Italians are falling in love, with food delivery

Italians have very high expectations when it comes to food. Is the service meeting them?

A real boom for food delivery. And the quality must be at its level, here's how.

The general assumption that all Italians are good in the kitchen seem something well stick around, but do Italians really spent time in the kitchen?

According to a recent study from Coldiretti / Censis, Italians are actually falling in love with food delivery, reducing a bit the involvement in the kitchen.

During 2018 over 30% of Italians have consumed ordered food via web from restaurants and pizzerias.

The growth of services such as Foodora or Deliveroo are very well matched by a growing internal demand for home delivery, expanded more and more to quality restaurant.

The growth of services such as Foodora or Deliveroo are very well matched by a growing internal demand for home delivery, expanded more and more to quality restaurant.

The reasons to skip cooking are clear:

  • tired from work, with almost 60% of choice
  • want to impress guests and friends with high quality and special food, with almost 35%
  • smaller percentage simply being curious of new dishes and meals

Italians are generally satisfied by the delivery times which rarely exceed sixty minutes.

While the payment is widespread online, and the cash is not always possible.

Transport takes place mainly by bicycle but also with scooters to overcome the constraints of the central areas with limited traffic in large cities.

650kg of cocaine hidden in coffee found and seized in Livorno dock

A massive amount of drug seized in a container ship, required strong acumen, and luck

650kg of cocaine have been seized in Livorno, Italy

A container filled with coffee and drugs has been discovered by Guardia di Finanza, the police group in charge of monitoring financial and drug related crimes in the dock of Livorno, sea side city in the north of Tuscany.

The container was on board of a ship with Portuguese flag coming from spain and included next to large quantity of coffee also 650 kilos of cocaine, hidden in several bags which have been seized by the police. According to investigators it made a fairly long trip before being opened by a police group, as it was originally coming from Honduras and had changed boat (according to ansa.it) in Costarica.

The trip wasn’t supposed to be finished in Italy though, as apparently the final destination was a criminal organization in Madrid, Spain.

A bomb requires massive evacuation, while taxes are halved by mistake.

Last week in Italy, here’s what you need to know

In Ancona, 12 thousand people were evacuated to remove a bomb of the second world war. A very large area that includes Ancona railway station, the port areas, the restaurants and several places of cultural and tourist interest in the city

Monday – The removal of second world war bomb requires massive evacuation 

  • In Ancona, 12 thousand people were evacuated to remove a bomb of the second world war.
  • A very large area that includes Ancona railway station, the port areas, the restaurants and several places of cultural and tourist interest in the city
  • the government.
  • The new Brazilian government, with president Bolsonario, decided to remove any political asylum and Battisti had escaped the country to Bolivia. Where after a few weeks of investigation was arrested. In a few days back to Italy, detained in the jail of Oristano, in the beautiful island of Sardinia.

Tuesday – Taxes halved by mistake, for 4 million car owners

  • Unclear if by mistake or because wanted, but the government approved a measure (in the decree simplification ) under the false name of historic cars (the real ones deserve the maximum protection), that halves the amount of the tax to own cars with a seniority of service between 20 and 30 years.
  • That is 4 million and a half vehicles that represent about 10% of the total circulating that, thanks to them, is one of the oldest and most dangerous among those of advanced countries.

Thursday – Close a large center that hosts migrants and asylum seeker, without a plan b

  • with the approval of the security decree the Interior Minister decided to close, within the end of the month, the asylum seekers center in Castelnuovo di Porto and the displacement in other realities of the approximately five hundred refugees hosted.
  • And yesterday the start of the transfer of the first thirty migrants to Basilicata and Campania was the background for a new political tension.

Friday – Sea Watch boat enters Italian water, but all docks are closed

  • Navigation started seven days ago, but since he first moment, it seemed clear that Sea Watch 3 with its cargo of migrants would eventually direct the bow to Italy.
  • And so did the crew of the Dutch NGO, bringing again the minister Salvini to point the feet and to defend the position.
  • See update article on this topic, HERE

Saturday – Super Mario strikes again.

  • After having being out of the pitch for months, Mario Balotelli returns to score in an official match. the first after his move to Olympic Marseille from Nice.
  • The team had eventually lost 2 1, but Balotelli starts his score in O.M. with one presence and one goal.

