By Simona Piccinelli As in the past years, we couldn’t miss one of the most important, pleasant, enjoyable and relaxed wine events in Italy: SUMMA, 2018 In Alto Adige, immersed in the vineyards and the verdant landscape of the Alois Lageder estate, this 21st edition of Summa gathered more than 80 top notch food and […]
Brunello di Montalcino, despite some stiff competition from the newer firmament of self-styled “Super Tuscans,” has comfortably retained its title as Tuscany’s finest and most lauded wine. At its best, it is a wine like no other in the region: dense, elegant and extremely long-lived. It’s signature scent and flavor have made it a darling […]
Best Restaurants in Naples & the Amalfi Coast Naples and the Amalfi Coast have drawn people in search of culinary excellence for centuries; few places can compete with their classical origins and the freshness and vibrancy of local ingredients. Moreover, despite their marked differences – Naples is chaotic, and sprawling while the Amalfi Coast is […]
The Ten Best Pizzerias in Naples, by Simona Piccinelli, our Italy Specialist This year, I decided to celebrate the New Year with some amici in Naples and I bet them that we would discover the best pizzeria in Naples by eating nothing but pizza for our entire five-day stay. I won the bet (thanks to […]
Grappa is a traditional Italian spirit made from the pressed seeds and skins of grapes (pomace) or “vinaccia” as it’s called in Italian after the must (grape juice) is used in winemaking. Grappa is made all over Italy, from Tuscany to Naples, to the Veneto. The process is relatively simple: the leftover pomace is fermented […]
[Updated August 2017] Campania is one of our favorite regions in Italy, so diverse and with such stunning countryside, coast, and towns. In this area of southern Italy, you’ll find the Amalfi Coast, the fascinating city of Naples, volcanic Pompeii, Capri, lesser-known islands like Ischia and countless seaside hamlets. Enjoy these short travel notes on […]
In the right hands, a winery can be far more than merely a functional center for processing grapes and producing wine. After all, making great wine is as much an art form as a science – so why shouldn’t a winery reflect the inherent beauty of wine-making? The world’s greatest architects, from Sir Norman Foster […]
Cellar Tours Selection of the Best Culinary Experiences in Florence If your priorities while on vacation are great food and even better wine; welcome to paradise! Tuscany’s proud capital has long been one of Italy’s most exciting food destinations, the local philosophy of only using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients remains unchanged today. That is […]
Top Wine Producers of Friuli-Venezia Friuli’s reputation is often dwarfed by its larger neighbor Veneto. Still, despite the region’s lesser renown, Friuli is full of top-quality producers, and increasingly conscientious growers who work to organic and biodynamic principles. French varieties have been planted for years in this part of north-east Italy, which borders Slovenia and […]
When is best to Visit Wine Country People always ask us, “when is the best time to come to the wine country?” and the answer we always give is May or June for good weather and fewer crowds and, of course, September and October during the harvest time. Often, however, those months might not correspond […]
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 domestically […]
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 recognizable powerful scent and depth of flavor. It is simply the world’s most delicious liqueur, […]
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