Category Archives: culture

Buon onomastico

September 29 is the feast day for St. Michael the Archangel—my husband’s “name day” or onomastico, in Italian. In Italy, people treat their onomastico as a second birthday celebration which is pretty cool. St. Laura’s feast day is October 19 … Continue reading

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Buon Ferragosto!

August 15 marks Ferragosto—an Italian holiday that the Catholic Church celebrates to commemorate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. In fact, the tradition goes back even further, to ancient Roman times. First proclaimed by the Emperor Augustus in 18 BC, … Continue reading

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Pass the olive oil and cheese, please

Alex isn’t eating solid foods yet, but that introduction is only a few weeks away. I see how he stares at my pasta during dinner! So, I was reviewing the food chart our pediatrician gave us earlier this month and … Continue reading

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The land of window shopping

Italians love to window shop. You might say it’s one of their favorite hobbies. And, with good reason—they make beautiful displays (a local café has constantly changing flower arrangements and stacks of beautiful desserts and chocolates) and they’re of course … Continue reading

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