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Austrian Florafilter: help my friend ID this plant?

Can you name this lovely flower/plant? [more inside]
posted by hungrybruno on Jul 15, 2014 - 3 answers

What is this Sicilian dish?

I grew up with a Sicilian grandfather who was an amazing cook. As is usually the case with amazing grandparent cooks, he never wrote anything down. I know the recipe in general, I just don't know what to call it. [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid on Jun 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Book about Italian apprentice making fountain for stray cats.

Ok, I could have sworn I read this book multiple times when I was a kid, but nobody seems to remember it exists including my cat-loving, children's literature professor mom who gave it to me. I'll try to list every thing I can remember about it in the extended explanation. To summarize, it takes place in an Italian town where a young-fountain-making apprentice wants to make his own fountain so that all the stray cats around him will have some place to drink. As he is poor, he cobbles together the material from things he can find, and in the end I do believe he ends up making the fountain. My mom and the internet don't seem to remember this book, but I think it did exist. Maybe you guys will come up with something. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Jun 17, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I see an original Pennsylvania birth certificate from the 1920s?

My grandfather was born in Pennsylvania to Italian parents during the 1920s in Lackawanna County / Scranton. I was able to obtain a new birth certificate from the PA Dept of Vital Records, but the last name was misspelled. When I called about this, they could only tell me that the mis-spelling "was what it said on the birth certificate". How do I go about seeing the original to get the mistake corrected? [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Jun 13, 2014 - 5 answers

What does it mean when Megan Draper makes spaghetti?

When did spaghetti bolognese (or with meatballs) become the classic Anglo-American middle class dinner in the US? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 23, 2014 - 53 answers

Family word? Dialect? Regionalism? Nonsense?

If anyone besides my spouse and her family knows the word "toast-a-dies," would you please step forward? I'm trying to find out the origin of this term for French toast. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Mar 7, 2014 - 5 answers

High stakes, and winning a new life in a new world.

What card game did my grandfather play on the voyage from Sicily to Ellis Island? Google is not giving me the detail I need. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Feb 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me figure out the origin of this Italian-American slang word

I'm trying to figure out the origin of a particular Italian slang word my family uses that means "gaudy, tacky or overdone". [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Feb 1, 2014 - 29 answers

Vera Pelle is not the designer!

SO and me saw a chocolate brown satchel purse (this kind of design but the leather was real and not mottled) she really liked at a shop but agreed it was over-priced and probably cheaper online. The bag was labeled "Vera Pelle" and searches on eBay and other places brought up quite a lot of bags under that label. On Friday, we discovered Vera Pelle just means "real leather" in Italian and is stamped on any bag made in Italy that is made out of leather. So, we're trying to find places that have catalogs of Italian made, non-branded leather purses to peruse to find the purse she liked. Any suggestions?
posted by parmanparman on Jan 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Need a Manhattan Italian Restaurant

Need Epic Italian restaurant in Manhattan. This may have been asked before but restaurants change and close all the time. Relatives are coming into Manhattan this Friday from Texas (originally from Long Island) and seek "epic pizza and Italian food". I know places in Brooklyn etc so please only Manhattan. They have a family of 4 and subways to Bensonhurst would be prohibitive. Special "Awesome Points" for "hole in wall" tiny places. Mifi-ites don't let me down!
posted by donaken on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Smoked salmon + pasta ?

Is there a delicious way of combining sliced smoked salmon and pasta for dinner? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Nov 21, 2013 - 22 answers

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a...vodka cream sauce?

I am cooking dinner this weekend for an old friend who has requested Italian, preferably pasta with a creamy sauce. I am not very well acquainted at all with cream sauces, apart from this very simple one. I have many extra hours to work on this, and access to several specialty markets and a Trader Joe's. Help me find a crazy delicious recipe! Special farfalle inside... [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 answers

3 days in Genoa

My husband and I are going for a long weekend in Genoa, Italy. I've been really lapse in my planning and now I turn to the hivemind! I've done a bit of homework, but not enough, can you help? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Oct 8, 2013 - 3 answers

When was the Italian printer Carlo Belloni in operation?

