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Carnevale in Italy is similar to Mardi Gras in the US.  It is a two to three week period of festivities before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the spiritual renewal period of Quaresima or Lent. 
The dates for Carnevale this year (2017) are February 11 through February 28. Here are some specialities of the Carnevale season.
Some useful food words or terms that you may find in
Italian recipes, while dining at an Italian restaurant, or traveling in Italy.
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Beautifully hand crafted of the finest hardwood. This pastry board comes with front lip and backsplash to protect your countertops while it stays in place.
 
The word frittata, which derives from the Italian verb friggere, or “to fry,” implies the simplicity of cucina povera-the humble cuisine of Italy.
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ITALIAN CHEESE GUIDE
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Venetian Carnival Maks
Quaresimali Toscana
QUARESIMALI - ITALIAN COOKIES FOR LENT
Quaresimali are a specialty of the Lenten season because they are supposed to be so hard they are a penance to eat.  Somewhere along the way though, they became a lot more flavorful.   Here are three Quaresimali recipes from different regions of Italy.
Homemade Ricotta
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE RICOTTA
Ricotta cheese is so easy to make at home and the taste is so much more fresh, creamy, and delicate in flavor than store-bought ricotta.
Italian Rum Cake
ITALIAN RUM CAKE
Italian rum cake is a traditional Italian dessert often purchased at an Italian bakery and served on birthdays or other special occasions.