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Here’s the top 10 most iconic Italian foods of all times

10 foods representing the culture, the history, and obviously the great taste that Italy can offer to the world. As no one else.

”Italian food is the best in the world and the most imitated!”

If you ask any Italian person, you may get this answer. And there may be a bit of truth into that. There’s such a varied gastronomic heritage that no countries can compete. The types of food for any genre is essentially unlimited.

As often comes, next to the taste and quantity, it takes high scores also when it comes to quality standards. In Europe for example, Italy is the country leading organic farming with over 60 thousand organic farms.

10 foods representing the culture, the history, and obviously the great taste that Italy can offer to the world. ”As no one else!”

10) Osso buco alla Milanese (Lombardy)

Osso buco alla milanese

Its name next to the origin, it indicates precisely the cut that is used, the bone in fact.

The tender meat around and the tasty marrow in the center of the bone make this part a real delicacy.

It’s prepared by cooking the meat in the seasoning already amalgamated and then adding the wine, leaving the meat to soften until it is possible to cut it with a knife.

The preparation is stewed: the meat is cooked in a small sauce, at a low temperature with the addition of liquids, little by little.When cooked, it will be seasoned with the lemon and parsley-based cream.

9) Arancini (Sicily)

arancini

Arancini are a gastronomic specialty from Sicily, the magnificent southern Italian island.

Thanks also to internal move of several sicilians to the north of Italy, it’s well known throughout the entire country.

They are small rice timbales, which can be eaten as a snack or as an appetizer, first course or even a single dish.

There are many types and shapes, but the traditional rice arancini version is characteristic for the particular orange shape and color, filled with yellow rice with meat sauce and peas.

8) Bucatini all’ Amatriciana (Lazio)

Bucatini all' Amatriciana

The name “Amatriciana” derives from a town in the province of Rieti, even for a long time, the recipe has been included in the list of traditional agricultural products of Lazio.

The main ingredients are guanciale, pecorino cheese and tomato.

In a pan, cut the onion into strips, do the same with the bacon and the chili, pour a little oil and fry (without burning) over medium-low heat. Pour the tomato sauce, add a pinch of salt and after putting the lid, cook. Throw the bucatini in salted boiling water.

Once cooked, drain the pasta and back into the pot. It’s time to lay the sauce, turn off the heat and sprinkle with pecorino . At this point serve and add a little more pecorino and ground pepper!

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International crisis, drugs, recession & black-out.

This wasn’t an easy week for the Italy and its Government.
Last week in Italy, here’s what you need to know

This wasn't an easy week for the Italy and its Government

Monday – Italy against Netherlands in handling migrants

The Italian government decline any responsibility on the Sea Watch boat, full of migrants outside the coast of Sicily. The boat has Dutch flag and the full responsibility of the boat, migrants included should be of the Netherlands. Which quickly push back any interest into it.

All the day after Italian MPs where able to jump on board of the boat to testify the difficult conditions on the boat.

Wednesday – Cocaine and coffee on board in Livorno  

Thursday – An expected decline which means recession

The Italian economy enters officially in recession after a streak of 4 months with a decline in the overall national gross domestic product.

The government doesn’t seem to be taken by surprise or being particularly concerned by this data, believing in a quick turn around and a growth visible already during 2019.

Friday – Arctic weather and black-outs

It’s time for snow to finally fall on the whole North of Italy, in particular on the flat areas of Pianura Padana. Turin and Milan well covered by snow, which eventually melted soon after. A black-out in large part of Sicily, including Trapani and Erice, for over half an hour, after midday. The blackout has affected the population centers, but also the outlying areas, creating great discomfort in public services, such as in offices and homes, and obviously for who in the elevators.

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Here’s the top 10 most iconic Italian cars of all times

10 cars representing the most iconic style and unique touch of Italian cars manufacturers. The passion, the design and the speed linked together into a single element. Automobile.

The day after Alfa Romeo announces its return to Formula 1 with a car carrying its name, thanks to an historical deal agreed with Sauber F1, Listen Italy proposes the chart of the the top 10 most iconic Italian cars of all times.

10 cars representing the most iconic style and unique touch of Italian cars manufacturers. The passion, the design and the speed linked together into a single element. Automobile.

10) Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale (1967-1969)

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was a very unique model from the Italian manufacturer.

Built only 18 times, from November 1967 to March 1969. A 2 doors coupé, with a powerful 2.0 V8 rear mid-engine, capable of over 280 bhp.

The performance of the 33 Road does not make an absolute impression, because the maximum speed is equal to 260 km / h, achieved, thought, on “wheels” 13 “in diameter, while the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h it is completed in 5.5 seconds.

