Food—The Italian Way

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Food—The Italian Way

Posted by in Food and Restaurants,Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | January 30, 2013

blog 1-30-2013 pic 1Food and cuisine are such an integral part of the Italian culture that not talking about them would be a travesty.

To be honest, I’ve never heard in Italy the “mangia, mangia” that seems to be such a standard expression in Italian-American families. BUT I’ve also never visited anybody’s home there and not have been offered some type of food (sweet or savory depending on the occasion and the time of day) along with the ubiquitous offer for a “caffe’” (espresso that is – always!).

While traveling to Italy and depending on your choice of accommodation, a certain number of your meals will be taken in restaurants. Everybody is so used to eating out nowadays that I’m sure the idea doesn’t frazzle you, but while traveling in Italy there are two factors to consider: the language and the menu structure.

Let me explain:

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Cure your Winter Blues with Saffron

Posted by in Food and Restaurants | January 23, 2013

It’s winter and it’s cold here in Chicago and it’s time for hearty dishes and comfort food. One of my comfort foods of choice is the Risotto alla Milanese. Despite the fact nobody in my family is from Milan, this dish has been a staple in my mother’s kitchen forever. Most probably because it’s a fabulous way to put “leftover” chicken broth to use.

Here’s the recipe I’ve always used when making Risotto alla Milanese:

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Happy 2013!

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | January 1, 2013

The holidays have come and gone and together with the Christmas decorations I’ve also put away all the Christmas cards we received this year from close friends and family. Quite a few of them enclosed a “letter” and given the amount of changes that the second part of 2012 brought to our family, we were particularly happy to receive them and to catch up on all the things we may have missed in the lives of the people we love and care about.

So, in the spirit of the holiday letter, let me take this opportunity to write one to you all and briefly catch you up with you on what happened to Cives Urbe in 2012:

Let me start saying that 2012 has been an incredible year marked by discovery, evolution, growth and tons of changes. Which in my book, is all good stuff!

The number of clients that chose Cives Urbe in 2012 increased significantly over 2011 thanks to the generosity and support of all who referred us relentlessly since Cives Urbe was founded in late 2010.

More than 90% of our clients referred us to their friends and family. We consider this an outstanding result. It’s the most gratifying and at the same time most humbling experience I’ve ever personally had in my professional career.

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