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14 May 2018

Maybu – Margaritas y Burritos in Rome, Italy

Margaritas and burritos in Rome. Finally some Tex-Mex food landed in the capital. Maybu, a Tex-Mex diner specializing in burritos, margaritas and nachos, recently opened in the Prati area of Rome. The concept may be that of the fast food type but there is so much attention being given to the standard of the ingredients being used. That’s because the proprietor, Chef Diana Beltran makes sure that her clients can get to know the genuine kitchen of Mexico in an easy format.

Burger Bar & Grill in Rome, Italy

Italy meets America on the table. Most often, Italy plays protagonist on the Italian tables, but this time, in Rome itself, we get to try what the Americans favor on their table. Grilled meat sits very well with the Italian palate as well as burgers (with selected quality meat), potatoes and salads too. There’s no other way to best enjoy the succulence and tenderness of freshly-grilled meat than what the restaurant offers. What makes Burger Bar & Grill stand out is that you can grill your own meat straight on your tables with the built-in individual table grills.

12 May 2018

Centopercento Gusto in Rieti, Italy

Modern, innovative and stimulating, these are the three words that best describes Centopercento Gusto of Marco Pasquali. The restaurant enjoys a beautiful location right in the heart of the ancient walled city of Rieti. It faces Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and is just a few steps from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. It also goes through a courtyard for outdoor seating in the warmer months that connects to Piazza San Rufo, a square at the center of Rieti that based on the Latin literature in the Renaissance period is considered as the geographical center of Italy and referred to as the Umbilicus Italiae.

11 May 2018

Campania Stories 2018 in Naples, Italy

Campania, a southern Italian region where the locals are fiercely proud of of their land and people. And they have every reason to be because they have a certain richness that contributes to the importance of Italy. A powerfully moving stretch of stunning coastline at the Amalfi Coast, the islands of Capri and Ischia, the beautiful rolling hills with small walled towns in the hinterland, ancient ruins, monuments and palaces and an incredible enogastronomy that makes it the destination of every serious gourmand. Pizza was born there, as well as mozzarella di bufala, limoncello, and babà. Campania has a lot to give but let's focus on their oenological contribution.

07 May 2018

Vinitaly 2018, 52nd Edition in Verona, Italy

Like the previous editions, Vinitaly declared a great success as the participants had grown in numbers and quality.  Compared to last year's numbers, the exhibiting companies arrived to a big number of 4,380 this year which is 130 more from last year, from 36 different countries. The visitors in the four-day event arrived to an impressive number of 128,000 from hailing from 143 countries which is in line with the previous edition but increasing instead with the quality and the number of foreign buyers to a significant +6%. Out of the 143 nations, the top ten with accredited 32,000 buyers are the United States of America followed by Germany, United Kingdom, China, France, Northern Europe (Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark), Canada, Russia , Japan, and Netherlands together with Belgium.

05 May 2018

Eataly Wine Festival 2018 in Rome, Italy

It’s another weekend for wine enthusiasts as Eataly Wine Festival returned to the capital on the 4th and 5th days of May 2018 with some of the most renowned and important Italian wine names. At the third floor of Eataly Rome (Ostiense), from 18.00 to 01.00, the tasting of the wines is held with samples of more than 100 wines. Some are directly poured by the producers themselves which is the best way to get to know the stories behind every bottle you drink. With the price of €20, all the wines in the festival are available for tasting plus there are more options available.

03 May 2018

Fallo alla Romana at Eataly Rome, Italy

Fallo all Romana! We share the quality and the jolly ambience. Eataly Rome launches a new initiative dedicated to the traditional Roman cuisine with a special daily event every 19:00 to 23:00. On the 12th of April Eataly launched its new formula of "Fallo alla Romana" (Do It The Roman Way). It is based on the old Roman way of sharing the food and the pleasure of being together by having the food served straight from the pots and pans to your table. Taking up a typical Roman motto, it's a fun way to celebrate the culinary tradition and the convivial aspect of good eating and good drinking. It makes eating more homey and fun doesn't it?

