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he “first” course marks the beginning of a meal. In the Mediterranean diet, it’s the undisputed realm of the pasta dishes. In general, served food includes soups and recipes based on rice or some kind of dough.

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Pasta, soups, recipes based on rice or some kind of dough. Sauces.




Fried pizza on a De Sica movie set. Fried pizza on a De Sica movie set.

Fried pizza on a De Sica movie set.

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omething similar to a fried pizza can be found in many places around the world. The type made in Naples has something special though. That’s probably why the famous Italian director Vittorio De Sica gave it an important role in the movie “The Gold of Naples”: a tribute to his beloved city. (continue)

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Margherita: pizza of Queens. Margherita: pizza of Queens.

Margherita: pizza of Queens.

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any think that the so-called “margherita”, the “queen” of pizzas, takes its name from that of a real one: Margherita of Savoy. Is it true? Well, it’s certainly enough to arouse the curiosity and start a little investigation, deepening the knowledge of the Neapolitan food speciality most famous in the world. (continue)

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The origins of carbonara. The origins of carbonara.

The origins of carbonara.

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here are many assumptions about the origins of the “spaghetti alla carbonara”, one of the most likely dates back to 1944, near the end of the Second World War. It was the period of time when Naples became an important Allied military outpost. The “carbonara” was probably born from a lucky mix of the most important local food, pasta, and two aliments that can’t go missing in the combat ration of every American soldier: bacon and egg powder. (coming soon)

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In Bologna, pasta alla bolognese. In Bologna, pasta alla bolognese.

In Bologna, pasta alla bolognese.

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ologna, situated in the northeastern part of Italy, is one of the oldest and most interesting cities in this country. It’s rich in traditions that have their roots in a distant past: among them, how not to remember the gastronomy. Let’s deepen the knowledge of the place where one of the most famous Italian recipes in the world was born: the “spaghetti alla bolognese”. (coming soon)

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Sushi: a fascinating story. Sushi: a fascinating story.

The fascinating story of sushi.

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ushi is without and doubts one of the most famous Japanese food in the world. So, it sounds quite odd to find out that most probably it’s not from the Land of the Rising Sun. Recent historical studies show that an early form of the recipe comes from an area between China and Southeast Asia. (coming soon)

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De Crescenzo about pizza.

The “PENDING” PIZZA

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n Naples it may happen that the customer of a pizzeria, when paying the bill, pays for one more pizza. This “pending” pizza, will be later offered to a poor in need. A bright example of great compassion, there are no doubts!

Four seasons on a pizza.

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ven if in Naples the most famous kind of pizza is the “margherita”, it’d be a huge mistake to think that there are no more “classics” that deserve to be tasted. The so-called “Quattro Stagioni” (four seasons), is one of them. As for its name, it is divided in four parts by thin stripes of dough: every part represents a season of the year (spring, summer, autumn, winter) and is seasoned with the most typical products of that particular period.




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