I have a paper advertising item which, I am told, was printed by Carlo Belloni in Milan, Italy. The item appears to be from around 1920 to 1940 or perhaps earlier. For dating purposes, I would like to know when this printer was in operation. TIA
posted by kirsti on Oct 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Old Italian songs on piano

I'm looking for a book or two that contains some old Italian songs (i.e. 20s-50s). [more inside]
posted by fishhouses on Jul 9, 2013 - 4 answers

What is this shoe called, and where to find it again?

I have a favorite pair of shoes, but they are no longer in production (I've contacted the designer, no dice). I would really like to get another pair, as close as possible. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jun 11, 2013 - 9 answers

What are some good Italian Food in the Meatpacking district in NYC

My buddy is going on a first date with a girl and wanted to take her out to Italian in the meatpacking district in NYC. What are good choices in that area. He's looking to keep the total bill to around $125, but remember this is a first date, so we need to impress a little as well ;) Thx! Firestyle
posted by FireStyle on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Prep for Jure Sanguinis -> Help me find a great Italian textbook

Preparing for Jure Sanguinis and trying to brush up on my non-existent Italian. I haven't had much luck with various websites and apps (FSI is an exception), can't afford Rosetta Stone, and can't leave work long enough for an immersion course. I've found that I do well with language textbooks in that I get a better sense of the grammar and they allow for rote memorization of words and phrases. With that in mind, can anyone recommend a good textbook (or system, or correspondence course) for learning Italian at home? Thank you.
posted by NYC-BB on May 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Help find the Italian script of this clip

Can anyone find or type down the script of this clip from the game StarCraft II? It's in Italian.
posted by sanskrtam on May 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Can you help translate this Italian phrase?

Can you translate this Italian phrase into English? "Nun so' fesso ma faccio o' fesso perche' facendo o' fesso te faccio fesso." [more inside]
posted by ataxia on Apr 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Garden of Lost Fruit?

In The Fruit Hunters by Adam Gollner, he mentions "Bologna's Garden of Lost Fruit" as a fruit-focused tourist destination (p. 35). Googling for this name only brings up a Google Books snippet of the book, and trying to translate it to Italian doesn't seem to give anything useful either. What is this place called in Italian, and where can I find it?
posted by Yiggs on Mar 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Recommend Italian podcasts for a learner.

I need to improve my comprehension of spoken Italian, and I'm looking for free podcasts in Italian (as opposed to recorded language lessons) which can help me do this. [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Etruscan resources

I'm learning that many of the customs and traditions that I think of as Roman actually originated from the Etruscans instead. Can anyone recommend some good books, videos, or websites about ancient Etruscan culture and history?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Italian gift ideas for fashion design grad

Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Tips for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language?

What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Feb 26, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I buy a copy of this Annigoni work?

This picture is a framed clipping from a magazine that dates back more than 30 years. The original is by Pietro Annigoni, I believe. I am looking for a copy of the original that is better quality than a magazine clipping. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Feb 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Information on an Italian Folk Song

I'm looking for any information on an Italian folk song "Tutti Mi Chiaman Mario" The song: 1, 2. I'm looking for anything from personal reminiscences, to a copy of the lyrics, information about its origin, to academic analysis - anything at all.
posted by bq on Feb 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Panforte per favore!

Buying panforte online or in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by BibiRose on Nov 19, 2012 - 6 answers

What does this Italian phrase from 1634 mean?

Anyone know what the Italian in this quote from a book about Commedia dell Arte means? "Aldeano in 1634 expected these lawyers of Francolino to have an oily toga, loose hair, and 'habiti alla ciala bardessa'." [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Oct 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Seeking mental health resources for young Italian man

What are low-cost or online resources for a young Italian man with anxiety disorder and/or depression in Rome? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

What was produced at the "Red Desert" factory?