02 May 2018

Amodei - Banco & Bottega in Rome, Italy


How many times have we found ourselves in a situation when we don’t have so much time to spend in a restaurant and wait for different courses to arrive but we would rather not walk through the doors to a fast food place? Rome is full of gastronomic proposals but how much of them do we know enough to be good places to satisfy our palates with good genuine Italian cuisine? I have very few names in my arsenal and I am glad to add another one to my list of dependable places on where to have a quick bite without losing sight of quality.

22 April 2018

Il Circolo della Bottiglia at Eataly Rome, Italy

At the Grande Enoteca of Eataly Rome in Ostiense, a very interesting wine tasting takes place on selected Friday evenings starting at 20:00. Le Bolle (The Bubbles), the first appointment and it was all about bubbly wines from different parts of Italy. Paola Pozzoli, a sommelier and the manager of Grande Enoteca of Eataly Rome who conducted the tasting, opened 15 bottles of bubbly wines that were done in different methods, grapes and regions. It’s a great way to tour Italy with your nose and palate by trying the different aromas and flavors that identify the diversity of Italian bubbly wines!

Icona Glamorize at Gus Social Bar in Rome, Italy

Icona Glamorize is a series of events that unites two Roman entities, Glamorize and The Walkman Magazine that showcase young talent in the field of visual arts, design, architecture, music, food and lifestyle who proudly carry the mark, Made in Italy. Gus, a bar and restaurant that was recently renovated at the center of Rome is the chosen location for the Icona Glamorize events.

30 March 2018

La Galleria di Sopra Ristorante in Albano Laziale (Rome), Italy

La Galleria di Sopra is about two brothers, both thrown into the world of enogastronomy. Andrea Carfagna, the sommelier, takes care of the wines and the dining area while Claudio, the chef unites his fresh and seasonal ingredients in the kitchen. The outcome? Something you have to drive 25 kilometers to from Rome. Albano Laziale is one of the towns of Castelli Romani, a popular destination for day trips outside Rome. Albano is flanked by the notable ones like Castel Gandolfo, Ariccia, Nemi and Rocca di Papa. 

28 March 2018

Roma Maxima: Stories, Places & Secrets of The Eternal City

Rome, a four-letter word that sends a tingling excitement to all the world travelers. A history that spans 3,000 years back, the historians convinced that it was exactly 21 April of 753 B.C. when this great city was founded. There is a legend that is strongly attached to its history. The story goes that Rome was named after its founder and first ruler, Romulus. Romulus and his twin brother Remus, apparent sons of the god Mars and descendants of the Trojan hero Aenas, were suckled by a she-wolf after being left abandoned. The brothers grew and once, a fight ensued between them and Romulus killed Remus. Romulus then founded Rome and permitted men of all classes to come to the city as citizens, including slaves and freemen without distinction.

21 March 2018

Come Si Mangia L'Olio (How To Eat Oil): A Gastronomic Manual of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

How do you eat oil? Oil is not just an anonymous part of our dishes. It can play a fundamental role beside the protagonist of the dish because if used properly, the flavors of the whole dish can improve decisively. Come Si Mangia L'Olio, written by Andrea Leonardi, Filippo Falugiani and Marco Porvinciali is the second practical manual of gastronomic matching between food and extra virgin olive oil. Oil, whether raw or cooked can enhance the characteristics of the food that you are eating.

14 March 2018

Queen Makeda Grand Pub: Crowdfunding for its Milan Branch

Queen Makeda Grand Pub, born in Rome in December 2014, is quite ready for its next branch in Milan. This time, it is approaching the project with a totally different method. It is using Equity Crowdfunding to collect investments from the public. The target is to gather €200,000 within 4 months (13 March to 20 July 2018) to help open its branch in Milan by the end of 2018 towards the beginning of 2019. It is open to everyone, not just in Italy but in every corner of the globe with a minimum investment of €200 per person. Shall we do it?

Cantina Scacciadiavoli in Montefalco (Umbria), Italy

There's a peculiar myth behind the name Scacciadiavoli. If you translate it to English, it means to banish the devils. A legend from Johaness de Ruescissa's Trattato sulla Quintessenza says that in the 18th century, a young woman who was possessed by the devil was made to drink some local red wine by an exorcist who succeeded in dispelling the devil. This particular exorcism event gave its name to the village where the winery stands close to. In 1884, Prince Ugo Boncompagni from Rome had the winery built and he decided to call it Scacciadiavoli.

