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A huge and record-setting chocolate Easter egg was created and broken in Rome.  Pieces were sold and proceeds go to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in the Abruzzo.

A huge and record-setting chocolate Easter egg was created and broken in Rome. Pieces were sold and proceeds go to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in the Abruzzo.

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Food can be funny!  Sometimes brand names from other countries make me laugh.  These Italian hot dogs are called Wupi!

Food can be funny! Sometimes brand names from other countries make me laugh. These Italian hot dogs are called Wupi!

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So excited that today Italy released a postage stamp in honor of its extra-delicious spaghetti all

So excited that today Italy released a postage stamp in honor of its extra-delicious spaghetti all'amatriciana

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What could be cooler or more delicious than a granita made of Italy

What could be cooler or more delicious than a granita made of Italy's iconic citrus soda, Tassoni, and vodka? It's the perfect summer treat!

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Yesterday, 25 chefs in Sydney broke the world record for the longest line of pizzas.  They made 826 pies that stretched 221 meters in length.

Yesterday, 25 chefs in Sydney broke the world record for the longest line of pizzas. They made 826 pies that stretched 221 meters in length.

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An interview with food writer, cookbook author, and expert on Roman food, Maureen Fant

An interview with food writer, cookbook author, and expert on Roman food, Maureen Fant

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Play with your food!  Il Ruzzolone is a game played in only one Italian hill town - Panicale.  The goal?  Roll a nine pound round of pecorino cheese around the perimeter of the town.

Play with your food! Il Ruzzolone is a game played in only one Italian hill town - Panicale. The goal? Roll a nine pound round of pecorino cheese around the perimeter of the town.

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The Italian coffee company, Illy, teams up with Coca-Cola to give us caffe freddo in a can!

The Italian coffee company, Illy, teams up with Coca-Cola to give us caffe freddo in a can!

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At the Espresso Academy in Florence, you can take espresso & cappuccino making lessons in a coffee roasting plant.  There

At the Espresso Academy in Florence, you can take espresso & cappuccino making lessons in a coffee roasting plant. There's even a "milk art" course that will teach you to make those pretty cappuccino designs.

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January 17 is the International Day of Italian Cuisines.  The Virtual Group of Italian Chefs will be celebrating and promoting authentic Italian cuisine by cooking Pasta alla Carbonara.  Join them!

January 17 is the International Day of Italian Cuisines. The Virtual Group of Italian Chefs will be celebrating and promoting authentic Italian cuisine by cooking Pasta alla Carbonara. Join them!

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In Italy, on the feast of Epiphany (Jan. 6), a mythical woman named Befana brings candy coal to those who

In Italy, on the feast of Epiphany (Jan. 6), a mythical woman named Befana brings candy coal to those who've been naughty. Time to start making coal for all those family and friends who need to clean up their acts!

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!  (Or in your oven)

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire! (Or in your oven)

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Help fight AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa by buying wines with the "Wine for Life" sticker.

Help fight AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa by buying wines with the "Wine for Life" sticker.

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Italians are famous for their fish dinners on Christmas Eve and one of the stars of the meal is the capitone or eel - best to buy it alive and kill it in your own kitchen sink!

Italians are famous for their fish dinners on Christmas Eve and one of the stars of the meal is the capitone or eel - best to buy it alive and kill it in your own kitchen sink!

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The world

The world's largest white truffle was found in Tuscany this week!

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Support local Italian viticulture by adopting a vine!  Choose your region and your grape and at the end of the year you

Support local Italian viticulture by adopting a vine! Choose your region and your grape and at the end of the year you'll get 60 bottles of your own wine (you can even personalize the labels).

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Italy

Italy's sheep make the tastiest cheese! Think pecorino! Think ricotta! Now you can adopt a lamb in the Abruzzo and fill your pantry with organic cheeses & sausages!

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Almost every Italian menu features an antipasto of affettati misti.  In their new ad campaign, the salumeria Negroni suggests that Italy itself is a landscape  made of prosciutto, mortadella, and pancetta!  Yumm!

