When eating out in Portugal, you will soon notice that the cuisine is still very traditional, even the more modern, chic eateries stay close to their origins, adding an innovative, artistic touch. We have put together this useful Portuguese to English glossary and menu decoder to help you get the most out of your Portuguese […]
Portuguese Grape Varieties The diversity of grape varieties in Portugal is incredible, especially considering the relatively small area under vine. There are over 250 native grape varieties, many international ones increasingly being vinified here and very successfully. The almost infinite choice of varietals and the differentiating terroir result in fabulous, versatile wines that are just […]
Our best memory of Portuguese food was a spectacularly juicy steak served with a luscious red wine from the Alentejo, while watching an exquisite Fado performance at Cafe Luso in Lisbon. What can top that gastronomic memory? Portuguese food is fairly unknown, and what a pity as there are so many delicious dishes. Seafood and […]
Limoncello is undoubtedly one of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast’s most celebrated exports. Savvy bartenders love it, locals grow up with it, 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, its […]
Italian Red Grapes Abbuoto: a grape mainly cultivated in the Lazio region of central Italy. Abrusco: An ancient grape from Tuscany and is used in the wines of Chianti D.O.C.G. Acitana: an Italian wine grape variety mainly found in the northeast Sicily Aglianico: used to make quality full-bodied red wines in Campania (best commune being […]
A-D Abboccato – slightly sweet Acerbo – tart, “green” Acescenza – volatile wine Aceto – vinegar, usually made with a wine base Aglianico – ancient red grape is grown in the Campania region of Italy (south of Naples) Alcool – alcohol Amabile – off-dry (semi-sweet) Amaro – bitter Annata – a vintage year Appassimento – […]
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 new world’s cocoa bean. Although it was first used only as a drink for the privileged, it didn’t take long for the chocolate to earn a beloved place in Italian desserts. These days, you’ll find Italian chocolate in […]
Italian Cheese: A Brief Guide by Region 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 Sicily’s romantic plains. Parmigiano, Mozzarella, and […]
Get the most out of your Italian food experience with our extensive A-Z list of Italian food. We have compiled this list of Italian food words so that even non-Italian speakers can enjoy reading menus and ingredients, further enhancing your Italian food discovery. Distinguish “Cannella” (cinnamon) from “Cannellini” (white beans) and how to recognize that […]
In Italy, the cuisine is incredibly rich in variety, from the piquant flavors seen in Naples and Calabria’s gastronomy, the Pesto dishes of Liguria to the creamy cheese and risotto dishes of the Italian Alps. Apart from Chinese cuisine, the Italians have got to be the people who have brought their phenomenal cuisine and wines […]
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