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Italian “firsts” There have been a number of Italian “firsts” throughout history (perhaps too many to count), but here are just a few of Italians’ contributions to history as the “first” to do or create something. By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.comContinue reading

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“Memories of the Past” By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com   As a small boy in the 1950’s, I remember passing by a shop in the piazza of my small town in Abruzzo and seeing the Rappresentante (“representative”) sign.  Obviously, I had no … Continue reading

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La Pietà By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com On April 4th 1964, the SS Cristoforo Colombo ocean liner carried the Pietà from the Vatican to the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows.  The Pietà was put in a crate that was filled with plastic foam, … Continue reading

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Nice to Know By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Pawnbrokers The traditional symbol of the pawnbroker three golden balls (photo above)  is derived from the Medici family coat-of-arms, who ruled Florence in the 15th and 16th centuries.  The symbol was spread by … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com At Versailles, during the reign of Louis XIV, it was considered gauche to knock on a door with your knuckles. Instead one scratched the door with the little finger of the left hand, and for this … Continue reading

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  Packed like Sardines By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Last week, I was forced to take a subway in New York City to avoid getting stuck in traffic and reach my destination on time . As the train approached the station, a … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Food Philosophy in Italy Italians enjoy their daily meal with a particular philosophy. During my last visit to a local Massaria in Abruzzo, I was taken by the owner’s desire to express a philosophy about the meal … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Espresso Coffee with a Lemon Twist When visiting New York City, many Italian tourists are perplexed as to why Italian restaurants serve espresso with a lemon twist on the side. Even finer establishments adhere to this Italian … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Mikhail Gorbachev e’ di origine Pugliese! After the Crimean War  (1853 to 1856), the local economy was devastated and since Crimea was a peninsula surrounded by the Black Sea, fishing was encouraged and exploited.  Thus, the authorities … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Lost in Translation: This week we honor those Italian business establishments that did their best to capture the foreign tourist’s attention by literally translating Italian into poor English. It’s not an easy task! Enjoy! “Redfish in Crazy … Continue reading

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