Taste of Italy

We have a lot of date nights planned this year, but I think my favorite idea so far is the “Taste of” dates. These dates are going to have us eat a country-themed dinner and watch a classic movie from that culture. For today’s date, we’re having a Taste of Italy.

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Italian food is a staple in our household, but we wanted something special to go with our movie, La Dolce Vita. Some quick research named the movie a great cinamatic experience. This kind of movie is something that we wouldn’t usually watch, but we’re trying new things this year.

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Amanda made us a fantastic Italian dinner. The menu for the evening included food from all over the country of Italy. We started with bread dipped in olive oil and spiced salt, the way we learned when we visited Italy this past Fall. This was followed by a caprese salad made with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, sprinkled with basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. For our main course, we had fettuccine done two ways, one with Alfredo sauce, and one with a butternut squash sauce. To complement dinner, Amanda made a cocktail of sparkling Moscato and San Pellegrino Pomegranate-Orange with a just a dash of limoncello and garnished with a lemon. Dessert was some store-bought Margherite cookies.

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La Dolce Vita is a classic movie from 1960 following the character Marcello as he lives his life in Rome. The film making was astonishing, even today. There were so many scenes that stuck out, from the beginning with the statue of Christ the Labourer flying over Rome, to the giant dance party, to the iconic Trevi Fountain scene, to the crowd crushing in to get a piece of the tree where the Madonna “appeared”, and so many more. The movie was two and a half hours long and beautiful throughout.

One of the major things that caught our attention was the secondary character Paparazzo. He was a photographer that worked with Marcello as Marcello wrote about the celebrities around him. We heard Marcello say his name a few times before we realized it was actually his name. This movie brought the term “paparazzi” into our vernacular.

Have you seen a great Italian movie or had any good Italian good lately? Share your recommendations and recipes with us in the comments.

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