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Alessi was founded in 1921 as a
“Workshop for the processing of brass and nickel silver sheet metal, with
foundry”, Alessi has always stood out for the high quality of its products. In
almost a century of history, the company has gradually evolved to become one of
the leading “Factories of Italian design”, capable of applying its expertise
and excellence in design management to many different product types.
Alessi’s mission is now one of
translating its quest for the most advanced cultural, aesthetic, design and
functional quality into mass production. Alessi has been described as a “Dream
Factory”, which uses its products to make people’s dreams come true, providing
them with the Art and Poetry that they seek.
My Next Stove-top
For my “Dream Factory”, once I’m given permission to
purchase a new stove-top espresso machine (caffettiera), it will be La Cupola! I
need to wait a little while because I currently have seven totally functional caffettiere
and I don’t have a good argument for purchasing a new one. I can dream! On a
related note, does anyone have any interest in buying some heavily used mokas
at a discount?
Alessi’s LA CUPOLA
Designed in 1988 by Aldo Rossi, La Cupola was created from
the desire of the designer to create a coffee pot easily available for
everyone, thus gaining a lot of public success. Made of aluminum casting with
plastic handles and knobs, this coffee maker is a small table architecture with
a dome-shaped top, functional and at the same time beautiful to see. An icon of
contemporary industrial design, with which one can prepare and serve a great
Born in Milan (1931-1997), he is considered by many to be
the greatest Italian architect of the second half of the 20th century. His life
as an architect started with Gardella and Zanuso. An author of abstraction,
reduction and brevitas, his severe language of primary shapes, geometrical
patterns and silent evocation created some of the most intensely poetic works
of architecture and design in his age.
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…