Roccacalascio (L’Aquila)

When I first arrived in Abruzzo, about 25 years ago, a very wise and dear friend took me to Roccalascio on a dull November morning. It was cold and snowflakes started to fall when we walked through the ghost village. Nobody was there, except the two of us. The magic of the moment was so perfect that, from then on, for me Roccacalascio is THE PLACE where to be wildly and immensely happy.

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…

Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape

Every special little snowflake may be unique… Snowflakes All Fall In One of 35 Different Shapes via smithsonianmag.com

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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

Legend has it that Eskimos have more than 100 words for snow… How Many Words for Snow? via farmersalmanac.com

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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

Abruzzo Winter Landscapes

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, "Winter Sunshine" Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”
Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~ Lewis Carroll Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~ Lewis Carroll
Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." ~ William Blake Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~ William Blake
Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“For the listener, who listens in the snow, / And, nothing himself, beholds / Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” ~ Wallace Stevens San Giovanni in Venere - Fossacesia (Chieti) :: Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“For the listener, who listens in the snow, / And, nothing himself, beholds /
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” ~ Wallace Stevens
San Giovanni in Venere – Fossacesia (Chieti) :: Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone

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