October 2017 - NEWSLETTER




Next Meeting Date: October 19,  2017

Meeting Location: Burlington Senior Center 61 Center Street Burlington
3rd Thursday of the Month @
7:00 PM

Address: P.O. Box 193, Burlington, Ma. 01803

Email:burlsonsofitaly@yahoo.com  Website: Website: HHHHTUTUTUTUwww.burlingtonsonsofitaly.orgUUUUTTTT

News Editor: Deborah Squeri - Dsqueri@yahoo.com











UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk


Brothers and Sisters,


I enjoyed running my first meeting as president and hope there will be many more. We all got a chance to meet our new state representative , Paula Sasso, and welcome her to the lodge. We had a really robust discussion about possible fun ideas for the lodge.


The Italian classes are going very well . I know this first hand because I practice work home every week with one of the students. Who reminds me if she doesn't pass this class, it's on me. I may sign up myself and make it a family event.


 At the October meeting we will iron out the details for our Lucias lunch. Also, we are in the process of  planning a BYOB Christmas trolley tour. There are other ideas in the pipeline for the start of next year.


Since we no longer have our storage cabinet at the senior center, we are attempting a new coffee system. So, be sure to bring an extra dollar to the meeting to pay for coffee. Maria volunteered to pick it up . THANKS MARIA.







We still need to generate interest in the lodge and hopefully some fresh ideas and new events will spark some interest.                


Ciao for now,


Daniele (Dan) Squeri

President , Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223

Home: 781-270-9868, Cell: 781-864-6514









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                UUUULodge Officers

President:                               Dan Squeri

Vice President:                      Pat Moreno

Treasurer:                         Ann McGowan Financial Secretary:         Joanne Margi

Recording Secretary:      Lola Lombardo         

Orator:                                  Marie Patrick

Past President:                 Don McGowan

Trustees:                                Toni Faria

                                           Joanne Margi

                                                Jo Parrella

                                                Marie Saia

                                             Jo Schipelliti


Master of Ceremonies:

Tony Saia

Mistress of Ceremonies:

Shirley Moreno

Sergeant of Arms:

Fred Fernandez



UUUUArticles Of Interest

Why Bologna should be the next place you visit in Italy

 from www.thelocalit.com

Why Bologna should be the next place you visit in Italy

Often neglected on travel itineraries in favour of Italy's more famous hotspots, Bologna nevertheless has plenty to offer tourists, from food to art to hidden secrets. Here are nine reasons you should visit at least once in your lifetime.



1. The food

Bologna is known as 'la dotta, la rossa e la grassa' - that's 'the educated' in a nod to its university, Europe's oldest; 'the red', in reference to the terracotta hues of its buildings and the city's historic communist leanings; and most importantly, 'the fat', in reference to the delicious food

Photo: Mike Knell/Flickr

Even by Italy's notoriously high standards, Bologna is a foodie hub, as you'd expect from the place that invented bolognese (just remember it isn't called that here!). The markets in the centre are great for fresh fruit and pastries, Via del Pratello is a great spot for lunch, and the student area near Via Zamboni has plenty of options for a filling aperitivo - but really you can't go far wrong wherever you choose to eat.

2. Its leaning tower puts Pisa's to shame

The two towers are a symbol of the city, and the shorter of the pair, Garisenda, leans much more dramatically than Pisa's leaning tower. It is so famous in Italy that Dante invoked the tower in his Commedia, so look out for the plaque with the quote.

Photo: Catherine Edwards/The Local



You can't climb Garisenda, but it costs just €3 to climb its sister tower Asinelli and get a beautiful view over the city - not to mention a great leg workout. These towers are just two left of the many that used to dot the landscape in medieval times, when rival noble families would compete to exert their dominance by building the tallest tower.

