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Identità di Pasta
86 - 01-06-2021

Luca Cesari, born in Bologna in 1971, curates a blog called ricettestoriche.it and writes about the history of gastronomy for Gambero Rosso. In December last year Il (...)

Identità di Pasta
85 - 02-04-2021

This issue of Identità di Pasta is dedicated to her majesty pasta Carbonara. On Tuesday 6th April we'll celebrate the fifth Carbonara Day, no excuses. As  (...)

Identità di Pasta
84 - 08-01-2021

I was talking with a screenwriter of commonplaces and we ended up talking of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Winter Olympics in 2026. It's little under five years to go – but only a couple of months till the 2021 Alpine Ski World Champio (...)

Identità di Pasta
83 - 09-12-2020

We didn't do it on purpose to have Identità di Pasta, part of Identità on the road, one month ago, on the same day as the World Pasta Day, which, as per tradition, happens (...)

Identità di Pasta
82 - 09-10-2020

A series of commitments last week, in Apulia and Salento, lead up to a lunch on Sunday 4th October at Cosimo Russo's restaurant,  (...)

Identità di Pasta
81 - 18-08-2020

Many are mourning the loss, at 71, of Giovanni Assante, a magnificent producer of pasta in Gragnano, owner of pastificio Gerardo di Nola. Giovanni had an extraordinary generosity, (...)

Identità di Pasta
80 - 30-04-2020

Before choosing the recipes for this newsletter, we wondered if, given restaurants are closed and we’re all in quarantine, perhaps we should have a different approach. Perhaps publish recipes more suitable to be made at home, more accessible (...)

Identità di Pasta
79 - 03-01-2020

Julius Caesar, in a secluded village on the Alps, was the first to say these words: it’s best to be first in a corner of Gallia, than second in Rome. These words came to my mind while reading the news from Ricca (...)

Identità di Pasta
78 - 13-11-2019

The theme of the 2019 World Pasta Day, as illustrated in the following news, is splendid: Al Dente. It’s the blessing/curse of us Italians, because we never seem to fully explain what it means to foreigners. (...)

Identità di Pasta
77 - 16-10-2019

Identità New York, edition number 10, was many things, one better than the other, what with lessons, the dine around event, tastings and dinners here and there across Manhattan. And there was also time to take a real break and (...)

Identità di Pasta
76 - 24-08-2019

Thanks to the efficient work of Gabriele Zanatta, this issue of the newsletter dedicated to pasta has a special value. As usual, it includes excellent and original recipes. However, contrary to previous issues, the eight (...)

Identità di Pasta
75 - 17-07-2019

With his piece opening this issue of Identità di Pasta, Riccardo Felicetti reminded me of how pasta, basically in all of its shapes, has no part in the history of Milan. Andrea Ribaldone&rsqu (...)

Identità di Pasta
74 - 17-04-2019

For us organisers, Identità Golose is the Congress with a capital C. First edition in January 2005, 15th, last month. In between, it has grown immensely, so much so that the global programme includes other stories, o (...)

Identità di Pasta
72 - 26-01-2019

For our first newsletter dedicated to pasta in 2019, we asked 10 journalists, as well as Riccardo Felicetti, what was the best dry pasta dish they have eaten recently - that is to say last year - and we asked the respect (...)

Identità di Pasta
71 - 02-01-2019

As the year draws to an end, we thought it would be a good idea to ask the people we awarded in the latest edition of the Guida di Identità Golose to give us a recipe based on dry pasta which, for all sorts of reasons, usually (...)

Identità di Pasta
70 - 01-11-2018

Back from the Starchefs restaurant congress in Brooklyn, I’m reading a preview of the news in this issue of Identità di Pasta and a thought inspired by the event in New York comes to mind. Over th (...)

Identità di Pasta
69 - 27-10-2018

As Matias Perdomo said from the stage of (...)

