Ale contro tutti, Volare, nonna rosa e Spaghetti di pomodoro sugo

Ciao a tutti,

When I was in italy, oh how it feels so long ago now, I fell in love with a tv show there, called Ale contro tutti it’s presenter Alessandro Borghese is just fantastico! Even though I could never understand what was being said, the fun joy of it all was that it was a cooking show, where a couple of family members, or a husband and wife, or friends, would come to compete against Alessandro Borghese for the best dish with the ingredients they were given. And they would have a panel of normally una donna, un uomo e un bambino to test the dishes that they had made, which tended to be different as one was made by the family and the other by Alessandro. I just loved his enthusiasm for it all. And it was so enjoyable for me to watch. If only i could find where I could stream some episodes of it! I think watching it now with more of an understanding of la lingua, it would definitely help my language abilities and listening skills. I will add an advert I found for it after this post. It is ever so entertaining for me to watch anyhow!

As I was googling ieri, i put into the search bar “What is some good italian music to listen too?” Ora amo la musica, I myself spent sette anni studia la musica as a classical singer. But i am in love with the current popular music we hear today as well, but as the answers came up on one page I clicked on I saw “Volare” So i decided ok, I will youtube this, and I LOVED IT! I recognised the song, because I have To Rome with love on my computer, and that’s the opening song for the start of the movie. I put it on when Matteo got home, and he started singing along to it with me, i only knew the “Volaaaaare, ooooooh oooh, Cantare…. ooooh oooh ooh Nel blu, dipinto di blu” And that was only because I listened to it cinque volte before Matteo turned up. So now it shall be my goal to learn this song, and be able to sing it fluently. Because Nobody has an accent when they sing… well apart from the irish, but tutti gli altri doesn’t! So that will be cool!             I also like to look up the top 10 i tunes songs for italy, to see if any good italian songs come out, I really enjoyed L’anima vola by Elisa!

Ieri sera it was “date night” so I had planned a lovely evening at this piccolo ristorante italiano I found online called Nonna Rosa. I had decided that because it was called Nonna Rosa, then we couldn’t go anywhere else, as that is my italian nonna’s name. Turns out, it was all the way in Zone 6 in Uxbridge (If you don’t know the london tube system very well, Zone 1 is the middle of the city, zone 2 is still the city, but just out of it, and zone 3 where I live is just again, about a 20-30min train ride into the middle of the CBD, but zone 6, is pretty much out of london), although it was practically in the middle of no where, it was such a bel piccolo ristorante. Although I couldn’t seem to find an italian who actually worked there, although we found 2 or 3 of the staff could actually speak italian, perchè every cameriere o cameriera that came to our tavolo, I asked them if they were italian, since Mio ragazzo is, he had a bit of fun picking out all the spelling errors they had made in their menu, mixing up plurals and singulars etc. But the staff were really lovely once they found out they were in the company of a real life italian, they came to our table and had little short talks to us, one cameriere although from somewhere near romania, said that he learnt all his italian from watching tv in his country. It was such a lovely meal, and amazing food and service. With a yummy antipasti starter, and I had a chicken something, it tasted good anyway, and tiramisu and cheesecake for dessert, although Matteo complained to me that the tiramisu wasn’t real italian tiramisu. The head waiter had told us, that although the restaurant had been opened over trenta anni that originally they only served all italian food, but for the business and the fact that english people can’t handle the italian palate, was they had to change their menu to 50% english and 50% italian. But it was definitely a very great night, with a salute to go with our limoncello digestif. 


Photo credit: Matteo! – And yes I know i have demon eyes!


Photo credit: Matteo! – Enjoying a nice glass of Nonna Rosa delight Cocktail! heeheee

Oggi era il mio turno di cucinare il pranzo. Ora we pretty much always have pasta al sugo di pomodoro, as I am addicted to it, and today was no different, although instead of the normal rigatoni, ieri I had gone to tesco’s originally to buy Mamma the Betty Crocker mixes to post to italy, but I am hopeless at shopping and not spending money, and I was hungry, so those two combinations would happen to be the worst, and even though I was by myself, I decided to get all heavy things, clever girl i am at times. But as I was saying I found some amazing Italian chopped tomatoes, now I would prefer to cook my pomodoro sugo with normal fresh cherry tomatoes, but alas I live in London, and everything is just very expensive, and I found these Parioli cans of chopped pomodoro! The can had cucina on it or something, and I thought to my self sìììiìiìiìì! Real italian tomatoes! I will definitely be going back there because they were on special, so I want to get them again since the pasta I made oggi, was amazing! I had bought spaghetti pasta instead of my usual rigatoni, (Matteo thought I had made the mistake of buying angelo pasta again which he doesn’t like) but I just got the tesco branded “Made in italy” spaghetti, put the water pot on the element to boil, and had my frying pan with some oil in it, then i added chopped onions and garlic, then the chopped tomatoes once they had been cooked a bit, then added a dash of salt, pepper and piri piri seasoning, and waiting for the sugo to un-liquify. Then added in the Spaghetti to the boiling water, waiting for that to cook, and wah la, anna’s amazing spaghetti al sugo di pomodoro! Then to top it off, I sprinkled some parmigiano on top. Nom nom Nom


Photo credit: Me!

My amazing creation! Mwahahaha

A dopo!

A presto


Anna x