Blog archives for May, 2011

Archive for May, 2011

Il Comune di Salsomaggiore

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

One of my readers, Gabriele, lives in the lovely town of Salsomaggiore in Emilia Romagna. After some correspondence he agreed to provide a guest post about his town of roughly 20,000 population. He supplied it in Italian (mamma mia!) and with some help from him and my dictionary it is translated and supplied below with […]


Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Hopefully anyone reading this will already know that ragu is nothing that comes in a jar from the supermarket. It takes a lot of balls as well as cynicism to name that pathetic concoction after one of the most delicious sauces from Italy. The home of ragu is Emilia Romagna and perhaps the real center […]


Thursday, May 12th, 2011

No, this does not refer to that American luncheon meat which is in itself a pale imitation of the magnificent monster salami from Bologna. It’s a lovely city in Emilia-Romagna. I visited there several years ago and plan to return before long. It has a some nicknames. One, that I’m familiar with is “la grassa” […]


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Majolica is a type of ceramic dating from the Italian Renaissance. It is special in that it is tin-glazed which provides a special lustor to the work. It is really an art form in Italy and is found all over the place but Deruta, in Umbria is a town almost totally devoted to this particular […]