La Pajata Returns to Rome: A Guide to (the real) Roman Cuisine 


La Pajata has finally returned to roman menus. I don’t like the dish but I’m a traditionalist and like to see cucina romana (roman cuisine) and culinary traditions preserved.

So, what exactly is La Pajata, you may be thinking?

It’s a dish prepared with the intestines of unweaned baby calves. So given they’ve only been feeding off their mothers milk, their intestines are full of the stuff and when cooked it’s like fresh ricotta pours out. La Pajata is usually served pan fried or with rigatoni in a tomato sauce.

But enter Mad Cow’s Disease around 14 years ago and the European Union declared the disha banned food item in restaurants. After a few months of negotiation, the ban has been lifted and from here on, we will slowly see it return to the menu (even though it never completely disappeared, circulating a little quietly on the black…

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Dal fondo del caffè spuntano i “funghi espresso” (B2-C1)


I funghi coltivati nel fondo del caffè I funghi coltivati nel fondo del caffè

Funghi prodotti dal fondo del caffè. Non sono allucinogeni eccitanti, ma funghi commestibili, squisiti e a chilometri zero.  È una delle novità che sarà possibile gustare ad Expo 2015, l’esposizione universale che lunedi 1 maggio aprirà i battenti a Milano. A produrli una start-up toscana “Funghi Espresso” nata nel comune di Capannori all’interno del centro di ricerca per la valorizzazione e il riciclo dei rifiuti. È lì che Rossano Ercolini, coordinatore del centro, e l’agronomo, Antonio Di Giovanni, hanno aperto il caso studio sul riutilizzo del fondo del caffè in agricolutra e  dato il via, assieme all’architetto  Vincenzo Sangiovanni, a Funghi Espresso, la prima fattoria urbana toscana.

gustare (anjoy – apprecier) dato il via (kicked off – démarré)

Il ciclo Il ciclo del riutilizzo del fondo di caffè

L’impresa toscana si rifa ai principi della Blue Economy e della strategia Rifiuti Zero ed ha inventato un nuovo modo…

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How authentic an Italian are you?

Englishman in Italy

I asked Mrs Sensible if I could pass for an Italian, not a chance she said, you don’t dress like an Italian, you don’t think like an Italian and even the Italian words you know, sound funny when you use them. To prove her wrong I have put together the following test.


I know I could pass for an Italian when it comes to driving and parking. Driving on the wrong side of the road comes completely natural to me. In fact I have even managed to drive around the roundabout the wrong way; I would have got away with the mistake had Mrs S not been in the car at the time and decided to have a screaming fit. She made me do a three-point turn on the roundabout and go the correct way. The roundabout mistake has faded from my memory, Mrs S on the other hand…

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Little Bits of History

Venice * Venice *

March 25, 421: Venice is founded. According to tradition, the area was populated by refugees from nearby Roman cities – Padua, Aquileia, Treviso, Altino, and Concordia as well as from the undefended countryside. The area had seen successive waves of Germanic and Hun invasion forces and the survivors headed to the marshy lagoons and set up homes on the many islands. These people were called the incolae lacunae or lagoon dwellers. The founding of Venice is given as noon on this day when the first church, San Giacomo, was dedicated on the islet of Rialto. As successive invasions took place, the rule of Venice often changed hands.

Between the 9th and 12th centuries, Venice developed into a city state. The other three city states were Genoa, Pisa, and Amalfi. Venice had a strategic advantage at the head of the Adriatic Sea and it made the city powerful…

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Italian Language

Travel and Food of Europe Blog

If you go to Italy, you will want to say some basic things in Italian:

  1. Grazie – Thank You
  2. Prego – You are welcome (always said to someone who says Grazie to you)
  3. Per Favore – Please
  4. Buon Giorno – Good morning (said until sun is setting)
  5. Buona Sera – Good Evening (said after sun is setting)
  6. Buona Notte – Good Night (said the last time you see someone in the night)
  7. Quant0 Costa – How much does it cost?

But if you are staying longer than a short vacation or you want to be able to converse in Italian, you will need to take lessons.

  1. The language school in Naples – has an excellent course that will get you speaking fast
  2. Rosetta Stone – has excellent interactive classes. We found that these help a lot in vocabulary and spelling but not a lot in conversation.
  3. Pimsleur – Has an…

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Say it with flowers


Look at these sunflowers and think of the sun!

Have you been invited to the party of someone you don’t know well and have no idea what to get him/her? Well, keep calm and don’t panic. All of us know that flowers are universally appreciated gifts. So if you will bring with you a bunch of flowers, surely you will not look foolish. But if the host is Italian, be careful not to buy a bouquet of chrysanthemums, you will make a bad impression…

Read the full article on Kappa Language School’s website.

What Does It Mean To Be Authentically Italian?

Living In Italy.Moving To Italy. Loving In Italy. Laughing In Italy.

“Yeah, but does the place have real Italian food? I mean, is it authentic in your opinion?” my friend asked when I told her about this new restaurant that was opening in our home town. Since moving to Italy in 2009, I’d been deemed the Great Authenticator by people back home regarding anything related to Italy. No, chicken alfredo is not “Italian.” Yes, I suppose being romantic might be an Italian thing depending on your definition of “romantic.” No, bbq chicken pizza is not really a thing. Yes, real people drive scooters in Italy.

us My husband is proudly, authentically Italian. I am proudly not (I’ve got enough crazy up in my life). This is us, in Naples a few years ago. Naples is debatably not “Italian,” depending on who you ask.

Where Italy is concerned, the struggle to pin down what is “authentic” versus what isn’t can be a full…

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Uso e significato di “magari”


La parola MAGARI deriva da una parola greca “makàrie” che vuol dire felice. È una parola molto usata in italiano e non sempre di facile comprensione perché esprime in maniera concisa una particolare emozione difficilmente traducibile in altre lingue. MAGARI può assumere, infatti, significati diversi a seconda del contesto. Proviamo a vederli tutti.

Nella maggior parte dei casi MAGARI esprime desiderio:

se utilizzata da sola come esclamazione in risposta ad una domanda.

Es: Hai voglia di un gelato? Magari!

se utilizzata all’inizio di una frase con il verbo al congiuntivo

Es: Magari potessi partire in vacanza!

In altrio casi MAGARI può voler dire:

anche se: Andrò al casinò, magari dovessi rimetterci i miei risparmi.

piuttosto : Magari la radio la regalo, ma a lui non la do. (piuttosto la radio la regalo, ma a lui non la do)

forse, probabilmente: Magari verrà lo stesso. Magari ha sbagliato…

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