Italian film a US hit

UnknownItaly is celebrating success at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, as Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” picked up the Best Feature Film prize, along with a Best Breakthrough Actor gong for its young star Timothée Chalamet. Although the Gothams are one of the smaller awards of the season and chosen by a small, select group of jurors, they are influential and have recently proved good at spotting Academy Award winners. “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “Birdman” were all winners at what Variety has called “the Iowa caucus of Oscars season”. Guadagnino’s film has also picked up six Spirit Awards nominations.

“Call Me By Your Name”, shot in English with an international cast including Armie Hammer as well as Chalamet, is a coming of age romance between a 17-year-old boy and his father’s 24-year-old research assistant and is set in a 17th-century villa in Lombardy during the kind of sun-drenched Italian summer that film makers from Bertolucci to Merchant-Ivory have never been able to resist.

The film has been garnering rave reviews in America and Britain, with NPR and Vulture both hailing it as “a masterpiece”. Most of all the critics have found it “ravishing”. Variety went for ‘ravishingly sensual”, Peter Bradshaw in Britain’s Guardian was “overwhelmed by it” and found it “ravishingly beautiful”. The New York Times described it as a “ravishment of the senses”. All this despite the fact that one of the few criticisms that have been made about it is a shortage of ravishing. The original script by 89-year-old James Ivory apparently featured a lot more sex and nudity, although a steamy forbidden-fruit scene – the fruit in question being a ripe peach – survived.

Italian cinema is experiencing a renaissance at the moment. After decades when directors seemed to churn out nothing but low budget comedies of manners about the love lives of thirty-somethings, along came Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, This Must be the Place), Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Tale of Tales) and Guadagnino, as well as others less celebrated but just as interesting. Italo-American Jonas Carpignano’s film A Ciambra takes a grittily neo-neo-realist look at the poor and marginalised in a Romany camp in Calabria. Gianfranco Rosi’s Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), a documentary about the island of Lampedusa and the European migrant crisis, was nominated in the Best Documentary category at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Italy has won more Best Foreign Language Academy Awards than any other country, the most recent being Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, but despite this, and the recent flowering of talent, it is becoming harder than ever for Italian movies to find distributors in the all-important American market. U.S. audiences for foreign-language films have fallen in recent years. In 2016, the highest-grossing Italian release was “Mia Madre”. Although its director Nanni Moretti is a long time favourite of American cinephiles, it grossed all of $301,098, according to the IMDb. “Call Me By Your Name” has already topped that, taking a very respectable $404,000 at only four theatres in Los Angeles and New York on its opening weekend.


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7 must-see holiday light displays in St. Louis

There’s nothing quite like an evening stroll under twinkling holidays lights to celebrate the season.  St. Louis has plenty of amazing lights displays to enjoy. Make a weekend of it and here are seven must see holiday light displays.

Way of Lights | Through December 31

Families from across the region will once again flock to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows for the annual Way of Lights Christmas display. This unique display features a mile-and-a-half drive of over one million lights and displays that include life-size biblical statues taking visitors on a journey to Bethlehem.

Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park | Through December 30

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the area. For over 30 years, Tilles Park in St. Louis County has been making memories for families across the region with its Winter Wonderland. The park is filled with millions of twinkling lights and various holiday scenes.

Garden Glow | Through January 1

Enjoy a million lights at Missouri Botanical Garden at its annual Garden Glow, one of the city’s most beloved festive enterprises.  The hundreds of thousands of lights adorn some of the Garden’s most iconic locations including Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, the Central Axis and Tower Grove House. Walkways will be transformed into an explosion of visual magic, while more traditional displays will delight crowds of all ages. Your admission includes the chance to see the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights | Through December 30

Stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy over half a million twinkling lights and festive fun for the whole family!  In addition listen to fireside storytellers and tuck in to sticky s’mores fireside.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights | Through January 1

Experience Anheuser Busch-Brewery all decked out for the holidays.  Enjoy walking tours, along with free samples of AB products for those 21 and over, thousands of twinkling lights, s’mores stations and one monumental display of holiday spirits.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom | Through January 7

Millions of lights and dozens of holiday scenes fill Jellystone Park near Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka. You can see Santa’s flying reindeer, travel through the Candy Cane Village or visit the Waterfall of Lights. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle’s General Store for a little holiday shopping.

