Buon Compleanno Bell’Italia!

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I know; it’s a lousy photo. It’s blurry and it’s not well composed. Plus, it’s not a breathtaking landscape shot or an evocative image of a religious icon in a church, or a mouthwatering picture of a dish of pasta. But I love it. I took it in June 2009 at Gelateria Miro, in Silvi Marina, where I spent my summers as a girl. It was the first time my kids had been to Silvi and they loved Miro. The gelato is fabulous, and so are the cornetti—buttery and delicately sweet.

A cappuccino and a cornetto is my absolute favorite way to start the day, especially a day like today; it’s the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. In many ways, Italy is still a collection of regions, each with its own character. Italy’s regional differences are expressed beautifully through its food, and not so beautifully through its continued political bickering. Although there is still discontent and talk of secession, it occurred to me that wherever you travel in Italy, from Alto Adige to Sicily, you can always find a good cup of coffee and a delicious, sweet cornetto. Happy birthday, Italy. Auguri e buon compleanno. Ti amo.

6 Responses to Buon Compleanno Bell’Italia!

  1. letizia (@yorokobiness) March 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    it is definitely my favourite breakfast too, especially in summer, especially by the sea! we wait for you in Silvi 🙂

    • Domenica March 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

      Grazie, Letizia. We are hoping to come, if not in ’11 then for sure in ’12. I will keep you posted. Very much looking forward to meeting you and to seeing your wonderful dad again.

  2. Liz the Chef March 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Forget that it isn’t your best shot – it screams Italy to me and I’m ready to pack my bags!

    • Domenica March 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      Me too, Liz!

  3. Michal, Rep. Ceca July 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Beautiful pic, it makes me funny 🙂 . Because my every morning during my vacation in July 2011 started the same as yours. (Not in Miro, just in Bar delle Rose, in Silvi Marina)

    • Domenica July 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Che nostalgia! Thank you for writing : -)

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