#272 I miss paste – 3

What are the ingredients for a good vassoio di paste? What kind of paste (‘pastries’) should you include?

It’s hard to say…

You might want to pick a few cannoli siciliani, that don’t need introduction

Maybe some mini-cassate siciliane, how can you say no?

if you are in Catania you might want to try some minnuzze di Sant’Agata (lit. ‘S. Agata’s boops’ because among the tortures she underwent was the cutting off of her breasts)

Ah the art of putting together the perfect tray of paste! That’s a really  hard job, it requires a lot of practice…

(See also “I miss paste – 1 – 2” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/265-i-miss-paste-1/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/269-i-miss-paste-2/ )


#271 I miss librerie – 2

Grosseto, nice tuscan town

And here’s libreria Palomar

yes, books AND wine, every Friday. How awesome is this?

(See also “I miss librerie – 1” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/268-i-miss-librerie/ )

#270 I miss Italian lakes – 2

More about Lago di Garda.

You can have a really active vacation over there, you can surf and windsurf

you can set sail




Or just sit and watch, and enjoy the view.

Arco, the castle


Limone (‘Lemon’)


(See also “I miss Italian lakes – 1”

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/263-i-miss-italian-lakes/ )

#269 I miss paste – 2

Let’s start with local specialities.

In Pontremoli, in the green Lunigiana, a magic Middle-Earth between Emilia and Toscana,

la città del libro (‘the town of books’), town of the prestition Premio Bancarella (‘Bancarella Award’), there is an old café-patisserie, called Antica Pasticceria degli Svizzeri (‘of the Swiss’ in honour of the two Swiss brother who founded it)

where they make the Amor.

A fabulous pastry, made of two vanilla wafers filled with a thick butter cream. The recipe is still a secret.

Ah sweet taste of childhood, a visit to this magic land of deliciousness was a must every time we went to Pontremoli.

(See also “I miss paste – 1” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/265-i-miss-paste-1/ )

#268 I miss librerie – 1

One of the most false of many false cognates.

Libreria, not ‘library’, but ‘book  store’

Italian librerie have their peculiar charme.

This is the Libreria Acqua Alta (‘high water’) guess why…

Needless to say: it’s in Venezia


(For the record ‘Library’ is Biblioteca: see “I miss biblioteche 1-2-3



https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/233-i-miss-biblioteche-3/ )

#267 I miss Italian creative scaramanzia – 8

Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, at the center of the Galleria, in the ground there are four mosaics, representing the coats of arms of four cities:





According to a local superstition, if someone “schiaccia le palle al toro” (lit. ‘ push the bull’s balls’ sic!) by putting his right heel on the bull’s genitals and turn on himself three times, will have good luck

(See also “I miss Italian creative scaramanzia 1-2-3-4-5-6-7











#266 I miss Italian Shopping Malls

Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, named after the first king of Italy,

two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting Piazza del Duomo

to Piazza della Scala.

One of the oldest Shopping Malls  in the world.

A Shopping Mall, the Italian way