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Italian Cuisine
ITALIAN CUISINE is food typical of or originating from Italy. It has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity . Significant changes occurred with the discovery of the New World
New World
and the introduction of potatoes , tomatoes , bell peppers and maize , now central to the cuisine but not introduced in quantity until the 18th century. Italian cuisine
Italian cuisine
is noted for its regional diversity, especially between the north and the south of the Italian peninsula. It offers an abundance of taste, and is one of the most popular in the world. It influenced several cuisines around the world chiefly that of the United States. Italian cuisine
Italian cuisine
is characterized by its simplicity, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation
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Columbian Exchange
The COLUMBIAN EXCHANGE was the widespread transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, technology, and ideas between the Americas and the Old World
Old World
in the 15th and 16th centuries, related to European colonization and trade after Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
's 1492 voyage . Invasive species of flora and fauna and communicable diseases were a byproduct of the Exchange. The changes in agriculture significantly altered and changed global populations
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Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum (L.) H. Karst. Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. The TOMATO (see pronunciation ) is the edible fruit of Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a TOMATO PLANT, which belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae . The species originated in Central and South America
South America
. The Nahuatl ( Aztec
Aztec
language) word tomatl gave rise to the Spanish word "tomate", from which the English word tomato originates. Its use as a food originated in Mexico
Mexico
, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas
Spanish colonization of the Americas
. Tomato
Tomato
is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads , and drinks. While tomatoes are botanically berry -type fruits, they are considered culinary vegetables , being ingredients of savory meals
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Enoteca
ENOTECA (plural : Enoteche) is an Italian word that is derived from the Greek word Οινοθήκη, which literally means "wine repository" (from Oeno/Eno- Οινός "wine ", and teca Θήκη, "receptacle, case, box"), but it is used to describe a special type of local or regional wine shop that originated in Italy
Italy
. The concept of an enoteca has also spread to some other countries. A genuine enoteca is primarily directed at giving visitors or tourists the possibility to taste these wines at a reasonable fee and possibly to buy them. An enoteca is often run in collaboration with growers or growers' or tourism organisations in the village or region. The reason such establishments were named to connote ”wine libraries” was that they were intended as a hands-on source of information on local wines rather than as regular outlets for larger quantities of each wine, or primarily intended for established customers
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Potato
The POTATO is a starchy , tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade SOLANUM TUBEROSUM. The word "potato" may refer either to the plant itself or to the edible tuber. In the Andes
Andes
, where the species is indigenous, some other closely related species are cultivated. Potatoes were introduced to Europe in the second half of the 16th century by the Spanish. Potato
Potato
has become a staple food in many parts of the world and an integral part of much of the world's food supply . It is the world's fourth-largest food crop, following maize , wheat , and rice . The green leaves and green skins of tubers exposed to the light are toxic. Wild potato species can be found throughout the Americas from the United States
United States
to southern Chile
Chile

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List Of Italian Restaurants
A RESTAURANT (/ˈrɛstərənt/ or /ˈrɛstərɒnt/ ; French: ( listen )), or an EATERY, is a business which prepares and serves food and drinks to customers in exchange for money. Meals are generally served and eaten on the premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services , and some offer only take-out and delivery. Restaurants vary greatly in appearance and offerings, including a wide variety of cuisines and service models ranging from inexpensive fast food restaurants and cafeterias to mid-priced family restaurants , to high-priced luxury establishments. In Western countries, most mid- to high-range restaurants serve alcoholic beverages such as beer , wine and light beer . Some restaurants serve all the major meals, such as breakfast , lunch , and dinner (e.g., major fast food chains, diners, hotel restaurants, and airport restaurants)
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List Of Italian Desserts And Pastries
PASTRY is a dough of flour, water and shortening that may be savoury or sweetened. Sweetened pastries are often described as bakers\' confectionery . The word "pastries" suggests many kinds of baked products made from ingredients such as flour , sugar , milk , butter , shortening , baking powder , and eggs . Small tarts and other sweet baked products are called PASTRIES. The French word pâtisserie is also used in English (with or without the accent) for the same foods. Common pastry dishes include pies , tarts , quiches and pasties . Pastry can also refer to the PASTRY DOUGH , from which such baked products are made. Pastry dough is rolled out thinly and used as a base for baked products. Pastry is differentiated from bread by having a higher fat content, which contributes to a flaky or crumbly texture. A good pastry is light and airy and fatty, but firm enough to support the weight of the filling
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Osteria
An OSTERIA (Italian pronunciation: , plural osterie) in Italy was originally a place serving wine and simple food. Lately, the emphasis has shifted to the food, but menus tend to be short, with the emphasis on local specialities such as pasta and grilled meat or fish, often served at shared tables. Osterie tend to be cheap, and they also cater for after work and evening refreshment. Osterie vary greatly in practice: some only serve drinks and clients are allowed to bring in their own food, and some have retained a predominantly male clientele whilst others have reached out to students and young professionals. Some provide music and other entertainment. Similar to osterie are bottiglierie, where customers can take a bottle or flask to be re-filled from a barrel, and enoteche which generally pride themselves on the range and quality of their wine
