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No hassle summer recipe: Basil pesto

Basil pesto (photo by ©Francesca Bruzzese)

As you can probably all gather by now, I derive great joy from cooking. Almost nothing gets in the way of my reveling in the preparation a good meal, whether it be an unusually small kitchen, a dinner for picky eaters (I like the challenge!) or, most difficult of all, a –gasp–vegan. Note however that I used the word almost. This is because I find on a yearly basis that my desire to cook begins to wane with the arrival of summer, or rather, the unbearably hot weather in Rome. My apartment has no air conditioning (most apartments here in ...

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Diving into the world of Italian wines with Ciro Pirone

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This month I interviewed local Italian wine expert, Ciro Pirone. I met Pirone when I recently took the Italian Wine Specialist certification course through the North American Sommelier Association. He happened to be the coordinator of the course, and I immediately gravitate to folks that not only have a love for Italy, but even more so a love and passion for Italian wine. Pirone was born in Campania in his hometown of Salerno, one of the major five cities of the southern Italian region. He graduated from the Istituto Alberghiero di Salerno in 1994, when he was 18 years old, ...

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Growing up speaking North End English

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In his 1975 study of the North End, “The Italian-American child: His sociolinguistic acculturation,” Fr. Lawrence Biondi stated that “The English spoken in the North End is English that is heard nowhere else in New England or Boston. North Enders have a strong tendency toward being uniquely apart — they are not quite Italian, but not quite American either” (p. 36). Those of us who grew up in the neighborhood would not be surprised at this statement. We did have a way of speaking that was unique to the North End, though much of it was shared by Italian Americans ...

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Escaping the summer heat: Rice Salad (Insalata di Riso)

Insalata di riso (photo by &copyFrancesca Bruzzese)

In keeping with the theme of my past few recipes, I’m sharing another summer friendly dish that takes minimum effort and heat to prepare. Insalata di riso — or rice salad — is a dish that I came across for the first time while living in Bologna. It was June, and the heat was already at its peak. My go-to favorites, tagliatelle al ragù and piadina with prosciutto and mozzarella, suddenly seemed too heavy to eat when the weather was so hot, and tortellini in brodo was completely out of the question. The hearty Bolognese cuisine that I had grown ...

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Italian Cultural Center of Wester Mass announces scholarship winners

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The Italian Cultural center of Western Massachusetts, Inc. will honor ten high school seniors who will receive Italian Cultural Center Scholarships on Monday, June 15, at St. Anne Country Club, 781 Shoemaker Lane in the Feeding Hills section. The Italian Cultural Center Scholarships, sponsored by ICC members, the ICC and Springfield UNICO, recognize the accomplishments of young people of Italian heritage and to support their further studies. The following six seniors received $1,000 each: the Italian Cultural Center Scholarship to Courntey Guertin (South Hadley High School); the George and Rose Tazzine Memorial Scholarship to Taylor Guertin (South Hadley High School); ...

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Not your average veal cutlet: Cotolette alla Milanese

Cotolette alla Milanese (photo ©Francesca Bruzzese)

“I can’t wait to go to Italy. Chicken parmesan is my favorite food ever. I’m going to eat sooo much chicken parmesan when I’m in Italy!” Hmm… not quite. This remark was said to me a couple of years ago by a college classmate who was preparing for a summer vacation in Italy. I kindly explained to her that she would never find chicken parmesan anywhere in Italy, but that she would surely try lots of other actual Italian dishes that would be much better. She did not take the news well. Being raised in a family with Italian grandparents ...

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Getting over Julia Child: Pici con ragù di salsiccia

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On a plane ride to Rome a few years back, I took Julia Child’s “My Life in France” with me to read. It was one of those books that was so good that it made the trip go by much faster, and for this I was grateful. I was however shocked when I arrived at Julia’s assessment of Italian food, contained in a few sentences a little over halfway through the book. Julia, the queen of French cuisine, had traveled to Italy, where she deemed the sauces “boring” and the food too “simple,” declaring that “the food didn’t strike me ...

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Diving into ‘Secondi’: Saltimbocca alla Romana

Saltimbocca alla Romana (photo by Francesca Bruzzese)

For my first six months in Rome I subsisted almost solely on pizza and pasta. They were, after all, the dishes I had been so eager to sample before my arrival in the Eternal City, the very pillars of Italian cuisine: the hearty and flavorful bucatini all’amatriciana, a pizza margherita larger than the plate it was served on, and creamy cacio e pepe. Any combination of carbohydrates swathed in tomato sauce, cheese or both inevitably ended up on my dinner table. And I’m not in the minority here. Ask anyone what his favorite Italian dish is and you’re bound to ...

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Consulate Scholastic Office Launches Italian Language App

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Just a few months ago, Domenico Savio Teker, took the reins as the new Director of the Scholastic Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston. We have had the pleasure of meeting him quite a few times during events held by the Consulate and at the many projects and initiatives tied to Italian language and culture in and around Boston. Today we have a great opportunity to chat with the Professor, curious about one of his latest School initiatives and much more. Good afternoon and welcome to Boston Many thanks… What are we talking about today? Today we ...

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Boston’s Finest: Thomas M. Menino (1942 – 2014)

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The day after Boston’s first Italian-American mayor, Thomas M. Menino, passed away, the Boston Herald ran a full-page photo with the headline: “I know this city. I love this city.” The outpouring of love that Boston showed for Menino in the days after his death on Oct. 30 was equal to the love and devotion that the former mayor had for all of Boston. Born and raised in the Readville area of Hyde Park, Menino grew up with strong values passed down from his parents, both of whom were children of Italian immigrants. His mother, Susan, was his strongest influence, ...

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Dating Disaster All Over Again

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I had been listening to Solo Noi on repeat for days. I just turned 30 and had just been dumped. And Solo Noi, with its dramatic music and haunting lyrics, is arguably the best breakup song of all time. Anyway, after two weeks of moping and constant Toto Cutugno melodies, my friends and family encouraged me to get back into the dating scene. Shortly thereafter, I met Luke through an online dating site. The only facts I knew about him included: his name, his age (29), his employment status (graduate student), where he lived (Medford) and that his mother was ...

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A Few Lessons on Learning Italian

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After reading an interesting article, I decided to come clean on my relationship with learning Italian.

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