Category Archives: Gianluca

In Sickness and in Health – I Gemelli Ginoble: The Ginoble “Twins” or Seeing Double By Giovanna

And we can’t forget a belated tanti auguri to the Ginoble Brothers’ Mamma!!  Tanti Auguri, Eleonora!!  🙂

 

We posted earlier this month as soon as Flight Crew heard that Gianluca and his younger brother Ernesto Ginoble both tested positive for COVID-19. We didn’t and still don’t know if Gianluca was infected and contagious at the time of the Christmas concert, when he was in close contact with Ignazio and Piero. Piero’s asthma puts him at a higher risk of complications if he were to contract coronavirus. As of now, neither of our tenors has reported being infected. So, we want to start with a big “Grazie a Dio” (“Thank God”) for that.

Gianluca has been radio silent for a while, as he and Erny are recovering, but they’re getting better with the help of their faithful Luna.

For all of you who were worried and praying, Gianluca has recently checked in on Instagram sending a “Tutto OK” message. No translation needed. While he and Ernesto are recovering, celebrating Mamma Eleanora’s birthday this week as best they can (Buon Compleanno, Eleanora), and getting ready for Gianluca’s upcoming birthday, we thought we could encourage them by doing something fun and entertaining for them. Here goes…

Gianluca and Erny posted their shared infection status on January 7, along with an emphatic plea that everyone should follow their own regional protocols to protect each other. Even before that, I was already noticing that questi due fratelli (these two brothers) have shared a lot of other things besides this troublesome sickness. In the pictures below, I’ve catalogued a few of the many things I’ve spotted.

I first noticed this T-shirt a while back because I liked the Gucci logo and wanted one.

Then guess who popped up later that season wearing the same thing?

I’ve seen this summer print a few times in Gianluca’s own posts.
Check out Erny boating this past summer. Notice anything? Do you think he borrowed it?

You have probably seen at least one of these two pictures over the past two years. Gian has posed in this shirt from time to time since 2019, when the first picture was taken.

Gianluca was wearing that comfy shirt as recently as this past summer 2020 when he and the twins, Eraldo and Giuseppe di Stefano, took a vacation at a beach resort up the Adriatic coast from his home, where he posed for the second picture. I don’t know if these two ladies belong to him or the twins, or are relatives or fans. Gianluca is very cautious about showing or naming his girlfriends, so it’s not likely either of them is attached to him.
Not long after that summer stripes picture, here was Erny, sporting the same shirt, with a buddy and minus the girls. He has one of his own – girls, I mean.

 

 

Gianluca posted this picture with Eraldo and Giuseppe, the day after they lost their Grandfather. In very tender words, he explained how rare and unexpected it is in this life to find such a strong and permanent friendship. Then he adds, “It’s them, Eraldo and Giuseppe, my strength, my point of reference. This friendship has withstood some hard tests. Soon we will smile together again. I love you.” The hard test was of course the loss of their “Nonno.”

Back to the shirts. That’s not the only striped shirt that the Ginobles had in common, even way back when they were both in their teens. Remember this picture from a summer day before the concert at Wolf Trap more than half a decade ago? These red stripes in profile are the same, too.

So, what do you think? Is Erny wearing Gian’s clothes? Do they shop together? Does Gian buy two of everything? I don’t know the answer, but I think it’s nice, and a testament to their closeness and the admiration of a little brother for a very loving big brother. Nothing wrong with that.

The dark sunglasses are to be expected. Papa Ercole mastered up this one. That’s him in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

The boys’ duplication is not limited to clothes, either. Have a look at these.

Birthdays

Of course, the Ginoble guys both got tower birthday cakes on their 18th birthday.

Did you notice? Ernesto is the one still actively playing competitive soccer. Gianluca is the active professional musician. So how come Gian got the soccer cake, and Erny got the music cake? I suppose that since they are both soccer fans (team Roma among others) and both music fans, it all comes out the same. For the rest of you, soccer fans, “Noi siamo la Roma!” We are Rome! I’m a Francesco Totti #10 fan, just like the brothers. Here’s blue-eyed Totti #10 after he retired from the Roma team in 2017, of course with each one of the Ginoble guys.

