New York New York Radio Italia Podcast for 11/3/2017

TODAY Friday November 3rd, 2017″ Radio Show of “NEW YORK NEW YORK” Hosted by ” SAL PALMERI. ”
Our Guest this week is: Mrs. WANDA S. RADETTI of Queens , a very active Personality and always present in many Italian-American events in New York City. She was born in the city of FIUME when still was Italian and before belonging to Croatia . She lives in New York City since 1956 .

 

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Italian Vegetable Lentil Soup

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups diced carrots (3 medium)
1 1/2 cups diced yellow onions (1 medium)
1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic (4 cloves)
4 (14.5 oz) cans vegetable broth
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 1/4 cups dried brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups diced zucchini (1 medium)
2 cups packed chopped kale or spinach
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

 

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onions and saute 2 minutes then add garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. Pour in vegetable broth and tomatoes. Add in lentils, basil, oregano, thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in zucchini and kale and simmer 10 minutes longer. Stir in lemon juice and add up to 1 cup of water to thin as needed (as the soup rests the lentils soak up more of the broth). Serve warm with parmesan cheese if desired.
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Vespa, an Italian icon

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Vespa, an Italian icon

The Vespa is an icon. Everybody knows it. And everybody should try it.

A Vespa ride is something you will remember, especially if you are not used to go around by scooter. And especially if you can do it in Italy, maybe on the roads of the Amalfi Coast. A breathtaking panoramic views at every bend, in a few words.

Renting a modern (or better a vintage) model in one of Italy’s beautiful cities is another good choice. Why not, during a Roman holiday…

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck were only the first of a long series of great international actors who rode the world’s most famous scooter. Other movies go from “Quadrophenia” to “American Graffiti”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, “102 Dalmatians” and many more.

It’s easy to see many VIPS falling in love with a Vespa: Raquel Welch, Matt Damon, Gérard Depardieu, Jude Law, Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Ursula Andress, Milla Jovovich. And in the past Marcello Mastroianni, Charlton Heston, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nanni Moretti, Sting and so on.

The History of Vespa

Luxury ship fitting and successively timber, seaplanes, and airplanes. This was Piaggio in its early days (1884), but by the end of the century, the factory was also producing rail carriages, goods vans, coaches and engines, trams and truck bodies.

Then, the company started producing aeroplanes. Soon, new plants were bought or built in different Italian cities and towns. Only after World War II, the iconic Vespa owed its existence.

What happened during World War II?

Piaggio had become an important factory. Its aeronautical plants were obviously related to military needs when the war started.

The bomber versions of its engines and planes turned the plants in Tuscany (Pontedera and Pisa) into very important military targets. The two Tuscan plants were razed to the ground by Allied and the Piaggio required a sudden restart.

A star was born

The process of rebuilding was really hard. Economic assessments and sociological considerations lead to the decision of entering the light mobility business. Enrico Piaggio wanted to create a viable alternative to the automobile for the people.

After a prototype called Paperino (Donald Duck‘s name in Italian) the first known version of this World renown scooter was released. The MP 6 looked like a wasp (Vespa in Italian) and this is how the name was found.

The Vespa was born as a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 and, just like every brilliant ideas, the Vespa divided the market and people.

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Despite the scepticism of many experts, the output grew constantly after few years. Soon the Vespa was produced in 13 countries and marketed in 114. The company have gone from producing a couple thousands of scooters to almost two hundreds thousands vehicles.

In the 1956 the one millionth unit was produced. In the 1988, it reached ten million units. The rest is History. This data speak for themselves: Vespa is an icon. It’s been a symbol for different generations of men and women and keep being trendy, fashionable and stylish.

Why Vespa is an icon of Italian culture?

The Times wrote about the Vespa:

“a completely Italian product, such as we have not seen since the Roman chariot”

The foundation and spread of the Vespa Clubs and the extensive service network all over Europe and the rest of the world created by Enrico Piaggio made it easy. The cinema, the literature and the advertisings contributed to the myth.

The Vespa has been one of the biggest sales success in the entire history of Italian market. Cycle races, records, rallies and unbelievable long distance travels contributed to make this scooter a main character of the XX century.

Giancarlo Tironi, an Italian University student, reached the Arctic Circle on a Vespa. The Argentine Carlos Velez crossed the Andes from Buenos Aires to Santiago del Chile. Year after year, the Vespa gained popularity among adventure holiday enthusiasts: Roberto Patrignani rode one from Milan to Tokyo; Soren Nielsen in Greenland; James P. Owen from the USA to Tierra del Fuego; Santiago Guillen and Antonio Veciana from Madrid to Athens; Wally Bergen on a grand tour of the Antilles; the Italians Valenti and Rivadulla in a tour of Spain; Miss Warral from London to Australia and back; the Australian Geoff Dean took one on a round-the-world tour (from newatlas.com)

Riding a Vespa was synonymous with freedom and a new kind of being young, trendy, brave, fearless and safely in movement! This is why the Vespa is an icon of our Italian culture. Simply because it is! And if you’ll come to Italy, you will probably see many people riding this piece of history.

