• Martin Milius

  • Nickname: Martin Milius
  • http://lifeitalian.com
  • From the fragrant olive groves of southern Italy to the cold coal mines of Carbon County Utah, my great grandfather Antonio moved. He came to America with his two brothers. The family was split at Ellis Island. One brother went to Canada, one went to Argentina, and my grandfather moved to Utah for work. In Utah he worked in the coalmines until he became a chef at the Hotel Utah. He specialized in soups and sauces. Many years later, my Italian heritage stock stews in me a passion and love for life.

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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?