Did you notice Erny’s shirt? Does it look familiar? Here’s why, maybe.

I think this is the same one that appeared in one scene of “Un Amore Cosi Grande.”

Luna the Moon Dog

Given that Luna is the family pet, of course we expect to see her being cuddled and spoiled by everybody. Somehow, she even manages to alternate her nap times between the two brothers.

How about vacations?
Gianluca, himself, has posted that at least one member of his family often accompanies him on tour. Erny has definitely been with him at least once. These two shots are from Il Volo’s singing trip to the Emirates some years back. This is definitely not the only time that Erny joined GIanluca. In the past, I’ve spotted Erny in Taormina, myself, and seen him in photos at other concert venues.

Remarkable how much these two resembled each other at different times as teens, or at least before Gianluca started styling the curls out of his hair. Erny was even wearing Gian’s thick-top, side-trimmed haircut. Or maybe it was the other way around.

 

Nonno Ernesto

Here’s something else very special the Ginobles share. Sometimes, even 86-year-old Nonno Ernesto attends performances, especially if Gian or Il Volo perform locally near Abruzzo. I have never seen or met their Nonno at any of their shows yet. At Italian concerts I have noticed Papa Ercole taking crowd pictures, but so far have not spotted Nonno Ernesto.

God willing, it will soon be healthy and safe enough for Il Volo to be back on open stages and Nonno to come out and about in public to enjoy them.

The Baby Connection
We have all seen tons of pictures of the Il Volo guys playing with babies and toddlers. It’s the normal state of affairs for this gang.

It’s definitely an Italian thing.
And an Erny thing, too.
Instead of the guys with babies, how about the guys as babies?

Guess who these little fellows are? Can you tell from the shapes of their faces? I can understand why Mamma Eleanora or Papa Ercole couldn’t resist taking this picture. Years ago, I also did one just like this of my son Barry at the same age, playing a toy guitar and pretending to be Jack Cassady, the very gifted bass player of the Jefferson Airplane/Starship/Hot Tuna. Gian, Erny, and Barry were all musical since they were very young, and of course they all figured out the look, right down to those hip sunglasses. It’s an Italian thing.
Even Barry, see? Barry’s blonde hair has since turned into dark Italian-Jewish curls. And it looks like they all had some of those same Fisher-Price musical noisemakers, too.

Of course, we know there were two other special musical miniatures who were youngsters at exactly the same time and age as the Ginobles and my son. Here they are as ragazzini (little guys).

And they’ve all grown up so well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giovanna (Jo Ann)

 

Credit to the owners of all photos.

Tanti Auguri Gianluca – 26 blessed years!

Ok folks, our little one is turning 26!  Can you believe it?  

So, it’s that time again…. it’s time to pick a song!

Please send in your song selections for Gianluca’s video, so Kelly has time to create it.  We’ve never specified in the past, but have noticed people have been choosing songs sung by the guys, or the birthday boy.  We usually try to go for songs that they have not sung themselves.  But I know we have a lot of new folks on this site, so that is ok.

Gian’s birthday, is, of course, on Feb 11.  So, please send your song selections to our gmail account:  ilvoloflightcrew@gmail.com by Monday, January 25, 2021.

Looking forward to seeing what is chosen this year!  🙂

 

Be sure to send your wishes in also, by Saturday, Feb 6, if possible.  🙂

(again, please do not post any wishes on the FaceBook page, as I do not check FaceBook)

 

Thank you –

Jana and Kelly  🙂

IL VOLO NEWS! Ginoble Brothers – a whole lotta sugar & a little bit of salt! by Giovanna

I know many of you have already seen an article or video of Star Rosetano’s interview with Gianluca on December 30, 2020. God bless all of the Facebookers and fan pages who are so prompt to get this stuff posted as soon as it happens.  I’m not that diligent, or timely, but I thought I’d do a fresh translation with a little color commentary.

