February 19, 2017: A good time was had by all at Sentieri’s Briscola Tournament at Bella ‘Mbriana!

Sentieri and friends had a fun evening of competitive card playing, drinks and antipasti on February 19th. After four rounds of intense play the new champions were declared — Sharon and Debora each won Sentieri memberships as a result of their formidable Briscola skills.  Watch this website for more enjoyable evenings with … Continue reading

Celebrate Carnevale …

… IN TUTTA ITALIA! BY JACK PILIPONIS   Like many countries with strong Catholic/Christian culture and traditions, Italy marks the weeks leading up to Lent with colorful, sensual, food- and drink-filled celebrations. In Italy, it’s called “Carnevale,” derived from Latin “carnem levare” — take the meats; in ancient times that … Continue reading

How to Make the Real Ragu !

What you call Bolognese sauce in America, we call ragù in Bologna, home to one of the most popular meat-based pasta sauces the world over. Don’t be fooled by those tourist-trap menus baiting you with “spaghetti with ragù alla Bolognese”: ragù is to be consumed chiefly with tagliatelle. Other pasta … Continue reading

Fertility Day in Italy by Enrica Nicoli Aldini

On September 22, Italy will inaugurate its first Fertility Day, a national initiative launched by the Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin to urge women to take advantage of their fertility years and make more babies in response to a falling birth rate. In 2015, Ansa reported (http://www.ansa.it/english/news/2016/07/08/italy-has-lowest-birth-rate-in-eu-eurostat-2_727d004b-8844-4e81-82a1-5248954e0d7b.html ), Italy had … Continue reading

ITALIAN CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM – A POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE

Like us, Italians are no strangers to political controversy. While Italian voters aren’t facing a general national election, they will be asked to approve ambitious constitutional reforms this year. These seem at least as controversial and momentous as our presidential election. The proposed reforms are intended to reduce fragmentation that … Continue reading