Inaugural Magic of Lights | Through January 1

Gateway Motorsports Park, will transform into a festive wonderland with the Magic of Lights™ drive-through Christmas lights experience this holiday season.  The family-friendly “one carload, one price” holiday attraction will run from dusk each evening to 10 p.m.



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Da Vinci manuscript to return to Italy after two decades

Il Globo Editorial Team

By Il Globo Editorial Team 
Published 16 hours, 13 minutes ago

Leonardo da Vinci’s famed notebook, Codex Leicester, is set to return to Italy after more than 20 years abroad.

The historic notebook will be on loan from its owner, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, ahead of the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death.

It will be displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence from October 2018 through January 2019.

Mr Gates bought the scientific manuscript in 1994, paying American oil tycoon Armand Hammer some USD $30.8 billion for it.

The 72-page leather-bound manuscript provides an insight into the inquisitive mind of the Renaissance genius, as well as an exceptional illustration of the link between art and science and the creativity of the scientific process.

Featuring dense notes and sketches, it contains Da Vinci’s reflections on everything from tides and geology, to why the moon is paler than the sun and how best to build bridges.

Considered one of the most famous of Da Vinci’s 30 scientific manuscripts, the document was last displayed in Italy in 1995, at Palazzo Querini Dubois in Venice.

Three of Da Vinci’s notebooks are on permanent display in Italy, two in Milan and one in Turin.

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Recipe: Panettone Muffins

Contributed by Jeanne Florini for Ciao St. Louis

Panettone Muffins – makes a dozen

These muffins mimic the flavor of Italy’s classic Christmas bread, panettone. They’re flavored with Fiori di Sicilia — “Flowers of Siciliy” — and take less time and effort to make at home.  Pair with a prosecco as a nice gift!

1 1/2 cups diced dried fruit (such as diced apricots, raisins, pineapple cubes, chopped dates, sweetened cranberries)
1/4 cup apple juice, orange juice, rum, or a mixture

Mix the dried fruit and liquid of your choice in a bowl. Cover the bowl, and let the fruit sit overnight. Or speed up the process by heating fruit and liquid in the microwave till very hot, then cooling to lukewarm/room temperature, about 1 hour.

1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia, to taste (can use orange extract)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup milk
2 generous tablespoons coarse white sparkling sugar, for topping


1.  Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin.
2.  In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar until smooth.
3.  Add the eggs, beating to combine.
4.  Stir in the Fiori and vanilla.
5.  Mix together baking powder, salt, and flour. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
6.  Stir in the fruit, with any remaining liquid.
7.  Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the cups quite full. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins generously with the coarse sugar.
8.  Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, or until they’re a sunny gold color on top, and a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.
9.  Remove them from the oven, and let them cool for a couple of minutes, or until you can handle them. Transfer them to a rack to cool.

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Recipe: Cioccolata Calda

Cioccolata calda (Hot chocolate)

2 tablespoons of good quality cocoa 1 – 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
8 ounces milk (skim is ok!)


In a saucepan, mix the cocoa, sugar and corn flour together very well. Pour in a little milk and mix well, add more milk, and mix – a little at a time.

Turn on the heat and gently heat until it starts to boil.

Remove from heat, continue stirring – it will be thickened and smooth!

Top with whipped topping if desired!

Microwaving directions:

In a microwave safe bowl (prefer a 4 cup liquid measuring cup).  Mix as described above, and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring each time (watch – do not let boil over!) Contributed by Jeanne Florini for Ciao St. Louis November 26, 2017

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Meet Emanuele Fontanini at Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Emanuele Fontanini

Sunday, November 26, 2017
3 – 6 p.m.