First, though, an important message.  Gianluca and Ernie Ginoble posted last week that they both tested positive for COVID-19.  Baruch HaShem (that’s Hebrew for “Thank God”), neither is seriously ill.  They are both isolated in Gian’s house to protect their parents and their Nonno Ernesto.   Given how close the Ginoble family is, isolation is probably hard on the boys.  We don’t yet have information on whether Ignazio and Piero were exposed or even recently tested.  Here’s what Gian had to say:

“My brother and I have tested positive forCOVID-19.  Actually, we are at home isolated from the rest of the family and are doing well. Despite the care and precaution we’ve adopted, we did not escape this virus.  So, I seriously recommend that everyone pay maximum attention, wear a mask, respect the rules and social distancing.  Only by working together will we be able to overcome this dark period in our history.”

On a positive note, we now know that Digital Journal (that’ the internet news “supercenter”) selected Il Volo’s Radio City Music Hall concert last February as the worldwide best concert in 2020.  Gian, who has a close relationship with the local and regional media people in Abruzzo, was interviewed by Luca Maggitti right after this news reached them.

Before I translate Gian’s December interview, I thought I would enlighten our readers about the unpredictability of using automatic computer translations.  I very much appreciate everyone who posts or translates on any of the Il Volo fan pages, even when they use computer translation software.   But let me give you an example of what happens when you trust these crazy tools too much.  We can even have a little Italian lesson while we’re at it. 

Last year, I saw an automatic translation of an interview question to Ignazio, where he was asked what he does when he gets home from a tour.    He described how he appreciates ordinary things like doing the laundry, and “portare in giro il cane”.  That’s the Italian idiom for “walking the dog.”   But that got translated by a computer, literally and humorously, as “carrying the dog around.”   I don’t think Ignazio meant to say he was carrying his dog around town in his arms.  Then again, knowing how fond he is of his Arturo, maybe Igna wanted to carry him! 

Translation: “While I was shut in the house for a week and a half, it was he who kept me company.  Arturo!” (Also note that there’s a graphic of Arturo on the living room wall).

Besides, when Arturo was a new pup, he had a little problem responding to the leash, so maybe Igna had to carry him sometimes!

Then again, maybe it’s because Ignazio is a Sicilian (even if he does live in Bologna)?  The last time I spent part of the summer in Sicily, my landlord also “carried” one of his dogs around.  When I saw him going up and down the second-floor stairs with his dog in his arms, I yelled over the muro di pietra (stone wall) of my terazza to ask what he was doing, and he responded, “Cosa pensi che sto facendo?  Sto portando in giro il cane.”  “What do you think I’m doing?  I’m walking the dog.”  Between gasps and laughing, all I could say was, “Beh, stai davvero camminando, e quello è davvero un cane. “Well, you really are walking, and that really is a dog.”

It turns out one of my landlord’s little twin dogs (who look just like Roberta Morise’s little doggie on the beach here with Igna) was totally blind.  His other little one had no teeth (as my landlord says “proprio como il suo padrone” “just like his owner”).  I couldn’t pass up a joke, and blurted out, “Con loro due hai quasi un cane intero.” “Between the two of them you almost have one whole dog.”

We were both Sicilians, so we could tease each other and get away with it.  Va tutto bene tra paesani (It’s all OK among us paesanos).  Besides, my landlord was an Il Volo fan, so we could forgive each other nearly anything. 

