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. In 2011, Lamborghini's 831 employees produced 1,711 vehicles.

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Learning to Cook Puglian Food in Lecce

Learning to Cook Puglian Food in Lecce | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
TweetAfter a week in Puglia eating the local orecchiette pasta every day it was time to learn to make the “little ears” for ourselves.
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An Italian Winemaker Profile: The Lungarotti Family

An Italian Winemaker Profile: The Lungarotti Family | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Lungarotti Winery in Umbria, Italy As an Italian expat, I have fallen in love with Umbria, and with Umbrian wine. Last fall, I had the pleasure of enjoying a day at the Lungarotti winery in Torgiano, a quaint town between Perugia and Assisi in the rolling hills of Umbria. I often talk about the passion of Italian winemakers, but I would soon learn how deep a family’s passion can go. Our tour guide at Lungarotti was Grazia, who had an interesting story of her own. She actually visited the winery with her school when she was only six years old and today, as a young adult, leads the company’s hospitality efforts. Lungarotti wines was founded by Giorgio Lungarotti in 1962, what started as a small hobby among family and friends. His passion for production grew and he studied and invested in the land and the vineyards to create the best possible wine the region could produce. Some refer to Giorgio as the one who "drew the world wine map in Umbria". He would soon amass a burgeoning wine

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There's No Such Thing As Italian Food

There's No Such Thing As Italian Food | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

As one of the world’s most loved cuisines it might be a surprise to learn that a true Italian cuisine hardly exists. The truth is, Italian food is still largely considered by regions with each region in Italy creating its own unique cuisine based on its history, people and geography. Each region, and then province and city, adds its treasure to the national identity of Italian food, but the best option is to eat the local plates in every region – here are some of our favorites! [...]

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Stunning Hotel is Tucked Away in Once-Abandoned Caves

Stunning Hotel is Tucked Away in Once-Abandoned Caves | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Tucked away in the once-abandoned caves of Matera, a little-known village in Southern Italy, lies the Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita. It’s a one-of-a-kind hotel built by Swedish-Italian entrepreneur, hotelier, and philanthropist Daniele Kihlgren. The spectacular space features 18 rooms that blend traditional, locally-sourced design with a contemporary finish and makes it the perfect place for a truly unique getaway.[...]


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What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy

What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
With Roman Catholicism being considered as the largest religion in the country, a number of Holy Week traditions in Italy, from practices to rituals still prevail, particularly in the southern regions.
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  • Domenica delle Palme or Palm Sunday
  • Settimana Santa or Holy Week
  • Venerdì Santo or Good Friday
  • Last Supper
  • Via Crucis” or “Way of the Cross”
  • Black Saturday, or Holy Saturday
  • Domenica di Pasqua or Easter Sunday
  • Lunedì di Pasqua or Pasquetta or Easter Monday
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Understanding Italian Culture | Dining, Tips, Gelato and Coffee

Understanding Italian Culture |  Dining, Tips, Gelato and Coffee | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

ianDINING In Italy, the food is an experience.  Lunches and dinners last at least two hours; you linger over your meal.  When you sit at a table, it is considered yours for the night.  The waiters are all ‘slow’ by American standards and they do not rush for anything 

COFFEE

It’s the only place on earth that is more crazy about coffee than Seattle.  For about one euro, you can get a teeny cup of pure heaven.  It’s probably the easiest thing to do in Italy. 

GELATO

Italian ice cream is another national addiction

Only places that make their gelato fresh each day on the premise are legally allowed to display the sign ‘fatta in casa.’  This is a good start but that is not all you want to watch for.  A long line is one of the best signs of great gelato.  If you see more Italians than tourists, even better. [...]

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Best Italian wines by Jamie Goode

Best Italian wines by Jamie Goode | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
FROM fresh and fruity whites to bold and complex reds, let our expert Jamie Goode be your guide on a grand tour of Italy’s finest wines
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Top 10 great Italian women in literature

Top 10 great Italian women in literature | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

We’ve looked at Italian women that have left their mark in history, and ones that have made outstanding discoveries in the world of science, but what about the arts? Today we uncover 10 great Italian literary females.[...]

