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15 June 2019

Rediscovering Authentic Roman Cuisine at Trattoria Verbano in Rome, Italy


Trattoria Verbano welcomes its patrons in the residential Trieste neighborhood in Rome with its convivial atmosphere reminiscent of old trattorias wedged into the modern bistrot style. The restaurant's layout is spread out on two small levels at the corner of Piazza Verbano and Via Topino with a kitchen visible to the diners on the ground floor. It has a youthful ambience created by its three young proprietors and their jovial staff. You wouldn't miss the authenticity of how a genuine Roman trattoria used to be that's reproposed in a modern route.

13 June 2019

Ciak Irpinia 2019: Why Irpinia is the Next Wine Region to Discover in Southern Italy


Geographically, Irpinia is largely mountainous, in the center of the Southern Apennine Mountains which runs from the Sella di Ariano to the springs of Sele River. It has a diffusion of verdant hilly areas and valleys with neatly combed vineyards and olive orchards alongside forests. The terrain is predominantly Karst, formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone and dolomite. From the past, Irpinia has always played a significant role in the viticultural history of southern Italy, especially in the region of Campania where once, the Ferrovia del Vino (The Wine Train) was running through the route of Avellino to Rocchetta Sant'Antonio Railroad. At present, with the growing importance of the viticulture in Irpinia, this historical train wine route is once again functional to go through the Irpinian wine path again.

12 June 2019

Dimora Ulmo Ristorante in Matera: Cuisine and Art in a Paleolithic Setting


In the labyrinth of alleys that lead to unexpected turns amidst ancient stone houses and cave dwellings dating back from the Paleolithic or better known as Old Stone Age, you arrive to the 18th-century Palazzo Torraca (Torraca Palace) where Dimora Ulmo Ristorante is settled in. It is an elegant building previously owned by the Ulmo Family, one of the richest and aristocratic families in the city, flanked by the traditional dwellings of the Sassi of Matera, taking part in the distinctive layout of Matera.

11 June 2019

Spaghetti with Garum from the Ancient Roman Period


When we speak about fish sauce, we all know how particularly pungent the aroma and flavor can be. Fish sauce is an amber liquid condiment made from fish that has been covered with salt and left to ferment for up to a couple of years. The liquid that seeps out from it is the fish sauce. In Asian cuisine, known with a variety of names, it has a widespread consumption as a sharp condiment for fish, meat, vegetables or any other salty dish that needs enhancement of flavors and it's quite recognizable for the umami flavor that it imparts for its glutamate content and the powerful smell that it effuses.

Esprit Chef Dinner with Korean Fusion Dishes in Rome, Italy


The two-week Italian journey of the eleven talented young Korean chefs of Esprit Chef concluded in Rome after their culinary tour in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Puglia. The capital is the final stage of their traveling itinerary that has led them to discover the genuine Italian cuisine and find new inspiration in creating more innovative dishes.

10 June 2019

A Temple Dinner with Buddhist Monk Jeong Kwan in Rome, Italy


With the fundamental role of promoting the Korean culture to Italy, the Istituto Culturale Coreano (Korean Cultural Institute), between 22 -25 May 2019, hosted the world-renowned Buddhist monk Jeong Kwan, popularized by her role as the protagonist of the TV program Chef's Table on Netflix (season 3) on a series of events in Rome.

08 June 2019

Le Méridien Visconti Hotel of Rome Opens For Summer Dining


Rome is finally in full splendor with the Mediterranean summer days ahead. The month of May may have been atypically cold, wet and gray but as the first of June stepped in, the sun finally came out with the blue skies and warm temperature. Le Méridien Visconti Hotel proposes summer dining on its ground floor courtyard and indoor lounge, the Longitude 12 Bar & Bistrot and its rooftop terrace, the Rooftop 7 Terrace.

06 June 2019

Celebrating 500 Years of Leonardo da Vinci with Fiumicino's Best Chefs


Leonardo da Vinci, one of Italy's most celebrated polymath in the Renaissance period,  was commemorated with celebrations on his 500th anniversary. Following the exhibition of some of his flight machines that were replicated in their natural size and a multimedia area with his drawings on the Code on the Flight of Birds at Italy's main airport hub, Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino, a show cooking with recipes inspired by da Vinci took place last 30 May 2019.