3. Porticoes

Photo: Catherine Edwards/The Local

These pretty arches that line Bologna's streets are a handy shield from rain or blinding sun, and years ago they were where merchants would set up stalls to sell their wares. You can see evidence of the former markets on Via Indipendenza, where an inscription on the ground reads “panis vita, canabis protectio, vinum laetitia” (bread is life, cannabis is protection, wine is fun), marking the spot where these products were once sold.

Photo: Enrico Strocchi/Flickr

It's well worth making the 3.8km hike along the world's longest stretch of porticoes, southwest of the city centre, which leads to the beautiful Sanctuary of the Madonna San Luca and panoramic views back over the city.


These porticoes are numbered so you can track your progress until you reach the final arch, number 666. Seems like an odd choice of number for a religious site? Apparently the architect fell out with the church halfway through the job, and this was his revenge...

4. Stunning churches

As well as the San Luca, the city centre itself boasts plenty of impressive churches. The Chiesa della Santa has the mummified remains of Saint Catherine of Bologna in an eerie side chapel, while San Domenico Basilica has a Michelangelo statue and a piano used by Mozart during his time studying in Italy.

Photo: Alberto Perro/Flickr

There are also the seven churches of Santo Stefano, built over a six hundred-year period in different styles and now forming one unique sprawling site. And finally, for a spectacular dining experience try Le Stanze, a restaurant in the converted chapel of a noble family.

5. It has a hidden side

At one time, Bologna was a city built on canals with a thriving textiles industry, still echoed in many of the street names such as Via delle Moline (Street of the mills). Most of the canals now lie under the car parks, sadly, but if you wander along Via Piella (where you'll also find several great restaurants), you’ll see a small window built into the wall, through which you can spot the canals.






Photo: Catherine Edwards/The Local

Another place offering a glimpse of how the city used to look is Sala Borsa, the main library, where through the glass floor you can see Roman remains and even go downstairs to walk among them. There's another section of a Roman road inside a furniture shop, Roche Bobois, in the centre of the city.

6. It's perfectly placed for day trips

Bologna is a small city with plenty to do, but if you feel like venturing further afield, it's a good base either for hikes into the surrounding hills, or train journeys to the rest of Italy. Modena, Ferrara, Venice, Florence and Parma are all easily doable within a day and there are plenty of seaside resorts within reach too.

Nine handy Venetian words to use on your next trip to Venice

Venice is just a train ride away. Photo: SarahTz/Flickr

7. There's great art, old and new

Lots of the churches have Renaissance art on show, and the Pinacoteca Nazionale has art created in the region from 200 AD to the Baroque period. Other museums for art buffs are the Municipal Art Collections, with art from the 14th to 19th centuries, Galleria D'Arte Maggiore and modern art museum MAMbo.

Photo: Blasf/Flickr

There's also a thriving street art scene; you're bound to spot some examples just strolling around the centre, and the area around Porta Mascarella is another good location.

8. It's got the best university ever

No, not the University of Bologna - although it is very interesting, with a creepy ancient anatomical theatre to visit, and one of the country's most popular Erasmus destinations. We're talking about the Carpigiani Gelato University, also known as the Gelato Museum. There's a range of experiences on offer, from a basic tour through the history of gelato to intensive workshops where you can make your own - and whichever you choose, you'll get a free delicious ice cream included.

How to spot good quality gelato in Italy - and how to suss out the fakes

Photo: Alexandra E Rust /Flickr

9. It's not too touristy

Maybe the best reason to visit Bologna is that you'll feel like you're truly discovering the city, rather than being herded along in a crowd of tourists. It's slowly becoming better known, but you're far more likely to hear Italian than English on the streets, you'll often get a cafe to yourself, and other than the area around the central square, Piazza Maggiore, the restaurants and bars all offer good food at reasonable prices rather than being designed to trap tourists. Buon viaggio!

13 places in Italy that look like they belong in a fairy tale


13 places in Italy that look like they belong in a fairy tale


From crystal clear lakes to postcard-perfect villages, and castles perches on clifftops, Italy has more than its fair share of fairytale travel destinations. We've rounded up 13 of the most magical locations from up and down the country.


