Thursday, May 1, 2008

tidbit's mascot

Here are some pictures of our mini car and tidbit’s mascot.

We believe that tidbit is the place where you can feed not only your body but also your mind. Culture and food go together and if you are interested in Italian food, I hope you are interested also in some pieces of Italian culture such as this one. The Fiat 500 (the "cinquecento) was a car produced by the Fiat Company between 1957 and 1975 and it was launched to meet the demands of the post-war market which called for economy cars. This car is part of the history of Italy, the history of real people that in this car have traveled, loved, hoped, and …lived. Measuring only 2.97 m (9 ft 9 in) long, and originally powered by a tiny 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term "small car" and is considered one of the first city cars.
When I was a kid in the early 70s in Naples, a blue FIAT 500 was one of my family cars. I bet that, if you are from Italy and over 30, at one point there was one 500 in your house. So many of our memories are linked o this car. It was a phenomenon. People loved it, and not only that, it was an absolutely gorgeous car. It was fuel efficient, fun, and actually spacious. America did not receive the 500, although classic car dealerships sometimes have them as imported items, as many from Europe have fallen in love with this tiny and beautiful car, and how many are still flying around Italy roads.

Three years ago, John found a 500 on e-bay….we really wanted to have it!!! This was the same car, same color, and same model of my mother’s car stolen from us in 1978. It was shipped from Texas on this big truck.

You can find our 500 parked around tidbit more likely in summer time…if you are curious, feel free to ask us more about the most popular Italian mini-car. If you have seen the Walt Disney movie Cars, this is the same car of Luigi! This is a real Italian cult icon!

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