Seth (Tour Figure)

Seth (Tour Figure)

Tour Figure: Seth (boy with cats)
Limited Edition:  Filla (girl with cats)
New:  Armone (produce merchant), Clement (boy with pig), Donkey with cross, Gilam ( viewing man), Giorgio (trader), Julian (parchment maker), Herschel (young carpenter),  Silvanus(knife sharpener)

To guarantee product availability, purchase NOW or, receive a 10% discount on all Fontanini pieces purchased the day of the event between
3 – 6 p.m.

Check back for information on the Fontanini Limited Event Piece
(All figures purchased during the event can be signed.)

Visit the gift shop any time throughout the Way of Lights to enter a drawing for a chance to win a Fontanini Nativity set!

Call 618-394-6230 for more information.


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Luigi Veronelli: The Italian Wine Journalist Who Fought for Passion

In New York, a tribute to Veronelli who was infamous for his quotes that drove to the heart of what he cherished most about wine
The legendary Italian journalist Luigi Veronelli was an highly educated man who stood by his principles to protect small winemakers, as well as artisanal products, around Italy; so much so that he was sentenced to prison twice and, in 1977, successfully stopped the national distribution of Coca-Cola in Italy for one day.

These days, it seems like I run into so many people who feel like their life is spinning out of control. Most people in the USA feel that they have to work more hours than their parents and they are earning less (when adjusted for inflation). As I walk down the streets of New York City, it seems that there are more vacant storefronts each week. Small business owners have more and more trouble surviving in this economic environment and soon, NYC will have nothing but banks and major chains lining even the once most neighborhood-y of streets.

Luigi Veronelli

1975 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

A few weeks back, at the impressive Astor Wines & Spiritsstore and education center here in Manhattan, I attended a tribute to honor Luigi Veronelli(1926-2004), who was best-known as an Italian journalist.  He was a self-described anarchist, an ardent activist, philosopher, poet, publisher and provocateaur. Veronelli also starred in a television cooking show and was a defender of artisanal producers of wine, olive oil, and food in general. He fought for the little guy, trying to block the complete takeover of big corporations. So fierce in his convictions that Veronelli was, he was sentenced to prison twice and, in 1977, successfully stopped the national distribution of Coca-Cola in Italy for one day.

Many wine producers from all over Italy came to New York City for this event, just to pay tribute to this man. The famous Emidio Pepe, who showed the world that wine from Abruzzo could age, told his granddaughter Chiara, who was translating for him during this tribute, to not talk about the wine they were presenting in Veronelli’s honor – 1975 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.Instead this legendary producer wanted to talk about Luigi Veronelli, the man. Emidio made no bones about his passionate disagreements with Veronelli, but at least he was speaking to a highly educated, famous voice that never lost sight of the importance of small growers and he fiercely gave them his support.

Emidio Pepe with granddaughter Chiara

Luigi Veronelli was infamous for his quotes that drove to the heart of what he cherished most about wine; Emidio Pepe said that he would repeat one over and over again, “The smaller the estate, the tinier the vineyard, the more perfect the wine; it is all too easy to forget about the small growers, and this is a great injustice.”

A Fight for Passion  

Although many small Italian wineries had their desperate hour and gave up… the long hours and back breaking work, all to make small production high quality wine that no one was appreciating was sometimes too much. It was Luigi Veronelli who inspired many of these winemakers to stay true to their tradition, their vision, and their passion. Veronelli was the acclaimed figure who would not only spend years writing letters to several small producers giving the encouragement that they needed, but he, sometimes placing himself in deep trouble, would speak out for their rights. For example, he encouraged Barolo producers such as Mauro Mascarello to place the vineyard name, such as their ‘Monprivato’, on the top single vineyard’s wine bottle labels. At the event, we were able to taste the 1970 vintage with his daughter Elena, the first vintage of the new single-vineyard, and as many Barolo connoisseurs know, it was one of the stars of the vintage. Mauro sent a barrel sample of this wine to Luigi Veronelli asking for his opinion – many of the producers trusted him with barrel samples – and he confirmed that it was “a champion” and it would live a glorious life. Of course it was controversial to some to place a “Grand Cru” name on a Barolo because it was not officially recognized, but today, it is deemed by many Barolo wine experts to be a top site.

