Category Archives: English

The Statue of Zeus Enthroned

In about 430 B.C., the Greek sculptor Phidias created a forty-foot tall, gold and ivory statue of Zeus for the temple of Zeus at Olympia, one of the most important religious sanctuaries in the Greek world.  This statue later came … Continue reading

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New Haven and Pepe’s Pizza

In “The Story of Pizza in America” (September 1, 2016), I mentioned the Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Connecticut.  This city has a Little Italy complete with tricolor banners and lots of Italian restaurants,        including … Continue reading

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Asparagus Risotto

Risotto is one of the classic dishes in Italian cuisine.  I don’t think risotto is difficult to make, but some people are hesitant to try.  Perhaps it is because it takes more or less constant stirring from beginning to end.  … Continue reading

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100 Years of the Negroni, “the Aristocrat” of Cocktails

In 2016, “Drinks International,” a prestigious magazine in the world of cocktails, ranked the best-loved drinks in the world.  The Negroni came in second behind the Old Fashioned.  Rounding out the top 10 are the Manhattan, Daiquiri, dry Martini, Whiskey … Continue reading

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If Dante had been born in Sicily…

In school in Orvieto, my teacher taught me a lot about the evolution of the Italian language and the role and history of dialects.  We read together an interview of professor Gian Luigi Beccaria, who is a linguist and historian of … Continue reading

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Highlights of our trip to Orvieto

To begin, Bill and I would like to thank our friends, Susan Forkush and Adrian Misarti, for an unforgettable visit to Orvieto.  Susan, who also lives in Santa Barbara, lives in the historic center of Orvieto.  Adrian, who was a … Continue reading

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Why Monopoly is becoming a hit in Italy

 The board game, Monopoly, quite popular in the United States decades ago, has been sold in Italy since 1935 (see the post from April 2015).  In 2011, to honor 150 years of Italian unification, an anniversary edition was published based … Continue reading

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