By Diane Lisarelli

Posted yesterday at 6:00 p.m., updated at 6:22 p.m.

Ride a scooter like Nanni Moretti

The Italian actor and director Nanni Moretti, in his film “Diary”.

Black Vespa and white helmet on the head, in the first chapter of his film Personal diary (1993), Nanni Moretti slowly crosses the city seized in the torpor of August. From his favorite neighborhood, Garbatella, in Monteverde, Vigne Nuove, Spinaceto, Casalpalocco, and to the beach of Ostia where Pier Paolo Pasolini was assassinated, the director recalls the birth of these “Urban areas” built in the last century. With panoramic images of the facades and an irresistible soundtrack, he manages in a few words to sketch their history, that of popular struggles or gentrification. “How beautiful it would be a film made only of houses”, he comments in a voice over with poetry.

Personal diary, by Nanni Moretti, for Rent from € 2.99 on the Cinetek or Arte Boutique.
In Rome with Nanni Moretti, Giorgio Biferali and Paolo Di Paolo, La Table Ronde, 2017, 176 P., € 17.50.

Munch on a puntarelle salad

The puntarelle salad, a staple of Roman tables.

From the large and beautiful family of chicory, the puntarelle, which recently made its entry into restaurants in France, has always appeared on the cards of Roman establishments among the contorni, these accompaniments that can be enjoyed between two dishes. Mainly consumed in the Lazio region, puntarelle is best enjoyed raw, in salads. The leaves are then set aside to focus on the shoots forming the heart of the vegetable. Washed and cut lengthwise into thin strips, they first soak in a bowl with ice cubes and half a lemon. In a mortar, crush 7 to 8 anchovy fillets in oil, one or two cloves of garlic, and add olive oil and white vinegar. Mix everything to combine the deep flavor of the anchovy with the bitterness and crunchiness of the puntarelle. A beautiful Italian wedding.

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Succumb to the Italian song

Rappers Franco 126 and Carl Brave.

Coming from the Trastevere district, the young people of “Crew CXXVI” (pronounce “Centoventisei”) owe this 126 attached to their artist’s name to the number of steps of the Scalea del Tamburino, a large staircase closer to a place where one is zone than to a Baroque masterpiece. Among them, Franco 126, who, with Carl Brave, was released in 2017 Polaroid, album of a little idle Roman youth, who grew up on the sanpietrini, in the midst of tourists and a past that was sometimes too heavy for her. Light melodies, melancholic autotune and Roman dialect manage to convey the hot summer nights spent wandering the city on foot, odd jobs in the dark, nostalgic grandfathers of the Duce, Sunday mornings at the mythical Porta Portese market and evenings at the San Calisto, a must-see harbor next to Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere.

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