30 January 2000

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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30 January 2000 - Il Messaggero

The special touch: four centuries' history for the cooks of Villa Santa Maria / Un tocco di classe: quattro secoli di storia nei racconti dei cuochi di Villa Santa Maria, by Mario Giancristofaro
The "ambassadors of good cuisine" have witnessed events and cooked for princes and kings for 400 years. A recent book by Nicola Tantimonaco, published by Rocco Carabba, Lanciano, have now published these recollections. An example: King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele III, during his escape from Rome in 1943 was hosted in the castle of Crecchio. That evening chef Aquilino Beneduce Monzù served the royals a nine-course meal. Another legendary story says Villa santa Maria was spared by German bombings because the cooks had "corrupted" Kesselring with their meals. Salvatore Paolini, mayor for 20 years, also served Hitler, "a total vegetarian, with someone who always tasted before him".

30 January 2000 - Il Messaggero

Torrevecchia Teatina - a book of dialect poems / Poesie in dialetto di Pasqualone
In the Valignani Palazzo Ducale, Torrevechia Teatina, a book of collected poems by Massimo Pasqualone, "Vijate a te" will be presented this week.

30 January 2000 - Il Centro

Villetta Barrea - An international tratturi festival / Quest'anno parteciperanno anche pastori stranieri, by Cristina Notarantonio
The Transhumance festival this May will have also foreign shepherds on horseback engaged with their livestock in repeating the ancient migrations through the mountains of central Apennines. There is a great project for a "Parco dei tratturi" connecting Abruzzo to Apulia through Molise. The tratturi, green rivers connecting the pastures, are exceptional ecologic corridors through the most ancient and secret parts of Italy. A joint project with Molise.

30 January 2000 - Il Centro

Francavilla - Almost diamond anniversary for Antonietta and Nicola / Festa grande per i 69 anni di matrimonio
Antonietta D'Intino from Chieti and Nicola Di Renzo from Ripa Teatina are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary with 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Nicola Di Renzo is a wood artisan who made farming carts, which his wife decorated, and he worked until he was 90. He does not feel however like missing a party so he's ready with his faithful ddu' bott'.

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