Sea Watch odyssey in the Mediterranean continues, without clarity for the future

Three MPs contravened the Government decision and boarded a boat with migrants. Not too many days left to take a decision on its faith.

Three MPs contravened the Government decision and boarded a boat with migrants. Not too many days left to take a decision on its faith.

This morning, 3 members of the Italian parliament, Ms. Stefania Prestigiacomo (Forza Italia, right wing), Riccardo Magi (+Europa, center left wing) and Nicola Frantoianni (Leu, left wing) have boarded the humanitarian ship, Sea Watch, currently just few miles outside Siracusa, in Sicily. They accessed the boat to check the conditions of the 47 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean nine days ago. The three MPs have asked that the migrants were allowed to disembark all immediately.

This request contravenes the current decision of the Italian Government that has blocked all Italian docks to accept the boat, as for any other humanitarian boat that brings rescued migrants from the Mediterranean sea into Italy.

Sea Watch, currently just few miles outside Siracusa, in Sicily.

In the previous days the Italian government had claimed that the Netherlands, as Sea Watch sail under its flag, should have welcomed the guests of the boat. The Dutch Government has refused this option.

The numbers of migrants in the boat, compared to the over 600 thousands landed on Italian shores in the last few years are definitely low, but the Government doesn’t want to create precedents and is moved by its principles.

It’s unclear on whether Italy or another country will allow at the end the boat into its docks, but after over 9 days of navigation for the Sea Watch and many others of sail and desert cross for the migrants, there’s not too many day left for a decision.

First image from Sea Watch official website

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Legalize or penalize it. Two voices, one government and a plant

The government risks to fall for a spiff, but the two main parties will avoid to talk about it.

growing indoor marijuana

The current Italian government is built by two parties with quite strong different views on many things. Actually almost everything.

The coalition is built around a contract, signed by both parties before taking the lead of the government back in early summer of 2018. This contract regulates the decisions that the government will take and most of all, the laws and directions that it will be working towards.

Albeit this formula, there have been already multiple cases where the two parties have been in conflict. Probably the most explicit being the High Speed Train (TAV) project.

Due to the negotiations that led to the creation of the contract, several topics have been only slightly touched in the document, and some completely ignored, because not of high priority and because the two parties had two irreconcilable different views.

A clear example is the debate around drugs and in particular to the eternal debate on whether legalize the soft drugs, such as marijuana, idea supported by the Movimento 5 Stelle, or keep them illegal, as for the right wing Lega party.

Today in Italy the there’s an hybrid law which doesn’t clarify really the status, but there’s a very high consumption, as Italians are among the heaviest users of cannabis.

Cannabis for medical use in Italy

Cannabis for medical use in Italy

In Italy, medical cannabis has been legal since 2007, recognized with a decree the therapeutic use of the cannabinoid delta-9-THC. In 2013, extended the legalization of cannabinoids in vegetable form, therefore also in Italy the uses of the cannabis plant (plant parts, in particular the inflorescences of the plant), of its extracts and extracts were recognized for medical purposes. get ready.

From that year on, various regional regulations were created to regulate the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes with executive decrees in most regions of Italy starting in 2015.

Cannabis legal light: the law of Italian law of 2016

The term legal cannabis light or legal hemp means that type of cannabis that has an active ingredient lower than 0.6%. According to the Italian law 242 approved in December 2016, its production and marketing are legal in Italy if the cannabis has a THC content (ie the active principle) that does not exceed 0.2%. Thanks to this law, therefore, there are no more doubts about it: the cultivation of legal marijuana is no longer prohibited and does not need any authorization. In the event that the percentage of THC is higher than 0.2% but falls within the limit of 0.6%, the farmer is relieved of any kind of responsibility. If, on the other hand, the 0.6% limit is exceeded, the judicial authorities may destroy or impede the cultivation of hemp.

