Shakerato espresso drink featured by Caffè Umbria

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We have been following Caffè Umbria as they expand their horizons beyond the Pacific Northwest.  This fall they are riding along on the Four Seasons Food Truck on their 2014 East Coast Tour  and featuring the popular chilled Italian espresso drink the Shakerato.

We  profiled the rich Italian family coffee roasting tradition of Caffè Umbria in a previous article.  The company was founded in 2002 and consistent with the philosophy of the original Italian founders, the company seeks out high quality arabica beans that are certified organic, fair trade, and shade-grown and / or bird friendly.

Here is the recipe for the Shakerato that they are featuring as part of their tour:

shakerato recipe


Food: Sperlonga “Sapori di Mare” gatronomic event (PR)

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We received this press release in Italian about the upcoming “Sapori di Mare” ( Tastes of the sea) gastronomic event in Sperlonga, Italy.  There are a number of events that will take place between September 18th and the 21st.  Recognizing that many of our readers understand Italian, we are publishing the Italian press release to inform our audience.


L’evento, giunto alla XI° edizione, si svolgerà a Sperlonga da giovedì 18 a domenica 21. Molte le novità e gli appuntamenti.

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Sembra quasi Natale ed invece sono le luminarie della Fiera di #Casalguidi che è iniziata questo pomeriggio e terminerà martedì 16 a mezzanotte con lo spettacolo dei fuochi d’artificio #igerspistoia #eventipistoia | by igers_pistoia | Look on Instagram:


Sembra quasi Natale ed invece sono le luminarie della Fiera di #Casalguidi che è iniziata questo pomeriggio e terminerà martedì 16 a mezzanotte con lo spettacolo dei fuochi d’artificio #igerspistoia #eventipistoia | by igers_pistoia | Look on Instagram:


Travel: There’s a magical place near Trieste (Italyfromtheinside)

Article published by on June 27, 2014 by Francesca Tosolini:


There is a magical place near Trieste…

It is simply known as Castelletto di Muggia and it’s a treasure to discover. Built in 1374 as a military defense, the castle went through many vicissitudes until its complete dereliction in the 80s. But as any fascinating tale fortunately there’s a happy ending: in 1991 two artists purchased the castle and brought it back to its original beauty.

Castelletto interni- Italy From the Inside

Today it is a private residence, but its doors open to musical events and special occasions. As a matter of fact this is the place where my in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary… with a golden cake.

Torta di matrimonio- Italy From The Inside

I couldn’t think of a better place to do it.


Wine: Italian September harvest - a tradition with roots in a Greek myth

Winemaking is an art rooted in our tradition and culture

Winemaking is an art rooted in our tradition and culture

In Greek mythology, Dionysus was the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and religious ecstasy. He was also known as Bacchus, the name given him by the Romans, who celebrated through him agriculture and wine.
The story says that Bacchus was the child of Jupiter, whose Greek name is Zeus, the king of the gods, and Semele, a mortal woman, the daughter of king Cadmus of Thebes. Juno, Jupiter’s wife, was very jealous of her unfaithful husband and found out about the affair he had with Semele while she was pregnant.

Read full article published by L’Italo Americano on September 4, 2014 by Giulia Louise Steigerwalt:


Photography: Castellina in Chianti, Toscana, Italy by Visionitaliane

Castellina in Chianti, Toscana, Italy by VisionitalianePhotography: Castellina in Chianti, Toscana, Italy by Visionitaliane


"e-book streamlines ability to publish" by Nicola Antonucci

I had an opportunity recently to interview Nicola Antonucci, the co-author of the book “New Made in Italy: Come usciremo dalla crisi”

We are publishing the Q&A from the interview in a series of articles…stay tuned for the next article…Lina

Q: Are there plans to translate the book to other languages? 


The answer has to be yes after all of the other points I have made in this interview!   I would characterize it as a dream at this point to publish in other languages, not only in English, but in other languages.  It comes down to a question of demand by the market. With the e-book format, that will streamline our ability to publish in other languages once we have a translation available.

Q: The book contains a lot of valuable information.  What is the rationale for the approachable pricing of the e-book? 

A: Our publisher is a type of innovative start-up publisher that is willing to publish material with provocative messages and in diverse formats.  They are willing to publish shorter books and are open to different formats and approaches. For example, our e-book is online, but the paper back is provided via print-on-demand.  


Travel: Cinque Terre Hiking (italybeyondtheobvious)

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The Cinque Terre are five towns that appear to cling to the rocks along a small section of northern Italy’s Mediterranean coastline, and are famous for the mule trails that connect them: paths which attract thousands of hikers each year.  I worked as a hiking guide in and around the Cinque Terre, and if you’ve seen photos of the area and are thinking about hiking the trails, here are the things you should know.

