|*** Give Fellini ***
Six year old Federico Fellini watched his first film at The Cinema Fulgor,
a small jewel box of a theater in his home town of Rimini.
That experience, as well as a profound lifelong attachment to his birthplace,
helped shape his extraordinary career as a film director.
The Smithsonian recently presented a program about Rimini and Modena,
two wondrous cities along the Via Emilia, an ancient Roman byway in Emilia-Romagna.
Both inspired the iconic director as well as today’s travelers who love chic beaches,
fabulous food, ancient ruins, and distinctive art, culture, music, and architecture.
Fellini declared “Life is a mix of magic and pasta,”
and the glorious food and wines in Emilia-Romagna provide plenty of both.
Modena’s famed cuisine ranges from extraordinary street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, including the internationally celebrated Osteria Francescana. This city takes pasta seriously:
A tortellini festival each September celebrates the shape
that by legend captured the navel of Venus in edible form.
Modena, the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari, also satisfies the appetites of car enthusiasts.
With more than 30 museums and private collections devoted to cars,
the city hosts the lively annual Motor Valley Festival, highlighted by the Mille Miglia,
a thousand-mile parade of vintage autos traveling from northern Italy to Rome and back.
So what do you need to Go Fellini for The Holidays?
Pick up a book on Fellini at Malaprops
"Amacord" if you can find it!
And or See "Ford vs. Ferrari"
Read about it here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chucktannert/2019/11/14/
Pasta Grannies: the Secret of Italy's Best Home Cooks
"When you have good ingredients, you don't have to worry about cooking.
They do the work for you." – Lucia, 85
Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name,
Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes
from those who who have spent a lifetime cooking for love: Italian grandmothers.
Featuring over 80 easy and accessible recipes from all over Italy,
Pasta styles range from pici, a simple to make hand-rolled spaghetti,
to lumachelle della duchessa – tiny, ridged, cinnamon-scented tube.
More than just a compendium of dishes, Pasta Grannies
tells the extraordinary stories of these ordinary women and shows you
that with the right tools, authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and achievable.
Buy the place next door!
Wall Street Journal Says: Sambuca isn’t alone in resorting to such tactics. According to www.casea1euro.it, 16 towns in Italy, most of them in the poorer south, are selling abandoned houses for as low as €1—about $1.11. The catch: Buyers need to renovate them.
Other depopulated areas of Italy offer other financial incentives to Italians or foreigners. The northern region of Emilia Romagna pays up to €30,000 to young couples who buy or renovate a house in small communities in the Apennine Mountains, and gives tax breaks to companies that move there.
Entire Story: https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-italy-would-be-idylls-go-for-a-song-11575979201
And a bottle of Lambrusco
from Emilia Romanga @MetroWines
Dry Sparkling Wine in the Frizzante Style
Lini's wines are renowned for their signature freshness and classic dry character.
Thanks to Fabio Lini's artisanal approach to sparkling wine production,
their bright red fruit and berryflavors are balanced by juicy minerality.
Their clean but lingering finish makes them an ideal pairing for a wide variety of cuisines.
Blend: 85% Salamino, 15% Ancellotta