Some Limoncellos by Larry Miller

The True Story of the Italian Liqueur Limoncello

Limoncello is the Italian word referring to an intensely lemon-flavored liqueur most famously associated with and produced in Sorrento, the Amalfi coast, and the island of Capri, but also very popular throughout all of Italy.

Limoncello is made ​​from lemon zest (strictly non-treated), water, alcohol, and sugar. It is a beverage usually consumed after meals, but is a perfect drink for every occasion.

Preparation is easy but meticulous: if executed with accuracy, in a bit less than three months, the traditional yellow liquor will be ready to be enjoyed as an aperitif or a digestive, before or after a meal.

As in the best tradition of Italian hospitality, Limoncello was offered to Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno, as well as to his travel companion Sienna Brooks and Dr. Ferris, by the owner of a large boat called the Mendacium, which escorts them to Venice’s Piazza San Marco.

Scoppio del carro by Monica Kelly

Easter 2016: Religious and Culinary Traditions in Florence, Italy

If you haven’t decided what to do during the Easter holiday 2016, the Italian city of Florence could be the perfect destination. Though the city center is crowded, there is a special atmosphere in the air; people are happier and simply want to go out and celebrate. Maybe it’s because Spring is finally here. Or maybe it’s because of Easter itself and the Explosion of the Cart.

A bottle of San Pellegrino water

San Pellegrino Water

The San Pellegrino water is known as “the champagne of mineral waters”, due to the fineness of its taste and its light carbonation.

San Pellegrino is located near Bergamo, Italy, 25 km from Milan. Its water flows from sources situated at the foot of the Alps and renown throughout the world. In fact, the water’s properties have been known since the fifteenth century.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

In Dan Brown’s Inferno, Spaghetti Bolognese is the favorite dish of Ignazio Busoni aka il Duomino, a lovely character.Ragù alla bolognese or simply ragù is the Italian name of a pasta sauce that originally comes from Bologna, the amazing capital city of the Emilia Romagna region.

There are as many versions of this tasty sauce as there are cooks at home and restaurant chefs who prepare it. This pasta dressing has an ancient origin and is the most loved by Italian families.

Ask any Italian: there is nothing better to do on Sunday around 1 p.m. than meeting with family and friends at a table with pasta with ragù in front of them!

Do not ask an Italian vegetarian, of course 😉