Category: Food and Wine

More Than A Mocha: Torino’s Sweet, Rich Bicerin

You can visit Torino without tasting a Bicerin, but then you’d be going against the advice of noted gastronome Alexandre Dumas. The writer who was best known for his novels The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo was also publisher of L’Indipendente, a Neapolitan newspaper that supported Italian Unification, as well as the …

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Italy’s First Wine Fountain Opens in Abruzzo — and the Wine is Free

The Local.it reports that the town of Caldari di Ortona in Abruzzo has opened the first free wine fountain.

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Hello Kitty Wine Is the Latest Vintage from Italian Winery

Hello Kitty Wine

Hello Kitty wine is a real thing. I know some of you will hate this and others will want to snatch some up just for the novelty of it all. Apparently, Torti Winery, located in the Oltrepò Pavese hills of Italy’s Lombardy region has been working on a Hello Kitty wine since 2007, putting aside special …

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Comfort Me With Potatoes: A Tale of Two Tuber Dishes in Italy

Pity the poor American who can only find comfort in the familiar flavors and food textures of home. Pity me for not taking kindly to the coniglio (rabbit) or swooning at the sight of chicken liver crostini or the tripe truck in Florence. It’s not that I don’t have an adventurous palate. I’ve happily chewed …

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Culinary Tour of Ravenna

Cooking school teacher and chef Angela Schiavina shows off the culinary riches of Ravenna in this "My City" video from The Guardian.

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How to Eat Fish in Venice

Dining is one of the best parts of the Italy travel experience. Of course, as you’ve probably read before, there are rules when it comes to enjoying a meal in Italy. I hate rules. But I do appreciate tradition, as well as learning about how Italians use and eat different ingredients. So I was excited …

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Dining in Rome: Rooftop Restaurants and Special Occasions

In the first installment of “Ask the Italy Expert,” a feature in which I ask Italy travel specialists to help me answer reader inquiries, Stefania Troiani of Rome Shopping Guide about outlet shopping and pastry shops in Rome. This week’s questions are also about Rome and eating. What can I say…? Those are two topics …

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Ask the Italy Expert: Outlet Shopping and Rome Pastry Shops

  I get lots of emails from readers asking for Italy travel advice. And while I like to think of myself as the Italy travel resource, I know that there are tons of bloggers, writers, tour operators, travel consultants, and many other Italophiles who have knowledge on specific subjects, like villa rentals, Tuscany antique markets, …

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Learning Vacations in Italy

Continuing on the topic of New Year’s resolutions: one of the things that people resolve to do with the arrival of a new year is improve themselves by learning a new skill. Italy holds numerous possibilities for the traveler looking for self-improvement (and not just fitness-wise). So here are a few ideas and tours to …

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Five Favorites: Recipes from Rome

Here’s another installment of Five Favorites, this time from a born-and-bred Italian. Eleonora (Lola) Baldwin writes not one, but two food blogs – one in English and the other in Italian. I’m very excited that this native Roman wanted to share with Italofile readers her five favorite typical Roman dishes. And you don’t have to …

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How To Make Bolognese Sauce

  Here’s a great way to bring Italy home – learn how to make Bolognese sauce! There are dozens of instructional videos out there, including this recent one from Epicurious.com. But the best that I have found – that adhere to the original ingredients and techniques from Italy and are in English – comes from …

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Hotel Award: Best Culinary Experience

Virtuoso Life, a magazine tailored to luxury living and travel, has just released the winners of its Best of the Best Awards for 2009. Not surprisingly, the worldwide winner for the best culinary experience was in Italy. Rosellinis, a 2-star Michelin restaurant in the Palazzo Sasso hotel in Ravello, received the top prize for a …

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Rumblings in the Wine World

It has been a little under two weeks since Italy announced the findings in the Brunello di Montalcino scandal. In case you haven’t been following this case, Italian authorities – prompted by the United States – started an investigation to find out whether some renowned manufacturers of Brunello di Montalcino were making their wines with …

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Comprehensive Guide to Cooking Schools in Italy

Staying on the subject of food today, here is a wonderfully comprehensive guide to cooking schools throughout Italy (not just Tuscany) for anyone thinking of taking a culinary vacation. Thanks for all your research, Jessica! Cooking Schools in Italy | Italy Travel Guide.

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Rome’s Best Trattoria? You decide…

Choice Tables – A Debate Over the Best Roman Trattoria -NYTimes.com How could I possibly let this headline from the New York Times pass me by? Apparently, the global recession has led Italians to rediscover their local trattoria. And where better than Rome to start the debate? The problem with trattorie is that there are …

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Foreign Food Ban in Italy

Now I love Italian food as much as the next person. But, a ban on foreign food in some municipalities and regions is, in my opinion, a kind of gastronomic racism (as described by Italian chef Vittorio Castellani). I learned of the foreign food ban in such towns as Lucca from the Hugging the Coast …

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Why Gelato? Why Not!

If you’re like us, then any time of the year is a good time to think about and eat gelato. This is exactly the premise of a new website called WhyGelato.com. Owned by PreGel America, a subsidiary of a gelato company from Reggio Emilia, WhyGelato.com wants to be a “gelato-inspired resource for anyone and everyone …

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Keeping Up With the Antinori

Italian wine enthusiasts (that includes most of us, right?) may find this past weekend’s 60 Minutes story on Italy’s Antinori family intriguing. Considered one of Italy’s premier winemaking clans, the Antinori have been in the wine business for more than 500 years. Today, even the Antinori daughters are in on the act. To learn more …

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Wine Routes in Tuscany

Sharing a carafe of Chianti while the autumnal Tuscan air swirls around you is one of life’s great pleasures. Of course, there’s more to Tuscan wine than the everyday Chianti, and fall is the perfect time to explore the region and its many vineyards. Did you know that there are 14 wine routes in Tuscany, …

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La Cucina Italiana Recipe Contest

I’ve mentioned before that blogging, especially this blog, is a labor of love. But, occasionally, the gods of the blogosphere shower you with interesting opportunities, such as one I recently got from Alex over at Blog from Italy. Alex and the U.S. version of La Cucina Italiana magazine (a title I’ve mentioned a few times …

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