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31 January 2019

Preview of Luca Maroni’s I Migliori Vini Italiani 2019


On 24 January 2019 at the new 5-star luxury Elizabeth Unique Hotel in Rome, Italy, the preview of the upcoming wine event of Luca Maroni, I Migliori Vini Italiani (The Best Italian Wines) and the presentation of his book Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani 2019 (Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines) took place. The 2019 edition of Luca Maroni's I Migliori Vini Italiani (The Best Italian Wines) will be held on 14 to 17 February 2019 at the Salone delle Fontane in th E.U.R. zone of Rome.

30 January 2019

Sangiovese Purosangue in Rome, Italy: Getting to Know the Ancient Tuscan Grape


Sanguis Jovis in Latin and blood of Jupiter in English, Sangiovese is the most cultivated red grape variety covering more than 70,000 hectares in Italy with concentrations in the central part, most especially Tuscany. It is the main component of almost all the red wines in Tuscany, Umbria and Marche and vinified 100% pure or in major percentages then blended with other red grape varieties. Among the popular ones are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Carmignano, Morellino di Scansano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and the Super Tuscan.

28 January 2019

The Cheerful Green at the Land of Prosecco: Ristorante Verdegaio in Treviso, Italy


Cheerful green, a delightful color that nature has bestowed the hills of Susegana, just a few steps from Conegliano in Treviso. This ebullient color portrays the picturesque landscape of Prosecco with the neatly combed rows of vineyards of Glera. In the midst of this stunning scenery is Ristorante Verdegaio which is aptly named for the vibrant color that surrounds it.

24 January 2019

Tuscan Pastry Chef Paolo Sacchetti’s Pasticceria Nuovo Mondo in Prato, Italy


Pastry Chef Paolo Sacchetti, Vice President of the Accademia Maestri Pasticceri Italiani, has been operating his pastry shop, Pasticceria Nuovo Mondo in the center of Prato since 1989. In the course of 30 years, it had always been considered as one of the best on national level and and it has been awarded “3 torte or cakes” by the Guida delle Pasticcerie d’Italia (Guide of Pastry Shops in Italy). Tuscan by birth, he has always brought the Italian gastronomic tradition to the topmost importance with respect to the optimum quality, seasonality of ingredients and taste, always in line with the statutes of the Accademia Maestri Pasticceri Italiani.

22 January 2019

Strasserwirt in Strassen, Austria: Serving High Quality Tyrolean Cuisine


There are 400 years of history in the walls of Strasserwirt Hotel while the dining hall of the restaurant is much “younger” at 175 years old. Dating back in 1744, Strasserwirt Restaurant showcases stubes with the quintessential Tyrolean style mixed with accents of different materials and periods. Wood, stone, silver and linens of subdued beige and white hues complete the picture of an elegant alpine dining room.

19 January 2019

Gellius in Oderzo (Treviso), Italy: A Restaurant on the Ruins of the Roman Empire


Oderzo is a beautiful town in Treviso (Veneto) in the northern part of Italy, and about 60 kilometers northeast of Venice. It is in the heart of the Venetian plains, traversed by the Monticano River, halfway between the Dolomite Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Historically, Opitergium, its ancient Latin name, played an important role in the ancient Roman Empire, leaving the center of the town rich with archaeological ruins from its foundation in 1100 B.C.

18 January 2019

Itinerant Tasting of Sensi Wines at The Pantheon Iconic Hotel in Rome, Italy


The tastings of wines don't have to confine us in brightly-lit rooms with white walls while attending to quarter-filled glasses and scribbling of analyses in notebooks. Wine tasting is about relishing the precious alcoholic drink that has evolved from fruit to juice to wine, given by nature and perfected by the hands and minds of the people working behind the bottles. It has its own sense of beauty that has to be savored in an equally aesthetic ambience.

16 January 2019

The Gourmet Pizza of Giuseppe Maglione at Daniele Gourmet in Avellino, Italy


Neapolitan by origin and having grown in the world of pizzas, Giuseppe's recollections of his childhood were breathing flour and dipping his hands in the dough in his grandmother's pizzeria in Naples. Opened in 1965 in Naples, Anna Daniele (thus the name of the pizzeria), followed her passion of frying pizzas (and we know that they are in their best in Naples where they originated from). It was Anna from whom Giuseppe inherited the "pizza gene" that made him into a great pizza maker today. 

14 January 2019

Truffles and Wine at Chez Serge in Carpentras, France


Truffles, foie gras, Mont Ventoux meat, exceptional French wines, what else can you ask forin a French restaurant? Chez Serge is one of the best and most popular restaurants in Carpentras, a town in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azure region (southeastern France). It's a destination for the French gastronomic lovers.

13 January 2019

Terra Roma: Eataly’s Wood Burning Grill Restaurant


After a double success with the American public in Boston and Los Angeles, Terra finally lands in  Italy, the country where it was born. The first chosen city is Eataly in Rome, the branch in the country (and in the world) that has the most square-meter space. Terra is a restaurant that highlights the true heart of its philosophy by grilling raw materials of superior quality. A 3-meter long grill was specially by an artisan's hands in Spain where it continuously spews fiery red fire. With particular attention to the superior aspect of the food, the oven is fueled only by virgin oak wood from the Italian Calabria region for the unique aromas that they give.

