Month: December 2015

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Celebrate New Year with the best Italian food

If you do not know what to do to to celebrate New Year, you have an alternative to visit La Piccola Fonatana and enjoy the best Italian food with your loved ones. In our restaurant you can eat in the best environment, with all the elegance that deserves the occasion and taste the best dishes that characterize the Mediterranean diet.

Our holiday menu includes a Mixed antipasto, appetizers for your choice of Lentil Soup, Mediterranean Seafood Salad, Kobe Carpaccio and Mozzarella di Bufalo. Additionally, you can choose between delicious entrees as Fillet of Branzino, Terra e Mare, Herbed Roasted Veal Loin and Risotto Primavera.

This elegant evening ends with a dessert of your choice: a chocolate mousse or Tiramisu with Strawberries. All this delight the palate is included $ 125 per person which also includes the cost Hotel’s Lobby Party Ticket.

For more information please call 787 791-0966 to make your reservation and celebrates the arrival of the New Year in style and elegance at La Piccola Fonatana.

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Known traditions Christmas of Italy

Christmas is a time filled with family and fun, no matter which continent or country you are. In this sense, Italy has some of the most beautiful Christmas traditions and they become at this time part of the other contries.

Christmas tree

We all know the beautiful Christmas tree is a tradition that can be seen in the homes of many families like in much of the Italian territory. The usual practice is to put the Christmas tree from December 8th using natural and artificial trees and leave it there until January 6th.

The crib

Also from December 8th families gather to prepare the manger a miniature representation of the birth of Jesus Christ accompanied by houses landscapes sheep and shepherds.

Christmas dinner

Each region of Italy has a different way of making the holiday dinner but this tradition is usual on December 24th for a dinner and in some cases a family lunch served on December 25th . On these evenings you can find dishes such as Panettone and Mascarpone sauce.

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Italian desserts to seduce the mouth

Italian gastronomy is internationally known for dishes such as pasta, caprese salad, lasagna or carpaccio itself, all the flavors that make the best of Mediterranean diets. However many Italian desserts that have traveled the world falling palates of its guests in every bite.

Recipes such as cannoli, gelato and Italian panna cotta, make the people fall in love and become fans of Italian food.

Cannoli

This dessert is typical of Sicily combines the delicious flavors of the pastry cream flavored with a hint of cinnamon, ground nuts and ricotta cheese, all wrapped in a mass in tubular form. Ideal to end an evening, accompanied by wine.

Italian Gelato

Italian ice creams are internationally recognized for its flavor and the creamy taste. What are differences of common ice cream? This type of dessert is done by hand, with less air and fat, so its texture is soft on the palate. Flavors such as tiramisu, limone, cappuccino can be found, among others.

Panna cotta

This is a delicious dessert is typical of the Piedmont region, created with cream, sugar and gelling, which is added to jam berries. An alternative to soft fruit flavors complemented by texture.

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How to Pair Pasta and Wine

Those who know the best of Italian gastronomy know that wine and pasta are inseparable. Either white or red, there is a wine for each pulp and their respective sauce so it is imperative for all Italian food expert know what flavors are completed in the perfect dinner.

Want to know which wines go with each type of pasta? Pay attention to the following list and considers our tips for your next elegant dinner.

Bolognese sauce

Do you enjoy a good pasta with Bolognese sauce? This beef dish goes perfectly with a red wine, which makes it an ideal contrast of strong flavors.

Tomato sauces

The pasta with a delicious sauce of fresh tomatoes and parmesan cheese is very traditional on Italian food, especially when it is accompanied with a young red wine or a rose wine that is integrated with the acid of the tomato.

Seafood sauces

The best companion for pasta with seafood or fish sauces are wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or a dry Champagne. Besides the elegant drinks are perfect for Caribbean flavors of the seafood.

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What is the jubilee year?

A year of Jubilee is a special period of celebration, thanksgiving or redemption held by the Catholic Church.

Another common question is: how often is the year of Jubilee? A Year of Jubilee usually occurs every 25 years or so, though there are “Extraordinary” jubilee years called sooner than the normal 25-year period.

The jubilee year that Pope Francis convoked – the Holy Year of Mercy – began on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, and will end November 20, 2016. Also, Pope Francis announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy during a Lenten penitential service in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Mercy is a central message of Pope Francis’ papacy and it’s one he is trying to spread through this year of jubilee. He continues to reiterate the need for mercy – both to give it and receive it – even after the Vatican financial leaks and the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Pope Francis said, “The call of Jesus pushes each of us to never stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a personWe are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see of how much generosity everyone is capable.”

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Italian gifts for your beloved ones!

Its that time of the year that we share love with other specially with our loved ones. That time when the hapiness is noticeable for everyone; we share food too! But maybe that is not enought for a special gift. After all… It’s almost Christmas.

There are so many type of gifts for a friend that loves Italy. For example, Swide has found 5 gifts that any lover of Italy will love for Christmas, from Carretto Siciliano inspired décor to Italian cooking basics like apasta maker and an essential box set of Pasolini’s movies.

Or maybe your friend is a girl with a hint of romanticism and a love for Italy?Then check this gift guide:

1 Pasolini Six Films box set

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2 Marcoto Atlas 150 pasta machine

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3 The Italians, by John Hooper

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4 Dolce&Gabbana Carretto Siciliano Cards

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5 Italy Wall Calendar 2016

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La Scala

With the arrival of December is time to mention one of the cultural events in Italy. This is the start of the theater season. And the best place to go is the iconic La Scala.

This landmark was built after a disaster, the fire of the old Teatro Ducale in 1776 and by order of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, gave way to a new building which adopted the name dela church of Santa Maria alla Scala, where the new location would.

It has been home to premieres of major works such as Verdi’s Otello and Nabucco or Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. They have also traveled by its directors ranks as Arturo Toscanini, Gianandrea Gavazzeni , Claudio Abbado , Georges Prêtre , Riccardo Muti and Daniel Barenboim .

Another wonder who owns this emblematic space is a museum where you find a large collection of paintings, busts, costumes and different items related to the world of opera.

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A Light Poinsettia Christmas Tree

San Diego’s vibrant Little Italy community will celebrate the holiday season withthe lighting of a very special public centerpiece this weekend: a 25-foot treemade of more than 1,100 bright, red poinsettias.

The lights on the tree will be switched on at 5:30 p.m. sharp at the PiazzaBasilone more than 2,000 lights, to be precise.

The festive gathering will include Santa Claus riding into Little Italy at 4 p.m. onLittle Italy Fire Engine 3.

Jolly St. Nick will then take photos with kids through 6:30 p.m. Organizers saythe family-friendly event will include an arts and crafts area for kids, withactivities presented by Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School andArtReach.

Vendors will also line the streets, and attendees can get some holiday shoppingdone at the Little Italy Mercato while enjoying live performances by carolers andWashington Elementary School students.

Of course, seasonal goodies, including snacks and beverages will also beavailable for purchase.