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Cook like an Italian
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Cook like an Italian!

Posted  May 20, 2015  by  Gina Andracchio

I was fortunate enough to have spent my entire life in and around a kitchen led by incredible cooks in my family. Both of my grandmothers, my mother, my aunts, and cousins are all very talented and creative cooks.  I spent a lot of time with my Nonna Consolina who made some spectacular dishes such[...]

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Slow Down
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Italian Happiness

Slow Down and Relieve Stress Like an Italian

Posted  May 12, 2015  by  Matt Platania

I look forward to going to Italy for many reasons. One of which is that I can truly slow down there. I am fortunate to be able to go to Italy and integrate myself into my relatives’ and friends’ daily life. When I visit my Zia Giovanna in Sicily, I am immediately thrown into her[...]

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Be Musical like an Italian
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Italian Soul: Why Music Makes Us Happy

Posted  April 27, 2015  by  Gianni Andracchio

As a child, my father was very much into music.  All he wanted for his 10th birthday was the fisarmonica.  My grandfather promised him an accordion for his birthday if he did well in school.  With this motivation, he finished first in his class that year.  My grandfather was very proud, and my father got[...]

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Italian Language
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Learning Italian: Is the Letter “H” really necessary?

Posted  April 9, 2015  by  Gina Andracchio

A co-worker of mine knows multiple languages, and like many people, she is infatuated by the Italian language and would like to add it to her repertoire.  Every morning, she practices a new phrase that she is learning by saying something like, “Buon giorno Bella” or “sono le tre meno venti” (the time is 2:40)[...]

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panino NOT panini
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“You mean panini, sir.” Corporate Italianization laziness

Posted  April 2, 2015  by  Matt Platania

Why is it that panini is used for one panino? Why is it that some people say gelati to mean one gelato? Why is it that cannoli is meant for one delicious sweetened ricotta-filled dessert treat? Clearly, the idea of making a word plural by adding an “i” is foreign to native English speakers –[...]

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Italian Body Language
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Italian Body Language: Get Close, Get Comfortable

Posted  March 22, 2015  by  Gianni Andracchio

Visiting Italy as a child, I did not fully grasp all aspects of the Italian culture, nor did I really care to do so. As a child, my mind was only focused on going to the beach, playing soccer with my friends and eating the fantastic home-cooked meals. During my first trip back to Italy[...]

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