Movimento 5 Stelle has recently proposed a new regulation and includes three basic points:

  • allow, under certain conditions, the cultivation of cannabis, individually (up to 3 plants) or associated (up to 30 people and after communication to the Prefecture);
  • provide for the lawfulness of the possession of cannabis within certain quantities (15 grams at home and 5 grams outside), in addition to correcting the law on inflorescences, which are now sold in the so-called “cannabis light shops” for technical use, providing for the possibility of be sold for food or herbal use (they will be subject to all the checks due and linked to that type of activity) and raising the percentage of thc which may contain up to 1%;
  • regulate illicit conduct by providing a differentiation of sentence in relation to the type of substances (heavy drugs, light drugs).
Cannabis legal light: the law of Italian law of 2016

Lega, (former Northern League) strongly oppose this approach and is instead considering to strengthen the legislation around it, and reduce the freedom of use, with strong penalties for abusers.

The most probable outcome will be some small attempts by individual members of the parliament, without a real support of the entire party.

Which will lead to maintain the current status quo and will not risk the collapse of the government for a spiff.

Italian economy slowly on the brink of recession

In economy, there’s the tendency to say that debt is good till there’s growth. Italy has demonstrated over the last few decades that its debt wasn’t good anymore and this is now very bad.

Italian economy slowly on the brink of recession

In economy, there’s the tendency to say that debt is good till there’s growth. Italy has demonstrated over the last few decades that its debt wasn’t good anymore. The very little expansion of the economy, that in some cases has been even negative hasn’t supported a growing public debt bringing the country to the risk of a new recession in only few years.

Italian public debt is currently at 133.0% of GDP, after a slight decrease of 0.1% from previous quarter.

Bank of Italy has recently revised the estimate of GDP 2019 growth from 1% to 0.6%, with 0.4 points less than previously assessed.

And this is precisely matching the same estimates from the International Monetary Fund forecasts for 2019.

The recent decision of the Italian government, as included in the 2019 Budget law don’t seem of having changed the mind of investors and bankers, which are constantly reducing their exposures on the Italian market.

The growth was interrupted in the third quarter of 2018 and it’s thought that the activity could still be diminished in the fourth quarter: if it occurred, such a possibility, it would be equivalent to a technical recession.




The largest and most precious open-air museum in the world.

The fourth site to be included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO doesn’t really need presentations. Just particular care, and love.

Rome, colosseum and fori imperiali. The largest open-air museum in the world.

The fourth site to be included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO doesn’t really need presentations.

The capital of Italy since 1870 (9 years after complete unification of Italian territories) and capital of known world back to 2000 years ago, Rome is probably the most historical city in the world and the largest open-air museum in the world.

Founded in the 753 B.C. has been growing since, into an immense territory.

It now extends for over 1200 km², that for comparison is over 10 times the overall extension of Paris. With the difference that the latter has almost 3 times more inhabitants.

Rome is worldwide famous for its infinite amount of art pieces, monuments, churches and in general anything that has a historical value.

The very wide city centre includes a small nation itself, Vatican city.

Albeit this large extension, Rome isn’t really a fast going city. The streets are mainly narrow, built for a completely different type of transportation than large touristic buses and vans. In support of commuters have been built two lines of the tube, but any meter of work to build them had cost in money and time as nowhere else in the world.

This time, more than for bureaucracy, the delay, is due to the numerous historical items can be found few meters underground. So, machines could only slowly move ahead and have been stopped multiple times when new items were discovered.

Panorama from Rome roofs

It’s currently being built the line C, which will, once completed further support movements in the city.

The initial works have already brought to the discovery of a large part of an unknown building, built presumably under the emperor Adriano, in the second century AD, where could find the so-called ”auditoria”. Rooms dedicated to reading, sort of historical libraries.


‘Fiorentini’ are the most jealous people of the world

‘Fiorentini’ are passionate people, caring very much for their city, so much of being deeply jealous. The charm of the city is too much.

Florence by night is stunning!

It’s said that is part of the experience of anyone from Florence, when travelling abroad for work, study or pleasure, when asked in a dialogue his origins of having to hear back ”Florence! Renaissance! That’s a beauty! ”.

And it’s part of any ‘fiorentino’ to feel that mix of pleasure and nuisance from the compliments received. Being almost irritated from having to listen, once again the same thing again.

‘Fiorentini’ are passionate people, caring very much for their city, so much of almost being jealous of it. Hard to accept of having to share with the entire world its beauty. Like a jealous boyfriend would do, when feel the charm of the loved one can seduce others too.