Speaking of Sicilians, have you ever noticed what Piero does when Ignazio says he’s from Bologna?  I saw an Italian TV interview about a year ago, which was pretty typical.  When Igna says he’s Bolognese, Piero does the exaggerated eye roll and Sicilian hand gestures, and smarts off: “Mostra dal tuo accento quanto sei bolognese.” “Yeah, it shows from your accent how Bolognese you are.”  Igna normally speaks formal northern Italian, but with a Sicilian accent, and switches seamlessly and at will into heavy Sicilian dialect.  You can hear him on stage or on TV, saying things like “cu” (“who”) and “iddu” “(he”) “che beddu” (“how cute he is” – this can be very ironic) and “schiacciando i cabazizzi” (I’m not translating that one). 
The TV show I saw was the same one, by the way, where Gianluca wouldn’t tell the name of his current sweetheart, then ran off the stage with the interviewer after telling her she looks just like her.    The other two (you know who) had a field day with that. 
Piero lapses into Sicilian, too, when it’s convenient.  Our Daniela has at least once caught Piero calling Igna, “cumpa” (Sicilian for neighbor or buddy).  That was the time this past summer when, early one morning, Piero pulled a prank on video, convincing Igna he had to get up to go do a non-existent interview.   When Igna figured out that he “veniva preso in giro” was “being taken for a ride” he exercised the top row of his keyboard really well ($#@%&#*!!)

On to the Gianluca interview.

Here’s a link to Luca Maggitti’s Facebook post of a short live interview with Gianluca on December 29, which was an intro or “teaser” for an article that followed in print the next day.  The interview clip appears near the top of Luca’s Facebook page.  I translate it below.

https://www.facebook.com/lucamaggitti/posts/10225325771437530

Luca: Roseto degli Abruzzo, two days until the end of this unbelievable year 2020.  We greet our friend Gianluca Ginoble of Il Volo.  Gianluca, with the pier of Montepagano, the Pier of Roseto, at your back.
Gian:  The most relaxing, peaceful place in our little town.
Luca:  We had a little chat, thanks to you making yourself available, to re-evaluate, three days after the splendid concert that blew away everyone who heard it at Saint Peter’s Square at Christmas, and four days after your concert at Radio City Music Hall was named the best concert of 2020.  We are seeing you here for a quick visit preceding the written interview which we’ll publish tomorrow.  So, at year end, with Gianluca.  We ‘re having a little chat with Gianluca on these 10 years he has lived so intensely.  For our friends, what are your thoughts to lead off this chat we’ve had?
Gian:  To start off, I send greetings to all who are watching us.  Apart from the last few things we’ve done, I’m very pleased with the success of this Christmas concert we did, especially because it permitted us a moment of thoughtfulness, a smile, given this totally strange year that unfortunately struck all of us.  So, I want to say it has been a real “mouthful” for us to return to singing at a place as magical as that (St. Peter’s Square).   So, it was like a gift for us, who wanted to return this gift to all Italians and all the people who follow us.  About those 10 years, as I told you, this is the thousandth interview we’ve done, but you are my favorite reporter.
Luca:  You’re too kind.
Gian:  I’ve already told you many, many things about how my life has changed, without regrets and in unexpected ways.  I have gone from a child prodigy to the guy, the man, I am today.  In just two months, I’ll be 26 years old.

Luca: So, with this meeting I wanted specifically . . .   (Gian interrupts to say “Hi, good evening” to some passersby who recognize him) . . . to capture the effect of your greeting and your smile and Montepagano, and the pier on the sea; to offer best wishes for a good year.  Because never before, as much as this year, have we had such a need to wish that the next year (2021) would be better than this unbelievable year.  Thank you, Gianluca.  Delighted to have you. 
Gian:  I send a virtual hug and a greeting to everyone, hoping that 2021 will be truly better than this past year which unfortunately, as I said, has hit us not only at the working level but also at the emotional level.  Because it has been a really heavy thing to endure a whole year that made us more vulnerable, and also forced us to be more motivated.  So, a hug to everyone, and let’s hope that we will soon resume doing concerts.  Because the moment that we return to doing concerts, it will mean that things have returned to normal.  So, see you soon.  Ciao.

