08-Jun-11 10:28. By Backhill Team | Comments (1)

Remo Besagni

Beloved husband of June, dearly loved father of Elisa, adored by granddaughter Eloise and much loved by his brothers and sisters, Remo will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Remo, a highly talented footballer, was the pride of the Italian community in London and his relations in Terruzzi and Vernasca, when Crystal Palace Football Club signed him as a professional footballer in 1952. A local boy making good!


03-Jun-11 14:58. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Parmigiani Valtaro association celebrated the 150 years of Italian unification

Parmigiani Valtaro association, marking 150 years of Italian unification, celebrated the 36th edition of their famous annual dinner dance in the sumptuous Grange St. Pauls Hotel. The party included many guests, some who came over from Italy for this special occasion, a silent auction, rising funds for APV (Associazione Parmigiani Valtaro), music and the special cuisine of the chef Carluccio, in a happy and friendly atmosphere a few steps from St. Paul cathedral. Backhillonline met Piero Nanis, president of the Parmigiani Valtaro association.


03-Jun-11 14:47. By Christina Salzano | Comments (2)

Play Groups for very young Anglo Italians

Like many Anglo-Italians it wasn’t until I had children that I realised how important it was for me that they learn Italian and know Italian culture. For a lot of mezza Italiana families contact with the language and culture is mostly restricted to visits from grandparents or holidays to Italy. And while it’s normal for first generation Italians to gravitate to each other, for many second generation Italians the opportunities to speak the language just aren’t there. The same applies when one parent is Italian and the other English. Playgroups often provide the answer.


01-Jun-11 15:45. By Fiona Ford | Comments (0)

Backhill spotlight on Abruzzo

Nowhere says Italy like Abruzzo. And its easy to feel like you’ve been transported through time as you travel through beautiful towns perched on top of hills, castles nestled above steep winding roads not to mention, abandoned villages and seascapes that take your breath away.


26-May-11 14:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (11)

The Italian cultural association “Il circolo”

The cultural association “Il circolo” promotes Italian culture in the UK through a wide range of activities and also donations, providing scholarships for students who seek to further their education in the field of Italian and related studies. Backhillonline met Marina Fazzari, the president of the UK registered charity based in London, “Il circolo”.


20-May-11 15:28. By Backhill correspondent | Comments (2)

I Federalisti Italiani da Carlo Cattaneo al nuovo titolo 5 della Costituzione

“I Federalisti Italiani da Carlo Cattaneo al nuovo titolo 5 della Costituzione” at the Italian Cultural Institute” As part of the events commemorating the 150 years of Italian unification, the Italian cultural Institute has organized a conference concerning the Italian and British constitution from a federalist point of view.


20-May-11 15:11. By | Comments (1)

Zina Proietti Finchley Italians

Backhill catches up with Zina Proietti, coordinator of "La Dolce Vita", Finchley Italian social club


16-May-11 15:00. By Backhill editors | Comments (55)

Michael Anthony Polledri MBE

The second in our series of Anglo Italians whose services have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list features Michael Polledri MBE


03-May-11 17:27. By Backhill foodies | Comments (1)

Italian food habits at Milan’s “Tuttofood”

Italians have changed! This can easily be seen by walking through any Italian city, and so have their eating habits (the flourishing of Sushi Bars on every corner of the “Bel Paese” is evidence of the beginning of a change in tastes). Italians are increasingly more willing to experiment but always more attentive, when possible, to the quality of food. Among the reasons of the changes in food habits there is the need to eat out every day during the lunch time break and also aggressive marketing strategies of big food chains. In spite of this, the young generations, especially those who have grown up with international food and drink, are rediscovering traditional foods.


28-Apr-11 17:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (15)

Italian Investment in UK

Despite the Government’s decision to raise the VAT to 20% and the uncertain economic situation of the island, the UK is still an attractive prospect and London continues to be strong financial centre, as the Italian presence demonstrates. The top three investment regions sorted by number of investments are Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Veneto. Lombardy in particular, sees a 3.1% increment in the UK percentage share of total turnover generated by its companies.


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