December 8th marks the official beginning of the Christmas season for Italy coinciding with the Holiday of the Immaculate Conception, a Roman Catholic belief surrounding the conception of Jesus. The day is a public Holiday with most offices and schools closed and marks the commencement of the Holiday season in Italy and the day is spent mostly decorating for Christmas. Italy’s Holiday season lasts from December 8th to La Befana, January 6th.
Natale (Christmas in Italian), is celebrated on the same date as it is here in the U.S., on December 25th. While many of the traditions can be weaved in similarities to ours there are a few that stand out if you are celebrating in Italy or in the States with an Italian- American family. By now you’ve heard of the feast of the seven fishes
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Have you seen a surge of “SHOP LOCAL” requests in the last couple of years? This is happening in towns all over the country and local business and store owners are realizing there is a huge online shopping shift occurring but what happens if the local stores are not being supported? Huge onlines sales are constantly being promoted around us and marketers now know that consumers want to feel like they are “getting a good deal” But as we start to trend towards more and more online consumption we start to wonder who made these goods? Where are they coming from and who do they support?
I was born in Italy but raised in America in my teen and adult life.
There is nothing more appealing than a luxury dessert table with just the right heights, colors and hues to ensue beauty and grace. Make your next event memorable with a dessert table they will never forget full of flavor and history with a pop of creativity. Whether Baratti & Milano is the main feature of your table or an added accompaniment, we have some tips to ensure your next event makes history.
Do you feel like as soon as the sun comes up on August 1st the only conversation you hear the rest of the month is about back to school? Between the stores, commercials and emails back to school is on everyone’s mind all throughout August and personally with my last baby starting Kindergarten in a few weeks, the magnitude of school starting never seemed so in my face as this year!
Eons ago, or so it seems, I attended school in Italy, I attended pre-school there, moved to the states for elementary school then transferred to Italy for 3 years of middle school and 2 years of Liceo which is their high school. I remember moving mid high school from Italy to the States and talk about culture shock. At Liceo, school was from about 830 am to 1pm which would get us home in time to lunch with the family, then of course a little snooze to recharge and off to sports, work and homework until the next day. To make up for the missed afternoon hours,
Honey, a sweet food substance made mostly by the honey bee, is one of the most versatile and lately one of the most adaptable and sought-after food for foodies all over the world. From a drizzle on your morning yogurt parfait to hot honey on pizzas to the star of any charcuterie board to your accompaniment in your evening tea …. you might have honey multiple times a day and not even realize it! Honey is now also widely used for baking and used as an alternative to sugar. In a Smithsonian magazine article titled “The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life”, we learn that because most microorganisms can not grow in honey, you can leave honey sealed for thousands of years without it spoiling!
Lately the honey craze has exploded and it is now considered a “craft” accessory to most any food/drink. According to an article about “getting to know Italian honey” honey was mentioned for the first time by
The Baratti & Milano name has a long spanning history of over 160 years. You might notice us mentioning “the chocolates for kings and queens” and “your royal access to”. This is because Baratti & Milano were in fact the King and Queen’s chocolates recognized as the “Official Chocolatier of the Royal House of Savoy.
Part 1. So Who were the Savoy’s?
Referred to by the Italians as Casa Savoia, The House Of Savoy, was a royal dynasty recognized in 1003 in the Savoy region of Europe. As the Savoy family
Liberation Day is celebrated in Italy on April 25th (Anniversario della Liberazione or Festa della Liberazione). The holiday is intended to celebrate the liberation of Italy at the end of World War 2 by the Allied Troops and the Italian resistance. This marked the end of 23 years of Fascism in Italy. The Festa della Liberazione also made it possible for the referendum that took place on June 2nd 1946 where Italians voted for a republic and no longer a monarchy.
How do Italians celebrate?
Who would have thought that something so fragile and small like an egg could have a history that spans thousands upon thousands of years ago....
As soon as Spring starts to bud, Baratti & Milano will break out the hashtag; #breakanegg .....but what does that mean?
Just like the phrase "break a leg" is meant to signify good luck so too does the wonderful egg carry a weight of significance & symbolism.
You wouldn’t think so, but cracking an egg has a LOT of history and symbolism behind it!
Baratti & Milano Easter Egg Flies Beyond Borders 2021 Campaign Press Release (Translated From Original Author)
The historic Easter eggs of the Turin House can be found online and in boutique Italian shops, thanks to a new campaign that allows you to share the precious works of the great Turin pastry shop to friends & family all around the world, even from a distance, in a cylinder containing a jewelry surprise that holds a glimpse of the Belle Époque of Turin.
For the second consecutive year, the world will have to defer the Easter holidays to measures to contain the pandemic. For this reason, Baratti & Milano has thought of a completely new campaign: rooted, as always, in the great tradition of Piedmontese pastry, but capable of overcoming distances and flying over borders.
Chocolate, a small but mighty superhero in our everyday lives. It has the power to brighten our day, it comes in many interesting varieties, always keeping us on our toes and according to the 2022 Forbes Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, a Harvard University study reported that people who ate chocolate at least three times a month, live at least a year longer than those who don’t. Again, our super hero.
For Italians there is perhaps no more of an enchanting season than that of Spring. In fact it is very common to hear the phrase “Buona Pasqua e Felice Primavera!” (Have an enjoyable Easter and a Joyous Spring!). Whilst the land thaws, the warmth of the sun can be felt once more and, excitedly, we welcome the season of