San Cassiano, Dolomites

Photo: Giuseppe Milo/Flickr

In winter this tiny town is a skiing paradise, in summer it's a hikers' haven - all year round, the Dolomite mountains provide an impressive backdrop to San Cassiano. The area has plenty to see, from First World War relics to well-preserved cave bear dwellings, or you can spend your days walking the aptly named 'Path of Meditation'.


Gardens of Bomarzo, Viterbo, Lazio

Photo: pandionhiatus3/Depositphotos

More commonly known as the Park of Monsters, the gardens were created in the 16th century when the architect carved spooky and grotesque sculptures, as well as mythical creatures, supposedly as a way of dealing with grief after his wife's death. One inscription in the park says the sculptures were designed and set out "just to set the heart free", and the lack of a rational pattern or set route to follow adds to the other-worldly appeal.



Val d'Orcia, Tuscany

Photo: Enrico Pighetti/Flickr

When people talk about Tuscany's rolling hills, they're probably picturing Val d'Orcia, a World Heritage Site which offers miles and miles of barely-touched landscape, dotted with photogenic villages and ancient castles and fortresses. It's also a region well known for its wines, so a road trip through the region should be combined with a visit to the vineyards.


Cascate delle Marmore, Umbria

Photo: ledmark31/Depositphotos

These are the tallest man-made waterfalls in the world, and we have the Ancient Romans to thank. The flow can be turned on and off, which usually happens at midday and 4pm today, and it's best to time a visit with the moment the falls are turned on. Try to catch a glimpse of the rainbow of Marmore, a phenomenon which has inspired painters and poets throughout the centuries on their Grand Tour. If the beautiful views aren't enough, the site also offers white-water rafting.


Giardino di Ninfa, Lazio

Photo: aizram18/Depositphotos

You'll need to book a guided tour to see these gardens, and opening times are somewhat limited, but it's worth making the effort. Ninfa was once a bustling medieval town, but the locals abandoned their homes after a tough few decades which brought internal struggles and a malaria outbreak. In the 1900's, the spot was rediscovered and painstakingly transformed, so that now visitors can admire plants entwined with the ruins, and cross the castle's moat to explore inside.

Alberobello, Puglia

Photo: pululante/Flickr

These cone-topped buildings are called 'trulli', and while they may look like fairy dwellings, they're used as homes, shops, and restaurants. Tourists even have the option of staying in one. They were originally built in the distinctive styles as a tax dodge, since homes made without using mortar were exempt from levies, and they're now a designated Unesco World Heritage site. While in the area, check out the Museo del Territorio, a structure made up of ten trulli which gives information on the building techniques and the history of the area.


Castello Scagliero, Lake Garda

Photo: Antonio Castagna/Flickr

The 12th-century castle, first built as a fortress, offers beautiful views over Lake Garda whilst also being picturesque in its own right. It boasts a drawbridge and is one of few examples of a lake fortification, also acting as the entrance to the town of Sirmione.


Civita di Bagnoregio, Lazio

Photo: pandionhiatus3/Depositphotos

This hilltop town looks spectacular at any time, but especially so when rising out of fog or early morning mist. First inhabited over 2,500 years ago, the town is now known in Italy as 'the dying town' after an earthquake caused public institutions and many residents to move out, as well as the fact that erosion of the cliff means the island is in danger of crumbling away. Today it only has around a dozen permanent residents, mostly populated by urban families who use it as a weekend getaway or tourists, but it retains an untouched, medieval feel.


Isola di Loreto, Lake Iseo

Photo: Pom Angers/Flickr

Once overlooked in favour of the larger, more glamorous lakes, Iseo is increasingly winning popularity with visitors. Isola di Loreto, originally a convent island, is now in private hands, so it can't be visited but only admired from the water. However, the whole region is worth exploring for the hills, small towns and Monte Isola, Italy's largest lake island where visitors can hike, admire the churches, or indulge in fresh seafood at the many restaurants.


