Friday, July 31, 2009

Vespa Watch -- Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

A photo of my friend Fabrizio on a Vespa at his home in Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence.


Ringrazio Ilaria per avermi mandato la foto. Mi ha fatto davvero sorridere!

Divertitevi in Puglia! Quanto sarebbe bello esserci con voi.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Regalino -- note cards

Guarda qui!

Ciambellina, I guess, was a very good girl because she received the above note cards as a gift and it's not even her birthday!

Can you beat Vespa note cards that say "Ciao Bella!" -? No!

What's great is, I almost bought these cards a few weeks back, but decided I should save my money!

You like them? Il Nostro Inviato bought the cards at Barnes and Noble bookstore (you can also find Cavallini brand cards online).

Lavazza from

I bought Lavazza from for the first time this month, and it seems to work pretty well.

I usually buy Italian coffee from Whole Foods when Il Nostro Inviato has not been to Italy for a while.

Each package cost $5, and as you can see, it comes in a four-pack. $5, even for Crema e Gusto which is usually cheaper here, is a very good price. My Whole Foods does not stock this variety so I cannot compare prices.

Anyway, this is certainly one way to skin a cat.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gelato @ Village Pizza in Cabbagetown

For my Atlanta readers, I want to mention another place you can enjoy Italian ice cream in the city.

Village Pizza in Cabbagetown now has a little gelato case on the right just as you enter the pizzeria.

Il Nostro Inviato and I decided to indulge one evening on our way back from 97 Estoria, a bar that's not far from Village Pizza.

And as we walked down the street, eating our gelato, people turned their heads to look at our treat.

Sounds unbelievable, I know, but we ran into friends at the Carroll Street Cafe about half a block away and they were oohing and ahhing over our gelato, and craning their necks to see where they could buy it.

Then we passed Agave and the valet guy called out across the parking lot to say, "Hey did you get that from Village Pizza? Is it still open?"

Uh, gelato clearly gets people's attention.

I, of course, had hazelnut -- nocciola -- because that IS gelato for me. But they do have fruit flavors as well, including pomegranate and mango, which I thought unusual.

I wouldn't say it's the best spot in town for gelato, but who doesn't enjoy strolling on a summer evening with a gelato in hand?


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tifosi per AC Milan vivono ad Atlanta!

Va bene, AC Milan non ha vinto la partita contro Club America (una squadra messicana, la quale ha vinto 2-1) che ebbe luogo in Atlanta ieri ma tuttavia era una serata molto divertente e movimentata.

Eravamo in 12 nel nostro comitato e ero veramente incuriosita dal numero di tifosi ad Atlanta. Cioe, la gente che indossava maglie di AC Milan (c'era una ragazza, chiamiamola Ciambellina, che indossava una maglia della Fiorentina, ma lasciamo perdere).

C'erano anche persone che indossavano maglie di altre squadre, tipo la Juventus e Inter. Non credevo che gli americani seguissero calcio in modo di poter conoscere le squadre, e persino con risultato che volevano comprare le maglie! E poi 50,000 persone sono venute a vedere la partita. Cavoli!

Ora ti faccio vedere le altre foto che ho scattato:

Forza Milan!

Chiaramente Ronaldinho e' molto amato persino ad Atlanta! Qui i suoi tifosi bevono una birra ad un locale accanto al stadio.

Spero che AC Milan o un'altra squadra italiana venga l'anno prossimo a giocare qui in Atlanta. Per una serata, era come andare allo stadio -- in Italia. Bello!

Going to see "Il Divo" tonight at Landmark Cinema

The Italian movie "Il Divo" has finally arrived in Atlanta and I'm going to see it tonight with an Italian Meetup group.

The film is about career politician Giulio Andreotti who like a cockroach survived everything that came his way, including an extensive trial accusing him of collusion with the Mafia.

Here's a link to the New York Times review (permalink not working):

Toni Servillo landed the title role of Andreotti, and it will be the second time in a year that I see Servillo in a key role. What a treat! (He was in "Gomorrah," the film about the Naples' mafia.)

I will report back to Ciambellina on my impressions. But whether I like it or not, I'm just happy to have the opportunity to see two Italian films in one year at a movie theater near me!

AC Milan lost!

Club America beat AC Milan in the match last night in Atlanta.


Photos to follow!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

AC Milan stasera in Atlanta!

Inserito originariamente da JMaloney
Io e Il Nostro Inviato andiamo a vedere una partita tra AC Milan e Club America stasera ad Atlanta.

Anche se molto probabilmente sarei tifosa per la Fiorentina, AC Milan gioca stasera e allora dico Forza Milan!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Amarcord -- the beer (Menabrea, too)

Found this lovely little Italian craft beer at Hops City in Atlanta.

Until a year or so ago, I didn't even know the Italians made craft beer! But indeed they do. And Hops City, a beer emporium that's opened on Atlanta's Westside, stocks quite a few types.

I picked Amarcord Speciale Bionda because it was not high in alcohol. I know high gravity beers are all the rage but I just find them too alcoholic. And of course, I've seen Fellini's film "Amarcord," and I love it!

Buying this beer, I get to read the word "artigianale," which has a lovely sound and a lovely meaning. It means more or less 'craft' or 'craftsman-like,' and is used to describe anything made by hand or made the old way or in small batches. Someone who makes something artigianale is an artigiano.

Here's another beer that's turning up in Atlanta restaurants and supermarkets (Kroger....non ci posso credere!):

This beer reminds me of all the times I've ordered "una birra chiara alla spina" at bars in Italy.

I've had Menabrea at Top Flr in Midtown (Atlanta) and Baraonda on Peachtree St. (though they had sold out of it Saturday when I was there).

It's a good beer!

But how was the Amarcord? I don't know! I'm waiting for Il Nostro Inviato to open it (since he's the real beer-drinker in our house).

In fact I held off on posting the photo because I had not tried it yet. But I just didn't want to wait any longer -- not while you could be buying it yourself and enjoying it.

Cin cin!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

AC Milan at Georgia Dome

Yes, yes the Italian soccer team AC Milan will be playing here in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome!!!

The game is Wed., July 22, and tickets are still available.

You can find all the info here:

I'll be honest: there's a part of me that wishes Inter were playing here if for no other reason than Ligabue, in his classic song, "Hai Un Momento, Dio?" says his first question were he to meet God would be about Inter!

(Inter will be playing in Pasadena and Foxborough, instead). You hear that Mike? Foxborough!

But Ms. Ciambellina and Mr. Il Nostro Inviato do plan to go!

Ci vediamo li!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Bocce in USA, il 4 luglio

I nostri amici qui ad Atlanta hanno organizzato un torneo di bocce per festeggiare il 4 luglio, il nostro giorno di independenza. E' stato il sesto torneo di fila.

Ecco le foto:

La squadra vincente ha vinto $300! Incredibile, no? C'era, credo, una ventina di squadre. Come vi ho detto prima, giocare a bocca va alla moda ora qui!

Il 4 luglio, secondo tempo

Il 4 luglio è il momento giusto per andare per un giro con l'Alfa Romeo e bere una bottiglia di Moretti!