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Matteo Salvini waves hello to Siracusans attending his recent rally in Ortigia.

Salvini spilts Siracusans

August 23, 2019

Reactions ran high at a rally for Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini when he spoke in Siracusa, Sicily recently. Audience members either loved his “Italy for Italians” policies or hated them — and openly shared their views.

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Personal passion powers Monopoli’s mayoral race

June 15, 2018

The two major mayoral candidates in this week’s election offered completely different platforms and came from vastly different backgrounds. Yet voters often were torn between them. Why? Because they are friends with both men. The choice was personal, a question of whom they know better, whom they trust more, regardless of politics.

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Always on Sunday: Two Italian mothers serve a luscious luncheon lesson

July 25, 2017

Our friends, Maria and Francesco, invited me to witness their mothers prepare my favorite local dish – patate, riso and cozze (mussels). Unlike cooking confabs one might hold with friends, this was a serious affair – no idle chitchat, no brunch-time beverages, just a seamless 2-hour culinary tango between Nicoletta and Marisa.

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Image of Don and Pam being interviewed

How we became ‘famoso’

July 19, 2017

Soon after my account of living in Monopoli, Italy, was published in The Wall Street Journal, a young woman leapt up from her café table to ask my husband: “Are you Don?”

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American experience 12 hours of memorable celebration -- eating, drinking, and dancing -- at Pugliese wedding in Monopoli, Italy

A real Pugliese wedding tests Americans

May 8, 2017

This 12-hour Pugliese wedding filled with music, food, dancing and more, made lasting memories.

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