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15-Jan-14 16:04. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The World loves Italian food and drink - record levels of exports reported

Italy achieved a worldwide record in the export of local food products. 2013 reached the historical record of all times, with the food export share that touches the record of 33 billion Euros. It was a boom in sales of Italian food all over the world. Wine, cheese and olive oil imposed themselves in many world markets.

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08-Jan-14 13:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Red Underwear and New Year's Eve

Both in Italy and the UK new year’s eve is celebrated with a lavish party and fireworks. Italians usually gather together for a big meal where lentils, cooked pork sausages and pig's trotter are served after the midnight as a wish of prosperity and abundance for the new year. It is also traditional to wear red panties. Millions of Euros are spent every year to buy new underwear, especially red, to be worn on the last night of the year, and one billion Euros is spent in lentils, sausages, gammon, turkey and dried fruit.

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08-Jan-14 13:20. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The most popular Christmas gifts in Italy

Very popular will be hi-tech gifts. 27% of the Italians, the same as last year, will give a technologic gift to friends and family. 37% of the respondents have chosen as a gift smart phones, while 23% tablets. 6 out of 10 Italians in total will buy a mobile device. However, 17% will buy a laptop and the same percentage a high-definition TV. The e-book is also increasing its popularity raising from 3% last year to 15 %. The same proportion of buyers is going to choose a console. Figures show a great increase compared to 2012. This must be due to the arrival of new models of Sony Play station and Microsoft's Xbox, marketed this Christmas season. 22% of those buying a consol are in the age group of above 64 years, probably grandparents, looking for the hi-tech gift for the grandchildren.

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10-Dec-13 13:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

You are invited to a Christmas Aperitif and Wine Tasting

“A Christmas Aperitif & Wine Tasting for the Italian Community” will be held on Wednesday 11th December, from 5:30pm onwards at the “Spianata Roman Bakery & Paninoteca”, in London. The event is presented by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK, in cooperation with Forest & Ray Italian Dental Practice and Spianata Roman Bakery & Paninoteca. The event will be a unique occasion to taste freshly made Italian sandwiches at a central cafe in London, while making acquaintance with members of the Italian business community.

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10-Dec-13 13:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Italians to spend an average 171 euros on Xmas gifts

Another low budget Christmas for Italians! As The newspaper “Repubblica” reported, the last research of “Coldiretti” showed that this year the budget for gifts will fall by 5%. Italian families will spend on an average € 171. For 70% of Italians it will be a modest Christmas, also because 90.9 % of the Christmas bonuses will go away in taxes, utility bills and mortgages.

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27-Nov-13 15:54. By Simmi Ciccone | Comments (4)

Gennaro Contaldo visits Villa Scalabrini Xmas Fayre

The first ever Xmas Fayre held in the converted barn at Villa Scalabrini Shenley was a great success raising more than £3,500 for the Charity. Approximately 200 people visited the numerous stalls buying various goods including Vintage and Designer Clothing, specialised food products, crafts, jewellery and children's gifts.

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27-Nov-13 14:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Amici di Gropparello Dinner Dance

Amici di Gropparello dinner dance, held on the 19th of October 2013 was a “splendid and Successful” event, as Marco Badini (president of the association) told us. All the profit will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital and to the Stroke Unit and University college hospital. The dinner dance is held every year on the penultimate Saturday of October. This year’s dinner dance was dedicated to Egidio Badini, founder of the association who unfortunately passed away this year on the 19th of August.

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19-Nov-13 15:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (18)

American Italian Bill de Blasio becomes first democratic major of NYC

The American-Italian Bill de Blasio, the first democratic mayor of New York in 20 years, is very attached to his Italian origins. The New York Mayors’ election was followed with interest by the inhabitants of Sant Agata dei Goti (province of Benevento) the town from which de Blasio’s grandparents emigrated and where Bill still has some relatives.

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19-Nov-13 15:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Caffe Nero withdraws advert of leering Italian men

Playing with clichés can sometimes be fun but this time the chain Caffè Nero bit off more than it could chew! Caffè Nero, one of the most popular coffee chains in the UK has been forced by custumers’ protests to remove the advert in which a group of Italian men leered at a lady’s behind. It all began when Laura Palmer a 32 year old teacher spotted the print in Caffè Nero in Ashford, Kent, and decided to complain as in her opinion the image was inappropriate and promoted the sexual discrimination of women.

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05-Nov-13 13:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Sophia Loren wins her 39 year fight against Italy's tax system

The actress Sophia Loren won her 39 year long fight against the Italian tax system. The Supreme court has finally put an end to a 39-year legal dispute between the Oscar-winning film star Sophia Loren, and the Italian tax authorities. According to Loren’s lawyer, Giovanni Desideri, as the main Italian newspapers reported, the Kafkaesque Italian case has finally come to an end.

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