Lake Carezza, South Tyrol

Photo: Umberto Salvagnin/Flickr

Called 'The Rainbow Lake' in the local language, Carezza's lake was formed by a magician who threw a rainbow and jewels into the water in a bid to seduce a mermaid - or at least that's how the story goes. But the glistening colours set against a mountain backdrop will get even the most cynical wondering if the tale could be true.


Castello de Venere, Erice, Sicily

Photo: marco rubino/Depositphotos

Take the cable car up to this fortress, built 750 metres above Trapani for incredible views. This was once a sacred site, a temple to the goddess Venus - the clouds that often swirl around are known as 'Venus's kisses' - and it was used before that to honour the divinities of the various peoples that settled in Sicily. The rest of the hilltop town is also worth an afternoon's visit, with plenty of history, architecture, and quiet streets.

Necropoli Pantalica, Syracuse, Sicily

Photo: Carlo Columba/Flickr

Staying in Sicily, this network of 5,000 burial chambers cut into the rock provides an awe-inspiring setting. Taking one of the hiking routes through the area is the perfect way to escape the crowds of the Sicilian tourist resorts, and at the end of the walk lie a river and cave for exploring and swimming.


Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

Photo: Archangel12/Flickr

There's a reason it's called the beautiful island. Isola Bella is home to a lavish palazzo, decorated with shells, rocks and art on the inside, and the whole thing is surrounded by magical gardens with a view across the lake.







Zuppa di Funghi (Wild-mushroom
from cookingnytimes.com


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·                     2 cloves garlic

·                     ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

·                     2 pounds fresh wild mushrooms,  cleaned and sliced

·                     1 tablespoon flour

·                     2 sprigs fresh thyme

·                     5 cups well-flavored chicken stock

·                     1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

·                      Salt to taste




1.              Crush the garlic with a knife blade, and saute over medium heat in the olive oil until garlic starts to brown. Add the mushrooms, and stir until they are well coated. Saute, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms have released their liquid and start to brown. Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms, stir well, and cook an additional 5 minutes.


2.             In a separate pot, add thyme to the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Pour over the mushrooms and stir well. Reduce heat to low, and let the soup simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Just before serving, add pepper and salt if desired.



 Recipe from reccipetineats.com

This Baked Pumpkin Risotto is an accidental discovery and unlike other baked risottos, it is creamy rather than sticky and starchy. The secret is the pumpkin which is baked with the risotto, then when stirred it becomes a puree, effectively becoming the sauce for the risotto. And it’s only 360 calories per serving!



Unlike other baked risottos, this is creamy, not sticky and starchy. The secret is the pumpkin. #fast #midweek_meal #pumpkin



·                 1½ cups arborio rice (risotto rice)

·                 1 brown onion, diced

·                 600g/20oz pumpkin, diced into 1.5cm/0.5" cubes (about 4 heaped cups)

·                 2 garlic cloves, minced

·                 ¼ cup dry white wine (optional - but see notes)

·                 3½ cups vegetable or chicken stock/broth

·                 2 tbsp olive oil

·                 12 sage leaves (see notes)

·                 2 tbsp butter

·                 ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

·                 Salt

·                 Black pepper

To Garnish

·                 Grated parmesan

·                 Finely chopped parsley




1.                Preheat oven to 180C/350F.

2.                Heat olive oil in ovenproof pot (preferably with a lid) over medium high heat.

3.                Add garlic and onion and cook until onion is translucent.

4.                Add sage leaves and cook for 1 minute.

5.                Add rice and stir so all the rice grains are coated with the olive oil.

6.                Add white wine and cook until the the liquid evaporates - about 1 minute.

7.                Add pumpkin and stock, and bring to boil.

8.                Put lid on (or cover tightly with foil) and place in oven for 25 to 35 minutes. See notes for baking time.