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Cinema Of Italy
The CINEMA OF ITALY comprises the films made within Italy
Italy
or by Italian directors. Since the development of the Italian film industry in the early 1900s, Italian filmmakers and performers have, at times, experienced both domestic and international success, and have influenced film movements throughout the world. As of 2014, Italian films have won 14 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film , the most of any country, as well as 12 Palmes d\'Or , the second-most of any country. Early Italian films were typically adaptations of books or stage plays. By the 1910s, Italian filmmakers were utilizing complex set designs, lavish costumes, and record budgets, to produce pioneering films such as Enrico Guazzoni
Enrico Guazzoni
's Quo Vadis (1913) and Giovanni Pastrone 's Cabiria
Cabiria
(1914)
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Television In Italy
TELEVISION IN ITALY was introduced in 1939 , when the first experimental broadcasts began. However, this lasted for a very short time: when fascist Italy
Italy
entered World War II in 1940 all transmissions were interrupted, and were resumed in earnest only nine years after the end of the conflict, on January 3, 1954. There are two main national television organisations responsible for most viewing: state-owned RAI
RAI
, accounting for 37% of the total viewing figures in May 2014, and Mediaset , a commercial network which holds about 33%. The third largest player, the Italian branch of Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications
, had a viewing share of 5.8%. Apart from these three free to air companies, News Corporation
News Corporation
's satellite pay TV platform Sky Italia is increasing in viewing and shares
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Monuments Of Italy
MONUMENTS OF ITALY, due to its long and varied history, are present in various locations. The country's national landmark, the Colosseum of Rome, is used for entertainment for the people of Rome. With 51, Italy
Italy
is the country with the single largest number of World Heritage Sites . CONTENTS * 1 List of notable monuments in Italy
Italy
* 2 Italian monuments destroyed in movies * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links LIST OF NOTABLE MONUMENTS IN ITALY Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa
and Colosseum
Colosseum
, perhaps the two most famous monuments of Italy
Italy
These are among the best-known monuments of Italy
Italy
. * Colosseum
Colosseum
( Rome
Rome
) * St
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Coat Of Arms Of Italy
The EMBLEM OF ITALY (Italian : emblema della Repubblica Italiana) was formally adopted by the newly formed Italian Republic on 5 May 1948. Although often referred to as a coat of arms (or stemma in Italian), it is technically an emblem as it was not designed to conform to traditional heraldic rules. The emblem comprises a white five-pointed star , with a thin red border, superimposed upon a five-spoked cogwheel , standing between an olive branch to the dexter side and an oak branch to the sinister side; the branches are in turn bound together by a red ribbon with the inscription REPVBBLICA ITALIANA. The emblem is used extensively by the Italian government
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Telecommunications In Italy
TELEPHONES - MAIN LINES IN USE: 20.031 million (2008) TELEPHONES - MOBILE CELLULAR: 88.58 million (2008) TELEPHONE SYSTEM: modern, well-developed, fast; fully automated telephone, telex, and data services domestic: high-capacity cable and microwave radio relay trunks international: satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (with a total of 5 antennas - 3 for Atlantic Ocean and 2 for Indian Ocean), 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean region), and NA Eutelsat; 21 submarine cables
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Flag Of Italy
The FLAG OF ITALY (bandiera d'Italia, often referred to in Italian as IL TRICOLORE ) is a tricolour featuring three equally sized vertical pales of green , white and red , with the green at the hoist side. Its current form has been in use since 18 June 1946 and was formally adopted on 1 January 1948. The first entity to use the Italian tricolour was the Cisalpine Republic in 1797, which supplanted Milan
Milan
after Napoleon
Napoleon
's victorious army crossed Italy
Italy
in 1796. The colours chosen by the Cispadane Republic were red and white, which were the colours of the recently conquered flag of Milan
Milan
; and green, which was the colour of the uniform of the Milanese civic guard
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List Of World Heritage Sites In Italy
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. Italy
Italy
ratified the convention on June 23, 1978, making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. As of 2017, Italy
Italy
has a total of 53 inscribed properties, making it the state party with the most World Heritage Sites. Sites in Italy
Italy
were first inscribed on the list at the 3rd Session of the World Heritage Committee , held in Cairo
Cairo
and Luxor
Luxor
, Egypt
Egypt
in 1979. At that session, one site was added: the "Rock Drawings in Valcamonica "
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Public Holidays In Italy
The following days are public holidays in Italy : DATE ENGLISH NAME LOCAL NAME REMARKS 1 January New Year\'s Day Capodanno 6 January Epiphany Epifania Monday after Easter Easter Monday Lunedì dell'Angelo, Lunedì in Albis or more commonly Pasquetta 25 April Liberation Day Festa della Liberazione Liberation of Italy from Nazi Germany, 1945 1 May International Workers\' Day Festa del Lavoro (or Festa dei Lavoratori) 2 June Republic Day Festa della Repubblica Birth of the Italian Republic , 1946 15 August Ferragosto /Assumption Day Ferragosto or Assunzione 1 November All Saints\' Day Tutti i santi (or Ognissanti) 8 December Immaculate Conception Immacolata Concezione (or just Immacolata) 25 December Christmas Day Natale 26 December St. Stephen\'s Day Santo StefanoIn addition each city or town celebrates a public holiday on the occasion of the festival of the local patron saint: for example, Rome - 29 June (SS
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