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By Boat down the “Strada del Merlot”?

The last quiz question was, why one would need a boat for the Strada del Merlot. Well, the “Strada (road) del Merlot” should actually read “Fiume (river) del Merlot” as it refers to what springs as Soča in Slovenia and flows into Italy as Isonzo to enter the Adriatic Sea. The Merlot we serve is […]

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Upstairs? Downstairs?

Don’t worry – we’re not going into reheating the “Eaton Place” so(a)up. Some multi-level places operate elevators and for those on their vertical maiden voyage we found following technical assistance of outstanding intellectual challenge. Ticino is all on one level despite the inviting flight of stairs from the car park to the building level. Our […]

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Beware the deluge!

We do not want to become biblical (Old Testament, 1st book Mose, 6-8), but some mind boggling pictures taken recently prove the challenging task of noahtic proportions.  If you do not want to stay at home, then Ticino welcomes you. We have guaranteed no floods and the parking lot remains unsinkable as well!

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The Boccalino is used for which wine?

The wine originally served in a boccalino was … Isabella, a hybrid wine variety which in today’s register of toxic acids would rank among the top. It is remembered exclusively for the illnesses such as shown on the left. Hence the Isabella was short-lived and replaced by Merlot, the latter being an excellent vine stock which, […]

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How much Saffron does it really take?

Well, we use 1/4 gramme of saffron per portion of saffron risotto. One kilogramme requires some 100’00 flowers (approx. 1’000 squaremeters) and only the red stigma of the crocus is used. All is hand-picked and in a day a worker collects approx. 80 grammes. The crocus blooms only during two weeks in autumn and hence […]

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What exactly are calories?

Calories are tiny little bugs living in your wardrobe doing nothing but sawing your clothes tighter!  So see us for dinner, our food is not served in wardrobes!

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معمر القذافي in New York !

For those infidels, who do not know; معمر القذافي stands for Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi and he likes to be seen as North African’s answer to Che Guevara. This aficionado of tents, sunglasses and manicured body guards had the splendid idea to disintegrate the Helvetic Confederation and split up Switzerland according to her languages. Ticino would become Italian, Valais, […]

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Swissair’s entire Ticino fleet revealed!

Well, there were apparently a total of eight aircraft named “Ticino” and the aficionados can find a complete listing herebelow. There was regretfully no answer even near to the correct number. For the pictoral hint on where to find the two missing Convair 240-4 (HB-IMA) resp. Convair 240-11 (HM-IRW) we thank Mr. Simon Schudel in Switzerland. Hence […]

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An airline called “Ticino”?

Well, not quite. but Swissair had named a few aircraft “Ticino”. See the quiz question on the right side of your screen and answer it until 9/15/09. Among others, there was a B747-357M (HB-IGG) named “Ticino” – see the little picture on left. A 1:250 model of this very plane is on permanent display at the […]

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What gave the “Tiramisu” its name?

Contrary to popular belief of the translation of “Pull me up”, the name originates from its inventor, the confectioner Roberto Linguanotto. He owned a restaurant “Le Beccherie” in Treviso where he had his god-daughter as an apprentice named Francesca Valori. In honour of her culinary skills he named the today world-famous dessert after her maiden […]

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