The Healthiest Sicilian Winter Citrus Salad


It's been ages since I shared a recipe at Apron and Sneakers. My attention had been diverted to other branches of enogastronomy. Truth be told, I have a very long list of  recipes in the computer waiting to be shared. Let me start today with this extremely simple citrus salad recipe that I learned yesterday from my trusted Sicilian citrus fruit vendor yesterday. I usually prepare a much simpler version of oranges, extra virgin olive oil and salt but this one is very good. It is very easy to prepare and can be eaten for lunch or dinner while the fruits are in season when they are at their best - sweet and exploding with nutrients. Citrus fruits, as we all know are significantly rich in vitamins like fibers, vitamin B, magnesium and most especially vitamin C. With the cold of the winter, we need it the most.

Eataly Rome Gets a Total New Look


Six years after it opened in 2012, Eataly Rome, the biggest branch in the world, is refurbished and gets an exhilarating new look in its more than 50,000 square-meter space. The shops and restaurants from the ground floor to the second floor have been reformatted with new workshops, thus they are more thorough with their proposals to the consumers. Eataly has 13,000 references and 5 authentic restaurants dispersed in its vast space: the new Birreria (Brewery), Pasta and Pizza, Osteria Romana, the temporary restaurant on the third floor which is hosting Bosco Umbro and Terra, the new signature restaurant of Eataly.  The biggest surprise of all is the opening of the new pop-up store of Ikea in an additional 700 square-meter square space located in two levels inside Eataly. 

11 January 2019

So Wine So Food Magazine Starts a New Journey to Luxury


Before the year 2018 ended, So Wine So Food Magazine organized a gala where they unveiled their new image for the coming year amidst Italy's icons of luxury and prestige of Ferraris and Maseratis. It took place in Sa.Mo.Car, a car showroom in Rome of two of the world's best car brands. Highlighted in the event are four renowned chefs in Italy and the dishes that they prepared specially for the night's dinner accompanied by the wines of Champagne A. Bergère and Castelli Romani Food & Wine, water of Acqua Filette and coffee of Momento Espresso.

10 January 2019

The Barolos of the Langhe Hills: Cascina Amalia in Piedmont, Italy


The Boffa Family had an aspiration when they created Amalia Cascina in 2003. After acquiring an early 20th century farmhouse in Monforte d'Alba in Langhe and its surrounding vineyards, they decided to cultivate Dolcetto and Barbera. After all, they are in the Langhe hills, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Langhe is a wine growing landscape that enraptures the eyes with its soft hills filled with neatly combed rows of vines and most importantly, home to one of Italy's finest red wines.

09 January 2019

Vini Raimondo: The Different Portraits of Cesanese di Affile


Cesanese di Affile, a distinct relative of the Cesanese Comune, is unique to the area of Affile. Affile is located in the region of Lazio, about 50 kilometers in the east of Rome, in the valley of Aniene on slopes of the Affilani mountains where the soil is noted for its reddish tint because of the major presence of iron oxide.

08 January 2019

Giulia Restaurant: Along the Most Luxurious Street in Renaissance Rome


Four big windows give a wide panorama to the cobblestone ground of Via Giulia from the Renaissance period. It has a fundamental history that shares its story with the building of the St. Peter's Basilica. In the early 1500s, Donato Bramante, the same Italian architect commissioned by Pope Julius II to rebuild St. Peter's Basilica, was also responsible to make the new layout of Via Giulia wherein all the administrative seats of power of Rome were to be located. Hence, elegant Renaissance buildings line the street one after the other.

06 January 2019

Va.Do al Pigneto in Rome, Italy


Over the years, with the refreshed identity of Pigneto from being circumvented to a frequented home of some of Rome's hippest restaurants and bars, the eclectic selection of places to go to has increased in number. A walk in the neighborhood takes you to different portrayals of food and drink - the Pigneto way.

05 January 2019

The Resplendent 125 Years of Hotel Hassler Hospitality in Rome, Italy


Hotel Hassler, an icon of the capital for its luxuriant hospitality for more than a century, stands proud just a few meters from the Church of the Trinità dei Monti on top of the Spanish Steps. For the city of Rome, it represents the capital's portrait of elegance and excellence that has been a part of its modern history and renowned all over the world. It has recently renovated and it still maintains its high standard of quality and affluence in perfect balance with its historical past, present and future.

03 January 2019

Restaurant Fanny Rey et Jonathan Wahid in Saint Rémy de Provence, France


Anyone who loves to delve into the pleasurable intricacies of the French cuisine shouldn't miss Restaurant Fanny Rey et Jonathan Wahid in Saint Rémy de Provence. In the main road of the typical Provencal town where cafès, shops, art galleries and little squares abound, this restaurant is one way of experiencing the cuisine in the hands of two accomplished young chefs, Fanny Rey and Jonathan Wahid.

Ristorante Al Capriolo: From an 1850 Postal Office to a Michelin Star


There's a long history behind Ristorante Al Capriolo, 168 years in the same family and still counting. It started as a postal office in the Dolomites, a fundamental part of the town in the year 1850 when postal offices were used not only for postal services but also for lodging, eating and changing of horses for the transit of travelers along the Habsburg - Alemannia Road that connects Venice with Bavaria crossing the Dolomite mountains.

Created For You by Chef Giulio Terrinoni in Rome, Italy


Walk your way along Via Giulia then turn towards Vicolo del Malpasso and you will see a charming restaurant with a few modern external tables set on the old Roman cobblestones. Fringed with leafy green plants and flower pots with glass walls where you can see through the restaurant's contemporary interior. An open kitchen upon entry assures you of transparency in the cuisine of Giulio Terrinoni, Chef Patron of Per Me Ristorante.