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Alcoholic Pizza

If you want to order the new pizza at Salvatore’s, you’ll have to show ID to prove that you’re at least 21. That’s because the Boston eatery is now serving pizza that’s cooked with vodka. Chef Victor Paone describes it: “We got some dried Italian cherries, and we cooked them, and they were too tough,” Paone [...]

A Tribute to the Edible Dormouse

A British method for cooking dormouse, as pictured in an 1865 book. Drawing by John Tenniel. by Alice Shirrell Kaswell The edible dormouse (Myoxus glis) is the star of Giuseppe Carpaneto and Mauro Cristaldi’s 1994 study “Dormice and Man: A Review of Past and Present Relations.” The two Rome-based scholars—Carpaneto at Terza University, Cristaldi at the University [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Vergil

1. Vergil or Virgil? Vergil’s proper Roman name was Publius Vergilius Maro. However, many texts refer to the author of The Aeneid as Vergil while others refer to him as Virgil. Vergil is now understood to be the correct spelling of the poet’s name. Why the mistake? There are different theories. Gilbert Highet, in The Classical Tradition, [...]