What could be more evocative of the famed Italian Dolce Vita than sipping cocktails under an open summer sky, reveling in the magic of one of the world’s greatest cities – Rome? The Italian capital, of course, hardly needs an introduction. This vibrant and historic city is as culturally rich and architecturally stunning as they […]
Although most of us when mentioning the world carnival might instantly think of Sydney, Rio or New Orleans, Europe can still lay claim to the oldest and proudest Mardi Gras tradition. The historical importance of the religious celebrations preceding the start of Lent is marked by the diverse and colorful local festivals celebrated throughout European […]
Insiders Guide to Truffles in Italy- By Simona Piccinelli, Italy Specialist Truffles are a gourmet delicacy, one of the most expensive and desired in the world. Foodies swoon over them, international top chefs search them out and bid for them at auction, and truffles are without a doubt one of the priciest and most precious […]
Tuscany in the Fall- By Simona Piccinelli, Italy Specialist Tuscany is the ideal destination for a gourmet wine tasting getaway in the autumn! Imagine freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil on bruschetta; exquisite white truffles shaved over handmade pasta; aromatic porcini mushrooms and roast chestnuts; pumpkin and sage stuffed pasta; ripe figs wrapped in prosciutto; […]
Italy has a unique place amongst European nations in Jewish history. The legacy of Jewish culture in Italy spans over two thousand years – from the early recorded Roman period to today. The country contains some of the oldest communities of Jewish citizens in Europe – over the centuries, Jewish communities in Italy have absorbed […]
Famous Italian Pasta Dishes by Nancy O’Neill Just the thought of pasta makes the mouth water! There are so many sizes, varieties, and sauces that it truly is difficult to choose just 10. It would seem that the widely held belief that Marco Polo brought pasta back to Italy from China is more myth than […]
Off the beaten track in Sicily: Strada del Vino dei Castelli Nisseni By Simona Piccinelli, Italy Wine Tours Specialist I was invited this autumn to visit the “wine roads” (Strada del Vino) of Castelli Nisseni recently in southeastern Sicily, and couldn’t refuse. Sicily is one of my favorite places in Italy, if not in Europe. […]
Notes and photos from this year´s outstanding wine fair at Merano By Ivano Martignetti Merano, or Meran as it is known in German (this is a border town in northern Italy), is a quaint little town off the beaten track in Alto Adige, where there are two words for everything and many things to experience, […]
The results are out for Italy´s Michelin stars, presented today in Milan at the Principe di Savoia hotel. HOT NEWS: New Three Stars- none, same as this year. These are: Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence La Pergola dell’Hilton in Rome Al Sorriso in Soriso Da Vittorio in Brusaporto Dal Pescatore in Canneto sull’Oglio Le Calandre in […]
An afternoon at the Salone del Gusto, By Ivano Martignetti Being the first Italian capital and home of the Italian royal family, Turin (in the region of Piemonte) has been for a very long time the benchmark for Italian cuisine and the destination for chefs and oenologists on a mission to please refined palates. As […]
The 10 Best Female Chefs in Northern Italy- Hot List by Ivano Martignetti When I first started to reflect on this topic, I decided to ask my best friends if they had any idea. Most of them, spontaneously, answered it was their mother or their grandmother. Now, this is funny and interesting at the same […]
10 Iconic Italian Cocktails by Ivano Martignetti Mastroianni’s class, Sean Connery’s style, Humphrey Bogart’s charm- these icons always seemed to look their best at the bar counter, where an elegant barman served impeccable cocktails in Martini glasses or in pure crystal tumblers. A world away from the tacky barmen and plastic glasses that we sometimes […]
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