Out of nowhere, when we were stopped at a red light, someone (who shall remain unnamed) reached over and grabbed my inner thigh and yelled enthusiastically “Morso del ciuccio!” Lower those eyebrows, dear readers. It was all in good, clean … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: October 2012
I heard that on an Italian TV show, a little girl asked her grandfather to get up off a bench, saying to him, “Standupati!” What?!? That’s a regular imperative form of an Italian verb ending in –are terrifyingly impressively tacked … Continue reading
The Murgia is the plain on the opposite side of the Gravina valley from where the Sassi of Matera stand. One morning during my stay in Matera in August, I went there at first light to see the Sassi from … Continue reading
I went grocery shopping recently and what did I see? Ruote, or wagon wheel pasta. These are one of my favorite pasta shapes, but I’ve never come across them before in Italy. Barilla claims that ruote were invented in the … Continue reading
Following up on the first installment, here are some more photos of the fascinating Sassi of Matera.
I’ve been starting to annoy myself lately by often comparing life in Italy to how things are in the US. If I’m annoying myself, then I can only imagine how I might be annoying other people. My thoughts and/or actual … Continue reading
A few months ago I learned how to make homemade cazzatelle and orecchiette pasta, and while in Matera in August I learned how to make another pasta shape, called maccheroni ai ferri, which uses the same dough recipe as the … Continue reading