Thanks for visiting our blog on the food, wine and other marvels of Italy. We are Italian expats living in Minneapolis in the northern midwest of the United States. Our mission is to share our favorite Italian recipes, pairings, and travel destinations with you, so that you too can have a taste of la dolce vita.
Ciao! I’m Stefano. I was born and grew up in Rome, where I helped my family tend to our olive groves and make olive oil each year, learned the secrets of homemade cooking from my mother and grandmother, and watched my father and grandfather make wine with grapes grown in the hill towns outside of Rome. I’ve studied wine formally through the International Sommelier Guild and have work professionally in the wine industry. I love sharing my knowledge of wine with others, especially when accompanied by authentic Italian food.
Buongiorno! I’m Cara. I am from the US, but I lived in Rome for 9 years, becoming enamored first with the Eternal City and then with Stefano. We were married in Rome’s Campidoglio, way back in the 1990s. I became an Italian citizen, we started our family in Rome, and while I was there I learned from family and friends the art of preparing Italian food and of appreciating life Italian style. I unwind in the kitchen and find pleasure in serving delicious food to friends and family.
The license plates on our Fiat 500 convertible reads, “2 SPAGHI” and people are always asking us what it means. The Italian word due, pronounced (doo-ay) means “two.” Although the literal translation of due spaghetti is “two spaghetti,” the expression is better translated as “some spaghetti” or even just “something to eat.”
In Italy, you might say to your friends or family, “Facciamo due spaghetti,” meaning “Let’s make some spaghetti,” or even more generally, “Let’s make some pasta.” In Romanesco, the colorful dialect of Rome, one may say “Famoce du spaghi,” or “Let’s make ourselves some spaghetti.”
Like many Italian sayings, there is a gesture to accompany facciamo due spaghetti that really punctuates the expression. Here’s how to do it: Point two fingers downwards (towards an imaginary pasta dish) and twist your hand back and forth from the wrist, imitating the fork when you eat spaghetti.