Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GENESES OF LIMONCELLO

Limoncello was perhaps born in the early 1900’s when Lady Maria Antonia Farace grew lemons and oranges to produce this liquor to serve her guests at her small boarding house in Capri. Her “nipote” opened a bar after World War II that specialized in his nonna’s old limoncello recipe. 
In 1988, his son Massimo Canale opened a small handmade production of limoncello, patenting the very first trademark “Limoncello”. Thus, Capresi believe the paternity to be rightfully theirs.
Still, Sorrento and Amalfi have age-old legends and tales about this citrusy liqueur.

Monday, August 3, 2015

THE ART OF CUTTING

The capital of the master cutters and “clothiers”, of the first designers, as always. The legendary names of the master architects of style come to mind. In the last thirty years of the nineteenth century, two affirmed exponents of the Neapolitan school, Raffaele Sardonelli and Filippo de Nicola, dressed the crowned heads of half of Europe, laying the foundations for the emergence of Neapolitan style.
It’s the Naples that blends English, French and Austrian culture with that of the ancient kingdoms and republics that came to make up Italy. De Nicola’s son, Adolfo, who studied under Antonio Caggiula (another icon, author of the famous work, “L’Arte del taglio”, published in 1887), became the most sought-after tailor in fin-de-si├Ęcle Europe after a sojourn in London.
Besides Antonio Caggiula, other great Neapolitan tailors of the first decades of the twentieth century included Salvatore Morziello, Giuseppe Tallarico and Peppino Miniello, the first to have the idea of extending the “pinces” (tuck) of a jacket along its entire front, one of the distinctive elements of Neapolitan style.