Identità di Pasta
68 - 14-08-2018

The picture of linguine with clams, almost ready, posted by Riccardo Felicetti on his Instagram account, made me crave some spaghetti of the same kind, a crave I satisfied at Pizzaccia on the beach on Lungomare (...)

Identità di Pasta
67 - 26-07-2018

A few days ago I finally had lunch at Bistro Aimo e Nadia, in Via Matteo Bandello 14 in Milan, tel. +39.02.48026205, a place of which only good things can be said. (...)

Identità di Pasta
66 - 20-03-2018

I was very happy to read the thoughts of Riccardo Felicetti, as reported in this newsletter. He highlighted a very important detail that’s connected with the theme of Identità Golose 2018. The Human (...)

Identità di Pasta
65 - 28-02-2018

We often do things without really understanding why. This usually happens because that’s how we’ve always done something, so much so it seems impossible that a different choice can be made. Most of the times this is really the case. Mo (...)

Identità di Pasta
64 - 31-12-2017

On Tuesday the 19th of December I dined at Andrea Berton’s in Milan, which offers the (...)

Identità di Pasta
63 - 16-12-2017

This issue of our pasta newsletter opens with Storie di Pasta, a book by Martina Liverani, the soul of Dispensa. I like the title. It’s essential and conveys a strong sense of story and broadmindedness beca (...)

Identità di Pasta
62 - 01-11-2017

Years ago I read a review of a New British restaurant in the heart of London, in the Daily Telegraph. Everything was so-so, a nice mediocrity that would have pleased only future fans of the zero km philosophy: «Nothing special, but (...)

Identità di Pasta
61 - 18-10-2017

Pasta and pizza. Identità Chicago, which started on Saturday 7th October in the gigantic city on Lake Michigan, presented these two worlds that are a synonym of Italy and that thanks to their very universal character are too often (...)

Identità di Pasta
60 - 03-08-2017

Whenever I’m in Spain, I don’t miss a chance to have Pan con tomate, bread and tomato. I’m crazy about it and I really can’t understand why it’s not popular in Italy. The fact we have bruschetta is not a good (...)

Identità di Pasta
59 - 22-06-2017

Festa a Vico (Equense) 2017 that is to say 400 what with chefs and pastry-chefs, pizzaioli and ice cream makers at work between Sunday 4th and Tuesday 6th June. It was impossible not to find high quality dishes, better if you (...)

Identità di Pasta
58 - 29-03-2017

Never say never, yet it’s hard to think that we’ll ever tire of dedicating an entire day to pasta at the Milanese edition of Identità Golose. Both because it’s versatile, and because it belongs to the DNA of us It (...)

Identità di Pasta
57 - 03-03-2017

I’m proud to give life to Identità di Pasta for the eighth time in a row in Milan. The event, on Sunday the 5th March, will be opened and closed by two Italian cuisine giants,  (...)

Identità di Pasta
56 - 27-12-2016

Should dry pasta be made with Italian wheat? If good, excellent, yes indeed. But what about mediocre wheat or a production that is not enough for the demand? Simple: you shop abroad. Unfortunately, the plummeting prices have seriously damaged Italian (...)

Identità di Pasta
55 - 08-12-2016

I’m writing this greeting from the other hemisphere, from Bariloche in Patagonia, where I was invited by the Argentinean minister of tourism José Gustavo Santos. In January he gave life to (...)

Identità di Pasta
54 - 23-10-2016

First Sarah Grueneberg in Chicago with her “spaghetteria” and the other night a dinner in Milan, at Matteo Aloe’s brand new pizzeria Berberè, in Isola, brought a though (...)

Identità di Pasta
53 - 30-07-2016

The last news in this summery newsletter for 2016 takes us to Milan, between Porta Garibaldi and Piazza della Repubblica where Andrea Berton opened (...)

Identità di Pasta
22 - 22-07-2016

The second news in this newsletter is dedicated to Danny Imbroisi and his pasta carbonara, which the readers of (...)

