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Chianti - Named for the wife of Baron Bettino Ricasoli, who has produced Chianti that has won gold medals.Which great Italian wine owes its existence to a beautiful woman?

       a. Donnafugata
       b. Barolo
       c. Chianti
       d. Est! Est! Est!

Is made from durum wheat flour - Durum wheat contains gluten. It helps prevent pasta from becoming soft and mushy while cooking.When you buy pasta, you should check the label to make sure that it ...

       a. Contains no salt
       b. Is made from durum wheat flour
       c. Is made without eggs
       d. Is pressed through Teflon dies

Mozzarella - The best mozzarella comes from the region of Campania, and is made from buffalo milk.Which cheese is made from buffalo milk?

       a. Gorgonzola
       b. Romano
       c. Mozzarella
       d. Ricotta

Spaghetti con le polpette - A common assertion is that spaghetti with meatballs is an Italian American thing. Not true.Which of these will you [probably] not find in Florence?

       a. Spaghetti alle vongole
       b. Spaghetti all'amatriciana
       c. Spaghetti con le polpette
       d. Spaghetti al sugo di carne

A fresh, soft, mild cheese - It's like mozzarella on the outside and filled with cream and cheese.Burrata is?

       a. A buttery sauce with a little cheese
       b. Butter stirred until creamy
       c. A fresh, soft, mild cheese
       d. A creamy dessert

Crisp bread sticks - Grissini originated in Torino, where they are about 1 finger thick & 2 feet long.What are grissini?

       a. Crisp bread sticks
       b. Fish stew
       c. An Italian biscuit
       d. An anchovy type of fish

The drippings on their plate - Mopping up the drippings is called 'fare la scarpetta'. It's the best part of the meal!What do many Italians dip their bread into?

       a. Caffelatte
       b. Wine
       c. The drippings on their plate
       d. Olive oil seasoned with herbs

Alchermes - It is a deep ruby color derived from cochineal dye extracted from ladybugs.Which of these liqueurs involves ladybugs?

       a. Limoncello
       b. Sambuca
       c. Alchermes
       d. Nocino

To keep people from blinding themselves - It's made by extracting the alcohol[therein lies the danger]from the marks left in the vat.Why does the Italian Government prohibit making grappa at home?

       a. To prevent pollution
       b. To keep people from blinding themselves
       c. To keep people from blowing up their homes
       d. Because home distillers don't pay taxes

Margherita di Savoia - She was the daughter of the Duke of Genova. She married her cousin Umberto, who became King in 1878.Naples's signature pizza is called Margherita. In reference to whom or what?

       a. Saint Margherita
       b. Margherita flowers
       c. Margherita di Savoia
       d. Relatives named Margherita

Parsley - Parsley finds its way into just about everything. What is the most commonly used herb in Italy?

       a. Parsley
       b. Garlic
       c. Basil
       d. Oregano

Set a pot of water to boil for pasta. - You can time things so the pasta will be almost ready when they arrive.When an Italian calls and says, "I'm coming over. Put the water on," that means?

       a. Set a pot of water to boil for pasta.
       b. Draw a nice warm bath.
       c. Turn on the sprinklers and water the lawn.
       d. Prime the coffee machine.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio - Even people who have a hard time boiling water can do this. What is the one dish almost all Italian men know how to make?

       a. Grilled sausages
       b. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
       c. Bruschetta
       d. Granita al Limone

Barolo - It's a Piemontese wine made from the Nebbiolo grape.Il Re dei Vini e' il Vino dei Re [The King of Wines and the Wine of Kings] refers to?

       a. Chianti Classico
       b. Amarone della Valpolicella
       c. Barolo
       d. CirĂ²

A slightly gelatinous, large Tuscan sausage - It is made by stuffing the pig's head with cuttings, meat, and spices.Sopressata is?

       a. A Venetian salami with a pork filet
       b. A fine-grained pork salami
       c. A slightly gelatinous, large Tuscan sausage
       d. Any of a variety of raw pork

Neapolitans - The term means 'leaf-eaters' because of their predilection for greens, especially in soups.The residents of which city were once referred to as "Mangiafoglie"?

       a. Milanese
       b. Neapolitans
       c. Florentines
       d. Romans

Contadina - This is a pizza made by the Pizzeria Giancarlo on Via Pisana in Florence.Which of these pizzas is not standard throughout Italy?

       a. Contadina
       b. Napoli
       c. Margherita
       d. Capricciosa

Sicily - Sicily's signature dish is an eggplanty delight now spread throughout the Peninsula.Where should you head to enjoy a perfect Caponata?

       a. Tuscany
       b. Sicily
       c. Campania
       d. Calabria

Cannelloni - Manicotti translates to 'cooked hands' and they aren't on the menu.If you ask for manicotti in an Italian restaurant [in Italy] you'll likely get an odd look. What should you ask for?

       a. Crespelle
       b. Cannelloni
       c. Cannoli
       d. Tortelli

Pellegrino Artusi - He wrote La Scienza di Cucina e l'Arte di Mangiar Bene[The Science Of Cookery And The Art Of Eating Well]Which cookbook author is widely credited with having established modern Italian cuisine?

       a. Pellegrino Artusi
       b. Olindo Guerrini
       c. Ada Boni
       d. Ippolito Cavalcanti

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