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30 December 1999

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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30 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

Abruzzo in the squares for St. Sylvester's night / L'Abruzzo scende in piazza per la notte di San Silvestro - by Nicola Catenaro
Goodbye, Novecento. On the snow and at the seaside, parties outdoor everywhere. In Teramo, piazza Martiri della Libertà, music, champagne, fireworks and at 1am, 1 january 2000, singer Marco Masini. In Chieti "cenone" (the Italian name for the traditional dinner of New Year's Eve) and dances in all restaurants and private houses. Read the articles for the programs

30 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

Good cuisine is expensive, mushrooms, fillet and zampone (pork leg) / Mangiar bene costa sempre più caro - Nel menu funghi, filetto e zampone
The cost of a "cenone" has increased 30% since last year: 120,000 lire just for the cenone, 180,000 if you also want to dance. The typical Abruzzese menu in restaurants will be a first course with a mushroom or truffle sauce, fillet, lamb or fish for a secod course, and, a must, a zampone with abundant lentils (symbolizing financial luck), cakes and dried fruit. And of course champagne, with judgement.

31 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

Spoltore - Genoveffa, born on 1 January 1900 / Compie 100 anni a Capodanno - Genoveffa ha attraversato l'intero Novecento - by Sergio Sciarra
Seven children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and David, born 1988, great-great-grandson will celebrate Genoveffa Crisante's birthday. The elderly woman, born at Caprara, near Spoltore, on the night of 1st January 1900, a widow now for 50 years 1900, says she is "Bene di salute e scarsa di moneta" (well in health, low in money). She cries only remembering her son Silvio, killed in Sicily in WW2. When the weather is fine she goes out for a little walk to the church and the shops. "Sono una buona forchetta" (I like eating) and drinking red wine. Her recipe to a long life: in front of troubles, "Don't think about it!".

30 December 1999 - Il Centro

Pescara - Tramps, stories from a forgotten city / Barboni, racconti della città dimenticata - Una giornata con i senzatetto - by Cindy Virgili
Stories of lives spent waiting for a future that does not exist. Marco, 39, from Torrevecchia Teatina, left his family when his mother died, had some temporary jobs, and would like to become an actor in the theatre, but in the night hopes death will come and take him away; during the day he asks money to buy cigarettes and draws landscapes. Simona, 18, spends her time at the station, would like to become someone, but does not know where to start. Antonio, 54, left a family and 3 children 12 years ago, washes and shaves every morning in the stations' lavatories, cuts his hair every month, does not drink or smoke, waits for a hospice to take him, so he won't have to sleep outdoors, since he does not like to be a tramp.

30 December 1999 - Il Centro

Gourmet prince Rino Faranda suggests a menu for New Year's Eve and Day / Lenticchie d'obbligo, no al pesce - I consigli del gastronomo Faranda sul cenone di San Silvestro e il primo dell'anno
Castelluccio lentils, cotechino, a good strong Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, and on january 1st he suggests a white timballo with scrippelle, added with prosciutto cubes, mozzarella, peas and herbs accompanied by a strong white wine (e.g. Sicilian Nozze d'oro dei Conti Tasca d'Almerita) Second course: "galantina di gallina" (with a rosatello wine) or roasted lamb (with a traditional red), and, absolutely necessary, roasted red peppers. Then a cream cake accompanied by a Piedmontese "passito" .