FALL ISSUE 2021
Kings of Europe
by Dante di Iulio
Teamwork, friendship and o’ tir’ a gir’ unites Italians worldwide
34-28-0-1. This is not one of those viral math problems that boomers are coerced into commenting on over Facebook to showcase their intelligence. This is the record of the Italian national team under Roberto Mancini: 34 games played, 28 victories, 0 losses. Most importantly, one title. The European Championship to be exact. It’s been 53 years since ITALIA was inscribed on the Henri Delaunay Trophy. Now, once again, it’s come home to Rome. In the last edition of Panoram Italia, there was a preview of the EURO2020 titled “From Dark Times to Dark Horse.” The article closed with the words: “Even with the odds stacked against them, Italy does not need a miracle. However, it’s good to know that the man who orchestrated the Miracle of Manchester is in their corner, leading the way.” It came true. Mancini is a miracle man and seems to be quite prolific at ending droughts.
Remember that classic ‘60s film, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium? It revolved around the whirlwind nature of those dizzying pre-packaged tours of Europe where you would “visit” as many cities and countries as possible without experiencing them in any real way.
Checking off an entire bucket list of destinations from a bus window or quick stopover was never my thing. I have always preferred visiting smaller, obscure places and making connections with people who live there, while absorbing local life and culture. Little did I know this made me an early advocate of the Slow Travel movement—an offshoot of the Slow Food movement, which began in Italy with Carlo Petrini in 1986.
Pierino Di Tonno lived in Montreal’s Little Italy for many years. His home, a veritable museum that also served as his studio, was full of large-format images taken by the photographer around the Venice International Film Festival and Montreal.
A passionate photographer of Italian cinema and friend to some of the era’s greatest directors, Di Tonno’s work will soon become the subject of a retrospective at the Cinémathèque québécoise and a short film by professor, screenwriter and director Paul Tana, which is slated for completion in 2022.
Prints of cinema’s biggest stars lined the walls of Di Tonno’s studio, like Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale and Laura Antonelli. Images of Federico Fellini and his wife Giulietta Masina were also prominently displayed, as were those of Salvador Dali (from whom Di Tonno borrowed the mustache), Cesare Zavattini (father of Italian neorealism), Ugo Tognazzi,
As an alternative to traditional eggplant parmigiana, these single-serving eggplant towers are a wonderful summer meal.
They are a much easier, quicker and lighter version of the hearty traditional dish, because the eggplants are grilled, not fried. Served hot or cold, this vertical rendition of the parmigiana is sure to impress your guests.