Letters’ Anniversary 2016


Words don’t come easy, an old 80’s tune said. Not for us here at Appetibilis. Words come far too easy because – I soon realised – when I devised the idea of this Appetibilis column, it was no use following the draft I had written.

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Appetibilis Letters’ Anniversary

Suggestions, ideas, hints, tips arrived from everything and everyone and it was hard to keep the pace. The letters listed below are just the tip of the iceberg: many more will come, from A for Abbacchio to Z for Zimino.
Read and taste, buon appetito!

In alphabetical order 😉

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“Alfresco”…

Letter “A” :: “Alfresco” or “Al fresco”? Stai fresco! In these days temperatures range from 28 to 36 degrees Celsius (82 to 96 Fahrenheit) and everybody is looking for some “fresco”, i.e. some cool air/location…

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(in) Bianco…

Letter “B” :: (in) Bianco. When we talk about food and cooking, the word “bianco” (white) is frequently used in the phrase “in bianco”…

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“Confetti”…

Letter “C” :: Did you say “Confetti”? The word confetti /kənˈfetiː/ is synonym for celebration. But don’t get confused with those tiny colourful paper shreds that are thrown at parties…

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Cavoli…

Letter “C” :: Cavoli (a merenda). “Cavolo” (stress on the “a”) i.e. cabbage is a common and healthy ingredient in many recipes of the Italian cuisine…

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Moka…

Letter “M” :: Set the Moka on fire! In every single Italian house there is – at least – one. More often than not, many of them, in different sizes…

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Panettone…

Letter “P” :: Panettone or Pandoro? In Italy, the holiday season brings – along with the huge amount of to-dos everybody knows – the Hamletic doubt: panettone or pandoro…

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Stoccafisso…

Letter “S” & “B” :: Stoccafisso vs Ba(c)calà “Bacalà (one “c”) alla vicentina” is one of the signature dishes of Italian cooking heritage…

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Ventricina…

Letter “V” :: Ven…tricina. Charles De Gaulle used to wonder how anyone can govern a nation – i.e. France – that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese…

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