Identità di Pasta
51 - 19-05-2016

As Carlo Passera finely illustrated on Identità’s website, Davide Oldani was the first Italian chef to cook a (...)

Identità di Pasta
50 - 05-05-2016

It was a matter of chance that Davide Scabin, the chef opening the twelfth edition of the congress on Sunday morning in the Auditorium, was also the one to close the works on Tuesday evening, 8th M (...)

Identità di Pasta
49 - 28-02-2016

Yesterday I had a luscious and delicious, precise and intelligent lunch, in a game of balance between lots of tradition and territory, but also the right and brilliant creative additions of patron-chef Antonio Petrone, who has two princesses (...)

Identità di Pasta
48 - 24-12-2015

On Tuesday 8th March, the third and final day of Identità Golose 2016, the Sala Blu 1 will host the day dedicated to (...)

Identità di Pasta
47 - 21-11-2015

The long wave of Expo 2015: in this issue of Identità di Pasta, over two weeks after the end of the World Fair, we finish illustrating the recipes presented during the events we developed together with (...)

Identità di Pasta
46 - 08-10-2015

During the second gala dinner at Identità New York, on Friday 2nd October, Davide Scabin reminded me of what was written at Boing’s reception in Seattle: “Given its shape, wing dimension and body weight, a bumblebee could never fly (...)

Identità di Pasta
45 - 05-08-2015

During the first meeting of the Forum della Cucina Italiana, last Tuesday at Cascina Triulza at Expo, when the FoodAct of which you can read here and (...)

Identità di Pasta
44 - 15-07-2015

As usual, the last field filled in our newsletter is the initial greeting. This is the case this time too, at the end of a Sunday spent in the evening in Polignano, a little south of Bari, presenting (...)

Identità di Pasta
43 - 12-05-2015

I was interviewed yesterday by Radio Siani, a long and pleasant chat with journalist Marina Alaimo on the subject of Expo. At the end, Marina asked me (...)

Identità di Pasta
42 - 28-02-2015

In the opening news in this issue of Identità di Pasta, Riccardo Felicetti uses a very true and very beautiful word: sharing, the energetic and happy sharing that dominated on the day dedicated to pasta. I go further by looking at (...)

Identità di Pasta
41 - 03-02-2015

Nine lessons this year, on Tuesday 10th February, to be precise. It has never happened for an event organised inside one of the two blue rooms to have so many, but when there’s an abundance of ideas, it is always difficult to forsake something by p (...)

Identità di Pasta
40 - 27-12-2014

Last Thursday it was Christmas day, a holiday that we at Identità celebrated with a newsletter dedicated to pasta. Enjoy reading it. (...)

Identità di Pasta
39 - 26-11-2014

This issue of Identità di Pasta, newsletter number 39, is truly special. There are neither news nor recipes, but a concrete, meaty interview with Riccardo Felicetti, who recently became the world’s president of pasta producers, a di (...)

Identità di Pasta
38 - 29-10-2014

I know well that many will be scandalised when reading about the Spaghetti with meatballs I devoured with extreme pleasure a short while ago in New York, but I love full enjoyment, without any labels or flags. I don’t like those who create o (...)

Identità di Pasta
37 - 01-08-2014

I spent three days in Tokyo discovering the world of Luca Fantin, chef at (...)

Identità di Pasta
36 - 18-07-2014

Dear User A couple of Sundays ago, on June 22nd to be precise, Pietro Leemann, chef-patron at restaurant Joia in Milan, specialised in natural cuisine, organised the first edition of (...)

Identità di Pasta
35 - 23-05-2014

There’s no escaping it: during the four days in Paestum for Le Strade della Mozzarella festival as soon as possible, between the morning and the afternoon lessons and the various dinners, when a chef threw spaghetti into boiling water, the t (...)

Identità di Pasta
28 - 28-02-2014

I’d like to reassure Riccardo Felicetti who in the news below wonders "What could the speakers ever do, next year?”, given the extraordinary quality of the lectures held during Identità di Pasta 2014. The theme being dried pasta. (...)