Next, here’s a link to the Roseto.com article, which I’ve also translated below.

https://www.roseto.com/scheda_news.php?id=18632&fbclid=IwAR1iz0J8tgOvZAJXC8xHVbTJJvlW2YKUyxFzyYr_UQOYB1OYfqp1QnNYG1s

 

GIANLUCA GINOBLE: 10 ANNI DI CARRIERA, 10 TOUR MONDIALI

Gianluca Ginoble: A 10-Year Career and 10 World Tours

Interview with the Rosetana star, who talks about past concerts and the desire to return to performing in front of audiences around the world. 

Roseto degli Abruzzi, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 – 11:30 am

 

Gianluca Ginoble – 10 years of career and 10 world tours with Il Volo.  What does this mean for a young man, 25 years old, who as a boy left the ancient village of Montepagano?
“The happiness of having turned my passion into my job.  Not everyone has this great privilege in life. This fills my heart with joy and makes sense of everything.”

Looking at certain photos it seems like seeing you in a movie, given the importance of the characters and the exceptional nature of the audiences.
“I was thinking about it recently, sitting at the table with my family. During the Christmas holidays, I often return in my memory to many beautiful moments and retell them (to the family).  And when I remember certain moments, it feels almost like a fairy tale.  Sometimes I’d like to pinch myself and ask myself, “But did it all really happen?”

So, you think back to these first 10 years, what is the greatest feeling?
“The awareness that everything really happened, enhanced by the slight naiveté of someone who’s still struggling to believe it.  As long as I keep this youthful honesty, I will have the strength to do better and better.

After touring the world 10 times in 10 years, do you have a kind of “super-list” of the most beautiful emotions you experienced? “The greatest emotion of all is the unbelievable sight of countries and peoples in the world so different from each other in everything – culture, traditions, food, religion, behaviors – but united by their passion for our musical genre.  From the composed and attentive Japanese audiences to the most passionate and unleashed South American ones, the common thread is our songs. This is really incredible, because I think it is also the strength of bel canto, which manages to unite people who appear to be extremely different”.

At Christmas you achieved a huge television success with the concert on Rai 1. A few days earlier, the Digital Journal, the world’s information network, had selected as the best concert of the year 2020 your concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York, held on February 6.  If you had to recall, (what were) three special concerts for you in these 10 years?
“Every concert is special to me, because it’s a blessing.  I love singing, and in this long period of downtime, I sing every day, at home.  So, when I have the pleasure of doing it for the public it’s always a wonderful time for me.  But if you want to rank them, of course we start from that concert in New York, which received a very important recognition that surprised and honored us.  Then, after that memory, I would like to recall the beauty of two concerts held at opposite ends of the world: the one at Bunkamura in Tokyo and the one at Luna Park in Buenos Aires. In Japan the audience was extremely calm, quiet, very attentive.  In Argentina there was a much “hotter” and more visceral atmosphere. The thing that links these two concerts is the passion of those who came to listen to us and, therefore, the magic of seeing very different (types of) people united by music.”

 

For many months, the Covid-19 pandemic has paralyzed the world, as far as cultural and musical activities. How are you getting through this period?
“With the affection of my family and in the serenity of Montepagano.  We must wait for the pandemic to pass and for conditions to be safe for everyone.  This is the only way can we return to concerts and being happy again, united by the music that for me is the oxygen of my life”.

Thinking about when you’re on tour, what are the things you now miss most?
“Humanly speaking, the habit of travelling and the pleasure of always adapting to the new circumstances, the tears of joy of the public, the facets and sensations that the work I do – which is the most beautiful in the world – gives me.  Professionally speaking, it’s my reflections on how I did and how the concert was, after each performance.”

Do you really do performance analysis after each concert?
“Yes, it is very important out of respect for those who come to listen to us and for my continual improvement. One thing that strikes me is the ability I have developed, in recent years, to perceive the reactions of the audience to our concerts and, specifically, to my performance.  I think I have the right empathy to feel people’s emotions when I sing.”