This Alfa was the most expensive car on sale to the public in 1968 at $17,000 and today is valued around $10M dollars.

9) Lamborghini Countach (1974-1990)

Lamborghini Countach

”Oh gosh!” or «cuntacc!», The name of probably the most memorable Lamborghini of all time isn’t coming for once from a type of exotic bull, but from a popular expression from Piedmont (Italy) dialect. That more or less, sound as ”cuntacc” and indeed would mean ” oh gosh!”.

The age of the car is highlighted by the six large Weber horizontal carburettors that power the thirsty cylinders of the Countach Turbo.

Its pure mechanics, without electronic contamination. Even the gearbox – mounted practically in the passenger compartment – is strictly 5-speed manual starting with a 4.0 with 375 bhp up to the last engine, to a monster with over 455bhp and 295 km/h of top speed.

8) Maserati 3500 GT (1957-1964)

Class as its realization in a car. The 3500 GT coupé of the Touring body, presented in 1957, proved to be a great commercial success for the Casa del Tridente and it therefore seemed natural to combine the coupe with a spider version.

Designed by Giovanni Michelotti, one of the most prolific Italian post-war designers and produced by Carrozzeria Vignale, the spider was built on the chassis of the shortened 100mm coupé and presented at the 1959 Turin Motor Show already equipped with front disc brakes, which later became standard on the whole range starting from 1960.

7) Lancia Stratos (1973-1975)

Dominator of the World Rally Championship from 1974 to 1976, she was an extreme car also in the Road version. Motorized Ferrari.

Lancia Stratos HF Stradale, a piece of automobile history auctioned for $ 360,000.

The Stratos was born with the engine of the Dino, the V6 granted by Enzo Ferrari. A 2.4-liter 192-horsepower, centrally mounted. The car has a monocoque steel frame. The weight limited to 980 kg allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in about 5 seconds. An incredible time over 40 years ago.

6) Ferrari Testarossa (1984-1996)

The Ferrari Testarossa, or better 512TR, is one of the most desired supercars of the eighties. This is the third Ferrari that takes its historical name (Testarossa, from the color of the engine head) after the Mondial and the GTO. The Maranello sports car has a still seductive design – the work of Pininfarina – but it does not have a great dynamic reputation.

The engine of the Ferrari Testarossa is a 4.9-liter 12-cylinder from 390 hp and 490 Nm that allows the Cavallino coupe to reach a top speed of 290 km / h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5, 8 seconds.

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Spin the wheel and dress up your Minister

“Spin the wheel and find out which uniform will be worn by Minister Salvini to save the country”. 

salvinification.it the site to dress your minister

Matteo Salvini, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister has a well known obsession for wearing different uniforms, such as police uniforms, jackets of fire department and hoodies with the logo of the city he’s visiting.

Apparently a strategy studied to play with the feeling given by those uniforms and clothes, associated with Salvini. Sounds quite basic and quite surprisingly seems to work, with Salvini growing the share of his supporters more and more every week.

Today, all his supporters will be finally able to dress him, everyday, with something different. All thanks to Salvinification.it

Matteo Salvini dressed as police officer

The site motto is ‘‘l’abito non fa il monaco, ma il ministro dell’interno”, literally, the dress isn’t making the priest, but the Interior minister. which stands for the British expression: you can’t always tell a book by its cover.

Spin the wheel and find out which uniform will be worn by Minister Salvini to save the country”.

 Photomontages inspired by historical figures and comic book heroes, from RoboSalvini to Salvini Balotelli
The final result is a Salvini always different that can be declined in superhero: Wolverini, RoboSalvini, SuperSalvini. Or in the TV version of the boys: Salviniteletubbie, Sailor-Minister, Salvy Potter. But also reincarnate in characters that really existed or existed: Salvini Bonaparte, Salvini Balotelli, Regina Elisalvetta.

 “Salvinification” also has an account on Instagram where the images sent by users are collected and where a screenshot that captures the success of the site: 1860 users read the release published on the social on January 31 a few days after the launch of the app.

And you, which Salvini you prefer?

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Italy in recession, for the third time in 10 years.

It was expected, but still hurts. And the plans to ensure a positive sign to the national economy are unclear.

Italian economy enters in recession and Rome struggles with holes in the street

It didn’t seem to shock nor surprise the Italian prime minister Conte and the finance minister Tria the latest results on the gross domestic product.

For the fourth quarter of 2018, fourth in a row, it has a negative value, meaning that technically Italy enters in recession. The entire year under performing compared to 2017. Of 0.2%.