You can hike the famous mule tracks that connect the five Cinque Terre towns in one day

When I guided in this area, we used to stay in the nearby town of Sestri Levante, get on the train in the morning and arrive in Monterosso al Mare – the northernmost of the five towns – about 9.30 am. We’d walk all four trails and visit all five towns, including stops for lunch and snacks and shopping, and we’d be done by late afternoon.

Read full article published on on February 19, 2014 by Madeline Jhawar:


Italian cuisine rules:



- Broccoli
- Mushrooms
- Pasta all’arrabbiata
- Pasta with fresh tomato
- Fish and Seafood (also with pasta or with risotto)


- Asparagusus
- Lentils
- Amatriciana, ragù
- Risottos


- Zucchini 
- Spinach


Making-pesto-alla-genovese-my-way (italyfromtheinside)

Article published by on April 25, 2014 by Francesca Tosolini:

I’ll start this blog with a sinful confession: I just found out how to preserve fresh cut basil. Which makes me cry even harder over the big quantity of fresh basil I tossed during the past years. Here’s the secret: treat it like fresh flowers (which means cut the bottom and immerse it in water) and don’t put it in the fridge. Exactly like this:

This bunch of basil was sitting on my counter for almost a week and it still looked fresh.

This is how I made my pesto today: first, I washed the basil.

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Food: La piattella canavesana di Cortereggio

Photo by Erika Massa
(Photo of piatella by Erika Massa)

La piattella canavesana di Cortereggio: We are talking about a kind of white bean that has been handed down from generation to generation all the way to us today, due to the knowledge of  the ancient farmers from Cortereggio village. During the 2010 Salone del Gusto  event a group of companies was constituted that were committed to protecting this ancient legume within the boundaries of respect of rules and traditions,  and with the intention to increase the production and distribution. The commitment and profusion of the Association that these companies formed allowed them to participate at the Salone as a new and first Presidio Slow food of Canavese.

Editor’s note: we have published articles about the Salone del Gusto based on information provided by Slow Food International such as this:

Article by Erika Massa


Italian Folk Music - “La notte della Taranta” music festival begins in Salento

"La Notte della Taranta" is one of Italy's biggest festival dedicated to folk music"La Notte della Taranta" is one of Italy’s biggest festival dedicated to folk music
On August 5th “La notte della Taranta” music festival began under the starry sky of Salento, or Apulea, an area in the region of Puglia. It’s one of Italy’s biggest festival and one of Europe’s most important events dedicated to folk music.
La notte della Taranta”, literally “the Taranta night” was born in 1998 by initiative of the “Unione dei Comuni della Grecìa Salentina" (“Union of the Municipalities of Salentine Greece”) and the "Diego Carpitella" Institute.
In fifteen years the festival has enjoyed tremendous growth in size, audience and international prestige and has explored the fusion of Salento’s folk music with other types of music, such as rock, jazz, or classical music.

Read full article published by L’Italo Americano on August 14, 2014 by Giulia Louise Steigerwalt:


The other face of Venice (Italyfromtheinside)

Article published by italyfromtheinside on July 12, 2014 by Francesca Tosolini :

There’s Venice and then there’s hidden Venice. There’s the city everybody knows, and then there’s the city only a few people are lucky enough to experience. The Doge’s Palace private corridors and prisons are definitely one of the treasures Venice holds in its secret coffer.

It’s 9am on Monday July 7th and I’m in Venice ready to start the Doge’s Palace secret itineraries tour offered by CityWonders. I’m always looking for unusual and unique experiences, which is why I’m very excited to be part of this “expedition” into the secret passageways of the Palazzo Ducale.

Courtyard Palazzo Ducale- Italy from the Inside

The tour starts with a brief (I love brief) introduction of the history of Venice. We are all gathered in the palazzo‘s courtyard, where our guide explains us that the Doge was purposely elected when he was elderly to guarantee a quick renewal of powers (I like this). She also says that all the winged lions we see around Venice are reproductions, because Napoleon had the originals removed when he invaded the Republic of Venice (I don’t like this).

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Teatro del Bicentenario presents Puccini’s opera Tosca – music conducted by Marco Boemi

Image courtesy of Teatro del Bicentenario(Image courtesy of Teatro del Bicentenario)

The Teatro del Bicentenario in León, Mexico will present Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), an opera in three acts with libretto by Luigi Illica (1857-1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (1847-1906), based on the drama La Tosca, by Victorien Sardou. The production will run on August 10, 13, and 16th.

This new production recreates a Tosca in fascist Rome where authoritarianism, political crisis and social resistance were emblematic of the era;

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Photography: Castellina in Chianti, Toscana, Italy by Visionitaliane

Photography: Castellina in Chianti, Toscana, Italy by Visionitaliane

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