Tribute to Luigi Veronelli at Astor Wines & Spirits

When I thought I had already been taken away by the idealism of a man who walked the walk, Giuseppe Mazzocolin, owner of Fattoria di Fèlsina, entered the stage with his 1985 “Grand Cru” Fontalloro wine – a wine that Luigi Veronelli deemed to be the first “Grand Cru” of Castelnuovo Berardenga in Chianti Classico. He first started to describe the wine after being prompted to do so, but then his passion took over and he started to say with great intensity, “I am free if you are free… It’s you and me… this is the personal relation… that is why it is possible to smell the wine… the wines of Veronelli were about the personalities involved!”

After this tribute, I left beaming with joy as electric currents of hope crackled up my spine. But before I left, I wanted to say goodbye to a New York City colleague; we talked about how remarkable it was that, at one time, a journalist could encourage the smaller producers to believe in their work, and most importantly, inspire his audience to invest in keeping artisanal products alive in Italy. My colleague said, “We think we have no control over what is going on in the world, but we do; we control it by what we buy and how we spend our money.” It was a powerful reminder that it is not over for the little guys, and we can still actively fight the extinction of small independent shops and artisanal wines.

Cathrine’s Recommendations

Astor Wines & Spirits in Manhattan, New York City, has bought Luigi Veronelli’s wine cellar that included the wines from all the producers that he supported, such as some of the ones I mentioned. I thank them for inviting me as a guest journalist to participate in tasting wines from his cellar, with vintages that ranged from 1993 to 1964; these wines were living proof of one of Veronelli’s greatest beliefs – one honors a great wine by aging it.

Also, we were given a copy of Camminare La Terra, a book about Luigi Veronelli, which is written in English as well as Italian.

Everyday Drinking Wine (less than $15)

2015 Livio Felluga, Pinot Grigio, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy ($17): 100% Pinot Grigio. Okay, first of all, I know that everyday drinking wines are supposed to be less than $15, but I have to recommend this producer’s Pinot Grigio at $17 for everyday drinking because all of us need to up our Pinot Grigio game. One of Veronelli’s favorites, Livio Felluga produces Pinot Grigio with flavor, sense of place and it is an explosion of what this variety is capable of… nectarine, white peach with hints of almonds and with an overall vitality. During this tribute, I tried their 1986 ‘Terre Alte’ and it had evolved beautifully through the years.

Special Occasion Wine (from $15 to $50)

2015 Braida, Barbera d’Asti, “Montebruna”, Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy ($27): 100% Barbera. Another favorite of Veronelli, this winery is spearheaded by Giacomo Bologna, a man who showcased the great potential of the Barbera variety. This should be added as a special occasion and an everyday wine since it delivers so much bang for your buck. This wine has generous flavors of black cherry and a lovely softness on the palate, with ripe fruit that balances out the high acidity. It is a juicy wine that pairs well with pasta and pizza, but also has enough concentration to drink on its own. During the tribute, we tasted Braida’s 1989 ‘Bricco dell’Uccellone’ which was the wine that changed the perception of the Barbera variety. It still had lots of vitality and pristine fruit, with dried oregano and crumbly rock adding complexity.

Fantasy Wine (over $50)

1970 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

The following three wines were all tasted at the tribute for Luigi Veronelli.

1985 Fattoria di Fèlsina, Fontalloro, Tuscany (Toscana), Italy (over $200): 100% Sangiovese. The first “Grand Cru” of Castelnuovo Berardenga in Chianti Classico. Structured tannins that allow one to chew on the old world charm of tea leaves and tar with dried red cherries and wild flowers floating in the background. This wine would be heavenly paired with Bistecca Fiorentina (Tuscan-style T-bone steak).