17 May 2019

The Genuine Nipponic Cuisine of Shiroya Restaurant in Rome, Italy


Something was clear in the mind of young entrepreneur Sabrina Bai when she opened Shiroya Restaurant. After extensive travels and work in Japan, she wanted to share her passion and lead the Romans to a gastronomic voyage through the Land of the Rising Sun, taking as much authenticity as she can. The soul of a country is breathed in the kitchen where history and beauty merge in dishes created by the hands of its own people. There are complexities in the flavors, aromas that emit unfamiliarity and curious consistencies. Japan is a land in East Asia composed of a group of 6,852 islands located in the Pacific Ocean. Being surrounded with water, traditionally, the cuisine has a predominance of seafood and vegetables emphasis on their seasonality, accompanied by staples rice and noodles. Only in the mid-19th century was meat introduced to the Japanese diet.

15 May 2019

Terrawine Festival 2019: Wine, Oil and the Land of Umbria


Terrawine Festival, a two-day event that celebrated the beautiful land of Umbria took place at the 10th-century Castle of Titigliano on the 11th and 12th of May 2019. The castle from the Medieval period is immersed in the picturesque soft green hills with neat rows of vineyards that  overlooks the serene Lake Corbara. A project of Centro Turistico Amerino (CTA) headed by Salvatore Alfieri, it was a weekend of discovering what this central region is capable of giving with its rich land and culture. In the program were walk around and guided tastings of wine, oil and artisan products, and discussions about specific subjects on agriculture, tourism and art.

10 May 2019

Il Capriccio di Carla Gelateria in Rome Turns 10 Years Old!


It was on the 9th of May in the year 2009 when Carla D'Ambrosio opened her artisan gelateria in the zone of Pigneto in Rome. From being an employee at the postal office, she left her work as she chose to follow her lifetime passion of making gelato. It was decided on a whim, perhaps also a selfish act, but it was for a good reason because she did it to give her son the best for his future.

09 May 2019

Diamoci un Taglio: A Wine Tasting in Rome of Italian Monovarietal Wines


On 7 May 2019, the presentation to the press and preview of the event Diamoci un Taglio, Beviamoli in Purezza (Let's Cut It. Let's Drink it in Purity) took place in the newly-opened wine bar Matière Bar-à-Vìn. A preview of the wines that will be present in the event were provided by Raffaele Troisi of Azienda Vadiaperti - Traerte from the Campania Region and Lucia Ziniti of Cantina San Biagio Vecchio from the Emilia-Romagna Region.

07 May 2019

Magazzino Scipioni: A Tasting Journey of Fine Synergy of Wine and Kitchen


There are a number of good reasons why Magazzino Scipioni is the right place for a gustatory quest in Rome. The location is just a stone's throw away from the Vatican Museum, wine racks are filled with more than a hundred interesting  labels from France and Italy (and perhaps a few from other wine producing countries), and a kitchen that promises your palate a delicious gastronomic trip.

04 May 2019

Trippa Osteria: A Roman Restaurant That Specializes in Tripe


"Throughout my childhood I didn't eat tripe." That's something that you wouldn't expect to hear from the owner of a restaurant that specializes in tripe. It's an antithetical stance considering that Alessandra Ruggeri has chosen this iconic ingredient as a base for the traditional dishes at her restaurant Trippa Osteria. But things make sudden reversals as time and experiences change the taste buds and point of view. In fact, as she arrived to adulthood, she developed a passion for this fifth quarter, one of the Roman cuisine's protagonists in the plates. It is for a fact, one of the leanest and poorest beef cut.

03 May 2019

Eating Without Sin at Gola Restaurant in Rome, Italy


At Gola, eating is not just for nurturing your hunger, it also connotes eating to enjoy it without sin. Born from the idea of 28-year old restaurateur Simone Segneri, who comes from a family involved in the food sector, Gola Restaurant has recently reformatted its appearance, philosophy and menu. The scheme of restyling starts with the overturning of the meaning of Gola which is no longer portrayed as a form of sin but a play on the senses. 



Host Restaurant and Cannolicchio Osteria di Mare: Four Hands Dinner


In celebration of the arrival of spring, Chef Alessandro Capponi of Host Restaurant in Fiumicino and Chef Luca Baldacci of Cannolicchio Osteria di Mare in Rome prepared a full four hands seafood dinner at Host Restaurant on 30 April 2019.