And your empathy, I think born of artistic sensitivity, what does it tell you?
“It tells me whether the public liked something or not, whether I could have done it better.  I am extremely self-critical and this allows me to understand if everything went well, or when and where I could do better. And, with a little presumption, I’ll tell you that I’m rarely wrong.  So, when I tell myself after a concert that I could have done this or that thing better, I work hard to do it better at the next show.  And on a 50-date world tour, continuous improvement is possible and necessary.”

By looking at yourself in such a self-critical and analytical way, in these 10 years you must also have learned some lessons or acquired values. Which are the most important?
“While acquiring self-awareness, learning to manage your own emotions and feelings, avoiding any authoritarianism.  Then the strength to believe in ourselves to transmit trust to the people around you and who share this wonderful and demanding journey with you.  Because there is always a need for security, and we who are the leaders of a project must be an example, certainly remaining humble but aware of our value, specifically to protect the beauty of what we’ve built and to protect all those who are part of our home.” (Author’s note:  Besides meaning Italy, “home” refers to the many who depend upon Il Volo for their livelihood.  These three young men have a strong sense of responsibility for their entire team and staff).

You speak like someone older than your 25 years, a sign that 10 years around the world has made you grow older than your age…

 “I think it is the result of a path of growth, of books read and people who enrich you with their thoughts and their examples.  I think there’s always a reason for success.  And if success – excuse the pun – continues to happen (Author’s note:  In Italian, “succcesso” means “success”, but also means “happened”), there is a reason. So, because for so many people you are a point of reference, while remaining a human being and therefore vulnerable, you have to do everything to be a positive example, a charismatic leader who transmits security and serenity. Of course, this is a journey and I have learned it over the years.  At first, I was shyer and more reserved, but then the world tours and experiences tempered me, I think positively.”

From your personal archive, you have selected 19 photos to share with us of concerts held in New York, Verona, Rio de Janeiro, Budapest, Buenos Aires and Montreal.  What’s your wish for the year to come?
“My desire is to be able to return to re-live those wonderful moments.  My hope is that this will happen as soon as possible, because it would mean a world healed and restored.  To quote the great Lucio Dalla: “I’m getting ready.”  

Happy New Year.
“Best wishes for a better year for all, with all my heart.”

Interview by Luca Maggitti

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Ginobles for all their health.  Flight Crew will post again if we hear any more on all our guys.  

Credit to owners of all photos.

COOKING IL VOLO STYLE 2 by SUSAN

Gianluca’s Pasta cacio e pepe – Pasta with Cheese & Pepper

Time to move on to Gianluca. He was a problem for me. The only thing I’m sure of is that he likes bananas and I think he has a sweet tooth. So where do I go from there?
I was listening to him speak with some friends on Instagram one day and one of them mentioned Verrigni. Gianluca lives in Roseto degli Abruzzi this is where the company Verrigni is located. Verrigni is a company that makes pasta.
Let me say Abruzzo is known for its pasta. Why?
The pasta is made with the finest semolina and the water is from the Apennine Mountains. The water that flows down from the mountains is the best in all of Italy. Gianluca has talked about the Gran Sasso even in some of the concerts.
Gran Sasso contains the Corno Grande, the highest peak of the Apennines. So, the idea came to me to make pasta from the region and make a pasta which I’m sure Gianluca has had at some time in his life.

GRAN SASSO D’ITALIA

So, I went on Verrigni’s website and I saw a pasta that my mother used to make and so it is the one I chose. My mother’s family is from Abruzzo. They are from Introdacqua (Introdacqua means, built in the water – for the abundance of water in the region).
Introdacqua is about an hours’ drive from Gianluca’s town. We are on the Monte Maiella (known as the mother mountain) the second largest peak in the Apennines.
Before I go on, I would like to say a word about Gianluca’s town. Roseto degli Abruzzi (Roseto) is known for its beautiful beach. It’s called the Lido delle Rose (Beach of the Roses). Its beaches are pristine. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Sea.

