In many big cities around the globe there is a district named or known as “Little Italy. Some examples are the cities of Toronto and Montreal in Canada, New York and San Diego in the USA, Dublin in Ireland, Göteborg in Sweden, Curitiba and São Paulo in Brazil, and last but not least, Sydney and Melbourne here in Australia. With a population of about 200.000 italian citizens, the State of Victoria in Australia, where Melbourne is the capital city, is the State where there is the largest number of descendants and italian immigrants in the country, and, possibly, in western world. It is very likely when a large number of immigrants come to a country, with them, they bring traces of their culture. Lucky we are one of its finest “traces”, is its culinary, and the italian cuisine, undoubtedly, is highly rich and one of the best there is (elected in 2013 by CNN as the world’s #1), rich in flavor and variety, without losing its simplicity. Winter drinking wine and eating cheese, so very italian, and after the espresso coffee, can you not like it? Even better than its food, throughout my eyes, it is the atmosphere created in italian cafes/restaurants here in Melbourne, it is such a faithful reflexion, architecturally, the italian speakers, the charm there is, the feel, the scents and colors… I could go on and on. Many italian citizens feel home when visiting Lygon Street in the suburb of Carlton, where the Little Italy is. In approximately 1km of extension, both sides of the street, you will find as many italian cafes, restaurants, bakeries and ice cream shops there, you will lose count. Specially after the wine! Brunetti, Koko Black, Il Dolce Freddo, Tiamo Coffee, La Latteria… it is so nicely easy to spend your day there. The neighborhood style is singular, tables put outside on the wide walkways, day and night you feel welcome inundated in an unique atmosphere. During the day siting under the trees or tents shadows, during the cold evenings, warmth by the gas heathers everywhere. You will feel well treated and watching nice movement of people passing by. All this structure has a direct influence from Italy. Not many people know but, Melbourne and Milan are Twin Towns, also known as Sister Cities. Through the concept of Sister Cities, the purpose is to promote cultural and business relations between the cities, creating understanding and friendship in the most various local cultural differences. This is all very noticeable there. When the Grand Prix of Formula 1 comes to Melbourne, the restaurants in Lygon Street wear Red and Yellow, in support to team Ferrari. And, in 1982 and 2006, it was there that the largest reunions of people and celebrations happened when Italy won the World Cup. With a very rich and based on its flavor culture, peculiarities and also simplicity, all italian citizen and cheese, wine, pastas and a beautiful “gelati” lover, feels home when visiting the Little Italy in Melbourne. Well well, all this talk about food made me hungry! Ciao amico, I mean, cheers mate, i’ll run there and get myself a gelati. See you next month.