And this is the destiny of the city and its inhabitants that received in 1982 the inclusion in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Third site for Italy, back by then.

Florence by day. Arno river.

Florence, the outstanding beauty

Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

Florence description is how UNESCO has described it on their official website. It’s available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0

The reference to ” it’s said so” is mentioned in various sites that ”fiorentini have this characteristic.

Silvio is back, 25 years after. Is it time for the swansong?

He’s still here, and ready to run for elections and become a member of the parliament. What does it move him still?

berlusconi smiles

It was 1994, a cold January day in Milan, and Mr. Silvio Berlusconi, rich and famous thanks to its media empire and successes as sport entrepreneur, was announcing his entrance in politics.

25 years after, again in January, he’s still here, and ready to run for elections and become a member of the parliament. This time with a little difference. Berlusconi won’t be able to get a seat in the Italian parliament anymore, due to his previous issues with justice system, therefore his focus this time will be to grab a seat at the European parliament.

berlusconi

Back by then, in 1994, he claimed it was due to the communists growth in the country. 25 years after he made it clear that its main opponents would be the grillini, so who in the Movimento 5 Stelle. Grillini is a nickname in honor to one of the founders of M5S, the comedian Beppe Grillo. The parties that most probably will be part of the right wing coalition with Berlusconi will be Lega and Fratelli d’Italia. Interesting to note that Lega is currently leading together with Movimento 5 Stelle the current government. After an election round that had seen these two parties been separated. More detailed explanation on how this happened in the previous article on Italian budget law for 2019.

Berlusconi political story is full of successes (mainly at elections) and big defeats (mainly with the justice system). His political actions have seen him trying to get the world stage in a new, some times bizarre, approach.

Friend with Putin, Bush jr. and Mu’ ammar Gheddafi, had troubles inside Europe, with attritions especially with French president of the time Sarkozi and to the still in charge German Chancellor, Mrs. Angela Merkel.

berlusconi kisses sarkozi and merkel laughs

Italians loved him and hated him. Some times more the former, others the latter. Only a few other politicians had been able to win with him at elections, when in direct challenge. Mainly Mr. Romano Prodi, who was then associated with the introduction of Euro currency in Italy at launch.

Berlusconi efforts in politics, good and bad, have been completely overshadowed by the scandals that were happening one after the others. In particular in the last years of his career in the Italian parliament.

His impact on Italian society has been tremendous. The laws called ‘ad personam’ meaning for himself, the disasters in economy, the drop in international prestige and a series of tv channels on copy of the lowest level american cable channels.

After 25 years is still ready to show to the world his unique approach to communications and style.

From the top. First picture from La Repubblica, second picture from youtube, third picture from The Telegraph

Is it going to be the ‘dolce vita” soon?

Italy and cinema, a special connection that runs since generations and with so much to say. But what do Italians prefer to watch?

sofia loren

Italy and cinema, a special connection that runs since generations with so many connections.

The italian actors and directors. Just few names: Sofia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini. Italian movies, just picking one, the spaghetti Western with Sergio Leone, the tracks of Ennio Morricone or all the actors with close Italian origins. I could start with some, like Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joe Pesci, Anjelica Huston or Frank Sinatra. But the list is so long that we’ll definitely risk to exclude someone. So best is to have a look for now at this infinite list found on Wikipedia. 

For now, just let’s have a look at the most popular movies in Italian cinemas during 2018.

1) Avengers: Infinity War
2) Bohemiam Rhapsody
3) Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
4) Fifty shades of red
5) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
6) Wonder
7) Incredibles 2
8) Coco
9) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
10) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Bohemiam Rhapsody
3) Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
4) Fifty shades of red
5) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
6) Wonder
7) Incredibles 2
8) Coco
9) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
10) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

No big surprises looking at the chart, albeit admittedly something stands up quiet clearly.

As a matter of fact, no Italian movies made it to the top 10, while Hollywood takes the entire list.

Maybe little satisfaction and curiosity, but there’s a bit of Italy still in there, and quite high in the rank.

Avengers was in fact directed by the brother Russo, Anthony & Joseph Russo, both born in Cleveland, but with clear Italian origins.