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Ragù alla Bolognese from Italy

La Festa della Repubblica is the Italian National Day and Republic Day, which is celebrated on 2 June each year, with the main celebration taking place in Rome. The day commemorates the institutional referendum in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to choose between Republic and Monarchy. That was the first national voting by universal suffrage when Italian women also participated for the first time. This year Italy celebrates the 76th anniversary of that event and the motto is "Insieme a difesa della Pace" (Together in defense of the Peace).

Every year on this day (since the year 2000 and after a long break) a Military-Civilian parade takes place in Rome. It starts from Colosseo and marching along Via dei Fori Imperiali arrives to Piazza Venezia and magnificent building called "Altare della Patria" (The Altar of Motherland). It is a very crowded event attended by thousands of citizens.

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The Italian cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine consisting of the ingredients, recipes and cooking techniques developed across the Italian Peninsula since antiquity, and later spread around the world together with waves of Italian diaspora. It offers an abundance of taste, and is one of the best known and most appreciated gastronomies worldwide.

One of the main characteristics of Italian cuisine is its simplicity, with many dishes made up of few ingredients, and therefore Italian cooks often rely on the quality of the ingredients, rather than the complexity of preparation.

It is rich in pasta, fish, fruits and vegetables. Cheese, cold cuts and wine are central elements, and along with pizza, a broad variety of delicious desserts and coffee (especially espresso) they form essential parts of the Italian gastronomic culture.

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While Pizza might probably be the first thing that pops into people's minds when they think of Italian food, the authentic national dish of Italy is Ragù alla Bolognese, commonly known around the world in one of its numerous varieties, Spaghetti Bolognese. The recipe traces its origins in Imola, a town near the city of Bologna.

Though there are many variations of the dish, it comprises a hearty rich Italian tomato sauce, ground beef, sauteed in butter with finely chopped onions, carrots, and pancetta, served with pasta. Buon Appetito!

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