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15 July 2018

Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio Winery in Marsciano (Umbria), Italy


As you maneuver the electric cart from the winery to the higher part of the town where you pass the town's church, go through a dusty country road with lots of green then veering to the left, a beautiful corridor of perfectly trimmed hedgerow and old olive trees and finally, to Vigna Lorenzo, the important vineyard of Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio Winery dating back from 217 B.C. bordered by ancient Roman walls and with a breathtaking backdrop of the Umbrian landscape, you wonder: can't a winery visit be more phenomenal than this?

14 July 2018

Secondo Tradizione Ristorante in Rome, Italy


A reformatted Secondo Tradizione opened its doors again last April 2018, revealing a new atmosphere and a completely different menu by co-proprietors Chef Alessandro Cecere and Sommelier Andrea Pistoia. With both behind the kitchen and the cellar, along with Sous Chef Davide Bernardi, Fabiola Pintori in the dining area, plus the cheese and salumi of a historical high quality delicatessen for food experts, La Tradizione of Stefano Lobino and Francesco Praticò which is handled by Raffaele Piras, the whole squad gives a notable dining experience in the Prati area of Rome that echoes the philosophy of Secondo Tradizione.

12 July 2018

Monte 2 Torri Gourmet Ristorante in Genzano (Rome), Italy


Castelli Romani has always been a refuge to Romans for centuries. With just 30 kilometers from Rome, the towns at the feet of Colli Albani (Alban Hills), the beautiful rolling verdant hills lined with vineyards and orchards, volcanic lakes, and specialized local enogastronomy charm not only the Romans but also people from different parts of the world.

05 July 2018

Marinella, Pizza su Misura in Rome, Italy


When the pizza dough is made with a mixture of selected flours, has risen for 96 hours and retains a high level of hydration, as supervised and consulted by one of Rome's most important master pizza chef, Angelo Iezzi, the finished product comes out highly digestible and light. Rome can be dotted with pizzerias but it's not easy to find one that serves pizzas with good digestibility. Remember that a good pizza doesn't depend only on what are on top of it. What makes it good is when you still feel light after eating it and when you digest it fast. The secret is always on the rising of the dough and the quality of the ingredients of the dough and toppings. After eating a good number of slices of pizza at Marinella, I can assure you that the pizzeria knows what quality and digestibility mean.



04 July 2018

Dieci Amanti in Cucina: A Novel by Eva Forte


Dieci Amanti in Cucina which means Ten Lovers in the Kitchen is the third novel of Eva Forte which was recently released in Rome. The text is in Italian and it is available both in pocketbook form or in Kindle.

Dieci Amanti in Cucina is a mystery novel angled towards the culinary world where ten recipes are shared in the story that intertwines together with the life of the protagonist, Camille. It is about the mystery of the disappearance of a well-known Austrian chef that leads a private investigator named Reiter in a small village in Provence. Here the characters revolve around a vegetable garden composed of ten plates, ready to host a different type of crop, each of which is represented by a recipe.

01 July 2018

Hand Made Bistrot in Fregene (Rome), Italy


When a dream becomes a reality. When a chef meets a pastry chef. When experience evolves into a brick-solid foundation. When creativity branches out to a thousand possibilities. When gastronomic passion pushes to open a door to a kitchen. These are things that best describe a restaurant that aspires to be one of the best in the seaside town of Fregene.

22 June 2018

Trattoria Pennestri in Rome, Italy


In a span of only one year, Italian-Danish Chef Tommaso Pennestri and Argentinian Sommelier Valeria Payero received an immense satisfaction in the restaurant that they opened in Rome last year. Trattoria Pennestri, located in the area of Ostiense, is a restaurant that continues to revive the true concept of the identity of a genuine Roman trattoria where you can eat and drink well and above all, feel relaxed in its warm and cozy Roman ambience. 

21 June 2018

Omina Romana Estate in Velletri (Rome), Italy


When Anton Börner first set foot on the land that was to become the future Omina Romana Estate, the thought of buying the land and plant grapes for wine production was immediate. So in 2004, the 80-hectare hilly terrain on the Alban hills in the town of Velletri has an elevation of about 250 meters went through a thorough process of viticulture. Long periods of studying and experimenting in the volcanic soil with predominantly of clayey with some sandy areas of the land led to the cultivation of grapes in more than 60 hectares of its area. With proper knowledge, right techniques, intense work and modern technology, Omina Romana was able to obtain excellent wines over the years.

20 June 2018

Casa Vinicola Fratelli Casetta in Alba (Piedmont), Italy


When Ernesto Casetta speaks about his wines, you can easily get lost in his stories and the wealth of information that he provides. He has a lifetime of experiences where ups and downs in viticulture formed him into what he and his winery is now. He comes from generations of family with roots in Roero since 1725 where viticulture has always been a main activity. With an average annual production of 300,000 bottles, the first vintages in the early 1960s, then the very first export that went to Japan then succeeded by the US, and a wide range of wines, Ernesto has a lot to be look back on and see what an accomplishment the Casa Vinicola Fratelli Casetta has attained.

18 June 2018

Gelato Jam Session at Food Bunker Culinary School in Nepi, Italy


Gelato invades the premises of Food Bunker! Seven Italian gelato makers from Rome and Central Italy converged for the occasion of the Gelato Jam Session, a gelato event at Food Bunker Culinary School last 11 June 2018 to promote the partnership of the school with Carpigiani, a world leader in the production of professional ice cream equipment, and Agrimontana, a company that has over 40 years of experience in fruit processing. The seven gelato makers showcased one flavor each using Agrimontana products and Carpigiana ice cream equipment.

