Monthly Archives: May 2008

THE HISTORY OF PIZZA-Yammm…

In 1950’s Dean Martin used to sing: "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that amore". Quite a poetical definition! Pizza is a baked pie, a shallow crust covered with tomato sauce, cheese, sausage, olive and many other almost infinite possibilities. For many (like me for example) its invention can be compared in importance with the wheel, the television or the internet.

The term comes possibly from the expression pizzicare which means to pinch or to plug. Now let’s see its evolution throught history.

Traditionally is consider completely italian but the pizza could have been invented by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, Romans, or anyone who learned the secret of mixing flour with water and heating it on a hot stone.

When pizza was created? That is not so easly answered, since the Stone Age, in one of its many forms, pizza has been a basic part of the Italian diet. The earliest form of pizza was a crude bread that was baked beneath the stones of the fire.

In the 6th Century B.C. the soldiers of Darius the Great baked a flat bread upon their shilds covered then with dates and cheese.Pizza Margherita

The great poet Virgil during the 1st Century B.C. in "The Aeneid" describes the legendary origin of the Roman Nation and something more: " Beneath a shady tree, the hero sprad his table on the turf, with cakes of bread; And, with his chiefs, on forest fruits he fed. They sate; and (not without the god’s command). Their homely far dispatch’d, the hungry band invade their trenchers next, and soon devour to mend the scenty meal, their cakes of flour…See, we devour the plates on which we fed." Evidence was found in Pompeii of shops, complete with marble slabs and other tools, which appeared like the conventional pizzeria. In the Museo Nazionale at Naples we can find a statue from Pompeii which because of its stance is called ‘‘I pizzaiolo’’ (pizza-maker).

During the 16th Century something very important happened in human history: Tomatoes were brought back to Europe from the New World! At the beginning they were thought to be poisonous, later the poorer people of Naples added the new tomatoes to their yeast dough and created the first simple pizza! Gradually the pizza achieved popularity amon the local people and visitors, that went to the poorer parts of the town to find the pizzaioli, the men that prepared the dish.

PizzaioloBy 1889 when King  Umberto I and his wife Queen Margherita di Savoia stayed in Naples for hollidays they asked to tray this specialità when a special kind of pizza was brought prepared with mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes (in the colors of the Italian flag) the pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito called this one Pizza Margherita as a tribute to the Queen.

In the 20th century the italian immigration introduced the pizza in America from were spread all around the world…

When you will decide to visit Rome, do not hesitate to book your stay in YES Hotel near Termini station, and near one of the tastiest Pizza a taglio (Sliced pizza- typical Italian fast food) Antica Pizzeria del MarceloSecolo.

Coppa Italia 2008 – Italy Cup

On Saturday, May 24th 2008, a single-match final will be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome between Inter and Roma. These two teams will compete for the Coppa Italia (Italy Cup), an Italian football  yearly cup competition.

 

The first edition was held in 1922; the 2007-28 Coppa Italia is the 60th edition of the tournament.

The teams which win the trophy wear a “tricolore” cockade and obtain a Uefa Cup spot for the next season.

The teams which have obtained more victories in this tournament are FC Juventus Coppa Italia with nine wins, and AS Roma with eight wins. The clubs that will win the competition 10 times will be awarded a silver star (Juventus lies close with 9 wins).

In Italy, however, the Coppa Italia tournament is considered of minor importance by most teams which don’t field their best line-up, except for the final and semi-final matches; that’s the reason for which large crowds attend only the final game.

The final on May 24th will be played, like the three previous editions, between Inter Milan and AS Roma. Last year AS Roma beat Inter (6-2 in Rome, 1-2 in Milan), and they became cup winners for the eighth time.

Last year it was decided to make some changes regarding the format of the 2007-08 tournament; for example, the number of the competitors was reduced to 42 As Roma teams (only the teams which play in Serie A and Serie B, therefore no Serie C-teams); one more example is the elimination of the two-leg final, being replaced by a single-match final at neutral venue.

If you happen to be in Rome at the end of May, do not miss this great  sport event  . Book your hotel stay in Rome, our Yes Hotel has great discounts, and head straight away to the Olympic stadium.

