Are you Italian? with Francesca

Are you Italian? with Francesca

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Tania Pietracatella


  1. La Festa della Donna
    08 Mar, 2019
    La Festa della Donna
    La Festa Della Donna! Pictured : some of the strongest women I know. Family & friends of the heart - location: Farmhouse Italy L-R Silvana, Adriana, Myself, Fausta, Rachel We Italians love a good ‘festa’. For those of you who have lived in Italy, you'll know that the Festa della Donna (International Women’s Day) is celebrated with blooming mimosa flowers that can be found on almost every street corner ready to gift to a wonderful ‘donna’ (woman) in your life. La Festa della Donna is
  2. Something About Italy -  Girl in Florence
    20 Feb, 2019
    Something About Italy - Girl in Florence
    Pic credit - Girl in Florence 1) How did you end up in Italy ? I first came to Italy as a study abroad student in 2005, at the time I was living in Los Angeles for university but I am originally from San Antonio, Texas. My program lasted a full calendar year which really helped to give me time to get to know Florence a little better than most study abroad programs that only last for a semester. After finishing my degree in Los Angeles, I returned to Italy in the Fall of 2007 and haven’t
  3. Something About Italy - An American In Rome
    03 Feb, 2019
    Something About Italy - An American In Rome
    Natalie Kennedy Picture credit - An American in Rome 1) How did you end up in Italy ? I moved to Rome for graduate school. I did my master’s degree in economics (with a focus on international policy) at an Italian university. That led to an internship and eventually a job. Though, a few weeks after I arrived, I also met the man I would later marry – so there were many reasons to stay. 2) How much of the Italian culture were you familiar with before you moved there? Oh god. I wish I could say
  4. Natale in Italia (Christmas in Italy)
    01 Dec, 2018
    Natale in Italia (Christmas in Italy)
    Italian Christmas Traditions This week I have been asking my students if they are familiar with some of Italy’s Christmas traditions. Surprisingly the majority said they aren't, so for our last week of Italian language classes we will be reading about Italian Christmas traditions while we enjoy a sip of caffe` or limoncello with a little bit of traditional Italian Christmas cake ‘il Pandoro.’ Excuse the lack of photo's in this’s a little hard to find any when the last Christmas you
  5. Ciambella allo yoghurt, datteri e noci
    25 Nov, 2018
    Ciambella allo yoghurt, datteri e noci
    Ciambella allo yoghurt, datteri e noci I often wake early in the morning and love to bake when it's quiet and the kids are still asleep. I usually always make the same Ciambella al Limone, which the family love for 'la colazione' (breakfast), unless there is something in the fridge like ricotta, cream or yoghurt that may be close to it's use by date. If so, then I'll usually use 'un po` di fantasia' (a little imagination) and add something different to the ciambella. I hate waste, and this is
  6. The word 'Molto' & it's different endings
    23 Nov, 2018
    The word 'Molto' & it's different endings
    When do we change the ending of the word 'Molto' in Italian...    This week in one of our Italian language classes, we stumbled on the word 'Molto' with a different ending, which led to the question of 'why' and 'when' does the word change. So I decided to write a quick blog about it... Wouldn’t it be great and much easier if the endings of Italian words were all the same?! But if they were, then the saying ‘la dolce lingua’ would no longer be. The sweet sound of the Italian language is partly
  7. Crostata con la Crema e le Fragole
    30 Sep, 2018
    Crostata con la Crema e le Fragole
    Here are the ingredients and very rough method of how I put together a couple of crostata's this morning because I had dozens of eggs from our wonderful chooks to use and my nonna handed me some sweet red ripe strawberries yesterday she got from a farm she went to with her friends on the community bus. (Her social life at 94 years of age is more full on than mine!) First of all : make some custard! and let it cool.  Pasta Frolla Ingredients: 250gr butter approx 250 grams (half packet of) La
  8. Are You Italian with Claudia Bertorello
    21 Sep, 2018
    Are You Italian with Claudia Bertorello
    1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, and where in Italy were your parents born ?  I was born in Perth but my parents are both Italian born.   Papa` is from a small town called Castagnole Lanze in the Langhe of Piedmonte - near Asti. And Mamma is from the Slovenian border.  The town where she was born was Italian, but over the years has changed it’s border many times.  When my grandparents were alive, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. My background is in media and TV journalism.
  9. Are you Italian? with Paola Bacchia
    07 Aug, 2018
    Are you Italian? with Paola Bacchia
    Pictured Paola's parents just arrived in Australia Tell me a bit about yourself and where in Italy your parents were born? When asked what I do, my first response is that I am a cookbook author, a photographer and a home cook who runs an Italian cooking school at home. But there are many who know me as a public health dentist and manager, as over the years I ran a number of clinics.  The urge to write, cook and take photos came to me quite late in life; some 10 years ago. My parents came