Month: April 2016

La Dolce Vita on a Dime

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Kevin Martoken is an experienced accountant and business analyst based in New York. He is a Syracuse University alumnus, earning a bachelor of science in accounting from the university’s Whitman School of Management. An avid traveler, Kevin Martoken has visited Rome, among other Italian cities.

From delectable foods like pizza and gelato to its art museums, from its Baroque churches to ancient archeological sites, there is much to explore in Rome. If you are travelling on a budget, these five famous attractions are open to the public for free:

1. The Trevi Fountain is a mythological themed Baroque work featuring sculptures of the sea god Neptune and his Tritons. It is particularly impressive viewed after dark, with the fountain alight.
2. The Roman Forum features ruins of ancient Rome, from government buildings to temples and monuments. The Forum is free to explore, but many enjoy renting an audio guide or paying for a tour.
3. St. Peter’s Basilica is the global center of the Roman Catholic Church. Climb 323 steps to the top of the dome as you explore this religious and architectural site.
4. The Pantheon is a gorgeous ancient temple built in 120 AD, and is the burial place of Italian Renaissance artist Raphael.
5. The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi features three paintings by Baroque artist Caravaggio, including his famous work, The Calling of Saint Matthew.


Characteristics of Authentic Italian Food

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Authentic Italian Food

Accounting and finance systems professional Kevin Martoken has extensive experience with management and project implementation. Kevin Martoken is based in New York City and works with hedge funds and asset management firms. In his free time, he enjoys cooking Italian cuisine.

Quality and simplicity of ingredients are essential to authentic Italian recipes. Delicious, made-from-scratch meals prominently feature ingredients such as fresh tomatoes, olive oil, both aged and fresh cheeses, wine, and homemade pastas and breads. Handmade sauces are a point of pride in Italy; prepared sauces are regarded with distaste.

The typical form for a meal begins with an antipasto, consisting of a small portion of pasta or an often cold meat or fish. The first course of soup or risotto follows, and then the second, main course arrives. This normally features meat, fish, or vegetables, and a complementary side dish is served. A carefully selected wine is an essential accompaniment to an authentic Italian meal. Dessert is served as the last course, often comprised of cake, pastry, fresh fruit, or a fruit salad, along with an espresso or coffee. Enjoying conversation and lingering over delightful foods is a mainstay of Italian food culture.