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THE 5: WHAT WE ARE ESCAPING WITH THIS MONTH

FEBRUARY

 

THE SHADES OF ITALY AND LOVE THROUGH GUADAGNINO’S EYES

 

Raise your hand if you, like us, have fallen deeply madly in love with love through and with Guadagnino’s movie Call Me by Your Name, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

 

The unforgettable soundtrack, the 80’s fashion, the film’s cinematic beauty and overwhelmingly sensual story are all tied together by its dreamlike quintessentially Italian backdrop:“Somewhere in Northern Italy.” An idyllic and at the same time authentic Italy that is hard not to venerate or fantasize of. From the tuscan 17th century home Villa in Moscazzano we all dream of to the small timeless town of Crema 

 

GUADAGNINO’S ITALIAN LOVE STORIES

 

DISCO SEGRETA

 

Speaking of soundtracks, photographer Letizia Cigliutti and Amanda Courtney will take us around Italy through their eyes and the ears of Italy’s talented musicians. The first installment of Disco Segreta by Luca Bernascone had us massively thinking about what this summer blasting music under the sun will feel like. 

 

MEET LUCA BERNASCONE THROUGH DISCO SEGRETA a.1

 

IN SEARCH OF PASTA

 

Gli strozzapreti” – The combination of two words, “choke” and “priest”. 

There are numerous versions of how this pasta, made by hand with water, flour, eggs and a pinch of salt, got its name. One version of the story links the pasta to the fact that they are so good priests could choke while eating them. Whatever version you choose, we can all agree on one thing: whether they are accompanied by porcini mushrooms and sausage, ragù or truffles, strozzapreti are among the oldest and most exquisite pastas of our tradition. 

 

There’s a good argument that pasta should be on this list every month, but this month is special as we get to hear about some unique pasta through the words of Viola Buitoni, the woman who is on a constant pasta journey!

 

DISCOVER ITALY’S PASTA

 

PRANZO DELLA DOMENICA

 

The custom of Sunday lunches with family is strong in all of Italy, but recently had escaped the tables of Milan where the Milanese had abandoned it in favor of brunch. Through a lockdown that has transformed many of our habits, Pranzo della Domenica (“Sunday Lunch”) was rediscovered. Margo Schachter takes you through some unique spots to enjoy this tradition, don’t expect any trattorie on the list.

 

PRANZO DELLA DOMENICA IS BACK

 

PAROLE CROCIATE

 

You might have heard of la settimana enigmistica, if you’re Italian your parents or grandparents play it, and if you’ve been to Italy you’ve surely seen someone, pen in hand and this game laid flat on the table in front of them at a caffe. A symbol of Italy, a reminder of times past, and an opportunity to grab a pen and paper. A great way to learn about our culture, get some friends or family together and see who gets it done first.

Send us a photo of the completed crossword along with the rearranged word and tag @italysegreta

Those of you who will get it right will be entered in our very luck draw!

 

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