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Farinetti's dream – Italian Cuisine – Italian Cuisine

Love for imperfection, hatred for habits. The founder of Eataly tells how he made Italian food an international superstar. And he explains his "feasible" utopia to lift Italy

You agree that there is in the neighborhood Oscar Farinettibecause everyone around you is a bit at attention. It is imperceptible, however it is as if things and people resets themselves on the "efficiency" button. The effect is that of the shock wave of a stone thrown into a pond. The founder of Eataly (37 stores in the world, about 465 million euros in turnover) arrives with a quick pace, the unmistakable mustache and a smile between the amused and impatient. I wait for him sitting at a restaurant table Land, contemporary bistro with huge artisan grill, in the renovated Rome Ostiense store. Founded in 2011, this space holds the primacy of the most grateful Eataly in the world. It has just been relaunched with a 2 million euro operation and an unusual and innovative collaboration with IKEA, announced by Farinetti himself with Andrea Guerra (executive chairman of Eataly since 2015): a 700-square-meter pop-up store, with a focus on the kitchen and living area.

The complete interview on the December issue of La Cucina Italiana – Foto Giacomo Bretzel

Simple recipes for New Year's Eve – Italian Cuisine – Italian Cuisine

Some dishes can be prepared in advance, others are quick and easy to make: here is an easy menu for New Year

If you do not have much time to cook or are tired of too elaborate dishes that you have already had to "face" for the Christmas Eve dinner, choose for your New Year's menu simple and quick recipes to make.
The dish par excellence of the New Year is the zampone or cotechino with lentils: an important course that is prepared with ease.

Wine soup
Wine soup.

* You might be interested: the version of cotechino with lentils by Davide Oldani

But there are several simple dishes that will make your rich New Year's table without too much effort in the kitchen. A quick pasta with artichokes, which should not be missing on the December table, a velouté and stewed cod, both prepared the day before, some delicious, but simple appetizer. Here are our choices for a simple menu for New Year's dinner.

The lights that light up the Christmas table – Italian Cuisine

Our tips to light the house with lights, reflections and decorations and the new Edison tools that will allow us not to lose control over the consumption of light and gas

Less than two weeks at Christmas and it is time to organize it in every detail. To make it even hotter, cozy and bright last year. To make sure that, tight around the table, all our guests feel at home and pervaded with desire to party. Let the Christmas table be lit up a clear light, capable of announcing a sparkling future and without shadows. To help us realize this dream, led, warm lights and flames to be distributed among the places with skill and a pinch of cunning.

Hot or cold?

When one thinks of electric light, this dilemma appears. The good news is that at Christmas we do not have to choose. Although the lights traditional warmers are closer to the atmosphere of Christmas, dare with rows of lights cold it could be the winning move to get graphic effects and give a twist different than usual to our table. And to create an even more rounded effect, one can even think of a mix. The yellow lights could slide between the table seats while the white could be given the role of characterizing the center table with stars and other decorations. The addition of natural lights such as candles, perhaps mounted on a beautiful candlestick, will complete the set giving a round light to the Christmas table.

The tricks to amplify the light …

One of the most interesting aspects of light is its ability to spread, expand and multiply. When we use it to decorate then, we must imagine drawing a scene with a ductile, liquid object, which we will be able to spread in space at will. One of the most used tricks to offer a wider surface is that of wrap it in paper shapes or thin fabrics that will turn into luminous objects, like magic. Equally effective, it will insert the lights in transparent glass vases that we will have filled with objects with a reflective surface such as golden or silver Christmas tree balls. To make our Christmas table even brighter, we can also ask for help mirrors. Arrange small mirrors at the lights on the table or create unusual underplates with reflective surfaces, duplicate the light and give us the feeling of a table flooded with light and reflections.

… and to consume less

The lighted tree, the lighted table of light, the oven lit to prepare the traditional dishes that warm our tables at this time of year. The risk of consuming more than normal is there, but it is not a good reason to give up the magic of Christmas. Indeed, it is a good opportunity to change habits and find new solutions. Such as Edison Energy Control, the new service dedicated to all Edison customers that allows check consumption in real time and compare them with those of family units similar to ours.

Designed to allow us to set up daily, weekly or monthly goals (in Kwh and in euros) will notify us via sms or email every time we exceed the thresholds. Once the savings target has been achieved, thanks also to the advice provided to improve energy behavior, we can decide whether to keep for ourselves what we have saved or to donate it to one of the associations proposed by Edison.
As for the consumption of gas, which is particularly important during the winter, we have an intelligent thermostat. Edison Netatmo allows you to adjust the temperature and optimize the consumption of gas (up to 40% less) remotely through the smartphone. Thanks to this system it is possible to turn on, switch off and manage the heating remotely by accessing all the commands via the dedicated app.

So we can choose to start heating before returning home, setting up time slots of operation, but also turn it on only when it is really necessary. Different preset modes, a self-adaptation function, the monitoring of consumption and temperatures in real time and the warning in case of system malfunction are important tools to reduce consumption, but also to know remotely what happens in our homes.
A monthly energy report will provide us with the essential information to improve our energy behaviors and save up to 40% also thanks to an analysis of the trends of our consumption and the possible reasons for these.