09 March 2018

Ristorante La Trota in Ridovutri, Italy

Ristorante La Trota's location may not be conveniently inside the capital and it may take a bit of traveling from the center of Rome towards Rieti because it has a distance of about 100 kilometers but rest assured that if you do make that trip, the gourmand in you will be more than satisfied. In fact, you might even go back for more trips. A restaurant with 2 stars in the French Michelin guide, 3 hats in the Italian L'Espresso guide, and 3 forks in another important Italian restaurant guide, Gambero Rosso, can hardly disappoint anyone.

05 March 2018

Locanda del Teatro in Montefalco (Umbria), Italy

There are a lot of things that make Montefalco one of the best destinations in Umbria. It's not only for its celebrated Sagrantino but also for its history, impeccably preserved ancient cobblestone streets and buildings and of course, the food. Montefalco is a very tranquil small hamlet where going around on foot gives you the pleasure of browsing the artisan shops to feed that gourmand inside you or better yet, sit down in one of the town's restaurants where local ingredients are cooked and transformed into exquisite dishes represented by their kitchen experts.

04 March 2018

QuarantunoDodici in Fiumicino (Rome), Italy

Nautilus Marina Yacht Club, a nautical complex in Fiumicino that has an internationally renowned shipyard and has one of the most important moorings of Lazio along the Tiber River has been hosting the bistrot of QuarantunoDodici and Michelin-starred Ristorante Il Tino, both at the helm of Chef Lele Usai, since mid-2016.  In these days, both restaurants are undergoing reformatting of the structure and philosophy. Both restaurants are located in the same building where QuarantunoDodici, open for lunch and dinner, resides on the ground floor that includes outdoor seating right in front of the Tiber River. Ristorante Il Tino, open only for dinner instead, is located on the upper floor of the building which faces the river too.

03 March 2018

Il Bosco Umbro di Paolo Trippini (Inside Eataly) in Rome, Italy

The flavors and aromas of Umbria are back to Rome with the kitchen of Chef Paolo Trippini. For the second year in a row, Chef Paolo Trippini of Ristorante Trippini in Civitella del Lago and Hotel La Badia in Orvieto, makes a comeback to Eataly Rome for the whole months of March and April (until 30 April).  Named Il Bosco Umbro di Paolo Trippini, the temporary restaurant is being hosted on the third floor of Eataly where exquisite innovations of the Umbrian cuisine in the kitchen of Paolo Trippini will be presented in an inviting menu dedicated to the Umbrian woods.

Preview Tasting of Sagrantino 2014 Vintage in Montefalco, Italy

Umbria, with all its panoramic splendor of soft monochromatic green hills with olive orchards, vineyards and ancient hamlets played host again to more than 200 international and local experts in the sector of wine as they opened up the Sagrantino 2014, the latest vintage of the wine, for a preview tasting. The Fourth Edition of the Anteprima Sagrantino 2014 was held in the ancient hamlet of Montefalco between 19 and 20 February 2018, full of events to get a full comprehension of the latest vintage of Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG Secco (dry) and Passito (sweet) and other wine labels of the producers of Montefalco.

28 February 2018

Elegance Cafè Jazz Club in Rome, Italy

There are three paramount things that will lead you to Elegance Cafè Jazz Club. Jazz, mixology and gastronomy. It’s a kind of union under one roof that we hardly meet, especially Rome. After three years in Via Veneto, Elegance Cafè left its Dolce Vita and found a new home in the Ostiense district of the capital which is just a stone throw’s away from the Pyramid of Cestius and the Ostiense Station. At its new home, Elegance Cafè dwells in a much bigger space where it aims to become a state-of-the-art venue for those who love listening to good live music, eating well-prepared dishes by a talented chef, and having a selection of original cocktail drinks by a master barman. Simply said, all three components are going to bear the same importance in the jazz bar.

Suburra 1930: Traditions and Italian Liquors 2018 in Rome, Italy

After the success of the first season, Assagi di Cucina e Miscele (Tastes of Kitchen and Mixtures) returns to Suburra 1930 again. Suburra 1930 is a restaurant and cocktail bar with an Art Deco style featuring geometric shapes, bold designs, clean lines, vibrant patterns and colors. It is housed in two floors with an open kitchen and a delightful outdoor terrace on one of the little squares of the Monti district. In summer, it is a splendid place to stay for a drink or a bite right in the small piazza of one of Rome's most historical and oldest areas.