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Christine de Pizan (1364-1431) 

Tullia d‘Aragona (c. 1510-1556) 

Gaspara Stampa (1523-1544)

Grazia Deledda (1871-1936)

Elsa Morante (1912-1985)

Natalia Ginzburg (1914-1991)

Oriana Fallaci (1929 –2006)

Alda Merini (1931-2009) 

Dacia Maraini (1936) 

Elena Ferrante ?

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Italian lake trout fishing

Italian lake trout fishing | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italian lake trout is a very rare and difficult fish to catch. To fish for them are used multiple lines in water (8 to 12) to try to have more success and cover more water.
This video was made in North Italy on lake Orta using Salmo Fanatic and Salmo Whacky as lures.

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50 Signs That Rome Is Really Home

50 Signs That Rome Is Really Home | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

You might be used to your walk to work looking like this, for starters. What's living in Italy really like? Here are some of the ways you'll know when you've lived here for a while - and that Rome has changed you (...for better or for worse!)

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London’s Best Food Shops: Italian Farmers, Stroud Green

London’s Best Food Shops: Italian Farmers, Stroud Green | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Welcome to our series exploring London’s finest food shops, from butchers and bakers to delicatessens and department stores.
Where in London can you buy toppings for your bruschetta individually hand-made by an Italian grandmother? Or large, lush bunches of San Marzano tomatoes, widely considered to be the best for making pasta sauce?
Much of what we buy as ‘Italian food’ is made elsewhere, using raw ingredients from other countries. This is currently a hot topic in Italy, where the highly respected farmers’ union Coldiretti has been campaigning against counterfeit products in favour of genuine Italian food. Together with Campagna Amica, which promotes local agriculture, and Made In Italy, part of the Italian Trade Agency, their aim is to source eco-friendly food produced by small farmers around Italy.
Campagna Amica owns several shops and farmers’ markets around Italy – and now it’s opened its first outpost outside the home country, in Stroud Green where there’s a large ex-pat community. With brick walls and stone floors in shades of cream and brown, the venue boasts rustic good looks. [...]

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Burnt by the Tuscan Sun: A Guide to Life in Italy - Now Available!

Burnt by the Tuscan Sun: A Guide to Life in Italy - Now Available! | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Francesca Maggi takes off her rose-colored glasses and takes on Italy's world-renowned Quality of Life.  Starting with her X Commandments of Life in Italy  Thou shalt not covet thy customer, Thou shall hold La Mamma as your one true omnipresent and omniscient lord of the household, she tackles Italian bureaucracy, drivers, superstitions, traditions, La Mamma and more.  Readers will get a hilarious insider's guide from an outsider's perspective, taking us through the trials and tribulations of life in Bell'Italia. [...]

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'The benefits of Italian life can't be matched'

'The benefits of Italian life can't be matched' | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

American Greg Culver moved to Lake Como with his wife and baby daughter, putting their careers on hold to soak up the Italian culture and learn the language. He tells The Local how they fell in love with the food and scenery of northern Italy, and why the wine might persuade them to stay longer than planned.

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Here is a summary of their interview: I have quickly developed a deep love for northern Italy, from the rolling hills of Piemonte to the breathtaking Dolomite mountain range. But Lake Como somehow stands out, even against this beautiful backdrop .
I would suggest that anyone visiting the lake allow plenty of time to experience all the different towns along its shores. From Como to Lecco and then Bellagio to Menaggio - you’re guaranteed to experience something new each and every time.
We have completely removed fast food from our diets - she has never seen the inside of a McDonalds or Burger King. Olive oil has replaced butter and fruit has replaced dessert. The Mediterranean diet is something we hope sticks with her forever.
Both my wife and I have grown fond of the lifestyle and our family life here in Italy. Sometimes the differences between our native America and Italy can be frustrating (lack of conveniences, for example), but the benefits of living in Italy cannot be matched anywhere in the world.
We are learning more about food, wine and history than five lifetimes of books could offer in our native country.

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