Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Jobs: Nutella Taste-Testers Wanted

August 8, 2018

Jobs: Nutella Taste-Testers Wanted

The Ferrero company, maker of Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread, wants to hire 60 Nutella tasters, no experience needed. These assaggiatori di Nutella will be based in Italy and receive training in honing their palettes. Candidates should get in line behind us, per favore.

More:

“Italy is looking for 60 Nutella tasters,” The Local

“This Company Will Pay You to Move to Italy and Eat Nultella For a Living,” Joe McGauley, Thrillist

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Thin-Crust Cultural Heritage

December 8, 2017

Thin-Crust Cultural Heritage
Even though one in three of Italy’s pizza makers isn’t Italian, the UNESCO  Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has named Neapolitan pizza an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice comprising four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven, involving a rotatory movement by the baker. The element originates in Naples, the capital of the Campania Region, where about 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform.” — UNESCO
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Egyptians Make Italy’s Pizza

May 11, 2016

Egyptians Make Italy's Pizza

What’s more Italian than Pizza? 1.6 billion pizzas are eaten in Italy every year. The food has it’s own academy to train pizzaioli (pizza chefs) and has UNESCO Heritage status.

But making pizzas is hot, sweaty work, and Italians aren’t so eager to make pizzas these days, so many of Italy’s pizzas are being made by immigrants. 35% of Italy’s pizzaioli are from other countries, and 20% of them are Egyptian.

More:

“In Italy, one in three pizza makers isn’t Italian,” Annalisa Merelli, Quartz

Related:

“With A 2-Km. Pizza, Naples Aims To Deliver A Slice Of History,” Laurel Dalrymple, NPR

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Starbucks to Bring Espresso to Italy

March 16, 2016

Starbucks to Bring Espresso to Italy

Starbucks is coming to Milan, and Italian cappuccino lovers are frothing mad. The java giant’s CEO Howard Schultz claims his visit to Milan 33 years ago inspired him to go into the coffeehouse biz, so he’s going to thank the ancient city by draining business from its cafés. The first Milanese Starbuckery will open in 2017, and plans are brewing for Starbucks in Verona, Venice, and a couple of other Italian towns.

More:

“Can Starbucks succeed in Italy?” BBC News

“Taking the plunger: Starbucks to open first store in Italy,” The Guardian

“Starbucks in Italy: The Italian espresso wasn’t express enough, apparently,” Samuel Muston, The Independent

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The Nutella Affair

June 19, 2015

The Nutella Affair

Not since Louis XII seized Milan has there been such conflict between France and Italy. French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal urged the public to stop eating Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut goo, to help prevent deforestation. Nutella is 20 percent palm oil, and palm plantations are often created by cutting down huge swaths of topical forests. Italy went into an uproar, since Nutella is made by Ferrero, the huge confectionery firm based outside Turin. Michele Anzaldi of the Camera dei Deputati was outraged by the grave e brutto slur against eccellenza italiana.

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Berlusconi: Not Guilty in Teen-Sex-for-Hire Case

July 19, 2014

Berlusconi: Not Guilty in Teen-Sex-for-Hire Case

Billionaire septuagenarian, football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner and disgraced 3-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been acquitted of having sex with an underage prostitute, This decision by an Italian appeals court cancels the penalties of the sentence, 7 years in prison and a lifetime ban from politics. But don’t look for Mr. Berlusconi in Parliament just yet. He was expelled from the Italian Senate due to an earlier tax fraud conviction, so it looks like the Italian Government will remain Berlusconi-free for the foreseeable future.

More:

“Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court,” Scott Neuman, NPR

“Italy appeals court clears Berlusconi in sex trial,” Ilaria Polleschi and Silvia Aloisi, Reuters via Chicago Tribune

“‘Bunga bunga’ showgirl incredulous at Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal,” Nick Squires, Daily Telegraph

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Fiat Buys Chrysler

January 5, 2014

Fiat Buys Chrysler

Fiat will buy the 41 percent of Chrysler stock it doesn’t already own from the UAW Trust for $4.35 Billion. Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne has been Chrysler’s CEO too since his Italian company bought into Detroit during the 2009 recession. This means the ‘Fix It Again Tony‘ car company now owns the one that built the Dodge Charger.

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Silvio Berlusconi Returns to Private Life

November 30, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi Returns to Private Life

The Italian Senate expelled billionaire septuagenarian, football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner and disgraced 3-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from membership last week so he could spend more time with his attorneys and under-aged females. The proximate cause: Mr. Berlusconi’s recent tax fraud conviction. For the first time in two decades, the Italian Government is Berlusconi-free.

Private Citizen Berlusconi has problems. There are new charges that he and his lawyers paid off trial witnesses to his notorious “bunga bunga” sex parties. The 77-year- old’s 28-year-old showgirl girlfriend has appealed to that great champion of morally challenged billionaires, Pope Francis, to clear Silvio’s name.

Update:

“Berlusconi, The Perils of Not Knowing When to Say Goodbye,” Marcello Sorgi, La Stampa via Worldcrunch

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Berlusconi: Guilty, Guilty, Guilty.

August 3, 2013

Berlusconi: Guilty, Guilty, Guilty.

Appearing on television after an appeals court upheld his conviction on abuse of office  sex offences  bribery tax fraud, one of his many convictions, billionaire septuagenarian, football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner and disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claimed he is being harassed by vengeful political enemies:

“Today’s sentence confirmed my belief that a part of the judicial authorities has become irresponsible”

“I have never been anyone’s silent partner, I have never devised any system of fiscal fraud, there have never been false invoices in the history of Mediaset, just like there are no hidden funds abroad that are linked to me or my family.”

“In exchange for the commitments I have made for my country over almost 20 years and now as I am coming to the end of my public life, I have been rewarded with accusations and a verdict that is founded on absolutely nothing, that takes away my personal freedom and my political rights.”

“Is this the Italy that we want? Is this the Italy that we love? Absolutely not.”

Uh huh.

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Don’t Stop!

July 10, 2013

Nu te Fermare (“Don’t Stop!”)

“You’ve graduated, but there’s no work
you have a masters, but there’s no work
and you’re left with only your imagination
wanting to buy a house, it’s agony, wanting a family, it’s crazy
but if you stop, there’s melancholy
Get up, find a way, keep on going, don’t stop
find a way, take a chance, your voice is strong, make it heard.”

— Mauro Durante

More:

“Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Music to Exorcise Financial Demons in Europe,” Betto Arcos, PRI’s The World

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