Pizza Times :: From Naples, Pizza’s Spiritual Home, to Japanese Okonomiyaki

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San Gennaro, aka St. Januarius, is the patron saint of Naples, a coastal Italian city of 950,000 located 140 miles south of Rome… Where To Eat Pizza In Naples, Italy, Pizza’s Spiritual Home via Food Republic

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Let’s start with Okonomiyaki, Japan’s take on pizza, is hardly recognizable when compared to the Italian original… This Is What Pizza Looks Like Around the World via Condé Nast Traveler

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The most sensible approach to the Alpine geological wonderland known as the Dolomites is also the most evocative one… In Italy, Hiking and Haute Cuisine in the Dolomites via The New York Times

Turin could be the blueprint for the post-industrial city of the future. Once Italy’s manufacturing powerhouse… The alternative city guide to Turin, Italy | Travel via The Guardian

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OrsolaCK @Appetibilis

Postcard from Italy :: Pretoro (Chieti)

Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone

“Why do we think love is a magician? Because the whole power of magic consists in love. The work of magic is the attraction of one thing by another because of a certain affinity of nature.” ~Marsilio Ficino

Grigio of Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
Grigio of Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

In a stunning mountain area of Abruzzi little known to foreign visitors, within the province of Chieti [Kieti], there is the beautiful town of Pretoro – population 949. It is thought that an ancient settlement existed during the Bronze Age, whereas the current fortified borough was established sometime in the XII century…

Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Snow white and the seven dwarfs... Walking around Pretoro (Chieti) - Pisolo sta dormendo... | photo: ©ockstyle
Snow white and the seven dwarfs… Walking around Pretoro (Chieti) – Pisolo sta dormendo… | photo: ©ockstyle
Appetibilis Lonza65 in Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Appetibilis Lonza65 in Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Appetibilis Deda and Giuseppe Marone in Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©Lonza65
Appetibilis Deda and Giuseppe Marone in Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©Lonza65
Appetibilis friend Giuseppe Marone strolling in Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Appetibilis friend Giuseppe Marone strolling in Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Photographing Pretoro (Chieti), so Appetibilis! | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Photographing Pretoro (Chieti), so Appetibilis! | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
Knock knock... Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Knock knock… Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
Church of S. Andrea Apostolo - Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Church of S. Andrea Apostolo – Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Postcard from Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Postcard from Italy :: Welcome from Grigio of Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle
Postcard from Italy :: Welcome from Grigio of Pretoro (Chieti) | photo: ©ockstyle

Deliciously Abruzzo @ La Grande Quercia

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Cooking tools @ La Grande Quercia | photo: ©Lonza65

At La Grande Quercia, dishes follow season cycle, so menus change according to the produce available. Don’t forget to ask for their signature lamb dish, “agnello incaporchiato” [anyello incaporkiato]. It requires a few ingredients: a leg of lamb, extra-virgin olive oil, white wine, rosemary, a couple of cloves of garlic.

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Prepping “agnello incaporchiato” @ La Grande Quercia | photo: ©Lonza65

This recipe comes from the old days when people did not have meat very often, so when there was the chance to cook it, they used to put another pot on top (incaporchiato), so that the smell could not go out and tell the neighbours that something good was on the stove. At La Grande Quercia a heavy lid is used instead, and the stewing is perfect.

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Deliciously Abruzzo :: Mamma Maria @ La Grande Quercia | photo: ©Lonza65

The true secret is mamma Maria’s cooking mastery – and the weight of the stones…

Read more about La Grande Quercia :: Harvesting time and family recipes

Enviromental Theatre and the Festival of the Gnomes

A festival designed for children, a party to celebrate nature and the forest and all its inhabitants – fairies, elves, fauns, jesters, trolls, giants… Read more: International Festival of the Gnomes… via festadeglignomi.it

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Once upon a time there was the Festival of the Gnomes… | photo: © Matelda Codagnone

“It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.” ~J.M. Barrie

La festa degli gnomi è molto particolare, piena di colori e giochi, un bel modo di far trascorrere a ragazzi di tutte le età del tempo nel verde e nel rispetto dell’ambiente. Il festival si svolge tra Pescocostanzo, Roccaraso e Rivisondoli in località meravigliose come il Bosco di Sant’Antonio uno dei luoghi più belli dove poter incontrare fate, elfi, fauni, giullari, troll, giganti…