June 14, 2010 - Cape Town, Italy - epa02202271 Italy's national soccer team players (top row, L-R) Gianluca Zambrotta, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alberto Gilardino, Domenico Criscito, Giogio Chiellini, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon; (front row, L-R) Claudio Marchisio, Riccardo Montolivo, Fabio Cannavaro, Daniele De Rossi, Simone Pepe pose before the FIFA World Cup 2010 group F match Italy vs Paraguay at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, 14 June 2010.

The stadium was filled with people. They came to watch a match filled with blood, sweat, and tears. For years, the Coliseum housed these death games. But gone are the days of gladiators fighting to the death. The Coliseum’s shattered shell stands as a reminder of the end of a vicious era.

Today the games have changed. Football summons Italian crowds by the masses, especially during the World Cup. Players are suited in vibrant Mediterranean blue uniforms and cleats. This color represents the Savoia royalty that ruled Italy from 1861 to 1946.

In football matches, these uniforms are often stained with blood, sweat, and tears. However these warriors don’t kill, they kick. They run down the field, into their enemy’s territory. They dodge opponents, make passes, and score goals. They are heroes.

Last World Cup, the Italians dominated France to claim the world title. This title rests as number four under Italy’s belt. This week Italy will continue to seek victory and fans will fill the stadium.

If you are looking to be filled by a simple and light-hearted movie, then feast your eyes on Mid-August Lunch. Main character/director/screenwriter Gianni De Gregorio cares for his 93 year old mother, along with three other elderly women in Rome. You are invited into their home, to see the food, the family, and friends that make up true Italian culture.

Italy has been called, the country of the Vespa.

Vespa means “wasp” in Italian. The scooter’s narrow waist and motor buzz led to its naming. In designing the scooter, Corradino D’Ascanio sketched the outline of a person sitting and then drew the scooter under him. He wanted to make riding the vehicle easy. He put all the controls on the handlebar, making the vehicle intellectually practical and fun to drive.

Vespa has become the symbol and sound of Italy. The classic 1952 film Roman Holiday features Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck riding a Vespa through the streets of Rome. Since that film, Vespas have been seen in countless movies and magazines. Today Vespa continues to pave the road to good design.

Piaggio announced its new 2011 Vespa S 150. This fuel-efficient ride gets up to 85 miles to the gallon. In true Italian fashion its stronger, smoother, and even more stylish. For as little as $4,399 you can feel the wind rush through you hair.

This spring, hit the road like an Italian. Where would you go on your Vespa?

Coming from Christian tradition, Italians eat lamb on Easter. Sheep herds can be seen grazing on the hills and mountainous regions of Italy. There are over 50 indigenous sheep breeds. They are raised mostly for their milk. Their milk is used to make the traditional Italian cheeses we love, like Pecorino Romano.

The main course Easter Sunday is almost always Lamb. This meat can be prepared in a variety of ways. It not only represents the Italian culture, but the reason we celebrate Easter.

At Easter this year, gather your family and friends to break bread. Here’s some help from Giada on how to make delicious Italian lamb chops.

Lets face it; ice cream is the food of the gods. There’s nothing better than savoring the sweet creamy decadence that is gelato. How is this stuff made anyway? For years the preparation secrets have been kept guarded by families in Italy. These secrets are now being taught at a university level.

So when you think about going to a university, why not go to Gelato University.

Carpigiani Gelato University has courses all over Europe and some in Canada. Courses range between three days to three weeks. Whatever your gelato dreams or expertise, there is a course for you. The University has recently seen a 90% enrollment increase. It seems more and more people are sinking their teeth into this savory art.

Italian gelato has less fat, less air, and more flavor. The flavor is more explosive because it is served at a higher temperature. Don’t worry about freezing off your taste buds or enduring a brain freeze with this dessert.

Gelato is deliciously simple. It combines: milk, eggs, cream, cocoa, and fruit. There are way more than thirty-one flavors coming from Gelato connoisseurs. You could just eat this stuff with your eyes it looks so good.

If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out. Mangia! Mangia!

It beats inside all Italians. It’s in our blood. We love our food, our history, and our culture. We long to return. Poet Robert Browning wrote, “Open my heart and you will see, Graved Inside of it, “Italy.”

Italians Rocco DiSpirito, Marisa Tomei, and Dan Cortese are going back to the old country. They are exploring the heart of Italy. We can watch their culinary adventures thanks to Bertolli.


In an attempt to please the fine food pallet of Italy, McDonalds introduced its McItaly. It is their take on Italian food. The burgers feature all Italian ingredients such as olive oil, pancetta, and asiago cheese.

Gratefully the ingredients do come from Italy. In theory the homegrown ingredients will boost the Italian economy. However lets face it, McDonalds is McDonalds no matter where you are. That’s the charm of it right? Cheap, fast, fat filled food. So when you go to Italy you can choose to not feast on the best cuisine in the world and instead eat a freakin burger from McDonalds.


In Italy animal activists are up in arms after food writer Beppe Bigazzi suggested eating cat stew and explained how to prepare and cook the meat on national television.


The TV shows, Cake Boss and Jersey Shore capitalize on the Italian culture for entertainment. Both shows highlight characters arguing and drinking. It seems most Italians are identifying with Buddy and snickering at Snooki. Do you watch Cake Boss for the cakes or the characters? Do you watch Jersey Shore to see Italian Americans or to see demoralized youth? Would these shows be successful if the characters were not Italian?