Identità di Pasta
33 - 08-02-2014

I must say that Riccardo Felicetti read my mind and so I urge you to read what he has written in the next news carefully. I can add one thing, when there’s a week to go until the fifth edition of Identità di Pasta: I wasn’t expecti (...)

Identità di Pasta
32 - 22-12-2013

In this issue, #32, of our newsletter dedicated to the pasta universe – a pasta bulletin that has being launched for the past 4 years both in Italian and English, th (...)

Identità di Pasta
31 - 06-12-2013

Riccardo Felicetti is right when he writes, here below, that talking about pasta is never easy, especially durum wheat pasta. It is necessary to underline it, since that one is really o (...)

Identità di Pasta
30 - 07-11-2013

In the first article of this newsletter Riccardo Felicetti reminds us that the World Pasta Day is celebrated in Istanbul today . The pasta-maker from Trentino writes: “There are 1 (...)

Identità di Pasta
29 - 01-08-2013

I think there is no such month as August during which very few people want to cook. It is the holiday month par excellence, even though generally the husbands still want to be served and the wives would very much like to stop and relax. Chefs from ne (...)

Identità di Pasta
28 - 06-07-2013

The picture here below, illustrating the first news of this newsletter marking the end of June and the beginning of summer, shows the Fettuccine with avocado, tomatoes and garlic buds first course conceived by (...)

Identità di Pasta
27 - 19-05-2013

I’m back from a really pleasant edition of Strade della Mozzarella in Paestum and more precisely in the Trabeestat (...)

Identità di Pasta
26 - 27-02-2013

I will never be grateful enough to Riccardo Felicetti and Davide Scabin for creating, in the exhibiting area of Identità Milano 2013, a pasta eating-house which I could visit only on the occasion of the last supplementary shift (...)

Identità di Pasta
25 - 09-02-2013

we never end discovering and learning something new. Those who don’t think so are people who surrendered and don’t live on curiosity any more, satisfied with what they have done and known. On Sunday February 10 Identità di Pasta will conf (...)

Identità di Pasta
24 - 22-12-2012

in the previous number of the newsletter we announced a still partial program of the day Identità di Pasta during the ninth edition of Identità Milano, on Sunday February, 10 2013 to be precise. Still a couple of tesseras were missing (...)

Identità di Pasta
23 - 01-12-2012

We can create all the most incredible and even unexpected dishes but there are some which are enduring and everlasting. To me, the Pasta alla Carbonara is an absolute dainty and piggish dish, a first course I’m never tired of dreaming and ea (...)

Identità di Pasta
22 - 09-11-2012

there is nothing to do: when abroad, the visit card of us Italians is pasta. Sure, we are the masters of first courses since they exist almost only in our cuisine after the entrée and before the main dish that in Italy is announced by pasta or ravio (...)

Identità di Pasta
21 - 08-08-2012

I write here below about the Green Tagliatelle by Christian Milone, but it wasn’t the only pasta first course which struck me when I went for dinner at him and his wife Manuela. There was also the Pasta ai quattro formaggi (...)

Identità di Pasta
20 - 06-07-2012

When we Italians understand and take for granted that difference is made by work and not catchwords, it will never be too late (and clever). Who cares about ordinary artisan pasta passed off as excellent only because it is mixed with kilos of rhetori (...)

Identità di Pasta
19 - 30-05-2012

Next month it will be summer, I hope in the concrete too because I’m really longing for authentic dry, sauna hot, with sheer sun burning the asphalt and everybody idling about in the shade. I don’t like this fall-like spring and I hope it says go (...)

Identità di Pasta
18 - 25-04-2012

The author of the book The geometry of pasta, which I describe at the end of this newsletter, has included in it a couple of articles, one of which is taken from La Repubblica of last January 11. Title: "Fusilli, farfalle, trenette: a m (...)

