Word of the Week

Word of the Week- Cavallo di Battaglia

Still sticking with this month's theme of Italian expressions that use animals, we'll take a look at cavallo di battaglia. Cavallo di battaglia translates literally to warhorse. Cavallo is horse and battaglia is a battle. It's not too difficult to imagine what this could mean, however over time and across cultures it has changed in meaning.… Continue reading Word of the Week- Cavallo di Battaglia

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cooking, kitchen

Spezzatino

Spezzatino is the Italian version of stew. You throw some meat and vegetables into a pot and let it simmer for a couple of hours. A delicious aroma fills your kitchen and after a longer cooking time on low heat the meat is so tender it falls apart with a fork. Spezzatino is a Northern… Continue reading Spezzatino

motherhood

Conversations with a Bilingual 2 Year Old

In our family we speak both Italian and English. We hope that our boys will be bilingual and will speak both Italian and English with ease so that they can be successful both in Italy and in the United States if they choose to someday live there. English is the language of the world, it… Continue reading Conversations with a Bilingual 2 Year Old

Word of the Week

Word of the Week – In Bocca al Lupo

In bocca al lupo is one of those Italian expressions that you must learn if you want to sound like a native. Translated literally, in bocca al lupo means "in the mouth of the wolf." But in Italy if you say in the mouth of the wolf you're wishing someone good luck, and that they will… Continue reading Word of the Week – In Bocca al Lupo

Italy

My Favorite Italian City

This month's topic for the Dolce Vita Bloggers link up (thanks Jasmine,  Kristie, and Kelly!) is our favorite Italian cities. Although seemingly an easy question, it's actually quite difficult to answer. When thinking about a city there are a lot of different aspects to take into consideration. My favorite city to visit might not be the… Continue reading My Favorite Italian City

Word of the Week

Word of the Week- Salvare capra e cavoli

Happy New Year! We'll start 2018 off with looking at expressions with animals. This week's expression is: Salvare capra e cavoli. Literally translated as to save the goat and cabbages. It has a couple different meanings based on the context. It can mean you're trying to hold onto everything, or that you're trying to turn lemons… Continue reading Word of the Week- Salvare capra e cavoli

Word of the Week

Word of the Week – Auguri

The last Word of the Week for 2017. It seems appropriate to have this week's word be: Auguri  Auguri is the plural form of the noun augurio, which means wish or greeting. So auguri means wishes or greetings often used with tanti - many. Auguri generally means congratulations. But it's also used in a couple different… Continue reading Word of the Week – Auguri

Word of the Week

Word of the Week – Pandoro/Panettone

Today's word of the week refers to a very common typical Christmas Italian dessert: Pandoro and Panettone. Panettone can often be found in grocery stores around the world sold as an Italian specialty. These are two types of sweet breads. Pandoro, golden bread, is shaped like an 8 pointed star pyramid covered in powerdered sugar and comes… Continue reading Word of the Week – Pandoro/Panettone