The Campania region of Italy
Our man in the know has prepared a list of the top pizzeria establishments in Naples. In other words, the best places to sample the traditional Neapolitan pizza in its place of origin.
And in no particular order, the list is something like this:
Many readers might be confused between a Pizza Napoli, a Pizza Marinara and a Risotto alla Pescatora.
Basically, a pizza Napoli is tomatoes and very salty alici or anchovies.
A pizza marinara is the same but with the addition of garlic (at least that's how they make it near where we live).
A risotto alla pescatora can contain anything from mussels to shrimps, lobster and crab legs.
You'd be wide off the mark if you think the city of Napoli is all pizza, mandolins and Maradona. This is a city which communicates a tremendously colourful way of life which has entranced every outsider who has passed through the port.
'Naples, The Future is Here' is the title of an interesting email we received from Urban Italy. It concerns the a project called 'La Porta del Parco' which is part of the biggest urban renewal project in Europe.
From the press release we leanr that the project concerns a 2,000,000 square metre area more or less corresponding to the Bagnoli quarter in the western part of Naples, a magnificent part of the Bay with views sweeping from Vesuvius to Capri, from the islet of Nisida to the Posillipo. A place of stunning natural beauty, but for the heavy industry which developed here from the mid 19th century on.
Now the steelworks is no more, the land has been reclaimed, and the ambitious regeneration plan known as Bagnolifutura is under way. Faltering, but under way.
Of all the regions of Italy, perhaps Campania holds the traditional Christmas presepe or Nativity scenes with the most reverence. The origin of the Neapolitan presepe can trace its beginnings to 1025, but it is thanks to the artistry of the brothers Pietro and Giovanni Alemanno in the 15th century who established the city as Italy's presepe capital. Year by year they created a growing cast of hand-carved wooden figurines to add to the usual animals and local landscapes.
We have received many emails asking where to get hold of Sorrento and Amalfi lemons in the United States of America. It seems it is a lot easier getting hold of byproducts such as limoncello. But we are still referring only to products made from Amalfi Coast lemons and not the actual thing. For the definitive answer as to the availability of Amalfi Coast lemons in the United States we received this email from Tracy L. Kahn.
The Amalfi Coast lemon is scientifically known as Sfusato Amalfitano and the body responsible for its preservation is the Consortium for the Promotion of the Amalfi Coast Lemon or 'Consorzio di Tutela del Limone Costa d'Amalfi I.G.P.' When buying the lemons, lemon liqueur or lemon by-products look out for the I.G.P. logo which is the official acknowledgement that the lemons used were grown in the territory and according to the traditional rules of production.