16 June 2018

Castello di Meleto in Gaiole in Chianti (Tuscany), Italy


Castello di Meleto is an 11th-century castle that belonged to the Benedictine monks of the Badia di Coltibuono in the splendid countryside of Tuscany. It is immersed in the soft hills of Gaiole in Chianti between Florence and Siena. Over the centuries the castle has changed identity and ownership from a military post to a noble country home but its original structure remained. Between noble families and military troops in periods of different wars, the castle withstood time and harsh elements. In 1968, the Tuscan Viticulture Society purchased the castle along with 1,400 hectares of its surrounding land.

15 June 2018

India Estate (Summer) Opening Weekend in Rome, Italy: 15-17 June 2018


INDIA ESTATE (or India Summer in English), one of the most enchanting spaces in Rome comes to life! The outdoor areas of the Teatro India will host a summer event for the first time in its location in the post-industrial heart of the capital, among the ruins of the former Mira Lanza complex at the foot of the Gazometro. Every evening for 7 days a week, the stage of India Estate will host about 20 performances of Italian and international artists. 

13 June 2018

Empire Palace Hotel in Rome, Italy: Cocktails in Summer


A glass of red watermelon juice, cubes of ice, a dash of vodka, a sprinkle of Sprite, a spritz of lime and for a festive touch, a skewer of watermelon balls. That’s how summer starts in the courtyard of Empire Palace Hotel. Bartender Momo of the Corte delle Stelle of Empire Palace Hotel concocted this very refreshing watermelon cocktail for this summer and called it Angurotka.

Art Street Food: Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy


Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps, located at Via Margutta is an artistically-inspired 4-star hotel in one of the best streets in Rome where history, art, high fashion and gourmet food are at your fingertips. Located in a quiet inner cobblestone road between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, this hotel has a perfect position to relax in after a long day of sightseeing or shopping in the the capital.

11 June 2018

Cantinotte Salorno 2018 in South Tyrol, Italy


Salorno in Italian and Salurner in German. Being in the South Tyrol region in northern  Italy, everything has names in both languages. It is a small town in the southernmost part of South Tyrol positioned at an altitude of 224 meters high. Renaissance and baroque buildings characterize the town of Salorno with the Haderburg Castle (Salorno Castle) from the Medieval Age is nestled on top of a limestone rock spur that overlooks the town. Surrounding the town are vineyards, fruit orchards and wooded mountains which also make it an ideal base point for hiking.

Palazzo Merulana in Rome, Italy


After 20 years in the dark, Palazzo Merulana's white rooms lit up again on the 10th day of May 2018. The resplendent facade with big windows beckon every passer-by with its original grandeur from its construction in 1929. The building formerly housed the Sanitary Office before the city saw its decline with neglect and was boarded up for two decades. With a financing project of Elena and Claudio Cerasi Foundation and SAC, the building which belongs to the City of Rome has gone through a thorough makeover with the management of Coop Culture. If Via Merulana, 121 had been an eye sore for so long, it is now a shining new white building where art and gastronomy are combined together in four floors of exhibitions. 

05 June 2018

Osteria Fratelli Mori in Rome, Italy


Fifteen years ago it was called Novecento, today it has been christened with another name with a new identity. Osteria Fratelli Mori opened in 2004 with the Mori family’s passion for food. Headed by Ambrogio, husband to Giuliana and father to Alessandro and Francesco, the restaurant became one of the best referral points for good Roman cuisine in the capital.

01 June 2018

Infiorata Festival in Candela (Puglia), Italy


The morning air was quite chilly in the early morning hours in the train station of Rome as I waited for the board to announce the platform number for the train to Foggia.  Platform 23. When I finally settled down on my seat, I tried to catch a glimpse of the woman in the front row, a seasoned travel journalist, whom I knew was traveling with me to the same destination. There are seven of us coming from different parts of Italy - Turin, Sicily, Naples, Milan and a couple of us from Rome. We had one destination that day and one aim: to be a part of a press tour "Candela in Fiore, Discovering Monti Dauni"organized by the municipality of Candela and the region of Puglia.

29 May 2018

Co.So Cocktail & Social in Rome, Italy


It’s time to pass the baton. Massimo D’Addezio, an authoritative figure in the world of mixology in Italy and Europe and from the TV program dedicated to the art of mixology, Spirits, I Maestri del Cocktail of Gambero Rosso Channel decided to hand over his cocktail bar to Giulia Castellucci, a young and promising mixologist who has joined Massimo in the TV program along with business partners Benedetto Guarino and Chef Riccardo Bucci. Riccardo has had experiences working in the kitchen alongside some important bartenders in the Roman scene.

Trovitalia, New App of Le Guide di Repubblica


Our phones may be fully-loaded with apps about everything single thing that we can imagine and I am guessing that includes a lot about traveling too. There’s another one that can be fundamental to have when your next travel takes you to Italy.

25 May 2018

La Madernassa Ristorante in Guarene (Piedmont), Italy

 
The madernassa pear, the fruit that found its home in the town of Guarene in Roero, gave way to the name La Madernassa Resort wherein the trees grow bountifully in the garden. The resort was opened in 2003 by Fabrizio Ventura as a wellness place with rooms, a restaurant and a picturesque view of the Langhe of the Guarene hills positioned in the heart of Roero and Langhe, the 50th Italian site in the UNESCO World heritage list.

24 May 2018

Roero Days 2018 in Piedmont, Italy


We are in Roero, in the region of Piedmont, at the northwest part of Italy. Positioned  in the picturesque area of the Rocche and arriving to the left bank of Tanaro River, the landscape of Roero welcomes you with distinctive series of hills dotted with a number of magnificent castles, fruit orchards and combed vineyards. This hilly area is known for the production of Roero wines and for its fruit production particularly the Canale peaches and the Madernassa pears.

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.