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Noodles vs. Pasta

Noodles vs. Pasta

China has a very strong noodle culture, but noodles and pasta share the same name in Chinese, mian.  So, to some extent, they are similar foods.           The presence of Italian restaurants in China challenges the way the Chinese think of mian.  A plate of pasta al dente was not very...
Small Over Big: Italian Coffee in China

Small Over Big: Italian Coffee in China

Small over big, when it comes to cafe’ Italian cafés have been attracting more and more people in China. Compared with Starbucks, a cup of illy or Lavazza may be too small to spend the whole afternoon drinking, but people have started to experience the flavor of authentic Italian café. That means that the size...
An Italian Portrait of Hangzhou | Return to Marco Polo’s Paradise

An Italian Portrait of Hangzhou | Return to Marco Polo’s Paradise

by Xian Zhang, from Hangzhou, China. It’s summer and a group of Italian painters have arrived in Hangzhou a city 200km from Shanghai and the capital of the Nan Song dynasty. Retracing the footprints of Marco Polo, who visited 700 years ago, these Italians have come to paint the city that is my hometown.  On...