Both chefs with their own kitchen brigades filled Host Restaurant's open kitchen with a charge of activity as they prepared their guests' dinner on Tuesday night. A part of what  made the dinner special was the spectacle of the systematic bustle of chopping the ingredients, tossing of vibrant red spaghetti and dark green linguini in large saucepans, preparation of the dishes before they were taken to the tables. A variety of fresh seafood and an assortment of the season's vegetables in their dynamic colors were used in dishes as tribute to spring. 

30 April 2019

Ukiyo Cocktail Tasting at the Japanese Room of Drink Kong in Rome


Ukiyo, a Japanese term described as "The Floating World", means the importance of living the moment detached from the rigors of everyday life. In a parallel manner, the wisdom of Ichi-Go, Ichi-E goes on the same stride as Ukiyo. Ichi-Go, Ichi-E teaches us to savor the special moments in life because they only happen once. When a group of people get together, that particular gathering cannot be replicated ever again, and for that reason, each moment is always once-in-a-lifetime.

29 April 2019

Vinitaly 2019: Tastings at Italy’s Most Important Wine Fair


On the 10th of April 2019, the 53rd edition of Vinitaly closed after an intensive four-day event with an impressive attendance of 125,000 visitors hailing from 145 countries. Like every year, there had been an augmentation to the numbers of participants from the exhibitors to the buyers, journalists and people from the wine sector in the 100,000 square meter space. The buyers were led in numbers by U.S.A., Germany, United Kingdom, China, Canada and Japan. This year's count was 4,600 exhibiting producers, which is 130 more than last year's. With this accelerating trend, next year's 54th edition on 19 - 22 April 2020 should come up with excellent statistics as well.

26 April 2019

Campania Stories 2019: The Best Wines From The Preview Tasting




This year's Campania Stories took place between 28 to 31 March 2019 in the small fishing village of Cetara. It lies along the world-famous Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline on the northern part of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea in southern Italy which in 1997 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a stunning location that seems to have been born from a painter's canvas with a vertical landscape of villages, brilliant colors of the majolica domes, terraces of lemon orchards, vineyards, flowers, labyrinth of  staircases and narrow roads surrounded by the blue skies and shimmering water. Making it even more magical, the selected venue of the presentation to the press was at Villa Rufolo, a 13th century villa in the town of Ravello that was once owned by the rich and powerful Rufolo family. Whereas the tastings of Campania Stories was in one of the glass-walled banquet halls of Hotel Cetus, a four-star hotel that's set on a promontory overlooking an enchanting bay where it commands a striking view of the Amalfi Coast.

25 April 2019

Adrenaline-Fueled Italian Tours in Sicily With Sicilying


SICILY, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea on the southernmost point of the Italian peninsula, is one of Italy's most popular destinations. Among the country's twenty regions, Sicily, along with its surrounding minor islands is one of Italy's five autonomous regions. It has a very rich cultural history, well-preserved ancient monuments and archeological sites including a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, colorful markets, notable cuisine, mineral-rich wines and a typical Mediterranean climate that permits visitors to enjoy year-round pleasant weather. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, the tallest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.

15 April 2019

Sensi Tua Rosa, A Chianti Wine Producer’s Tribute to Women


Let's start with the beautiful setting of Fattoria di Calappiano, a Tuscan villa built in the Renaissance period by the Grand Duke I De Medici. It was built as one of the first models of wine-growing and producing farmhouses in Tuscany. In the 1800s, it was procured by Henry Savage Landor, grandson of the important English writer Walter Savage Landor who was considered Shakespeare's most reliable biographer. Henry was an artist, writer and explorer who brought with him mementos of his trips. A large variety of roses were grown in the gardens of the villa and among them is the most ancient and most aromatic of all, the Stanwell Perpetual. It was brought to the villa by Henry from the shores of England because of the fond memories of his grandfather's dedication to his romantic tale with Elfrida Mangioni of Florence when he proposed to her.

12 April 2019

Il Margutta of Rome, 40 Years of Experience in Vegetarian Culture


It was in the year 1979 when Claudio Vannini conceptualized Il Margutta in Rome. Starting from a small restaurant specializing in macrobiotics, a diet that balances the yin and yang elements of food based on the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, it quickly evolved into the vegetarian culture. Being centrally located in the good part of the capital and having a very interesting concept of cooking, aside from an excellent local following, its patrons hailed from different parts of the world like world-renowned yoga masters, followers of Indian gurus who impose vegetarian diet, writers and artists.

