Friuli’s reputation is often dwarfed by its larger neighbor Veneto, but despite the region’s lesser renown Friuli is full of top-quality producers, and increasingly conscientious growers who work to organic and bio-dynamic principles. French varieties have been planted for years in this part of north-east Italy, which borders Slovenia and Austria and is merely an […]
Served either as a pre-dinner aperitif or as a post-meal digestive, Italian liquors have a hallowed place in the country’s culture and cuisine. Many types of liquors are based on age-old recipes that people once made in their homes, using the ingredients on hand. These days, plenty of large firms produce liquors for consumption at […]
Limoncello is undoubtedly one of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast’s most celebrated exports. Savvy bartenders love it, locals grow up with it, and yet many of us would struggle to explain exactly how or where it is made, despite its instantly recognisable powerful scent and depth of flavor. It is simply the world’s most delicious liqueur, […]
Italian Red Grapes Aglianico: used to make quality full-bodied red wines in Campania (best commune being Taurasi) and also in up and coming Basilicata. Of Greek origin, it was known as “Vitis Hellenica” Aleatico: strong Mediterranean red varietal grown on the island of Elba and also in Puglia and Lazio Barbera: makes both elegant and […]
A-D Abboccato – slightly sweet Acerbo – tart, “green” Acescenza – volatile wine Aceto – vinegar, usually made with a wine base Aglianico – ancient red grape grown in the Campania region of Italy (south of Naples) Alcool – alcohol Amabile – off dry (semi-sweet) Amaro – bitter Annata – vintage year Appassimento – the […]
When you think of Italian ham, no doubt it’s the thin, crumpled slices of velvety smooth, salty-sweet Prosciutto that come to mind. Yet calling all Italian ham ‘Prosciutto’ is akin to calling all white wine ‘Chardonnay’. To the initiated, Prosciutto is a vast world of taste and texture, with each Italian region putting its own […]
In the Mediterranean, vines and olive trees have always grown side by side, making olive oil as integral to the Italian culture as wine. Olive oil is inescapable in Italian cooking; from pasta dishes, to vegetables, to meat or fish, it’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t include a drizzle of extra virgin olive […]
Chocolate first made its way to Italy in the 16th century, soon after Spanish explorers imported the cocoa bean from the new world. Although it was first used only as a drink for the privileged, it didn’t take long for chocolate to earn a beloved place in Italian desserts. These days, you’ll find Italian chocolate […]
Cheeses from Italy have found their place in the hearts of foodies all over the world. There are hundreds of cheeses in Italy, made virtually everywhere – from the alpine meadows of the north, to the picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany to the romantic plains of Sicily. Parmigiano, Mozzarella and Provolone only scratch the surface […]
This short, concise list of Italian cheese terms will help you read the label and understand the taste terms, and will also assist with reading Italian menus. There are additionally some technical cheesemaking terms defined here, let us know what we can add to make the list more complete! A-Z Affumicato – smoked Amarognolo – […]
Black as midnight with a heavenly thick consistency and a sweet, pungent taste, Balsamic Vinegar (aceto balsamico) is one of Italy’s star gourmet products. Balsamic vinegar can be used in everything from salad dressings to dessert. Balsamic Vinegar on salad Short history of Balsamic Vinegar Balsamic vinegar is a distant, distant cousin to ordinary vinegar, […]
A-B Abbacchio – milk fed lamb; lamb in general Acciuga; pl. acciughe – anchovies; anchovies Acerbo – sour; unripe; harsh Aceto balsamico – balsamic vinegar; the best quality is called ” aceto balsamico tradizionale ” Acido – sour, acidic; sharp-tasting Acqua – water; acqua minerale is mineral water Acquacotta – vegetable soup, usually spiced with […]
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