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