A follow up to this Michelangelo quote question - Calling Italian & Urdu speakers for some translation help! [more inside]
I plan to try to learn both eventually, it's just a matter of order. [more inside]
I’m trying to authenticate a quote attributed to Michelangelo, and wondering if any art history buffs know of the background information. The quote is: “I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free.” [more inside]
I have made a lovely bolognaise. I think it would be even lovelier with parmesan. If I buy some parmesan I won't use up the whole wedge. Is there anything interesting I could use the leftover parmesan for? Or alternatively, something other than parmesan that is dynamite on a bolognaise sauce. [more inside]
Are there any shortcuts for an English speaker to speak and understand Italian on the spot? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
When did spaghetti bolognese (or with meatballs) become the classic Anglo-American middle class dinner in the US? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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!
Is there a delicious way of combining sliced smoked salmon and pasta for dinner? [more inside]
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]
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]
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
I'm looking for a book or two that contains some old Italian songs (i.e. 20s-50s). [more inside]
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]
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
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.
Can anyone find or type down the script of this clip from the game StarCraft II? It's in Italian.
Can you translate this Italian phrase into English? "Nun so' fesso ma faccio o' fesso perche' facendo o' fesso te faccio fesso." [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
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]
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.
Buying panforte online or in Chicago? [more inside]
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]
What are low-cost or online resources for a young Italian man with anxiety disorder and/or depression in Rome? [more inside]
What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
What are some phrases in Italian that convey "goodbye" in a not-so-casual, but rather sentimental if not hopeful way? [more inside]
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]
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.
Pasta from scratch and recipes that compliment it? [more inside]
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]
Reading Dante in Italian when you don't know Italian.... [more inside]
Anyone speak Italian? [more inside]
Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
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]
Name that Latin, Greek, or Italian poem... Can you identify this poem from my senile grandfather's sparse details? [more inside]
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]
What are some of the best Italian wines? [more inside]
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]
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]