Letter “B” :: (in) Bianco
Letters from Italy

Letter “B” :: (in) Bianco

When we talk about food and cooking, the word “bianco” (white) is frequently used in the phrase “in bianco” and it means plain food without any sauces or additional spices. “Mangiare in bianco” (have plain food) often happens after being sick or after recovering from a malaise. Therefore, having “riso in bianco” (boiled rice) or … Continue reading

Letter “A” :: “Alfresco” or “Al fresco”? Stai fresco!
Letters from Italy

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. No doubt that having lunch or dinner “alfresco” [al-fres-koh] brings some relief from this sultry weather, however, the right way to say it in Italian is “pranzare/cenare all’aperto” or … Continue reading