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07-Aug-17 16:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

How to spot good Italian Ice Cream

The gelato (ice-cream) season starts in Italy by the end of May and finishes by the end of September. Unlike the British, Italians don’t eat ice-cream in winter. Ice-cream shops are usually open only during the summer but supermarkets will always provide the packaged ice-cream. In Italy during the summer, there are ice-cream shops at every corner, but how do you spot good Italian Gelato? There are some tricks anyone can use to spot real gelato. Starting from its container, good gelato should be kept in flat metal tins, which may have lids on them, to keep it at the right temperature. The height of an ice cream in the container is also relevant. Ice-cream shouldn’t be piled up too high because real gelato would melt and if it doesn't, it means it is rich in vegetable fats and emulsifiers. How it is served can also give a hint: flat, metal spades are better tools than curved ice cream scoops, because good gelato is supposed to have a dense texture.

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07-Aug-17 16:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Things Italians would never do or eat

Italian food is very much loved by the British, but they sometimes break the rules of cooking and eating Italian food, causing disapproval of Italian chefs and the embarrassment of Italians. Let’s see some of the things Italians would never do or eat: - Cooking “spaghetti alla carbonara” with cream instead of egg yolks is apparently a common mistake British restaurants make; - Pasta should never be salted after being cooked but it should always be put in boiling water seasoned with sea salt; - Parmesan mustn’t be put on seafood or clams, as it overpowers the sea flavours. The same goes for dishes containing truffles, because cheese kills the delicate balance of flavours. Grating Parmesan all over anything hot enough to melt it is another error, hated by Italian chefs. Also putting Cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan is an outrageous thing Italians in the UK often complain about

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28-Jun-17 17:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Things Italians would never do or eat

Italian food is very much loved by the British, but they sometimes break the rules of cooking and eating Italian food, causing disapproval of Italian chefs and the embarrassment of Italians. Let’s see some of the things Italians would never do or eat: - Cooking “spaghetti alla carbonara” with cream instead of egg yolks is apparently a common mistake British restaurants make; - Pasta should never be salted after being cooked but it should always be put in boiling water seasoned with sea salt;

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28-Jun-17 17:31. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Fashion designer Laura Biagiotti RIP

Fashion designer, Laura Biagiotti died at the age of 74 due to complications following a heart attack. She was defined by the “New York times” as the “Queen of Cashmere” for the use of this precious wool in many of her garments. She was also one of the first fashion designers to put on a fashion show in China and in 1995 she was the first to have a show inside the Kremlin in Moscow.

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28-Jun-17 17:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Big increase in Italian Blue Flag Beaches

Liguria in northwest Italy is once again the region with the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in 2017. The international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has revealed the chart of Italian beaches awarded with the “blue flag” 2017. The total number of resorts in Italy to be given the prestigious eco-label for cleanliness and sustainability rose this year by 49 beaches more than last year. In 2017, for the 30th edition of the blue flag beaches report, Italy's total has risen to 342 beaches, a full 5% of the worldwide total. Launched in 1987, the FEE's Blue Flag programme uses strict criteria on water quality, environmental education and management, safety and services to monitor sustainable development of beaches and marinas worldwide.

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31-May-17 13:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Matteo Achilli - The Italian Mark Zuckerberg?

A young Italian entrepreneur, the 24 year old Matteo Achilli has become a celebrity for his start-up “Egomnia”, a social network to connect Italian Bocconi University graduates to the world of work. "The Start-up," was turned into a recently released film, celebrating the success of the “Italian Mark Zuckerberg”. The film caused further reflection and journalists’ investigations on Matteo Achilli's story which cast new light on his allegedly extraordinary success.

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31-May-17 12:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Canale 5 in prank furore

Italian media are more often attracting criticism from the public. This might be due to an increased awareness of sexism and violence towards women, a much discussed problem in the last years. This time the centre of polemics was a “prank” shown on an Italian talent show, which caused the indignation of many people and the reaction of an organisation campaigning against sexual violence. The organisation called for Italy's politicians to introduce comprehensive ethical guidelines for media.

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12-May-17 16:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Blue Wine Anyone?

Blue wine? Why not? A mix of Curacao (a liqueur flavoured with the dried peel of the Iarha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao), peach and prosecco may be sold in the next months in Italy. The reaction of wine purists was harsh as they said it was an insult to national tradition.

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12-May-17 16:20. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Report says 21% of Italian Women are victims of abuse

According to Istat, the Italian statistics bureau, twenty-one percent of Italian women (more than 4.5 million) have been victims of abuses including degrading and humiliating sexual acts, unwanted relationships, violence, abuse or serious physical harassment such as rape or attempted rape. More than one million have been victims of the most severe crimes: 653,000 women were raped, while 746,000 have suffered attempted rape. In 13.6 percent of the cases, the perpetrators of gender violence on women between the ages of 16 and 70 are partners and former partners. About a third of the female population have suffered a form of physical or sexual violence in their lives.

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12-May-17 16:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Wine Slavery in Italy?

Italian wine comes at a price! After a grape picker’s death in Apulia, more than 40,000 women were discovered working in vineyards in conditions that have been described as “modern slavery”. Italian and immigrant women were preferred to men because of their small and quicker hands.

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