9.                Check it at 20 minutes. The risotto is ready to come out of the oven when the rice is cooked - ideally, the rice should be a bit firm on the inside (ie. al dente), but it is very difficult to achieve that using the baking method, more likely it will be on the soft side. The rice should be very wet like porridge, not dry like a pilaff. Don't worry if there is excess liquid, it will evaporate in the next step when you stir it.

10.            Add butter and parmesan cheese. Add more if you want - the more you add, the creamier the risotto will be.

11.            Gently stir the risotto so that the pumpkin turns into a puree and blends into the risotto. If it's too thick then add a splash of boiled water (it means it was left in the oven for a bit too long).

12.            Add salt and pepper to taste. (see notes)

13.            Serve, garnished with parsley and extra parmesan if desired.





1. Sage goes very well with pumpkin, but it is a very subtle flavour in this dish so don't worry if you don't have it. If you have parsley, thyme or oregano, these will be a good substitute.
2. It is important to remember to season at the very end and not at the beginning as you never really know how strong the salt from the stock/broth is once absorbed into the rice.
3. Even though there is only 1½ cups of rice, this makes a lot (because of the 3 cups of pumpkin). It will feed 4 hungry people or 6 normal servings.
4. Turn this into a complete meal by adding chicken and spinach (shredded). Add the chicken when the onion is translucent and cook until white. Then follow the directions of the recipe. When you stir the butter and parmesan into the cooked risotto, add the spinach as well - you can add as much spinach as you want, but 3 packed cups is ideal. The residual heat from the risotto will wilt it quickly. You may need to add a splash of water to loosen it up a

5. In my household there is inevitably an open bottle of white wine somewhere in the fridge at all times. But for those that don't, a great tip is to freeze leftover white wine in little ziplock bags. Perfect for cooking with!
6. Baking time - if you are using a heavy cast iron casserole pot with a lid, then it will be closer to 20 - 25 minutes because it retains heat so well. If you are using a lighter weight pot covered with foil, then it will take closer to 35 to 40 minutes.
7. Wine is optional. If you don't use wine then you will need to add ¼ cup of water or stock.



The Ventriloquist

submitted by member

Don McGowan


During an act by a ventriloquist, a man stood up and yelled, "Hey!  You've been making enough jokes at people's expense.  Cut it out!"


"Take it easy!" the ventriloquist exclaimed.   "They're only jokes."


The man shouted back, "I'm not talking to you.  I'm talking to that little jerk sitting on your knee!"


Misfortune Cookie

After finishing our Chinese food, my husband and I cracked open our fortune cookies. Mine read, “Be quiet for a little while.” His read, “Talk while you have a chance.”


Might Be The Wine Talking


A couple are sitting in their living room, sipping wine. Out of the blue, the wife says, “I love you.”

“Is that you or the wine talking?” asks the husband.

“It’s me,” says the wife. “Talking to the wine.



UUUUBaked Goods Volunteers:

The following people have volunteered to bring baked good to the next meeting:


Susan Magliozzi

                           Ann Bellezza

                           Marie Patrick


Thank you in advance to those that have signed up, If you have not signed up yet please let us know what month you would like to contribute.



 Burlington Sons of Italy


Italian Classes


Italian classes are underway and signs ups were a great sucess. Thank you to all of those involved in getting the word out.  We have extended an open invitation to our state rep. Paula Sasso to sit in on a class to see what the classes are like.



UUUUMember Happenings:


Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pustizzi on their recent marriage .  Have a wonderful Honeymoon.

Buona Fortuna!!







We have a mushroom enthusiast member in our lodge.  Take a look at the most recent find from Antonio Mastracci.....what a fungi!



Upcoming Events/ Ideas

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12/3 Lucia's Restaurant Christmas Dinner - To be purchased in advance.


BYOB Trolley Light Tour & Ugly Sweater Contest - Date & Cost TBA

This will be limited seating.


Blind Auction - TBD


Murder Mystery Dinner - TBD


Escape Room - TBD


Wine Tasting - Date & Time TBD












Just For Fun


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