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Undiscovered Italy: The Strange and Splendid Carso Region WSJ
June 20, 2019 | WSJ | Tara Isabella Burton.

We were in Ivan Pernarcich’s “osmiza”—the local word for tavern—in the town of Visogliano, part of a region known as the Carso. Named for its limestone, Adriatic-facing cliffs, the region was once part of imperial Austria-Hungary. Most of the smaller Carso towns are now Slovene-speaking. The nearest city, the Italian port of Trieste, has at various points in its history been Austrian, Italian, Slavic and even independent. (As a result, Trieste has a dialect so distinctively eclectic, it’s said to have shaped longtime resident James Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake.”)
Carso  Italy  things_to_do 
june 2019 by jerryking
Da Vinci code: what the tech age can learn from Leonardo
April 26, 2019 | Financial Times | by Ian Goldin.

While Leonardo is recognised principally for his artistic genius, barely a dozen paintings can be unequivocally attributed to him. In life, he defined himself not as an artist but as an engineer and architect......History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes. The Renaissance catapulted Italy from the Medieval age to become the most advanced place on Earth. Then, as now, change brought immense riches to some and growing anxiety and disillusionment to others. We too live in an age of accelerating change, one that has provoked its own fierce backlash. What lessons can we draw from Leonardo and his time to ensure that we not only benefit from a new flourishing, but that progress will be sustained? When we think of the Renaissance, we think of Florence. Leonardo arrived in the city in the mid 1460s, and as a teenager was apprenticed to the painter Verrocchio. The city was already an incubator for ideas. At the centre of the European wool trade, by the late 14th century Florence had become the home of wealthy merchants including the Medicis, who were bankers to the Papal Court. The city’s rapid advances were associated with the information and ideas revolution that defines the Renaissance. Johann Gutenberg had used moveable type to publish his Bible in the early 1450s, and between the time of Leonardo’s birth in 1452 and his 20th birthday, some 15m books were printed, more than all the European scribes had produced over the previous 1,500 years.

..as Leonardo knew, and the Silicon Valley techno-evangelists too often neglect, information revolutions don’t only allow good ideas to flourish. They also provide a platform for dangerous ideas. The Zuckerberg information revolution can pose a similar threat to that of Gutenberg.

In the battle of ideas, populists are able to mobilise the disaffected more effectively than cerebral scientists, decently disciplined innovators and the moderate and often silent majority. For progress to prevail, evidence-based, innovative and reasoned thinking must triumph.
.....Genius thrived in the Renaissance because of the supportive ecosystem that aided the creation and dissemination of knowledge — which then was crushed by the fearful inquisitions. Today, tolerance and evidence-based argument are again under threat.
accelerated_lifecycles  architecture  broad-based_scientific_enquiry  capitalization  cross-disciplinary  cross-pollination  curiosity  dangerous_ideas  digital_economy  diversity  engineering  Florence  genius  globalization  human_potential  ideas  immigrants  Italy  industry_expertise  Johan_Gutenberg  lessons_learned  Leonardo_da_Vinci  Medicis  physical_place  polymaths  observations  Renaissance  Renaissance_Man  Silicon_Valley  silo_mentality  tolerance  unevenly_distributed  visionaries 
april 2019 by jerryking
Rituals and Restaurants in Rome
October 25, 2013 | NYTimes.com | By EMILY BRENNAN

Sant’Eustachio for coffee.
Trattoria da Lucia.
Negroni cocktail, which is equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth with an orange half-moon.
Rome  Italy  Italian  things_to_do  cocktails  liquor 
november 2013 by jerryking
Italy Loses Its Taste for Pasta
October 11, 2013,| WSJ | By MANUELA MESCO

Italy Loses Its Taste for Pasta
Consumption Has Dropped 23% in Past Decade

Elsewhere, more and more Italians are turning to delis offering prepared dishes with meat and vegetables. Consumption of frozen fish and meat dishes has soared 70% in the past decade, while ready-made vegetable dishes grew 50%, according to the Italian Institute for Frozen Food. Sales of salad bags have also soared as mixed salads gain at lunch.

Pasta makers are attempting to respond. Barilla, which has about 35% of the Italian pasta market, has sought to beat back the idea that pasta is fattening. It cites pasta's calorie count—365 calories a portion—prominently in its television ads and promotes pasta's low glycemic count. It recently launched an app that helps count calories and is pushing lower-calorie recipes on its website. It is also about to introduce a pasta that is free of gluten, the ingredient often blamed for the bloated feeling associated with pasta.
pasta  Italian  diets  Italy  consumer_research  gluten-free  frozen_foods  prepared_meals  consumption  consumer_behavior 
october 2013 by jerryking
The Culatello King
May/Jun-2010 | Departures | By Anya Von Bremzen
hams  prosciutto  cured_and_smoked  Italian  Italy 
july 2013 by jerryking
Know Your Prosciutto - WSJ.com
April 1, 2013 | WSJ |By RALPH GARDNER JR.

I probably wouldn't have been able to tell the Toscano from the San Daniele, or either from the Parma.

"Today Parma and San Daniele are different," Mr. Corsano stated, "but not that much different."

"At the end of the day," Mr. Mocellin added, "it's always prosciutto. It's not you're going to have a complete difference."

Apparently, there is one exception, a cut of prosciutto called the culatello. It refers to the pig's hindquarters. (A shortened version of the word is one of the first dirty words I learned in Italian). Essentially to prosciutto what filet mignon is to steak, it's the prime meat; much of the rest of the ham is discarded to make it.

Then it's "aged with the fog from the River Po," Mr. Corsano explained. "It's 45 euro per pound."

None was offered during our taste test. But I suspect it would go great on a buttered roll.
hams  cured_and_smoked  Italian  Italy  pork  prosciutto 
april 2013 by jerryking
A new organ transplantation location-allocation policy: a case study of Italy - ProQuest
Health Care Manage Sci (2006) 9: 125–142
Maria Elena Bruni & Domenico Conforti &
Nicola Sicilia & Sandro Trotta
Octothorpe_Software  healthcare  Italy  decision_making 
november 2011 by jerryking
In Search Of: The Perfect Gelato - WSJ.com
JULY 9, 2011 | WSJ| By JOE RAY. In pursuit of the ultimate
in cold, creamy, silky, slushy goodness across the island of Sicily. La
vita doesn't get more dolce than this.
gelato  Sicily  ice_cream  travel  Italy 
august 2011 by jerryking
'Italy is stronger than bunga-bunga': Lunch with the FT:
Aspden, Peter; Sanderson, Rachel. Financial Times [London (UK)] 13 Aug 2011: 3.
Italy  Italian  luxury  ProQuest  Milan  Tod's 
august 2011 by jerryking
Visiting the Abruzzo Region of Italy - WSJ.com
MARCH 18, 2010 | wall street journal | by EDUARDO KAPLAN. Abruzzo, Italy
travel  Italy  tourism 
march 2010 by jerryking

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