Conte expressed optimism and somehow enthusiasm when looking to the future, claiming Italy will go back to positive sign during this year and minimized the result, just under the 1 percent overall.

It has to say that this percentage has deteriorated in particular under his government, albeit some may claim those results are still the outcome of the decision of the previous one.

And that the result was expected as it was reported by this same outlet just one week ago on how the Italian economy was on the brink of recession.

The road to restore a positive sign on the gross domestic product of the country is difficult, not impossible, but the recession itself only makes it more complex.

The expected growth of the interest rate and less trust on the economy will reduce investments and the possibility to support internal benefits, unless taking on new debts.

This will be at a higher costs and really not the direction the economical foundations of the country should be going.

Here’s the top 10 most iconic Italian books of all time

10 novels representing Italian literature at its best. In its unique essence and majesty.The love for the perfect detail in a flow of emotions.

From ancient times up till today, Italian writers have been able to transfer the most powerful and moving feelings. All with their unique style, all with an unreachable talent.

10) Il nome della rosa – Umberto Eco (1980)

Il nome della rosa - Umberto Eco (1980)

The Name of the Rose.The novel is set in 1327 in a Benedictine monastery in northern Italy and is narrated in the first person by the protagonist, Adso da Melk, at the time young novice, who now tells the story of the monastery, and the investigations conducted by his teacher, William of Baskerville, a Franciscan friar of English origin.

Book «made up of pieces, quotations, unfinished periods, stumps of books», real pastiche of different literary genres.

The name of the rose, behind a compelling and enthralling story from the first page to the last, hides a book from infinite senses and infinite levels of reading: that is, it seems almost the narrative outcome, the exemplification and exploration of that “limitlessness” of semiosis, theoretically illustrated by the author.

9) Le avventure di Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi (1883)

Le avventure di Pinocchio - Carlo Collodi (1883)

The Adventures of Pinocchio is set in Tuscany, just before the Unification of Italy. Pinocchio is a classic of children’s literature and among the great works of Italian literature of the nineteenth century.

The story of the little Pinocchio puppet who, after being born made of wood and many adventures, involving cats, foxes, whales and much more, gets the gift of becoming a real child, is known to all.

Especially the new generations know its history thanks to the cartoon of Walt Disney, or for film adaptations, which bear witness to the great success of the story of Collodi, but the plot of the book is different from the one we all believe we know well.

A magic fairy tale that teaches more each time the reader pass through its chapters.

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TOP 10 of the most iconic Italian songs of all time

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10 songs representing the most iconic voices and melodies from Italy. Ahead of times, powerful and romantic.

Here’s the top 10 most iconic Italian songs of all time

10 songs representing the most iconic voices and melodies from Italy. Ahead of times, powerful and romantic.

Italian music has led the way for several centuries, with some of the greatest musicians of all time. Modern music nowadays is well dominated by English speaking songs, but thanks to its unique style and excellent performers , Italy didn’t stay behind and here’s the top 10 most iconic Italian songs of all times.

10) Senza Una Donna – Zucchero (1987)

”It’s not like that, What a baby’s day, How are you, You’ve been there,
And now come back lady, Hey, who are you with,
I’m here, and I look at the sea
I’m with me, I’m going to feed myself”

  • Senza una donna (without a woman) is a song written and interpreted by Zucchero, sugar in Italian. The artistic name of Adelmo Fornaciari.
  • It was included in the album Blue’s and was born a first time in 1987 as part of this album and then again, in 1991, with a new version together with Paul Young.

9) Bello e impossibile – Gianna Nannini (1986)

”Beautiful beautiful impossible
with black eyes and your tasty Middle Eastern
beautiful, invincible beautiful
with black eyes and your mouth to kiss
the stars turn in the night and me
I think I’m strong, I want you strong”

  • Gianna Nannini, a real rocker, publishes in 1986 a melodic song called Bello e impossibile, literally Handsome and impossible.
  • It was the first song of the album Profumo
  • A melodic love rock song to an unreachable lover
  • Solidified internal fame and exposed Gianna to an international audience.
  • Gianna, originally from Siena, Tuscany, has an equally famous brother, Alessandro, former F1 driver.

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Here’s the top 10 most iconic Italian actresses of all time

10 actresses that with their talent, beauty and charm have represented the Italian culture at its best in the seventh art. Cinema.

Italian cinema history is full of great movies, directors and of course actors and actresses.

10 actresses, but the list could be way longer, that have worked out their career and entered with full right among the most legendary artists of all times.

10) Isabella Rossellini

Friends Season 3 Episode 5, Isabella Rossellini cameo
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Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini is a natural born star.

Daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, has been for several years testimonial of Lancòme which have only recently asked her to join the brand after a few years of break up.

She grew up between Rome and Paris and eventually settled in New York, where she also gained US citizenship (holding the Italian too).

In ’79 she married the director Martin Scorsese.

Her most memorable acting role is probably in the movie Blue velvet, from David Lynch, where she interpreted a singer of a night club.

9) Monica Bellucci

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
a scene from The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.(2009)
Monica Bellucci

Considered still today by many the most beautiful woman in the world, Monica has started her carrier in fashion back in the early 90s.

She quickly move to become an actress, with several prestigious roles, in Italy, France and the US. Next to her beauty, it could be admired also more practical acting skills.

The great love of her life was Vincent Cassel, French actor and director with whom she lived for 13 years till the divorce, in 2013.

From their marriage were born Deva and Léonie, the girls for whom he chose to move away from the screen to a good eight years.

She amazed the audiences in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, where he plays herself appearing in Agent Gordon’s revealing dream.

She has thrilled on Emir Kusturica’s On The Milky Road, according to many her best interpretation.

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Today at the newsstand February 5th, 2019

International meeting in between anti-establishment groups, a legendary festival is ready to begin and much more

Today at the newsstand February 5th, 2019

Newsstand today – February 5th, 2019

Movimento 5 Stelle leaders meeting with Yellow vests counterpart

  • A surprising meeting in between the leaders of one of the two parties currently ruling Italy and the French movement Yellow Vests.
  • Italian vice president, Di Maio had already expressed support for the group in the previous weeks.
  • Both populist groups, so called anti-establishment, have found a common enemy in the last month in the French Prime Minister Macron.
  • There are many common positions and values that put citizens at the center, says Di Maio. Blocks and discomforts for the strike of the vests. The leader of the Yellow vest, Chalencon invokes the civil war.

Festival di Sanremo starts today

  • Just a few hours before the 69th edition of the Sanremo Festival.
  • Guests of the first evening will be Andrea Bocelli, who will duet with his son Matteo and with Claudio Baglioni.
  • The Italian singer Giorgia will also arrive at the Ariston, also for a duet with the artistic director. Read full article on the Festival.
  • The competition will start today to finish on Sunday with the declaration of the winner, among the 24 participants.

Italian kids among the healthiest in Europe

  • In 2017 the percentage of children under five years considered in good or excellent health in Italy exceeded 99%, a percentage that falls to 98.8% for children from five to nine years and to 98.4% for those between ten and fifteen years.
  • It is the Eurostat data that place our country among those where minors enjoy the best health conditions in Europe.
  • Regarding the limitations of the activity due to health problems, the percentage of Italian children affected ranges between 0.3% and 0.9% (depending on the age class and the severity of the problems), while the average European is always above 1%. (according to ANSA – italian news agency, based on Eurostat data)

Today at the newsstand February 4th, 2019

Enter into a real Italian edicola (newsstand) and find out the most important news of the day, and what the country is debating about.

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Newsstand today – February 4th, 2019

National Basic income

  • Opens today the portal to request access to the National Basic Income.
  • The official presentation is scheduled at 3 pm of the Minister of Labor and Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio.
  • Until 6 March will only be providing information, while available to submit request by then.

Government crisis

  • Continues the difficult relationship in between the two parties ruling the countries.
  • Too many topics where the two parties are in collision, migrants, infrastructures and national basic income to name a few.
  • The kidnapping trial to the Interior Minister Salvini for the migrants in the rescue boat Diciotti sparked even more debate, with Movimento 5 stelle proposing to go ahead with court decision, while Lega strongly opposes.

Three free-riders dead on Mont Blanc

  • The operations to rescue the 4 free-riders, two British and two French, dispersed from yesterday over Courmayeur have continued.
  • The corpses were found buried under an avalanche in Val Veny.
  • The Alpine rescue service continues  the search for the lost fourth continues.

Serie A – results of the weekend

  • Juventus slow down his race to the 8th consecutive scudetto with a quite surprising internal draw versus Parma. Napoli wins 3-0 with Sampdoria and shortens the distance from the bianconeri of 2 points.
  • Continues the dark period for Inter, that loses at home against the weak Bologna. Roma and Milan drew in the Sunday evening match for 1-1, with the new A.C. Milan striker, Piatek in goal for the 3rd time in the two last matches.
  • After 22 games, on top of the chart: Juventus with 60 points, Napoli with 51 points, Inter with 40 points, Milan with 36 points and Roma with 35 points.
  • Ronaldo still the top scorer with 17 goals, followed by Quagliarella of Sampdoria with 16 points and Zapata from Atalanta with 15 points.