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February 03, 2008


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Oh, Simona! If only I'd had your sound advice when we were in Spoleto! I was looked at with such disgust when I presented my un-labelled bags of veg and fruit to the cashier. Luckily they were nice to us when they realised we were Australian...something about aunts and uncles living here. Phew.


Hai ragione! Del pane fresco con i salumi appena affettati...mmmmm....sono le 12:00 ora e mi ha fatto venire fame ;)

Nel paese dove vivo anche se ci sono i supermercati i piccoli negozi riescono ancora a sopravvivere :)


Those little moments of pure joy I do miss!



I miss the days when I shopped in our village with my grandmother. There was a shop for each food category. Nicky the fruit and vegetable man who's store we called the "shalabobe"sp., the butcher, Genung..the shoemaker,the bakery. Everybody knew everybody. No more, I'm afraid .


great post... I need a panino now! In my dad's small town in Calabria they only had 1 small store but the rest would show up in their trucks, the pescivendolo, frutavendolo ecc. and they would yell out as they drove to the piazza. great memories. Joe


Simona, why do you torment me with these memories?!?!? :) You collected almost all the minute things I miss of Italy. Well, in Torino one may go for a bicerin instead of caffe' afterwards :) - or why not a famous cioccolata calda?!?!? :) :) - or a gelato al gianduja?? - or....... ok, I'd better stop it now. :) Congrats on such a nice and informative post as usual

baking history

I enjoyed reading your description of fare la spesa Simona, it reminded me of going a fare la spesa with my mom when I was little, my favorite was the bakery where they would always give their customers' children a free piece of focaccia or a crunchy grissino to munch on.


Lucy, I hope the information will be useful the next time you visit Italy.

Ho paura che i piccoli negozi siano una categoria in via di estinzione, purtroppo.

I hear you, Donatella.

I am afraid so, Maryann. In Italy there are still some survivors, especially bakeries, my dream stores.

Hi Joe and welcome. The trucks: that's a whole story and maybe I will talk a bit about it. Another dying tradition, I am afraid.

I know, Marta, these are things Italian expats miss a lot. When I am in Italy I drink a cappuccino every day. Gelato al gianduja: what a dream!

Hi Manuela: those memories are indeed precious.

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