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Italian Americans Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Ennio Caretto, and  Cesare De Carlo were honored by the Italian Government at the Festa della Repubblica  held at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC.  Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi noted in bestowing the awards, that Lidia

Ennio Caretto, Cesare De Carlo, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Matticchio Bastanich was being honored for being the “guru” of the Italian cuisine in the United States.  Journalists Ennio Caretto, Washington correspondent for the Corriere della Sera and Cesare De Carlo correspondent for the Quotidiano Nazionale were honored for their contributions in writing about America. Read Ambassador Terzi speech at CiaoAmerica.net

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Time for a break!  Italian Americans love figs.  As those of us lucky enough to have a fig tree or two on their premises know, there is nothing like a sumptuous fig, freshly picked early on a summer morning. Nothing. Years figgy_berto_6297ago, when we first moved to Washington D.C., we noticed a few fig trees growing in Chinatown.  Of course, Chinatown used to be Washington’s Little Italy.  That is, before Chinatown became apartment-town. 

Ever since, we have been trying our best to spread the joys of a fig tree in your garden and have eagerly provided cuttings of fig trees to everyone we know– extending as far as Canada.  We have several varieties of figs growing in our own garden, including one that ripens late in the fall (allegedly smuggled from Sicily).  Unfortunately, it tends to rain in the fall and figs and rain don’t mix.  However, over the years we have discovered that once our animal friends taste the figs, they love them — even in the fall!  That includes the legions of squirrels and, of late, we have noticed another pretty face in our garden enjoying our figs.  Life is beautiful — especially in the garden of an Italian American with fig trees. Ciao Italian America!

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Time for a break!  Italian Americans love figs.  As those of us lucky enough to have a fig tree or two on their premises know, there is nothing like a sumptuous fig, freshly picked early on a summer morning. Nothing. Years figgy_berto_6297ago, when we first moved to Washington D.C., we noticed a few fig trees growing in Chinatown.  Of course, Chinatown used to be Washington’s Little Italy.  That is, before Chinatown became apartment-town. 

Ever since, we have been trying our best to spread the joys of a fig tree in your garden and have eagerly provided cuttings of fig trees to everyone we know– extending as far as Canada.  We have several varieties of figs growing in our own garden, including one that ripens late in the fall (allegedly smuggled from Sicily).  Unfortunately, it tends to rain in the fall and figs and rain don’t mix.  However, over the years we have discovered that once our animal friends taste the figs, they love them — even in the fall!  That includes the legions of squirrels and, of late, we have noticed another pretty face in our garden enjoying our figs.  Life is beautiful — especially in the garden of an Italian American with fig trees. Ciao Italian America!

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Danny_DeVito_LimoncelloThis blogger prides himself on making the best organic limoncello in town.  We enjoy sipping an ice-cold shot of my limoncello when good friends are present.  But guests recently brought us the relatively new limoncello, made in Italy with Sorrento lemons, and marketed under the Danny De Vito label. We tasted it with low expectations, wondering what an actor knew about making good limoncello. But we were very pleasantly surprised. De Vito’s limoncello is excellent — fresh, crisp, sweet and tart. Bravo, De Vito!

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Danny_DeVito_LimoncelloThis blogger prides himself on making the best organic limoncello in town.  We enjoy sipping an ice-cold shot of my limoncello when good friends are present.  But guests recently brought us the relatively new limoncello, made in Italy with Sorrento lemons, and marketed under the Danny De Vito label. We tasted it with low expectations, wondering what an actor knew about making good limoncello. But we were very pleasantly surprised. De Vito’s limoncello is excellent — fresh, crisp, sweet and tart. Bravo, De Vito!

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