Category Archives: explore Italy from “A” to “Z”

The ALPHABET of ITALY

ItALy FrOm A To Z

Art

Michelangelo, Botticelli, Giotto are just a few names of our many Italian artists. Our country is known throughout the world for the wonderful works that can be seen in many cities!

BootsThe shape of our peninsula refers to a boot!

Champions of world Well, there is little to say … enough to remember the night of July 9, when the sky above Berlin was painted of Italian blue!

Dante Alighieri Is a famous author from Florence, his work is world famous! The DIVINE COMEDY is studied in schools! Do you?

 

European Union We are part of the European Union! Just like you!

Ferrari In addition to knowing how to run behind a ball we also run with these wonderful racing cars!

Ischia Is a beautiful city on the sea … where you can see beautiful sunsets

Lemons A unique product! A fruit of our land and our sun


MilanCapital of fashion and represents a major economic centre!

Naples The city of sun, sea and sympathy ..

Olive oilA good product!

Pizza Pasta The images speak for themselves, these two products are the base of good Mediterranean nutrition

Quirinale The headquarters in Rome, of our President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano

Rome The magical capital with all its history fascinates million of tourists

Sun And See These two elements together are Greece and Italy

TricolourOur flag

Leaning Tower The famous tower of Pisa! As we see unlike normal towers this one is lop-sided!

Venice A very romantic city

Wine One of our best products

Not just FOOTBALL

In Italy the most popular sport is football, but there are other sports as skating and ballet that are well known. In our class there are 2 boys and 1 girl who play football: Marilena (Mary) plays football in the Valdarno Team that is in C division, Niccolò plays football in the Forcoli Team and Alessio plays football in the Staffoli Team. Besides there are Gloria, who practices skating in “Polisportiva Bientinese” and who is also a teacher of roller-skating, and Roberta (Roby), that practices ballet in “Istituto d’Arte & Spettacolo”.

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ITALIAN FOOTBALL:

Women’s football isn’t as popular as men’s football, but it’s a sport which is growing year after year. The best known football teams are: Inter, Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina,… On 9 July 2006 the Italian Team won the World Cup vs the French Team: we are still really excited and we are waiting for the European Cup in June! The biggest stadiums are: Olimpico in Rome and San Siro in Milan.

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ITALIAN DANCING:

In the last years dancing has become very popular in Italy, but we must distinguish television dancing from theatre dancing. The most important theatres in Italy, where there are the best ballet-dancers, are “La Scala” of Milan and “L’Opera” of Rome. The most important names of Italian ballet-dancers are: Carla Fracci, Alessandra Ferri, Raffaele Paganini,… and Roberto Bolle, who is the world’s best dancer at the moment. But ballet is only a part of dancing, because there are many types of dancing, for example today in Italy musicals are also very popular, especially the classics of Broadway (Chorus-Line, Chicago, Cabaret,…), but also the new Italian productions are really successful, in particular because there are lots of talented young boys and girls, while many people that dance on television haven’t got any talent, they are just good-looking.

ITALIAN SKATING:

Do you know roller – skating?

This sport is very beautiful but unfortunately it’s not known enough!

In the world ice – skating, not roller – skating, is very popular!

The most important names of Italian skaters are: Luca Dalisera, Tanya Romano, Andrea Barbieri.. and other young people who are very good at this sport!

Italian skaters are the most competent in the world!!

Generally people don’t think that roller – skating is a difficult sport but the appearances are deceiving! In fact it’s very difficult because the people who practice roller – skating must have many qualities and skills like elegance, technique and a lot of physical training!

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RAGOUT SAUCE

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Ingredients :

  • Minced meat
  • Celery; onions; carrots; parsley
  • Milk
  • Tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Fry the Celery, onions, carrots and  parsley with oil and add the minced meat.

Cook at medium fire for about 20 minutes. Add a small glass of milk (or red wine if you prefer) and continue to cook.

When the milk has evaporated add the tomatoes. Cook for another 30 minutes and add salt and pepper.

The ragout is ready when the oil is on the surface.



Spaghetti with pesto

PESTO’S SPAGHETTI

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Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 400 grams of spaghetti
  • A bunch of basil
  • Some leaves of spinach
  • Parsley
  • 100 grams of sheep milk cheese
  • Parmesan
  • 5 spoons of olive oil
  • 1 pinch of coarse salt
  • Pine nuts


The traditional Pesto sauce is made with basil: spinach and parsley add colour to the basil.

Preparation:
Take the basil, the spinach, the parsley and the pine nuts and mix them in a food processor.

Add the sheep milk cheese, mix until blended, then add the oil and some water if necessary.
Cook the pasta in boiling water and serve it with the pesto sauce.


PIZZA MARGHERITA

PIZZA MARGHERITA

Dough:

-125 g of milk

-125 g of warm water

– 25 g yeast

-1 spoon of olive oil

-1 teaspoon of salt

-1 teaspoon of sugar

-500 g of flour

Preparation: Melt the yeast in the mixture of water and milk and add the sugar, salt, olive oil and flour slowly. If necessary add some more water and milk in the mixture.

The dough must be soft. Knead it for 10 minutes and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Recipe description:

Prepare the dough and let it rise for 1 hour.

Roll out the dough and divide it into 4 disks; top with tomato puree and slices of mozzarella cheese. Add a little salt and place it in the oven at 200C for 20 minutes: serve with fresh basil and a little olive oil.

The Margherita is delicious also with fresh tomatoes. While the pizza rises, wash 3-4 ripe cherry tomatoes and slice them. First roll out the pizza dough, top it with lots of mozzarella slices, on top place small tomato pieces and a pinch of salt. Bake at 200C for 20 minutes, serve with olive oil and fresh basil.

Margherita pizza, without capers and anchovies, comes from the so-called pizza Napoletana. But the very first pizza Napoletana wasn’t rich in ingredients, it was without cheese, like the pizza Marinara, tasty and easy to prepare.

Just top it with lots of tomato puree, sliced gloves of garlic and a pinch of salt.

After cooking (15 minutes at 200C) you can serve it as it is or top it with basil and a drop of olive oil.

-Difficulty: medium

-Preparation: 35 minutes + 1 hour

-Cooking time: 20 minutes

-Portions: 4

-Taste: very tasty

-Kcal: 653

-Proteins: 18

-Fats: 26