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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Toasting in Italian
I have been asked the meaning behind the toast I do on my show that’s pronounced "chin-chin.” We a...
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking.
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October 28, 2015
Toasting in Italian

I have been asked the meaning behind the toast I do on my show that’s pronounced "chin-chin.” We are all familiar with "salute" or "cent'anni,” but this slightly less famous toast is believed to have origins with Italian peasants in the countryside; when they drank wine out of wooden cups, they would say “chin-chin” to make the sound of glass wine glasses clinking. While there are some other theories about the origins of this toast, I think this one is the most fun.