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A worldwide celebration of Italian cuisine

Laura Egan


Just over two weeks from now, the world will come together to celebrate Italian cuisine in all its glory.

Running from November 20 to 27, the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World (Settimana della cucina italiana nel mondo), will celebrate its second edition in the utmost style.

The seven-day event is promoted by the Italian government, and myriad organisations and businesses involved in Italian culture, cuisine and agriculture participate by holding various related activities across the globe.

Last year, 1,395 events took place across 108 nations, and the initiative was considered a great step forward in the promotion of Italian culinary traditions and products sourced or made in the Belpaese.

Following the success of the first edition, this year is set to skyrocket even higher, with events including conferences, tastings, thematic dinners, exhibitions on culinary themes and technical and scientific workshops to unfold in over 100 nations.

In Australia, the Italian Consulate in Perth is proud to present four events in the spirit of the week.

The first will take place on November 4, at WA Opera’s closing night performance of Donizetti’s classic, Lucia di Lammermoor.

Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of opera and gourmet canapés at His Majesty’s Theatre, and the pre-show cocktail function includes an exclusive meet and greet with leading tenor Aldo di Toro, who performs the role of Edgardo.

The festivities are set to continue in the west, with the World of Food Festival to be held at Government House Gardens on November 19.

During this annual event, various communities from around Perth come together to celebrate the obvious: food.

Italy will have its own stall, featuring the flavours and scents of the Belpaese through delectable wood-fired pizza and refreshing gelato.

A few days later, on November 23, South Fremantle restaurant L’Antica will host a pizza-making and wine-tasting night.

By invitation only, this event aims to celebrate pizza napoletana and the art of Neapolitan pizza-making.

Guests will also have the chance to taste Italian wine and learn the importance of its classifications (IGT, DOC or DOCG quality).

Perth’s celebrations will conclude on November 26, with the ‘Foods from Pompeii’ seminar to be held at the WA Maritime Museum.

Dr Moya Smith, curator for ‘Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue’, will discuss what we know of ancient foods from the exhibition currently on show at the museum, as well as ancient sources, including Pliny the Elder’s Natural History.

Dr Smith will include some age-old recipes for the more adventurous to try at home.

Meanwhile in South Australia, the Consulate of Italy in Adelaide will present a program of events throughout the week.

The festivities will begin on November 20, with the Opening Gala Dinner to be held at Osteria Oggi.

The dinner will feature an official five-course chef selection showcasing Italian ingredients.

The following day, Campbelltown’s Mercato will host a pizza al tagliocooking demonstration, followed by an exclusive pizza lunch deal (this event will also be repeated on November 23).

That night, Italian restaurant Ruby Red Flamingo will house the Paste d’Italia event, organised by the Dante Alighieri Society of SA.

On November 22, the Marche Club will run a cooking demonstration, featuring classic dishes from the region.

That same evening, Bottega Rotolo in Goodwood will hold a mouth-watering cheese and wine class.

On November 23, Rusco and Brusco will host an Italian aperitivo night organised by Com.It.Es.

The celebrations will carry on at Bene Aged Care on November 24, with a lesson on ‘Food and Togetherness’ by Professor John Coveney from Flinders University.

The week will end with a wine masterclass at The Hilton Adelaide on November 25.

The masterclass will be presented by Italian sommelier Alessandro Ragazzo and Italian oenologist Michele Guglielmi.

Many specials and deals will also run in various Italian restaurants and eateries across Adelaide throughout the week.

Events will also unfold across other Australian states, including NSW, where Italian sommelier Piero Fonseca will lead a wine masterclass hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney.

The evening of November 23 will be dedicated to the wines of three Italian regions: Friuli, Marche and Calabria, in order to cover the north, centre and south of the peninsula.

During the event, participants will be able to sample some of the most celebrated wines of these regions.

The Institute will also organise a cooking class by Italian chef Gabriele Taddeucci at Casa Barilla, to be held on November 21.

Mr Taddeucci will offer an overview of the most typical products of the Italian gastronomic tradition, such as its cheeses and preserved meats , as well as the different types of wheats used all over the peninsula and their uses.

With all of this and more to do, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as we join together to celebrate Italian cuisine!

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