Category Archives: English

The Strange Ironies Surrounding Fettuccine Alfredo

First of all, Fettuccine Alfredo is not an Italian dish even though it was “invented” in Rome.  It is full of butter, cream, and parmesan, and Italians almost never put cream on pasta.   In Rome, the city of pasta alla … Continue reading

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Michelangelo, the Pope, and the Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni and Pope Julius II had, at times, a testy relationship. They respected and liked each other, but each was a difficult personality in his own right.  Michelangelo was touchy, irritable, and quick to anger; the Pope … Continue reading

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From the Palette … to the Table

Rice is an ingredient seen in cuisines throughout the world, but risotto is a preparation specifically Italian, although it too has spread throughout the world.  While Italians are quite proud of their extensive cuisine, one of their most famous dishes … Continue reading

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Immigration

I first read the following text in our Italian class.  The teacher covered up the last two paragraphs and the citation at the end and asked us to guess who the author was speaking about.  I thought the passage was … Continue reading

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At Least 10 Ways to Drink Coffee in Italy

Italians’ passion for coffee is well known throughout the world.  In fact, coffee is so integrated into Italian culture and its “rules” are so precise that foreigners often struggle to understand how to order the national drink.  For a review, … Continue reading

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Bonfire of the Vanities

“Bonfire of the Vanities” is a 1987 satirical novel by Tom Wolfe.  It is a drama about ambition, racism, social class, politics, and greed in New York City during the ‘80s.  The title is a reference to the historical bonfires … Continue reading

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Anglicisms that Italians could do without

English has crept into the Italian language for years, probably starting with film in the 1930s, then with television, then traveling, and today through technology and social media. Recently, a huge controversy broke out in Italy.  Prin (research projects of … Continue reading

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