Jewish Heritage in Italy and Italian Kosher Wine

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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 […]

Ten Best Pasta Dishes Ever

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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 […]

Merano Wine Festival 2010

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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 10 Best Female Chefs in Northern Italy- Hot List

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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

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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 […]

Best Luxury Beach Resorts in Europe this Summer

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It´s sizzling this summer in Europe and a few days on the coast are definitely in order! Some suggestions for luxury coastal hotels  by country: FRANCE Château Eza– Eze: The ultimate French Riviera hideaway. Think lifestyles of the rich and famous, this charming medieval hamlet spills over a clifftop overlooking the Med. The small luxury […]

30 of 300: A short glossary of Italian pasta A-Z

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30 of 300: A short glossary of Italian pasta by Martina Hemm Though pasta has only been present in European kitchens for the past 200 years, Italy has long nourished an ancient noodle culture. Arab merchants were the first to carry itria, the predecessor of modern Italian pasta, from the faraway Asian continent to the […]

Val d’ Orcia- Tuscany at its most romantic

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The Val d ‘ Orcia, featured today in the NY Times, is quintessential Tuscany and utterly romantic.  Expect dreamy hills studded with cypress trees and ancient farmhouses; a smattering of gorgeous art cities and medieval towns in easy reach (Siena, Pienza, San Quirico D’ Orcia, Montepulciano, Montalcino); world class wine country (Brunello, anyone?); amazing cheese […]

Pizza Night: Wine Pairing Ideas

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It’s January, it’s cold and miserable and you don’t feel like cooking tonight… PIZZA night! A pizza always hits the spot, but what to drink with it? Turn a simple Pizza night into a food and wine adventure with these fun pizza/wine pairing suggestions: Margherita Pizza Wine Pairing: Robust red from Puglia like Neprica (Tormaresca) […]

Tasting wines at the elite 2009 International Wine Festival & Culinaria – XVIII edition

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By Simona Piccinelli, Italian wine specialist The 18th edition of the Merano International Wine Festival & Culinaria last month, crowned Merano as “the Italian capital of gastronomic excellence“. The Kurhaus – where the wine tastings took place –  opened its doors to wine lovers, gourmet and trade on Saturday November 7th, for 3 days. In […]

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