Food trends
Food & wine

PAUSA PRANZO: THE PANINOTECA THAT BECAME A MELBOURNIAN INSTITUTION

When the world thinks of Italians at lunchtime, most of us picture a long table, a carafe of wine in the centre, multiple courses and a limoncello at the end just to really send us into a deep afternoon sleep. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But, according to Mauro Sanna from Pausa Pranzo in Preston, the stereotype is outdated. (In the photo Mauro e Diana partners in business and in life)

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Hayley J. Egan

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26/3/2020

Food trends
Food & wine

FROM THE RICH SOIL OF TUSCIA TO THE AUSTRALIAN TABLE

Etruscan Import is the first food operator that imports from one single area in Italy. (In the photo Natalie and Simone, Founders of Etruscan Imports)

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Hayley J. Egan

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26/3/2020

Food & wine

A RADICAL VIEW

Roberta Ingrosso, when she’s not at her desk or caring for her two young kids, can be found pouring over recipe books or experimenting in the kitchen. You could find her pondering how to reproduce authentic pettole while substituting wheat flour for spelt, or working out how to use the last vegetables in her weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box. (Roberta Ingrosso and Salvatore Rossano, Founders of Radical Puglia)

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Hayley J. Egan

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25/3/2020

Art
Art & culture

THE TIME MOTHER NATURE FEARED TO BE OVERCOME

Here at Segmento we acknowledged Da Vinci’s contribution to art and science. This year, it is time to write a similar article, because 2020 marks 500 years since the death of another Ninja Turtle namesake (and great master of the Renaissance), Raffaello Sanzio.

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Hayley J. Egan

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25/3/2020

Music
Art & culture

LET THE MYTHICAL TARANTULA BITE YOU

Dear readers, some of you have been to Italy, on a short trip, or a long one, or perhaps a semester at uni. You may have WOOFed your way around Umbria, or undertaken an Artist Residency in Rome. At some stage you certainly came to the stark realisation that Spaghetti Bolognese is not a thing.

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Hayley J. Egan

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3/3/2020

Culture
Current affairs

ENSURING THE PERPETUATION OF ITALIAN STUDIES PROGRAM INTO THE FUTURE

A stones throw from the centre of Melbourne lies a suburb called Carlton. It is home to the Museo Italiano, CO.AS.IT, the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Historical Society. The bars and cafes on popular Lygon Street are diverse, some are historical establishments, with touters thrusting menus into the hands of passers by, the love projects of post-war migrants. (Above: John Hajek - Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Melbourne - Photo: David Hannah)

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Hayley J. Egan

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7/1/2020

Culture
Art & culture

NEW CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE OLD AND THE NEW ITALIAN LEGACY

The Fairbridge Festival, held in May this year, took on a special Italian theme. Folk legend Riccardo Tesi and the superb Banditaliana enchanted audiences with their contemporary, virtuosic take on music from the oral tradition in central and northern Italy. (Above: Fairbridge Festival closing parade - Photo: David LeMay)

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Hayley J. Egan

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7/1/2020

Culture
Lifestyle

EVER HAD A BURNING CURIOSITY ABOUT ITALY?

We asked a group of Italian kids living in Australia if there was anything they wanted to know, and our Consulate General of Italy in Melbourne, Pierluigi Trombetta, was only too happy to answer their questions.

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Hayley J. Egan

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1/12/2019

International
Current affairs

Environmental movement Extinction Rebellion explains how to counter the climate and ecological crises

David Attenborough, Pope Frances, and Al Gore. These household names might not have much in common, but they are all speaking the views of a growing proportion of ordinary people, who are becoming ever more concerned about the state of our planet. (Photo - Extinction Rebellion movement in Italy. A group of activists in Bologna)

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Hayley J. Egan

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1/9/2019

Events
Current affairs

Nomit's role in the creation of a global network of young Italian expats

According to the website emigrati.it, for every one hundred Italians living in Italy, there are another seven living abroad. This same source also tells us that of the four million Italian citizens spread out across the globe, most are those that have left Italy in the last twenty years. Currently, around 45,000 Italians emigrate per year. (Photo Courtesy of Fabrizio Venturini)

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Hayley J. Egan

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28/5/2019

Art
Art & culture

The facetious and unproven facts about Leonardo Da Vinci's life

Leonardo da Vinci. The artist, scientist, architect, botanist, writer, historian, cartographer, inventor, in other words, the original ‘Renaissance Man’, is one of Italy’s most beloved historical figures, and this May marks 500 years since he died, reportedly wrapped in the embrace of the King of France. (Image - The Death of Leonardo da Vinci by the French artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. The painting is showing Leonardo da Vinci dying, with Francis I of France holding his head)

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Hayley J. Egan

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28/5/2019

Music
Art & culture

Dora and Angelo, leading the revival of Italian folk music in Melbourne

On stage they are mesmerising. She is perfectly coiffed. Her hairstyle defies gravity. The genuine, warm smile never leaves her face. He sits on the seat beside her with his accordion balanced on his lap, looking over to her regularly. (Photo Salvatore Rossano)

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Hayley J. Egan

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28/5/2019

Travel
Art & culture

Matera: from Italy’s national shame to European capital of culture

It's a familiar cycle throughout Italy and all over the world. The humble, traditional ways of living were abandoned, for a newer, more comfortable lifestyle.

