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Why Italians Love Celebrating Christmas

Why Italians Love Celebrating Christmas

Posted by Mira Todorova on November 27 2016

It’s not just the seven fishes.

The Christmas season in Italy shares similarities with its counterpart in America. We both decorate our houses and streets with lights and wreaths. Many attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. We both have gift exchanges with family, and the day after Christmas is spent with all the leftovers. In regions of northern Italy, more and more evergreen trees are being brought into homes to be decorated by families.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, winter, italian food

4 Famous Italian Foods Harvested Only in the Fall

4 Famous Italian Foods Harvested Only in the Fall

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 11 2016

Autumn may not be the most popular time to visit Italy, but is, in fact, one of the best times to come, especially if you are a lover of Italian cuisine and culture.

The cities may be a little emptier, the lines at famous museums a little shorter, and the beaches more quiet.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, fall

Seafood: An Italian Essential

Seafood: An Italian Essential

Posted by Mira Todorova on August 19 2016

Eating fresh seafood is a part of life in Italy.

Italy has hundreds of fishing ports and numerous fishing villages. With its vast coastline and an economy dependent on fishing, Italy has the second largest number of people working in the industry, after Spain. Although European Union policies have required sustainable fishing practices, and certain types of fishing are either restricted or outlawed entirely, it is possible to enjoy many varieties of fresh seafood there.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food

Prosciutto di Parma: Why is it so Special?

Prosciutto di Parma: Why is it so Special?

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 14 2016

One thing is for certain—Italians know how to eat well. From creamy cheeses to homemade pastas to high-quality meats, there is no lack of delicious food throughout Italy. One particularly delicious Italian staple is prosciutto di Parma, possibly the most well-known type of Italian ham that has been dry-cured. Whether you are experiencing Italy first-hand or trying to recreate an indulgent Italian meal, prosciutto di Parma is an essential ingredient.

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Topics: italian food, northern Italy

What to Know About Cooking the Perfect Tomato Sauce

What to Know About Cooking the Perfect Tomato Sauce

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 12 2016

Let’s talk tomatoes.

Before we do, note that Italian food is much more than tomato sauce, and Italian cuisine varies widely in the different regions of the country.

Another myth we’d like to dispel is that Italians eat spaghetti and meatballs. Actually, Italian-Americans eat spaghetti and meatballs. Americans are notable for adding meat to traditional dishes. 

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, history

9 Italian Desserts Your Sweet Tooth Will Love

9 Italian Desserts Your Sweet Tooth Will Love

Posted by Darya Camacci on July 15 2016

In keeping with their love for food, Italians have made an art of cooking desserts as well.

If you love sweets, you are certain to fall in love with something on this list.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, dessert

5 Delicious Fresh Foods to Try in Italy

5 Delicious Fresh Foods to Try in Italy

Posted by Mira Todorova on July 3 2016

One of the many delights of visiting Italy any time of year is enjoying fresh seasonal produce. Italians often shop the same day for fruits and vegetables to cook with, with their staples including olives, grapes, sugar beets, corn, tomatoes and citrus. Here we'll explore five wonders of the Italian table, some of which may be new to you.

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Topics: italian food

For the Real Thing, Try Parmigiano Reggiano on Your Pasta

For the Real Thing, Try Parmigiano Reggiano on Your Pasta

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 1 2016

It's possible that the secret for making Italian food that tastes authentic is in the cheese.

Parmigiano Reggiano is made in the Emilia-Romagna region and provides the sharp, rich flavor that American cooks may try to emulate in their sauces and Italian dishes.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, italian food

A Rainbow of Tastes: Italian Gelato

A Rainbow of Tastes: Italian Gelato

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 20 2016

Italians do many things well, and gelato is definitely one.

Gelaterias have become more common in the United States where you can sample this famous Italian import. When you go to Italy, you'll be able to taste the real thing.

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Topics: limoncello, italian food, travel

Pope Francis' Favorite Foods Revealed in Vatican Cookbook

Pope Francis' Favorite Foods Revealed in Vatican Cookbook

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 13 2016

What does the Pope eat?

You'll find lots of tidbits about the last three popes' eating habits in the new English translation of "The Vatican Cookbook," as well as details about what it's like to live and dine in the world's smallest country.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, Rome, church