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Personal passion powers Monopoli’s mayoral race


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


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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How we became ‘famoso’

Image of Don and Pam being interviewed

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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Carnevale di bambini

Carnevale di bambini By PAMELA HASTEROK with photos by DON LINDLEY In Monopoli, Carnevale’s Fat Tuesday was mostly for  “di bambini” – kids and babies. Costumed children accompanied by parents gathered mid-afternoon at the main town square.  School kids danced on stage and were “singin’ in the rain” (in English) on a sunny day. The square’s resident…

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Pigs to panzerotti: an intriguing second night of Christmas

Pigs to panzerotti: an intriguing second night of Christmas By PAMELA HASTEROK with photos by DON LINDLEY On the second night of Christmas, our Monopolitani friends bundled us into their car and trundled us off to what they described as a living crèche. The idea of a manger scene come to life was puzzle enough…

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