27 March 2019

Surprising Gourmet Kitchen at La Fornarina Restaurant in Tivoli, Italy


You can easily understand chefs when their passion overwhelms them. They have an infectious enthusiasm that they transmit through their impeccable dishes. Perfect little details, rich combinations of colors, exploration on novel integration of flavors, playing with consistencies. The kitchen of La Fornarina has the unexpected side that Chef Simone Mancini reveals with his stimulating creations. Putting his respect on the seasonality of the ingredients, he brings forth a kitchen with vibrant tastes at the peak of their maturation. He has progressed with his professional career in some of the kitchens of the restaurants in Tivoli.

26 March 2019

Blind Wine Tasting of Frascati DOC and DOCG 2017 and 2018 Vintages


There are 1,020 hectares of land out of 8,500 hectares in Frascati cultivated with vineyards destined for the production of wines for Frascati DOC and DOCG. This area includes the municipalities of Frascati, Grottaferrata, Monteporzio Catone, VII Municipality of Rome and a portion of Montecompatri. The territory's general exposure is oriented towards west and northwest, facing towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, giving it a sea breeze that circumvents the development of humidity. The geography is composed of crater lakes and hilly areas with predominantly permeable volcanic soils caused by the eruptions of the Volcano Laziale from the Lower Paleolithic (600,000 years ago) to Upper Paleolithic (25,000 years ago) periods.

25 March 2019

Sala della Comitissa in Civita Castellana: Destination Restaurant Outside Rome


There are countless reasons why Sala della Comitissa Ristorante should be your next destination for that kind of dining experience that you only aspire to have. It's located in a historical building from the 16th century with a network of rooms, a big underground wine cellar where hundreds of wine bottles are waiting to be tasted, a garden courtyard, an indoor fountain, an outstanding chef, and the 2016 Best Sommelier of Italy serving you. And to make it even better, it is located in Civita Castellana, a beautiful ancient hamlet just 60 kilometers north of Rome.

24 March 2019

Vizi Capitali Ristorante Takes the Pure Flavors of the Sea to Rome, Italy


If you can't make it to the seaside for a great seafood meal, then there's another way to relish those delicious Italian fish dishes like they just came from the sea. Trastevere might be an unlikely place to savor the sea being in the midst of alleys, shops, tourists and restaurants but in one quiet corner of the area, for the past decade, there is a dependably good place in its simple elegant environment of earth tones of linen and wood called Vizi Capitali (which actually translates to capital sins in English). Why the name? Because Fabio Di Felice, co-owner and Executive Chef of the restaurant gives pure culinary gratification.

22 March 2019

In Fucina Restaurant's 10th Year Anniversary with Host Restaurant in Rome


Ten years have passed since Edoardo Papa opened In Fucina Pizzeria Restaurant in Rome.  A decade's activity with an accumulation of accolades and being considered as one of the best pizzerias in the capital is not just a day of celebration because the festivities has just started for a program of a months-long four-hands dinners with special guest chefs. After the initial celebration last 8 March 2019 with Giancarlo Casa Chef Patron of La Gatta Mangiona, another pizzeria that parallels the pizzas of In Fucina, 19 March instead was dedicated to seafood.


19 March 2019

Rottensteiner Winery of South Tyrol Strengthens its Logo With The Ibex


"The ibex, our heraldic crest, returns to make a fine show of itself in the logo, confirming once again our solid bond with the family and origins, while the new Rottensteiner bottles, specially created for us and at our exclusive disposal for 10 years, they intend to express uniqueness and elegance. The renewed design and review of our labels are the most tangible result of this project," declares Hannes Rottensteiner, Rottensteiner Winery's third generation.



18 March 2019

Savoring the Historical Tuscan Dishes at Ristorante Baghino in Prato, Italy


Ristorante Baghino is one of Prato’s historical restaurants that showcases the excellent culinary tradition of Prato. It was opened almost 150 years ago by the Pacetti family and it is currently managed by sisters Silvia and Guia, daughters of Franco Pacetti. Located at the heart of Prato center, the spacious restaurant maintains a charming old rustic Tuscan atmosphere with vaulted ceilings and vintage furnishings. It is very popular among the locals for their unparalleled local dishes.

