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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.