Parlate Corsu o Sardu?

Last month Columbus hosted the quartette from Corsica, Barbera Furtuna, who sang traditional and new original compositions in the Corsican dialect.  Corsican (Corsu) is spoken almost exclusively on this tiny island, in area 1/10 the size of the state of Indiana.


Corsica’s beautiful neighboring island Sardinia has its own dialect as well and there is movement to preserve their native language from dying out.  An interesting story is on-line at this site -> Sardu



As we say in vecchio italiano: “Caveat emptor”


When “extra virgin” isn’t . . .

2010 study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that 69 percent of imported olive oil samples failed to meet the minimum standards for “extra-virgin” labeling in an expert taste and smell test. In contrast, 10 percent of extra-virgin labels from California failed their tests.   As a result, two class-action lawsuits have been filed against Filippo Berio and Bertolli, two of the brands which failed the tests, for false advertising.


 However, you don’t necessarily need to go to a farmer’s market or pay through the nose for quality, genuine oil. Some which do not cost an arm and a leg, are Lucini Italia (at Whole Foods or specialty food stores for about $25) and the California Estate Olive Oil from Trader Joe’s (in-store or on-line for about $6.) The Trader Joe’s California Estate Olive Oil, in fact, came out on top and won the “Best Buy” designation in a Consumer Reports taste test.