1975 Emidio Pepe, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy (over $200): 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Emidio Pepe, a living legend, said that Veronelli’s support was crucial during the 1970s and 1980s since that is when most journalists were championing modern wines with new cellar technologies that many small producers like himself could not afford at the time. This wine, my birth year, seemed so uplifting with its captivating aromas of ginger and fresh brambly berries… it may seem odd to place both of those notes together, but this wine was uniquely delicious and had a fierce quality of being “alive,” if that makes sense.

1970 Giuseppe Mascarello, Barolo, “Monprivato”, Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy (over $200): 100% Nebbiolo from the single vineyard “Grand Cru” Monprivato in the Castiglione Falletto village. This wine had just the right amount of grip… not too much, not too little… with worn leather, cigar box and scorched earth aromas that were balanced by a sweet mid-palate of stewed cherries… it had an intense energy that gave it a breathtaking finish.

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Radio Italia of Cleveland Podcast for Nov. 25, 2017

Join Tony Marotta Marotta  on Radio Italia of Cleveland for two hours of the newest and most diverse Italian music you will ever hear! Serie A soccer scores and local Italian community news and events.

Special guest  “Pasquale” Patrick Capriati, host of “Domenica Insieme”, Chicago’s Sunday Morning Italian Radio Program heard on WKCG 1503 AM & 102.3 FM and later with New York-based, Italian international recording artist and philanthropist Micheal Castaldoat

Tune in and don’t miss out!

Adriano Valle & Gabriella Piccinini
Gianni Morandi
Tarantanova Sound
No Lounge (Stefano Dall’Osso & Virginia Mancaniello)
Cesare Cremonini
Sugarpie & The Candymen
Maria Giovanna Cherchi
Ginga (Felice Del Gaudio)
Enzo Avitabile & Elena Ledda & Paolo Fresu
Mina & Adriano Celentano
Audio 2 (Gianni Donzelli & Enzo Leomporro)
Carlo Aonzo Trio
Pino Gioia
Micheal Castaldo
Biagio Antonacci
Second Vita

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The Radio program “New York New York” with Sal Palmeri Podcast Nov. 24, 2017

The Radio program “New York New York” with Sal Palmeri

Friday November 24th, 2017″ at 11:05 am New York time 17:05 Orario di Roma Tune in on ”” for another Radio Show of “NEW YORK NEW YORK” Hosted by ” SAL PALMERI. ”
This week Guest of Honor is ANGELO AVARELLO DEI TEPPISTI DEI SOGNI … Songwriter, Band Leader and Popular Singer.


Podcast November 24, 2017

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An Exhibit featuring Ancient Rome on the Hill

An Exhibit featuring Ancient Rome

Where in the world would you find public baths warmed by thermal springs, elevators lifting live wild animals onto an arena battlefield, paved roads throughout the empire, citizens dressed in ‘sheets,’ a currency system and grand monuments depicting ‘glorious’ dictators?

Where is the place that believers of a religious idea were martyred, yet later the society that carried out the executions adopted the teachings of same group, thereby changing the course of human history?

ROME!!  And you can learn more about it at the Hill Neighborhood Center!!

The Hill Neighborhood Center was invited to host a display on key features of ancient Rome with a highlight on the Vatican. Annette Graebe and Barbara Klein created the exhibit as part of Collinsville’s Italian Fest 2017.

After Collinsville, the exhibit traveled to the Hill where it will stay until December 17, 2017.

It then travels to Herrin, IL where many residents of Herrin and of the Hill share familial connections.

The Hill Neighborhood Center will have extended hours during the Rome exhibition. We’ll be open on:

Wednesdays 4pm-8pm

Thursdays 10am-6pm (closed Thanksgiving day)

Fridays 10am-3pm

Saturdays 10am-5pm

Any time is available by appointment. Please call!

The display is complimentary for all visitors (donations to the Center are welcome).

If you have questions, please call LynnMarie Alexander at the Center 314.260.9162 or at 314.556.2437

The Hill Neighborhood Center

1935 Marconi (on the corner of Marconi and Daggett)

St. Louis MO  63110

Grazie Mille!

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