Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Italy Alessandro Zambelli and Stefano Seletti have created a set of dinnerware to see and savor. The Seletti Palace Collection was designed as a series of iconic Italian buildings and monuments that when disassembled form a tablescape of design with plates and bowls illustrated on both sides showing the details of the buildings they represent. When not in use the sets can be stacked to form the object and then unpacked again for use at the dinner table.
Yes, you heard right, that’s just what Milan based Venezuelan designer Enrique Luis Sardi wants us to do. Sardi’s ingenious mind has come up with a way for us to have our cup and eat it too.
Collaborating with Italian coffee maestro, Lavazza, Sardi created a cookie coffee cup that you can eat when the drink is gone. Lined with a special icing sugar that works as an insulator making the cup waterproof and sweetening the drink at the same time, the pastry cup becomes an eco-conscious vessel for your brew. Lavazza known for being one of the most socially responsible companies in the coffee industry and Sardi’s passion for innovative design seem as perfectly matched as an espresso with a perfect crema.
Did you know that less than 30 years ago olive oil was relatively unheard of in the US. It was barely mentioned in the early editions of the Betty Crocker Cookbook and wasn’t looked at as an ingredient in cooking until 1973 when Marcella Hazan
published her classic book on Italian cooking.
Today almost every kitchen on the planet has a bottle of olive oil in their pantry and every grocery store and market an array of oils on their shelves so much so that we may take it for granted.
How do latte lovers celebrate Valentine’s Day? Romantic baristas know that a microfoam heart is the best way to begin Valentine’s Day but why stop there. Here are 5 more Italian inspired ways to espress yourself on February 14th that are sure to win your Valentine’s heart.
Make a simply irresistible Cappuccino Souffle.
Add a Trollbead Sterling Silver Mocha Coffee Bean Bead to her bracelet to remind her to always start the day with you.
Bake a special occasion cake that pushes all the right buttons like Coffee Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha Mascarpone Frosting.
Send a bouquet of Coffee Break Roses, a striking burnt terra-cotta rose with a tip of crema. It is commercially available in limited quantities.
Looking for a Coffee-Cocktail to espress your feelings. Here are two espresso-based cocktails courtesy of Illy USA. Amore is served hot with Amaretto di Saronno®, Beatrice on ice with vodka and Grand Marnier®.
Lollabrigida – 1950 espresso machine
The first espresso machine was manufactured in the early 1880s by Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy. The coffee culture of the world soon became enamored by the artistic and technical developments of the godfathers of espresso who continually worked to improve the machinery and style of la macchina.
Luigi Bezzera, Daesiderio Pavoni, Achille Gaggia began a tradition that ushered in the golden age of espresso, a period from 1950 to 1965 when manufacturers like Faema and Bruni Brunella created machines that are now collector’s pieces like the La San Marco “Lollabrigida” with its curvaceous design and the Faema Marte named after the planet Mars with a design based on the front grille of a 1950 Buick.
Scuderia-Ferrari-091013 Timothy Raines
I’ve seen red in Maranello and, if not driven, at least was a passenger in one of the “world’s most iconic cars” driving through Emilia. Since I’m thinking red for Valentine’s Day I decided to find out just exactly what is Ferrari Red. This scarlet-like hue, the international motor racing color of Italy, is listed as auto paint chip color 75250; its hex triplet is #D40000. A somewhat sterile analysis of one of the hottest colors on the planet.
So much so that it is the most recognizable color associated with the Ferrari brand. Rosso corsa or racing red is Ferrari’s most popular paint color. Popular too with the non-racing set. From clothes to shoes to kid’s booster seats and Smart phone cases you can write, tell time , sit on and bling Ferrari red. There’s even a 15″ Ferrari Red Macbook Pro that you can use to design your Ferrari. Not a fan of red, no matter. Surprisingly only 45 percent of Ferraris sold in the past few years have been painted red! That compares to the early 1990s when 85 percent were red. Seems slightly sacrilegious but a bright Giallo Modena (yellow was the original Ferrari color) or a chic dark pastel Blu Scozia may not be such a bad color after all.