A famous Prosciutto

If we say prosciutto or pancetta you all know what we are talking about, but have you ever heard Negroni? It’s one of the best charcuterie brands in Italy (it is also  a popular cocktail but that is for another time).  The brand is not only confined to Italy, some of their exquisite prosciutto can also be found abroad, most likely you will have seen the Parma ham sold in small quantities.


There is currently a very attractive advert on television which is accompanied by a sweet melody,

“Le stelle sono tante milioni di milioni, la stella di Negroni vuol dire qualità”

which is sung beautifully by Enrico Ruggeri. The song has been adapted from the original and was initially made famous by Francesco De Gregori.

People fondly remember the jingle because of the nostalgia they fell as it was also used  a long time ago in adverts,  here is a vintage advert spot by Negroni:

The singer Enrico Ruggeri ends the spot saying “Se è Negroni si sente” to emphasize that their quality is unmistakable

Certainly we love it! You can use their product for a quick panino or for a more complicated recipe to enjoy with your family – whichever way you decide to eat it, you’ll also find it to be delicious!

Here is the actual current ongoing TV advert:

We are fan of the singer too ( soon more info about him 🙂 )

Samira Francesca and Happy Dog Team



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Pane di Altamura

Altamura Bread: Pane di Altamura

Pane di Altamura is made in the town of Altamura, also known as “Città del Pane”, and dates back to before 37 BC. Altamura is located in the Southeast of Italy in the province of Bari, Apulia (Puglia).  There are over 350 different breads recognised in Italy, which is not surprising as it is the backbone to all Italian meals and the first thing put on the table, this is one of the most famous recipes. Continue reading

Ave Maria – The Hail Mary

The third prayer in this section is The Hail Mary or Ave Maria as it is called in latin. It is a Prayer to the Virgin Mary, giving salutations and asking for her Intercession. The Prayer is based on a greeting from the Angel Gabriel to Mary when he was delivering the message to inform her that she was bearing the Messiah. Continue reading

Who is Dylan Dog?

Dylan Dog is a long running Italian comic strip, about a Supernatural Investigator (Indagatore dell’incubo – Nightmare Investigator) living and working in a horror infused world of London.

The comic was created by Tiziano Sclavi and has been running since 1986.  The character was initially drawn to look like the English Actor: Rupert Everett, with his name inspired by the Famous Welsh Poet: Dylan Thomas (known for “Under Milk Wood” and amongst others, a collection of short stories titled “Portrait of the Artist of a Young Dog” – which is possibly where the inspiration for his last name is taken too). Continue reading

The Lord’s Prayer

The second Prayer in this section is the well known Lord’s Prayer.

This is the Prayer that the famous Hyperpolyglot, Cardinal Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, would ask people to recite in their native language when visiting him.

With his understanding of the Lord’s Prayer, in his native tongue, and comparing how the speaker recited it, Cardinal Mezzofanti was able to understand the rhythm and cadence of the target language.

Many people visited him and enabled him to learn around 40 languages, which he would use to give blessings or confessions in their own language…

…or so the legend goes. Continue reading

The Sign of the Cross

After so many requests to speak about and explain the Christian Prayers in their original language we’ve decided to dedicate a section to it.

We’ll update step by step with common prayers and their official translations.

Whether you believe in it or not it’s interesting reading and undeniable part of Italy and Italian culture.

You’ll be able to compare to the English version along with enhancing your knowledge in the target language of Italian.  It makes a fascinating read in terms of culture. Continue reading

Summer Food…Cheese?


Continuing the summer food posts, everyone thinks about  Gelato and Granita during summer but they are not the only food to enjoy in summer in Italy.  Fontina Cheese (La Fontina formaggio) is a cow’s milk cheese where, although obtained all year round, the best is produced during the summer when the cows are allowed to graze at a higher altitude in the mountains. Continue reading

Apropos of freshness on a hot summer’s day

Here are some exquisite granita “I Nevaroli dell’Etna”

Granita su Stecco
Delicious Granita

These have been made with years of experience and research following the Sicilian tradition of crafting Granita.  This new company has been able to recreate the antique taste so the whole world can enjoy. Continue reading