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It’s not an overstatement to say that the Bialetti Moka is
an iconic piece of Italian culture. This stove-top espresso maker, sold by Coffee In Italia, was invented by
Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 and is considered so iconic that it is displayed in
multiple museums as an example of modern industrial art. These coffee pots have gained worldwide popularity with more
than 300 million sold around the globe. While there are now may variations of the original, some of
which can be found on our site, there is no denying the importance of the
original by Bialetti.
Alfonso’s son, Renato (a.k.a.: I Baffi), died in Switzerland
at the age of 93 on February 11, 2016. The caricature printed on Bialetti of a
mustachioed man with his index finger in the air was modeled after him, and
became the logo for the company.
One interesting note is that when Renato was buried, his
ashes were put into an over-sized replica of the iconic Moka. If you read
Italian, or just want to see the pictures, please take a look at this story.
To me, it shows the respect all Italians have for the truly Made In Italy product and it’s
Yes, this quick history lesson has been brought to you by Coffee In Italia mostly because we LOVE
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Dining in Rome
During my recent trip to Rome, a friend and local recommended Hostaria Dino & Tony, the selling point was that it is affordable, great quality and traditional Roman fare. Without knowing it, my friend gave a description that perfectly aligned with what I like most about Roman food, so I was excited to give it a try!
Tony or Toni
While I am still learning to speak Italian (slowly), I usually feel fairly confident in a restaurant. Tonight, however, I was tired and Dino (or Tony, not sure which) greeted me, sat me down and asked if I wanted some wine with blinding speed. I was so overwhelmed that I think I said I wanted both Red and White wine. I didn't, he understood and returned with a delicious half-carafe of Vino della Casa and water.
I hadn't realized that this hostaria didn't see the need for menus. I'm sure I was asked what I wanted to eat, or at least if I wanted what they were making, but all I'm certain of is that I confirmed I …
History (Our Story!)
Our journey from automatic drip coffeemakers to stove-top espresso makers was long, but it shouldn't have been! We received a Bialetti Moka pot as a wedding shower gift from my sister and as we had no idea how to use it, we boxed it up and dragged it around with us on our many moves. During an unpacking, we realized the handle had broken so we dumped it (big mistake but who knew!). Cut to years later, Beppe ends up with another one from a yankee swap at a work Christmas party. Again, we don't use it. Finally our drip coffeemaker breaks and as we mull over which make/model to replace it with, we dig out the Moka pot and carefully read the directions and start using it, but only as an interim solution. After a few tries, we figured out that using it is not only easy, but an espresso is so much better!
So if you're intimidated (like we were) by the newness of the whole thing, we're here to share some tips on getting started using your stovetop…
The next person who agreed to answer the Coffee in Italia questionnaire is none other than new friend Michele, from the awesome Instagram account Mangia with Michele. We began following her within the last year and her posts about Italian food leave us drooling (you really have to check her out if you're not already following her).
I met her in NYC a couple of times IRL, and she's just as awesome as you'd expect! She has an extensive background in the food sector after leaving her career in accounting to pursue her passion. She's traveled extensively (even lived in Switzerland for a year) but loves her Jersey roots and can't imagine living anywhere other than the NYC area. Seeing the view from her window in various posts makes me miss the big apple that much more!
Currently she's hard at work building her website; you should subscribe right away so you won't miss the launch. She's also partnered with Food Lover's Odyssey to lead a food tour o…