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12-Oct-17 12:15. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Wild Boar Population soaring

Italy has been facing a wild boar emergency in the last years, as their number has increased invading also big cities. Wild boar is an important animal in Italy. There are many dishes in the Italian tradition based on the meat of wild boar: wild boar stew, ragù, and sweet and sour wild boar, just to name a few. In the early 1900s the wild boar was only in some areas: the Maremma Tosco-Lazio, Gargano, Abruzzo, Calabro-Lucano Apennines, Sardinia. Since the 1960s, the wild boar was repopulated due to the introduction of European wild-boar species. Another reason for the increase in the wild boar population was farmland being abandoned leaving more space for wild animals.

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12-Oct-17 12:12. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Climate change bringing new cultivations to Italy

According to the farmers’ association, Coldiretti, climate change brought new cultivations to Italy, such as bananas, finger lime, and sturgeon caviar. Together with new food there are also old specialties reintroduced by farmers and now included in the “Made in Italy” products. The “manna” the biblical food sent by God to save the Jewish population during the desert crossing, is now cultivated by Sicilian farmers. The manna is extracted from the ash tree. Every day, in summer, in the country side around Castelbuono and Pollina, the ash trees bark is incised to let their sap flow and dry, to obtain the “manna”, particularly popular among the local people for its medicinal properties and its nice and sweet taste. Another product which is now included in the “made in Italy” is mulled wine of roman origins. It is produced by boiling mush of red and white grapes in copper vats, left to ferment and rest for years in wooden barrels. Then there is hydromel, considered the oldest fermented drink even older than beer.

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12-Oct-17 12:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Brexit and likely impact on the Italian academic community in the UK

The Embassy of Italy in the United Kingdom conducted a survey among the Italian academic community in the UK to understand if there are already explicit consequences of Brexit. Interesting data emerged: 82% of Italian academics in the UK, participating in the survey, are willing to relocate in another EU country, and many are concerned about discriminations in grant concessions to EU researchers. Italians are the second largest foreign academic community in the UK. Between 2014/15 and 2015/16 academic years, there was a significant increase in the number of Italians in UK universities. Since Brexit was announced the survey suggests a trend among some Italian academics to start looking for new opportunities outside of the UK. There are almost 6,000 Italians working in UK universities, the survey analyses the responses of 632 of them. Of these, 82% (i.e. 518) are considering to leave the UK, largely as a consequence of Brexit.

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25-Sep-17 12:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Eataly World - an Italian food theme park

If you are an Italian food lover there will soon be a new must-visit spot in the Emilia Romagna region: "Eataly World" a massive Italian food theme park. The park is scheduled to open on 15 November in Bologna, Italy. There will be over three dozen restaurants, a gigantic market, and a variety of "multimedia experiences" based on food, farming, and craft. All over the World, Italy is known as a unique place in terms of food variety, culture, tradition and biodiversity. FICO Eataly World advertises its initiative saying it wants to offer to the public the excellence of Italian food and wines, and the beauty of the Italian agri-food industry, including the traditional skills of its artisans and the expertise of the best food industries.

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25-Sep-17 12:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Is Prosecco bad for your teeth?

Is prosecco bad for you? some British dentists have recently claimed that prosecco causes chronic tooth decay. Newspapers used extreme headlines, as for example the “Daily Post” in Wales, which wrote that prosecco “could be rotting your teeth”, and even more, “The popular tipple is causing a rather horrifying dental issue being dubbed prosecco smile.” The Guardian gave six reasons to give up prosecco based on the consideration that it causes bad hangovers and gets you drunk fast. The Italian reaction to this unjustified attack to one of their best-selling products all over the world, was pretty harsh. The newspaper “Corriere della sera” wrote, “Prosecco has become one of the symbols of the difficult future relationship between Britain and the rest of Europe”.

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25-Sep-17 12:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

A year after the earthquake in Central Italy

From the 24th of August to the 30th of October 2016 three major earthquakes have destroyed the towns along the border of Abruzzo, Umbria, Marche and Lazio, causing the death of 299 people. As a consequence of the three earthquakes in central Italy, 26 thousand people were evacuated and allocated in prefabricated houses, hotels and camps. One year after, many hilltop towns and villages are still left in ruins causing frustration among the residents for the slow pace of reconstruction. Commemorative ceremonies were carried out to remember the victims. A memorial was set up in the park in central Amatrice where people came to pay their respects to their loved ones killed in the Amatrice earthquake the year before. To this day, only 10 percent of the estimated two million tons of rubble in the damaged towns and villages has been cleared away, while even the restoration of basic services such as power and water supplies remain unsolved.

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07-Aug-17 16:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Disneyland effect on Italian Cities

Are the main Italian cities going to become ghost towns brought to life only by tourists? According to a new report from the University of Siena, Airbnb, a worldwide accommodation service, is pushing permanent residents out of historic city centres, creating a “Disneyland effect” in places such as Florence. According to the study, residents prefer to rent out properties to tourists rather than living themselves in big cities. For example, in Florence, one in five properties in the historic centre is being rented out through Airbnb, turning the city into a “theme park for tourists”. Every single flat on a short-term let is one flat less in the regular long-term market, depriving the market of properties that could be used by permanent residents. Almost 20 per cent of the entire housing stock in the historic centre of Florence is listed on Airbnb. This situation is even more worrying in the historic city of Matera, in the south of Italy, where more than 25 per cent of the local housing stock is available to be rented on Airbnb.

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07-Aug-17 16:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

How to spot good Italian Ice Cream

The gelato (ice-cream) season starts in Italy by the end of May and finishes by the end of September. Unlike the British, Italians don’t eat ice-cream in winter. Ice-cream shops are usually open only during the summer but supermarkets will always provide the packaged ice-cream. In Italy during the summer, there are ice-cream shops at every corner, but how do you spot good Italian Gelato? There are some tricks anyone can use to spot real gelato. Starting from its container, good gelato should be kept in flat metal tins, which may have lids on them, to keep it at the right temperature. The height of an ice cream in the container is also relevant. Ice-cream shouldn’t be piled up too high because real gelato would melt and if it doesn't, it means it is rich in vegetable fats and emulsifiers. How it is served can also give a hint: flat, metal spades are better tools than curved ice cream scoops, because good gelato is supposed to have a dense texture.

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07-Aug-17 16:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Things Italians would never do or eat

Italian food is very much loved by the British, but they sometimes break the rules of cooking and eating Italian food, causing disapproval of Italian chefs and the embarrassment of Italians. Let’s see some of the things Italians would never do or eat: - Cooking “spaghetti alla carbonara” with cream instead of egg yolks is apparently a common mistake British restaurants make; - Pasta should never be salted after being cooked but it should always be put in boiling water seasoned with sea salt; - Parmesan mustn’t be put on seafood or clams, as it overpowers the sea flavours. The same goes for dishes containing truffles, because cheese kills the delicate balance of flavours. Grating Parmesan all over anything hot enough to melt it is another error, hated by Italian chefs. Also putting Cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan is an outrageous thing Italians in the UK often complain about

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28-Jun-17 17:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Things Italians would never do or eat

Italian food is very much loved by the British, but they sometimes break the rules of cooking and eating Italian food, causing disapproval of Italian chefs and the embarrassment of Italians. Let’s see some of the things Italians would never do or eat: - Cooking “spaghetti alla carbonara” with cream instead of egg yolks is apparently a common mistake British restaurants make; - Pasta should never be salted after being cooked but it should always be put in boiling water seasoned with sea salt;

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