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Lugana & the Lakeside Advantage
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:00

In the early 1990s, a well-intentioned rail project was proposed by the European Union to connect the cities of Kiev and Lisbon with a high-speed train.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:19
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Lemon Laganelle with Prawns & Peas
Monday, 30 January 2017 05:37

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Lemon Laganelle are narrow ribbons of pasta made with free-range eggs and semolina to which the zest of fresh lemons has been added. When cooked, this egg pasta has a brilliant yellow colour and fresh, lemony aroma. The lemon flavour is distinct without being overwhelming and combines well with so many ingredients. Try them with fresh ricotta, and chopped fresh herbs, or with your favourite pesto.  They are particularly brilliant with seafood and shellfish. This summer recipes combines fresh prawns and peas.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00
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Trentino & Dorigati
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

Like tall sailing ships arising from a calm sea, the mountains of the Piana Rotaliana are part of a small section in the Dolomites that hug the sides of verdant green valley in Alto Adige.

[This article appeared in the December 2016 issue of Italianicious Magazine.]

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 06:20
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Rome Wasn't Eaten in a Day
Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:00

Prosciutto at Da Bolognese, Rome

Words and Images by Suzanne Carbone

Whoever said Rome wasn't eaten in a day has never travelled with me. Actually, I said it, and admit that I needed a few days to be nourished in the traditional restaurants, and become acquainted with the modern ones, that have made the ancient city seem not so ancient.

Feeling faint from breathtakingly presented plates of bucatini all'Amatriciana or tiramisu is not merely a first-world problem but a psychological condition known as the "Stendhal syndrome" from art overload.

Frenchman Henri-Marie Beyle, a 19th-century author with the pen name Stendhal, was afflicted by sensory shutdown in Florence in 1870 when gaping at Giotto's frescoes in the Basilica of Santa Croce.

"I was in a sort of ecstasy ... I had palpitations of the heart," Beyle said.

The affliction was officially given the name the "Stendhal syndrome" in 1989 when Italian psychiatrist Dr Graziella Magherini saw patients possessed from taking in Florence's art and she expounded the malady in the book The Stendhal Syndrome.  Then came the horror film, La Sindrome di Stendhal, in 1996 by director/producer Dario Argento, who fell into a trance in Athens as a child.

To cope with the beauty and sometimes horror of the Lygon Street-esque vibe that permeates Italy, there is respite at the Hotel Stendhal in Rome on Via del Tritone, 113. Just don't look at the artwork.

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 03:24
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