What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Sep 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Meaningful phrases, in Italian, to express a fond farewell.

What are some phrases in Italian that convey "goodbye" in a not-so-casual, but rather sentimental if not hopeful way? [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino on Sep 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me make the best tomato marinara sauce in the world. I want to make it from scratch. I want it to be the sort of thing youd see in Godfather or Goodfellas where it has to stay on the stove for like 3 months to achieve perfection. This is my holy grail.

Help me make the best tomato marinara sauce in the world. I want to make it from scratch. I want it to be the sort of thing youd see in Godfather or Goodfellas where it has to stay on the stove for like 3 months to achieve perfection. This is my holy grail. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Aug 26, 2012 - 24 answers

A question you can't refuse to answer

What is the name of the music that starts at 1:42 in this soundtrack? This is during the festa in Godfather II, right after De Niro offs the fat man.
posted by Behemoth on Aug 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Hello Pasta!

Pasta from scratch and recipes that compliment it? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jul 12, 2012 - 15 answers

An Italian Toast (but not the edible kind).

My dear mother wishes to have something special written in Italian engraved in her new dining room table. Are there any sayings or toasts that would be appropriate? (A few details below)... [more inside]
posted by verevi on Jun 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Dante in Italian

Reading Dante in Italian when you don't know Italian.... [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jun 7, 2012 - 18 answers

Italian Speakers

Anyone speak Italian? [more inside]
posted by ducky l'orange on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

A tutti piace l'odore dei gatti. Ragni.

I'm starting to learn Italian. Can you give me any tips and/or resources that helped you learn Italian? Preferably online/free; examples inside. Also, please give me fun Italian pop! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Name that Latin/Italian/Greek/English poem! About death!

Name that Latin, Greek, or Italian poem... Can you identify this poem from my senile grandfather's sparse details? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Feb 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Music to celebrate a lifetime of love?

Classical / opera music help: My partner has set up an beautiful slideshow of pictures and film of his parents' wedding in their village in Italy as a present for their 50th wedding anniversary. Help us with the music! [more inside]
posted by girlpublisher on Feb 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Wanted: Italian wine.

What are some of the best Italian wines? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn on Nov 13, 2011 - 13 answers

What Do You Do With A Problem Like Risotto?

Best Use For Lots of Leftover, Meaty Risotto? I accidentally made more like Risotto for 4 rather than two, and one person hardly ate as Risotto is very filling. What are the best uses for lots of Risotto besides sitting in my fridge laughing at me.? What other meals can I use it in or as a part of? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 3, 2011 - 19 answers

What did we eat?

What was the black or brown or dark red grain we ate with the aperitivo this week in Milan? It was served as a salad, mixed with green peas, some onion and anchovy. And yummy. [more inside]
posted by gijsvs on Oct 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Slave to the noodle

Give me your most complex, time consuming pasta dinner menu/ recipes. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 28, 2011 - 26 answers

Pimp me out.

I am in China, have access to a brilliant tailor and a large budget. I have a series of meetings in Shanghai on Tuesday and want some new clothes. Help me look like Bradley Cooper at his very best in Limitless. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Sep 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Prego, aiuto!

ItalianFilter: Please help me translate the WWII-era letter for a friend of the family. [more inside]
posted by artichoke_enthusiast on Aug 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Trying to find a surf cover of Torna Surriento?

I heard an instrumental, surf (ish) version of Torna Surriento at brunch today... help? [more inside]
posted by aquanet on Jul 3, 2011 - 2 answers

What does the Italian word "coo-ka-looch" mean?

Can someone tell me what this Italian term of endearment means? It phonetically is pronounced "coo-ka-looch" [more inside]
posted by jModug on Jun 24, 2011 - 6 answers

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