This town was already inhabited in the Roman age. The most ancient settlement going back to those times is Cologna today a “frazione” of Roseto degli Abruzzi, which is often mentioned in medieval documents, above all in relation to the presence of the Monastery of San Salvatore in Bozzino. In the Middle Ages and for centuries Montepagano was the main center in the area. It is mentioned in several documents both for the presence of the Emperor Lotharius and because it was part of the possessions of the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere. Remains of the ancient medieval fortifications can still be identified in the four entrance doors and in the Romanesque-Baroque belltower built in red bricks, belonging in the past to the now lost church of Sant’Antimo.
In 1251 Montepagano was included in the newly established Diocese of Atrii.
A beautiful town to live in! I’m sure many of you have seen the videos of Gianluca’s house and garden. Isn’t that a beautiful view of the beach from his garden?

So, the pasta I chose is: Pasta cacio e pepe – Pasta with Cheese & Pepper
This is a fast and fragrant dish made with a few ingredients:
Ingredients:
  • Pasta of your choice – I would use spaghetti or thin spaghetti (I don’t believe Verrigni pasta is available in the States. At least I haven’t seen it.)
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • Peppercorns grated – you can substitute Black Pepper
  • Salt

How to prepare:
  1. Boil the water for the pasta with a little salt, since the Pecorino Romano Cheese is already very salty. When the water is boiling, add the pasta. Check the cooking time on the box.
  2. In a frying pan, heat a drizzle of oil with a grated pepper. This will emphasize the smell and taste of the pepper and give more taste to the dish. Add some of the pasta water – about a cup. Be careful adding the water. You are pouring the water into oil. Do it slowly and carefully.
  3. When the pasta is halfway done (soft but not ready to eat), remove it from the water but do not throw the pasta water out. Add the pasta to the frying pan. It will finish cooking in the frying pan.
  4. Mix the pasta well with the pepper and oil mixture in the frying pan. From time to time add a ladle of the pasta water until the pasta is al dente (to taste). Always leave some liquid in the bottom so it doesn’t burn.
  5. Turn off the stove. Add pepper. Mix quickly. Now start incorporating the Pecorino Romano Cheese little by little turning the pasta as you add it. The cheese will be melting. Add more cheese only after the previous one has melted.
  6. Transfer the Pasta to a serving dish, sprinkle with more cheese and pepper if needed. The pasta must be served when hot. If you let it lay it will get sticky.

I do hope this is something you will enjoy, and I wish we could all share it with Gianluca.
Serve with red or white wine. Of course, my choice is always Montepulcino d’Abruzzi!

Buon appetito!

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

A CHARISMATIC BOY by Daniela

Two weeks ago, Gianluca surprised us, because he published the entire letter from a fan named Martina.

It is a very sweet letter, to which Gianluca briefly replied.

Being a writing, I thought that everyone would translate it, in fact many Facebook pages immediately published the translation.

A couple of days ago, however, a specific request for this translation arrived via e-mail, therefore, we publish it, perhaps not all of you have read it.

(Judy, this is for you)

This is the letter published by Gianluca.

Dear Gianluca,

My name is Martina. I am 19 years old and I have not walked since birth due to damage done by doctors. You are my strength, for this I have decided to write you this letter.

I’m excited just to write about you.

It excites me because every time I do it comes back to me the most beautiful awareness I have, that of having you in my life! I have you in a special way, in a way like I have never had any person before, I have you, and you are there, if real,  you  are alive and breathe the life you improve with the mere fact of existing.

There are no words that can explain, there are no eyes that can keep you inside without bursting into a cry of pure joy, there is no heart that can resist bursting with love, there are no hands that are enough to hold yours even at a distance, there are no and never will be arms so long to be able to embrace everything of you, given what it is then, your immensity!

There is one thing I know, that you will always be the most beautiful fable that I will tell myself to find courage, and the most beautiful one that I will tell when I am a woman when I am a mother, to my children, to make them believe in dreams. I will tell about you.
I already see myself there. Excited to tell them how much this man has profoundly changed my life, how much love I received from him, how much he made me feel, how much courage, strength and determination he gave me, how much life he unconsciously taught me … and I’ll tell him how I first met happiness !!

