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Letters’ Anniversary 2016


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Appetibilis Letters’ Anniversary

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. 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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