 

 

 

You want more information on the Coppa Italia ? Read here another Coppa Italia Blog.

If you want to read more about sports events in Rome , see here !

 

Writer : Giuseppe

Blues Heart of Rome – BIG MAMA

 

Rome is a fantastic city, a city that will never annoy you… Probably its beauty and eternity is exactly  in its innate capacity to entertain people. It is entertaining with its great history, its glorious past, its difficult but adorable present, and, certainly its mysterious future. Rome offers you a lot of fun. Even very banal clerk office day is brightened by Rome’s sincere sympathy towards people. Before or after work one just can drown into existential thoughts of human destiny and beauty in the heart of mythic Trastevere, in Villa Borghese, in Villa Pamphili, or in the Roman Forums (the latter are not free any more sadly)… Yes, quite a long preface… But for what?

Such a long preface is to introduce you to a very special place for music lovers in Rome, for more than 20 years the real heart of Blues of eternal city. BIG MAMA. Located in the very heart of one the most roman of Rome’s quarters – Trastevere The place to listen the Blues(did you know that a real native Roman should be of the 7th generation living in the city and born in Trastevere?) BIG MAMA is a quite small, but a unique place. It is definitely one of the best and original places to listen to live music in Rome. It offers a vast gamma of genres, originality and quality are must in this place .

Mostly known as "Home of the Blues in Roma" BIG MAMA has daily concerts of different music: jazz, rock, ethno, songwriters and, of course, blues. During the last years BIG MAMA has been not only a place for listening but also a stage for new and young talents. Many of them now are well famous, in Italy and in the rest of the world. Popular singers like Giorgia, Alex Britti, or a leader of Tiromancino Federico Zampaglione have also started in BIG MAMA and till now are quite often guests here.

Logo Big MamaInternational stars, that have performed here are Jeff Healey, Archie Shepp, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern, Joe Zawinul and many others. The place where BIG MAMA is located resembles a cave, and small corridors lead you into various rooms until you reach the small stage on which the artists perform. It is definitely a must to visit at least one the BIG MAMA’s greatest concerts( about 200 held every year). BIG MAMA is very simplistic in its style, but very cordial in its atmosphere. It is a perfect place for a romantic dinner : they do have some good pizza, and good wine, add a lot of good music, and… she will definitely say YES to your proposal.Big mama's concert

I have enjoyed several concerts in BIG MAMA, and believe me, every time I left this place I had a feeling of pleasant joy and happiness, looking forward to my next concert at BIG MAMA.

Here is useful firsthand information on how to get to BIG MAMA, reserve a table and the just to enjoy the sound of music, which can heal our tormented souls. Many tourists and international guest of Italian capital who have visited BIG MAMA remained with an open mouth…of astonishment and just to sing along with the artists…

HOW TO REACH BIG MAMA

BIG MAMA – Vicolo San Francesco a Ripa 18 

-Tel.06.5812551 -Fax 06.5806497

BIG MAMA is in Trastevere, probably the most beautyful neighbourhood of Rome, surely the most romantic. The club has a cocktail bar and it’s possible to dinner (short menu).
BIG MAMA open at 9pm, show start at 10.30pm, close at 1.30 am
Nearest Car Parkings are in Piazza S.Francesco d’Assisi and Piazza Mastai, both a few meters from the club.
If you stay in a nice hotel near Termini Station, you can easily reach Big Mama by bus: Lines 75 or 170 (from Termini Railway Station); by_Tram: Line 8 (from Largo Argentina) Line 3 (from Colosseo); RadioTaxi tel. 06.5551 or 06.4994 or 06.6645
HOW YOU GET IN
A membership card is required in order to enter. But do not be scared it costs only 8 Euros for a monthly card, or a year-long one will cost you 13 Euros. With the membership card you enter free of charge to the most of the shows. For some major events (usually one/two times a month) there is also a ticket charge, and sometimes the tickets are sold in advance. To reserve a table ( at no extra charge) please call Infoline +39.06.5812551 or fill in the form online on the website.Happy me at Big Mama 

VISIT BIG MAMA, and then TELL WHAT YOU THINK!!!