How someone up there gave it to me stuck in your smile and in your beautiful eyes, and in those arms that I held tightly enough to leave a mark inside my soul. Thanks to you, this wheelchair no longer exists for me even if it exists.

@ gianginoble11 I hope to hug you soon even if it is not easy having this situation … you are my strength.
your Martina

And here is Gianluca’s simple and affectionate answer.

Hi Martina, you moved me, you are in my heart. 

Hope to hug you soon.
Gianluca.

In these moments of Covid, Gianluca also wanted to sponsor this beautiful initiative.

THE SMILE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19.

The book, dedicated “To the victims of Covid-19 and to those who fight every day to treat the sick and defeat the virus”, also has a beneficial purpose. The authors have in fact decided to support, with part of the proceeds, the “Banco di Solidarity Santina Ruggieri” in Roseto degli Abruzzi.

But there was also another event. Gianluca went to visit a museum, the museum that talks about the people of Abruzzo.

Here is the article announcing Gianluca’s visit and which I am translating for you.

IL PESCARA Article – Click Here

Gianluca Ginoble from Il Volo paid a visit this morning to the Museum of the People of Abruzzo. The young tenor from Abruzzo arrived in Pescara accompanied by his father Ercole, his grandfather and his uncle, to make – with interest and curiosity – a journey to rediscover his roots. Here’s what Ginoble said:

“For me, enhancing Abruzzo, my land, is important. I do it with music and with my voice, but it is a great pride and a privilege to know that I have such beautiful things close to us, true works of art. For older people, they have the value of memories. They are important, however, especially for young people, who must know and appreciate them, they must discover and pass them on. And it is also the task of parents, families, to guide them along this along this path.”

On his itinerary Ginoble was accompanied by the vice president of the Genti d’Abruzzo foundation, Luigi Di Alberti, and by the director Letizia Lizza, who guided him through display cases, finds and artifacts. Gianluca paid particular attention to musical instruments self-produced by shepherds, but also to tools related to the typical products of the area, such as wines and oils. Enchanted stop also in the ceramics room. The artist has promised that he will soon return to the city to visit the Cascella Museum as well.

Here, a nice video of the visit, with the translation for you.

VOICE= A third of Il Volo, this morning, at the museum of the people of Abruzzo, in Pescara.
Exclusive opening for Gianluca Ginoble, a special visitor.

GIAN = It’s the first time, and in any case a great pleasure to enhance places like this. I’m proudly from Abruzzo, so absolutely, when you can give visibility to places like this museum, it’s always a great pleasure for me.

VOICE = Maybe it will also be an opportunity to find inspiration for some song.

GIAN = Why not, we are working on new things, it is a period unfortunately, which does not allow us to shoot, to tour right now, so we can concentrate a little more on the music, for sure.

VOICE = Young, important, eager to know the traditions of his territory, so we welcomed him, very happy with this, and now we will accompany him along the exhibition itinerary, which tells the story of our region. We also found out that he is an antiquity history buff so we are really happy with this visit.

VOICE = How did you find out about this possibility to visit the museum?

GIAN = Thanks to my uncle, whom I greet, whom I love very much.

I also had the pleasure of meeting special people, so thank you.

VOICE = Uncle would like you to visit him, he has been waiting for you for two years.

GIAN = I know, but sometimes we see each other, based on commitments, and then with the lock-down it was not possible, but sometimes we see each other. The importance of the family, the family is the most important thing, must always be valued.

Finally a last video, just to show that Gianluca does not forget to train his beautiful voice!

Congratulations Gianluca, your kind soul can only bring big smiles in our faces, smiles of pride because once again we are aware that each of our three boys is a real rare pearl!

I heard right “….. we are working on new things ….” – wow wow, what a thrill !!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.