Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month.  Over 5.4 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1992. Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States.

Diane Hale, author of La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language, is hosting a contest to celebrate Italian Heritage Month. The prize package consists of Italian travel and language books, and a copy of Diane Hales wonderful book.  Enter the contest before November 7, 2009.

I began my celebration of Italian Heritage Month in Italy!

My husband and I enjoyed a truly refined and delicious meal in Verona, Italy last week at Antica Bottega Del Vino in Verona, Italy.  In the photo, on the left side of the plate is Ravioli Della Casa:  Homemade ravioli filled with ricotta cheese, courgettes served with melted butter and mirepois (selection of carrots, eggplant (aubergine) and zucchini (courgettes).  On the right side of the plate is Ravioli Stracchino and Basilico–homemade ravioli filled with stracchino cheese and basil served with olive oil, onion and tomatoes.  For dessert, as seen in the above photo, a tiramasu that was the best we’ve ever tasted.

Italian food is not only delicious but  artistically displayed.

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