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Italian Wine Specialist® Comes to Boston

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The North American Sommelier Association is proud to present the 1st “Italian Wine Specialist®” certification program recognized throughout the world.

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Who’s the Winemaker

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I recently went to a show at Johnny D’s in Somerville, Massachusetts. Taken from the website “On any given night you may see Cajun fiddle masters from Louisiana, British folk stars, or some of Boston’s finest rockers.” I knew enough about Johnny D’s to know that it’s a hip indie music spot…but never did I imagine seeing the group CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO there. I was pleasantly surprised! Read on… Everyone Wants To Be Italian

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Not Your Average Pig Roast

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It’s cold, snowy, yes it’s winter. The holidays have passed and we look forward to events that occur in the winter…Valentine’s Day, Mardi gras, Groundhog Day (just kidding) and what we call in my family “Il Porco”. Every year my father takes the trip to the farm and chooses his pig. His purchased pig is prepared by cutting it up in four parts. That’s the easy part. The hard part begins at home. You might be thinking of piglet that is served over hot coals seen at pig roasts with an apple in its mouth. Thinking maybe pork chops or ...

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The Seven Fishes

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Christmas has come and gone for 2012. The world did not end as predicted. And the launch of a new Italian American magazine was released in Boston called Bostoniano. The creator, my friend Nicola Orichuia and I were discussing Christmas and the traditions in Italian homes. Nicola being a native of Rome never heard about the “Seven Fishes” on Christmas Eve until he moved to the States. Read more at Everyone Wants to Be Italian

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MITaly Holds Italian Dolci Event

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MIT’s Italian student association, MITaly, hosted an event centered on Italian sweets and desserts on Thursday, October 18. Held at MIT’s Strata Center, the event featured several tables focused on regional specialties like sfogliatelle (Campania), ciambelline al vino (Lazio), panettone (Lombardia) and many more. Students and faculty looking for a treat were handed little maps of Italy at the entrance and were invited to vote for their favorite dolce. We visited the Strata Center and took some pictures:

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Emilia-Romagna Wines Make a Splash in Boston and Providence

From left: Emanuele Tozzi, Katia Di Felice, Barbara D'Agapiti, Filippo Atrioli, Angela Saraniti, Filiberto Mazzanti.

Over the past week, several representatives of Emilia-Romagna’s wine and food sectors visited Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, in an effort to establish partnerships and raise awareness of the Italian region’s quality products. “We are here to promote the wines of our region and lift them from anonymity,” says Filiberto Mazzanti, director of the Consorzio Vini di Romagna. “We also want to create a stronger territorial identity.” Mazzanti took part in a promotional tour focusing on establishing business realtionships between local distributors and wine producers in Emilia-Romagna, a region with a growing number of quality wines that are still somewhat ...

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Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani Visits Cambridge, Speaks of Eating Disorders

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On April 2, Vogue Italia's Editor-in-Chief joined a panel on eating disorders at Memorial Church of Harvard University.

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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Bio Gaudiano Brand Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat Bio Gaudiano brand Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds, as this product may put consumers at risk for botulism.

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Bell’Italia – Part 1

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I recently took a trip to Italy and toured Campania, a region that I have never been to. In a few series I will write about my experience in Italy and will start with one of my favorites, a tour of a winery in Taurasi, Avellino called “Cantine Antonio Caggiano”, lunch at Villa Assunta and a rustic bakery. On a crisp September afternoon a group of us from Boston and locals from Mirabella Eclano had lunch at Villa Assunta, courtesy of Mayor Vincenzo Sirignano. This particular celebration was a prelude to a much more anticipated event, my sister in law ...

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You say tomato, I say “tomahto”… Either way, it’s time to jar!

Making tomato sauce in East Boston - Photos ©Lisa Cappuccio - http://everyonewantstobeitalian.wordpress.com/

It's time to make tomato sauce... in East Boston! A tradition that is still very strong in Italy is just as strong on this of the ocean.

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