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Hayley J. Egan

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20/2/2019

Music
Art & culture

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

Watching Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (CGS) play live is a transcendental experience. It’s the power and intensity of the voices, the agile hands over the button accordion and the neck of the bouzouki.

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Hayley J. Egan

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14/2/2019

Travel
Lifestyle

The hospitality revolution: Ugento’s municipality launches Ostello Diffuso

The beaches are packed and the restaurants are all booked out. The bar has a special on Mojitos and a DJ is playing. The council’s summer cultural program shows a long list of events to choose from.

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Hayley J. Egan

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20/2/2019

Chefs
Food & wine

Love, laugh and bake with Silvia Colloca

As I write this, the smell of raspberry swirl cake is wafting through the room, filling the house with a scent that is sweet, fruity, vanilla, and just plain heavenly. It’s everything you want to smell coming from your oven, and the anticipation is building.

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Hayley J. Egan

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2/12/2018

Lifestyle
Profiles

An Italian Nonna out of the box: Anna Maria, the oldest living fisherwoman in Italy

She looks like any other 80-year-old Italian woman. Her body is weathered but lithe. Her hair is cut into a smart bob. She sits at a café with her arms folded, gazing into the distance. In another image, she is at the stove, her great grandson playing at her feet.

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Hayley J. Egan

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3/12/2018

Music
Art & culture

Mario Biondi: the Italian baritone’s first Australian tour

Italian soul and jazz sensation Mario Biondi is on his way to perform in Australia for the first time, and apparently, he couldn’t be happier.

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Hayley J. Egan

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2/12/2018

Travel
Lifestyle

The ethical traveler

For Australians concerned about their carbon footprint, a trip to Italy presents a few problems. The international flight alone is problematic in terms of environmental impact, so by the time you get there you’ve already got a debt to repay to mother earth.

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Hayley J. Egan

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6/9/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

The two apparently distant worlds inhabited by Linda Jean Bruno

Linda Jean Bruno was once told that if you want to do something well, you have to choose one thing, and stick with it. A piece of advice the actor/restaurateur has firmly rejected. She has found that combining her passion for acting and the management of her family’s restaurant Zia Teresa has been advantageous to both careers.

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Hayley J. Egan

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6/9/2018

Business people
Profiles

Segmento meets the 'not' Italian Susan Alberti

Melbourne businesswoman and philanthropist Susan Alberti is not Italian, but she delights in being mistaken for a native speaker. ‘I feel good when I speak in Italian and they respond, and they think I’m Italian. That’s how you know you’re doing it right’, she says.

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Hayley J. Egan

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29/6/2018

Music
Food & wine

Luca Lorusso: a jazz pianist and an old-school restaurateur in the heart of Toorak

Running a restaurant is like a performance, according to Luca Lorusso. There is a subject, a script, characters, costumes and a carefully designed scenography. There are critics. Like any production, the success (and longevity) of the production depends on the passion and dedication of its director.

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Hayley J. Egan

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9/4/2018

Canzoni d'autore
Music

Quartiere Coffee – The sound of reggae all'Italiana

At centre stage of Italy’s reggae scene is a Tuscan group called Quartiere Coffee, its name a tribute to the coffee shops of Amsterdam, and its members united by a love of Reggae and Rastafarian culture that goes back to their school days.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

It must be so weird for them to be dragged around all the time.That was what I was thinking, as jetlagged and weary, we walked down to Ostuni’s Villa Comunale, the city’s green space, housing the only play equipment within a 20 km radius.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

OOD: THE STATUS SYMBOL OF THE HASHTAG GENERATION!WHEN FASHION OVERLAPS CULTURE My mother-in-law lives in an apartment in a small city in Apulia. Her balcony faces a piazza, where the food market is held twice a week.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

How an unintelligible bizarre culture became my constant companion I remember standing at Roma Termini with a printed bus ticket in my hand, watching a mother and daughter in skin- tight jeans and runners. They were speaking in husky voices and the sounds just washed over me.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

Witnessing history and sacredness in a former old distillery We recieved a text from Enzo at around 5pm. The ‘Pizzica Spagnola’ event is on at ExFadda at 7.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

I gave myself an early birthday present this year: a bicycle, with a trailer for the kids, complete with jaunty red flag to keep us seen. It resolved a significant transport problem for our family. I really love riding with my children. It feels like walking around with a newborn baby, because people are constantly smiling at us as the little ones wave from their chariot.

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