An Italian Paperback Writer Needs a Noble Font

Between the bolded B and the underlined U on your computer Word tool bar is the italicized I, the paperback writer’s best friend. At least that was so in the 16th century when Venetian printer, publisher and businessman Aldus Manutius  developed a typography ideally suited to fit a large amount of text into a small amount … Continue reading An Italian Paperback Writer Needs a Noble Font

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A Curious View of Italy

During the Renaissance the imaginative interests of the collector were often arranged in an armadio di curiosita', a cabinet of curiosity. Bits and pieces in as diverse fields as natural history, geology, religious or historical relics and works of art were categorized according to the whimsy of the collector. Depending on your station in life cabinets of curiosities could be quite … Continue reading A Curious View of Italy

Did you know there’s wurtzel, stinco, strudel and ice in Italy ?

Bolzano  is known as the Gateway to the Dolomites, a 3,000 meter mountain range formed 200 million years ago from the primeval ocean. Defined by their unique composition and staggering beauty, the 18 peaks of the Dolomites have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their geomorphology and spectacular spires. Bolzano is also known for … Continue reading Did you know there’s wurtzel, stinco, strudel and ice in Italy ?

Risotto alla Milanese alla Nonna e Marian

Seeing and Savoring Lombardia in Northern Italy would not be complete without a plate of risotto alla Milanese. In this part of Italy rice, prepared as riso or risotto, is favored over  pasta with notably French influences in the cooking  and butter often used as a cooking fat. This recipe is from my mother in law, Marian by … Continue reading Risotto alla Milanese alla Nonna e Marian