Festa Dei Morta- All Soul's Day
Babbo Natale- Father Christmas
Al Dente- Slightly Resistant to the Bite
Granita- Light Sherbet Made with Powdery Ice or Fruit Flavored Syrup
Gelati- is made with milk, it resembles Ice cream in the United States
Caffe Espresso- rich, dark, flavorful coffee served in Italy
Caffetteria- special type of coffee maker
French Roast- Dark roasted, finely ground coffee beans
Mortadella- Italian Sausage
Pama Ham- Popular appetizer
Risottos- rice dish with butter, chopped onion, stock or wine, and parmesan cheese
Polenta- porridge made of cornmeal
Apfelstrudel- Apple strudel
Pollo Alla Cacciatore- Chicken hunter style
Minestrone- Soup made with carrots, onions, zucchini, celery, cabbage, rice or pasta, and seasoning
Osso Buco- portion of the calf's leg
Zabaglione- fluffy egg custard flavored with marsala wine
Pannetone- sweet cake filled with fruits and nuts
Spaghetti Alla Carbonara- Spagetti dish
Crostata di Ricotta- Cheese pie
Nel fiasco- Beans cooked with garlic, water, and olive oil
Cenci- deep fried party stripes made into bows
Panforte- honey cake flavored with cloves and cinnamon
Fusilli- pulled out spirals
Orecchietta- Little ears
Ricci Di Donna- ladies curls
Stuffed lasagne- Popular Neapolitan dish
Pizza- Popular Neapolitan dish
Soffritti- lightly fried onions and other vegetables mixed with a small amount of meat
Zucchini Parmesan- sliced zucchini with cubed tomatoes tosses with parmesan cheese
Antipasto- appetizer course for the beginning of the meal
Pasta in brado- simple broth for pasta
Geography and Climate
- Three distinct geographic regions
- Northern Italy which has great beauty and fertile land. The Po River Basin makes the Po Valley the most productive in the country.
- Central Italy is hilly and mountainous.
- Southern Italy is the least favorite off the three because the decreased resources in this region.
- Italy has a Mediterranean climate.
- Summers are dry and sunny.
- Winters are rainy.
- The north is more cooler then the south
- Richest most productive farmland is located in Northern Italy in the Po River Valley
- Leading crops- wheat, corn, rice, sugar beets, and flax
- Largest cheese producing in this region
- Olive trees thrive in Southern Italy
- Vineyards are supplied thought out Italy
- Italian wine makers produce red, white, and sparkling wine
Holidays and Recreation
- Mostly all are Roman Catholics
- Pasqua which is Easter is a important holiday
- Italians hold harvest festivals in late summer and early fall, they celebrate important foods
- On Nov. 2 they celebrate Festa Dei Morta which is All Souls Day, they respect the dead relatives
- Christmas is a special time for Italians
- Italian food is lively, interesting, colorful, and varied
- Italians believe in keeping the natural flavors of food and try to keep things fresh
- Italians use different types of herbs, spices, and seasonings
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are important to there kitchen
- Italians cook many dishes on top of the range by simmering or frying
Soup made with onions, carrots, zucchini, celery, cabbage, rice or pasta, and seasonings
Chicken Hunter Style
Chicken simmered with tomatoes and mushrooms and can be served with pasta or rice.
Rice dish made with butter, chopped onions, stock or wine, and parmesan cheese.
- City of Rome was once head a empire.
- Romans rule was brought through Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia.
- After the fall of the Roman Empire that rise of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Structure of the church turned to government power.