25 February 2018

Aka Sushi in Ostia (Rome), Italy

Japanese and Italian cuisines may be worlds apart but there is something that they have in common. The stringent usage of ingredients of superior quality binds both kitchens together. With raw fish, extreme attention is needed in selecting the ingredients and preparing them.  For this reason, there's no other perfect place for Aka Sushi to find its home in Ristorante Red Fish in the district of Ostia. Aka in Japanese, by the way means red too. Ostia is a coastal district of Rome on the Tyrrhenean Sea that's about 30 kilometers away from the center of the capital. It is a popular place for Romans to spend their summer holidays in the long stretch of beach, crystal-clear water, and seafood restaurants.

23 February 2018

Riserva della Cascina Winery in Rome, Italy

If you are flying over Rome and landing in Ciampino Airport, then you must have seen patches of large combed vineyards around it. Riserva della Cascina is just about a kilometer from the Ciampino Airport. The winery is located inside the Appian Way Regional Park, along Regina Viarium, an ancient tree-lined cobblestone Roman road that goes back more than 2,000 years ago. The scenery, as you can imagine, is a stunning mixture of trees, vineyards, and ancient Roman ruins. Having such proximity to the center of Rome, it can easily be visited from the center of the city and it has to be one of the best ways to spend a few hours to get away from the urban bustle.

22 February 2018

I Migliori Vini Italiani di Luca Maroni 2018 in Rome, Italy

The year 2018 saw more than 150 wine producers as the protagonists of a 4-day wine event in Rome between 15 to 18 February.  Entitled I Migliori Vini Italiani di Luca Maroni 2018 (The Best Italian Wines of Luca Maroni 2018), the event took place in Salone delle Fontane in EUR, Rome with more than 1,600 square meters of space dedicated to more than 900 Italian wine labels.

14 February 2018

Fettuccine Alfredo of Ristorante Alfredo alla Scrofa, A True Love Story

How often have you heard about love being the secret ingredient in cooking? I agree, it is one of the most clichéd quotes but I believe in it. An inspired and impassioned cook can whip up a much better dish than someone who does it without any inclination to enthusiasm. Let's take Alfredo Di Lelio as a very good example when he created the Fettuccine Alfredo in 1914 at his restaurant in Via della Scrofa in Rome, Italy. His sole reason was love - for his wife and kids.

08 February 2018

La Meridiana Resort Relais & Chateaux in Garlenda (Liguria), Italy

Three years have passed since my last visit to La Meridiana Resort in the summer of 2014 but it seems just like yesterday when I last set foot on the grounds of my favorite hotel. Nothing much has changed. The atmosphere is still the same as I remember it to be. Luxurious, welcoming, cozy, professional and closely feels like a home away from home. And now there is Posh, a Pembroke Welsh Corgie whom proprietors Alessandra and Edmondo Segre have fondly added to their family recently.  She has taken the role of welcoming all the guests with her perennially smiling face while her four short legs make decisive strides towards her family's new guests. A long sniff here, a friendly look there, perhaps even a smile can escape from her then you are approved before she goes back to her post at the entrance of the hotel. Welcome to La Meridiana Resort Relais & Chateaux!

05 February 2018

Perpetual Ristorante in Rome, Italy

Perpetual Ristorante is a 750 square meter space of gastronomic multi-purpose venue in Rome. It's a restaurant, a bistrot, a wine bar, kitchen and experimental food laboratory that are spread out in three levels. Half of the space is dedicated to the kitchen, another 80 square meters are assigned to a food laboratory while 150 square meters are committed to the dining areas. The spaces are elegant, minimal and there's a lot of space to move around. Wood, metal, and glass make up the interiors while the dramatic lighting of Davide Groppi plays a key role in the three floors of Perpetual which changes the mood. significantly. It has crossed the line of being just a restaurant to an oasis for gourmands where a team of  chefs take them on gastronomic journeys of multitude of aromas and flavors. 