Identità di Pasta
18 - 29-02-2012

For the third consecutive time Identità Golose Milano has devoted a full day to pasta, the most Italian of all delicacies, together with pizza. With a great difference: pasta is also a very good home-made food while pizza is not because, even (...)

Identità di Pasta
16 - 05-01-2012

This was the last Identità di Pasta newsletter of 2011 and Gabriele Zanatta has thought it was a good idea to publish seven greatly appetizing pasta recipes, certainly little tuned into december and january rites, when opportunities t (...)

Identità di Pasta
15 - 03-12-2011

Being simple is extremely difficult because thousands of things are needed not to fall into banal; clear ideas, knowing what we are talking about, what we expect from a certain situation, what we are driving at, how the present situation is and how (...)

Identità di Pasta
14 - 01-11-2011

Last Tuesday all the six speakers of Identità London have unintentionally presented a pasta dish and also the Grand Fooding in Mila (...)

Identità di Pasta
13 - 31-07-2011

seven recipes for a summer under the banner of pasta, seven preparations far from the well known patterns of homemade cooking, seven ways having pasta as central element, the heart of thoughts, tastes, and executions never “killed” by predominant (...)

Identità di Pasta
12 - 06-07-2011

Identità di Pasta is back with this number full of summer recipes. And prompted by the attitude of Identità Golose in general: trying to look at things from an always new point of v (...)

Identità di Pasta
11 - 31-03-2011

there is no doubt that the Italian dish par excellence is a first course and it cannot be a risotto because, though loved by all, it only represents the North (Milan in particular). What is left is pasta and pizza, the same colo (...)

Identità di Pasta
10 - 10-02-2011

an underdone hall the Sala Blu where last Sunday the second edition of Identità di Pasta came back after its debut last year, when we talked a lot about cooking, how to reach the underdone time to drain, amalgamate and add the sauce to the p (...)

Identità di Pasta
9 - 26-01-2011

It will be up to Davide Scabin to close Identità di Pasta in two weeks’ time, on Sunday January 30 in the Sala Blu, one year after the success obt (...)

Identità di Pasta
8 - 23-12-2010

Pasta, Pizza and Rice, the three giants of Italian cuisine, will be greatly celebrated during Identità Golose 2011. First of all pasta, on Sunda (...)

Identità di Pasta
7 - 26-11-2010

a long week-end in Tarvisio and Malborghetto for Ein Prosit, which has enabled me to discover how the collaboration between the (...)

Identità di Pasta
6 - 29-10-2010

one day of two years ago at the Salone del Gusto in Turin – today the opening of the eighth edition - while talking of Italian cuisine in New York City Lidia Bastianich, who represents (...)

Identità di Pasta
5 - 24-09-2010

Obviously there are exceptions, Tuscany for instance doesn’t seem to me much tuned up with underdone pasta and Milan can be better matched to risotto, but however there is no doubt that Italy as a whole is a country with a strong bent for pasta. We (...)

Identità di Pasta
4 - 15-07-2010

in June, I have spent almost ten days in Shanghai, at the Pavillion Italia of the Chinese Expo, to manage a series of classes and dinners devoted to the best the restaurant industry of Milan can offer today, invited by the Municipality of Mila (...)

Identità di Pasta
3 - 16-06-2010

we live on certainties, but what excites us are novelties with their drive of innovation which pushes ourselves forward, in an endless search for new limits, new successes that season until they become traditions to be questioned again. I was thinkin (...)

Identità di Pasta
2 - 04-05-2010

last week Mario Preve, owner of Riso Gallo, leading company as for rice and risottos, recalled that “every year the average Italian eats 28 kilos of pasta and only 5 of rice”. For many people rice is a noble dish and pasta a common (...)

Identità di Pasta
1 - 30-03-2010

when you give something for granted, whether it is a feeling, a product or a person, you always run the risk of ignoring its changes. It may be movements and slight variations, almost invisible in the short term, but which on the long term appear wit (...)

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