16 March 2019

Unique Al Palatino Garden Restaurant of Kolbe Hotel in Rome, Italy


Old Roman structures can give unexpected labyrinths of rooms and gardens in their internal spaces. Kolbe Hotel is among one of them. As you walk through its front door and cross the lobby, another door opens to a peaceful oasis. A garden with centuries-old olive trees, citrus trees and a manicured lawn that surround Unique Al Palatino Garden Restaurant greets its guests. In the bustling city of Rome, it's something that's quite unexpected.

15 March 2019

Fabrizio Pratesi Wines, Presenting the Excellence of Carmignano in Tuscany


Fabrizio Pratesi is the result of a wine and oil making activity of the Pratesi family for five generations. The vineyards and winery are located in Lolocco, in the heart of Carmignano which has bought by Pietro Pratesi in 1875. Carmignano, about 15 kilometers southwest of Florence, is one of the lesser-known DOCG wine regions that's located in the Tuscany region and centered on the town of Carmignano. It is located in front and far from the peaks of Monte Albano which guarantees perfect sun exposure, sitting on a hilly area and with the best altitudes of 150 to 230 meters above sea level. The soil is dominantly stony with the presence of clay makes the wines complex with great structure and elegance. 

12 March 2019

Formaticum 2019: Italian Cheese Take The Limelight in Rome


Italian cheese, how much do we love them? The first edition of Formaticum, the market exhibition dedicated to the Italian cheese rarities kicked off in Rome on the weekend of 23 and 24 February 2019 at the Palazzo WeGil in Trastevere. The event was sponsored by the Lazio Region and conceived by La Pecora Nera, a publishing house that's been active for sixteen years in the world of food and wine, and Vincenzo Mancino, an expert connoisseur of cheese production who's committed to the enhancement and protection of small agricultural activities.

11 March 2019

Adelaide Restaurant at Hotel Vilòn in Rome, Italy: What Luxury Means


Walking inside a discrete door of Hotel Vilòn along a quiet cobblestone alley in the heart of Rome, a different kind of luxury greets you. Hotel Vilòn is a charming 5-star luxury hotel which is a member of the Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Director Giorgia Tozzi makes sure that the emotion in staying at the hotel is totally enthralling, where guests feel good in the enchanting atmosphere. It is inside Palazza Borghese after all, a historical 16th century palace belonging to the noble Borghese family. Referred to as the house annexed to the palace that the princes rented from the beginning of the 17th century which was then entrusted to the French nuns, Daughters of the Cross, to be converted into the First School for Poor Girls by Princess Adelaide.

10 March 2019

Cu_Cina in Rome, Italy: The Consonance of Two Cultures in Unique Dishes


Just in her twenties, Chef Stella Shi has trod determinedly on a gastronomic road less traveled by others. Born and raised in Italy to Chinese parents who originated in Shanghai with a formal education that took her to a much different route, her love for cooking overpowered her planned path to her law school education. Thus, the sudden trampoline to culinary studies. Her destination: Alma Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana in Colorno, Italy, one of the best culinary schools in the country guided by the late Gualtiero Marchese. After formalizing her basic and higher culinary studies in Alma, the professional training in the kitchens of restaurants took her to another part of Italy at La Locanda di Poero and La Peca di Lonigo. London came next at Le Gavroche of Michel Roux then Hongkong for modern Chinese cuisine.

05 March 2019

Carpineto, The Grand Wines of Tuscany : Montepulciano and Montalcino Estates


Thirty-year old wines that express youth and harmony bearing all three types of aromas (varietal, secondary and tertiary) in the palate don't come around often. Needless to say, I was completely impressed. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG 1989 of Carpineto Winery came from a 3 out of 5 star vintage, a middle range climatic quality but with the aid of good vinification, the wine came out spectacularly in the evolution as it aged. Vibrant in appearance and important in its structure, in its garnet shade, with the presence of floral aromas of violet, dark stone fruits, licorice, spices and dried tobacco and leaves the palate with fullness and persistence of its flavors. Like the 1989 vintage, the 1995 vintage of the same wine expressed itself more beautifully. Compact, full-bodied with a vibrant garnet color, this wine came out from a perfect 5 star vintage and with the aid of its vinification process, the youthful characteristics still come out after being kept for 26 years. A graceful wine in the nose and palate with ample complexities in the aromas and flavors, smooth tannins and great structure. These two wines perfectly epitomize the philosophy of Carpineto, known for their aging ability and born to excel in the glass.