Almost every Italian menu features an antipasto of affettati misti. In their new ad campaign, the salumeria Negroni suggests that Italy itself is a landscape made of prosciutto, mortadella, and pancetta! Yumm!

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Nudo, a farm in Italy, lets you adopt an olive tree for a year and they send you the fruits of the harvest.  It

Nudo, a farm in Italy, lets you adopt an olive tree for a year and they send you the fruits of the harvest. It's a great way to get some fabulous olive oil and to support small scale farming.

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Master cheese makers in Italy just crafted the world

Master cheese makers in Italy just crafted the world's longest mozzarella. How long do you think a mozzarella braid could be? (Hint: this one's not even close!)

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Alessi

Alessi's Taste-Huile (olive oil taster) is the new kitchen essential.

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Three-pronged chopsticks make it it easy to eat Asian food gracefully - even if you

Three-pronged chopsticks make it it easy to eat Asian food gracefully - even if you're a bit lacking in eye-hand coordination. Introduced at the Milan International Home Show which ends today.

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Pandora Design rethinks  the Italian souvenir and helps you take a taste of Italy home:  Squeeze your citrus on the dome of Saint Peter

Pandora Design rethinks the Italian souvenir and helps you take a taste of Italy home: Squeeze your citrus on the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica and fill the piazza with juice!

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Be careful, you

Be careful, you'll put your eyes out! Oedipus in 8 1/2 minutes - played by a potato!

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Five Italian wine estates join together to create Bootleg wines and the result is a stunningly clever bottle (we

Five Italian wine estates join together to create Bootleg wines and the result is a stunningly clever bottle (we've not tried the wine yet)

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Wear this to the organic market or put the organics in it?

Wear this to the organic market or put the organics in it?

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A famous saying:  "When the Colosseum falls, Rome will fall.  And when Rome falls,the world will end."  Chris Kabul

A famous saying: "When the Colosseum falls, Rome will fall. And when Rome falls,the world will end." Chris Kabul's Colosseum cake pan lets you play master of the universe.

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No time to join the jet setters on Sardinia this August?  Treat yourself to a taste of the island anyway with this icy aperitif made with mirto, Sardinia

No time to join the jet setters on Sardinia this August? Treat yourself to a taste of the island anyway with this icy aperitif made with mirto, Sardinia's myrtle berry liquor.

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Roman chef Filippo La Mantia (who began his cooking career in Palermo

Roman chef Filippo La Mantia (who began his cooking career in Palermo's jail when arrested wrongfully for a Mafia crime) is getting lots of publicity for his campaign to rid Italian food of garlic.

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Neapolitan artist Sergio de Rosa photographs spaghetti in the most interesting ways.  (He also works with other shapes of pasta and with rice!)

Neapolitan artist Sergio de Rosa photographs spaghetti in the most interesting ways. (He also works with other shapes of pasta and with rice!)

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A close shave!  Most people think the best way to cool off in Italy is by eating gelato.  But on really hot days those in the know head from the grattachecca stands.

A close shave! Most people think the best way to cool off in Italy is by eating gelato. But on really hot days those in the know head from the grattachecca stands.

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Street stalls selling pre-cut fresh fruit are all the rage in Rome in the summer.  But, the fruit

Street stalls selling pre-cut fresh fruit are all the rage in Rome in the summer. But, the fruit's not always carved this elaborately!

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Shaken, not stirred!  The Caffe Shakerato is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day...and it

Shaken, not stirred! The Caffe Shakerato is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day...and it's elegant too!

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Chilly con Campari.  In love with this innovative aperitif : Campari granita with grapefruit juice and lime.  Eat it with a spoon or add a taste of it to  a glass of prosecco.

Chilly con Campari. In love with this innovative aperitif : Campari granita with grapefruit juice and lime. Eat it with a spoon or add a taste of it to a glass of prosecco.

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