31 January 2018

Il Salento in Una Stanza in Rome, Italy

Salento in a room, that's how Il Salento in Una Stanza translates to English. It's a name that aptly describes the restaurant at Via Mantova, near Piazza Fiume in Rome. It's a small restaurant that can accommodate about 20, with tables against both walls. Compact places have the tendency to radiate a warm ambience and the restaurant easily takes that out for the friendly service given by its proprietor, Corrado Amato, the touch of bright colors on the table setting and the food, the protagonists that lift the spirit when they arrive on the table.

30 January 2018

Dinner of the Agrichefs for Eataly's 11th Birthday at Eataly Rome, Italy

Eleven candles for eleven years and eleven chefs to celebrate the eleventh anniversary of Eataly's first opening at Torino Lingotto in 27 January 2007. To underline the milestone, eleven Agrichefs of CIA (Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori) cooked in the different restaurants inside Eataly Rome (Ostiense) on the anniversary night. Founded in December 1977, CIA is one of the largest agricultural professional organizations in Europe that represents over 900,000 direct growers and farmers. Eataly on the other hand has continued its philosophy of a place where you can shop, eat and learn about good food with ingredients produced by local Italian growers who respect the concept of clean and fair production.

29 January 2018

Babingtons Tea Room's 125th Anniversary at Villa Wolkonsky in Rome, Italy

In the morning of the 25th of January, I opened the Babingtons Tea Room gift bag that I received the night before. Going through the black paper lining, I fished a black shopping tote pouch, a bookmark, a mini version of the two-tier cake of the party, and the best part, a small black canister containing the Babingtons 125 Anniversary Blend. I tried the special tea the previous night, cold, in a cocktail glass that was mixed with gin. You would rarely see me choosing cocktails over sparkling wine but that night, the refreshing tea cocktail just won me over.

27 January 2018

Tenuta Bellafonte in Bevagna (Umbria), Italy

Collenottolo Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG and Arnèto Spoletino Umbria IGT by Tenuta Bellafonte, two wines that express elegance and the authenticity of the grape varieties in the heart of Umbria. Tenuta Bellafonte owned by Peter Heilbron, is located in a 30-hectare estate in the region of Umbria, not far from the town of Bevagna, near the village of Torre del Colle which is divided into woodlands, orchards of olive trees (mainly Moraiolo and some Frantoio and Leccino varieties) and vineyards. The vineyards occupy 11 hectares of the land between 260 to 320 meters above sea level with the cultivation of the Sagrantino and Spoletino grape varieties. 

Osteria Del Mare: Pesce e Champagne in Naples, Italy

When you're in Naples, don't forget to eat your way around because it's one of the best cities in Italy where you can get phenomenal food. There are two things that I love about the Neapolitan cuisine: the pizza and the seafood dishes. In this post, I'm going to introduce to you a splendid discovery where seafood dishes abound with excellence in quality. Osteria Del Mare, a typical seafood restaurant, located just off the Caracciolo seafront, specializes in seafood dishes of the Neapolitan cooking tradition.

25 January 2018

Me Geisha: Japanese Fusion in Rome, Italy

If you have an eight year-old daughter who asks you only two things for her birthday and one of which is to take her to a Japanese restaurant so she can have that endless sushi kind of dinner, then you would take her to a place where you are assured of the food's optimum quality. Kids and raw fish are delicate matters. That's why when I search for a Japanese restaurant, I look deeper than the face of the place. Me Geisha was one of my options being popular among food experts in Rome and knowing the person behind the kitchen doors, Executive Chef Rodelio Aglibot.

22 January 2018

Festival della Carbonara 2018 at Eataly Rome, Italy

Festival della Carbonara. I wonder how many representations of carbonara can be invented for the festival. I have seen, heard and tried some interesting variations in the past but to have all of them under one roof is quite a fascinating event especially if you love carbonara! Pasta alla carbonara is a typical Roman dish that is composed solely of eggs, most of which are egg yolks, guanciale, black pepper, Pecorino Romano, salt (only for the boiling of the pasta) and the pasta. Typically, spaghetti or rigatoni are used. From these basic ingredients, some recipes are slightly modified and personalized according to the one cooking. There can be lots of egg yolks, or whole eggs to make it lighter instead of just the eggs yolks, Parmigiano Reggiano in place of half of the Pecorino or substituting the pasta with other kinds.