VIVERE DI GUSTO - Ruffino

GUIDE TO ITALIAN LIVING

Ferragosto: not at work
The Emperor’s rest

Ferragosto: not at work

Some Italians consider it the “real” New Year’s Day, in that it marks the beginning of the end of one season, and points towards the...

Rome in summer
A different view of...

Rome in summer

Were it not for the subtropical heat and the bright colours blaring in the sunlight, Rome in summer reminds you of the sea in winter. It’s “just...

Papa Buono’s Polpette

Papa Buono’s Polpette

It isn’t difficult to make them. The ingredients are easy to source and the recipe should be well within the grasp of any enthusiastic cook. But...

The Great Watermelon
And friends

The Great Watermelon

For Linus Van Pelt, the most hotly awaited moment of the year is “the advent of the Great Watermelon”. This is a subtle modification: in the...

Che pizza!
History and Gluttony

Che pizza!

The pizza is Italian-ness in a nutshell. It is simplicity, conviviality, cheerfulness, and the pleasure of spending time together. It is one of the founding...

A Summer Single
When the world revolved...

A Summer Single

One of the many things by which you can identify a boomer – guilty as charged – is the 45rpm vinyl record. It was later to become...

Ticino and its Bridges

Ticino and its Bridges

The Bereguardo bridge has always commanded a strategic position, ever since its construction more than seven hundred years ago. They say it was built at...