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02 October 2019

Keeping the Centuries-Old Chianti Tradition at Dianella Estate in Vinci, Italy


When Francesco and Veronica Passerin d'Entreves took over Dianella Estate in 2003, they started to apply the process of modernization in the vineyards and the cellar from the previous Billeri Family's centuries old wine making facilities. In its history, they have seen success at the beginning of the 19th century when Dianella's Chianti were being found on the tables of the best Italian trattorias and restaurants, and most importantly, on the tables of  Quirinal Palace, the then official royal residence of the Kings of Italy. With the contemporized facilities, Francesco and Veronica maintained their philosophy of keeping the respect for the territory's traditions to which in 2014, they procured the expertise of oenologist Franco Bernabei in preserving their bond with the territory and cultivating local grape varieties most especially Sangiovese.

01 October 2019

Revealing the Flavors of Malaysia at Court Delicati Restaurant in Rome, Italy


Malaysia is geographically separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo) and 878 islands. Peninsular Malaysia, where the capital Kuala Lumpur is located, shares a land border with Thailand while East Malaysia shares a land border with Brunei and Indonesia. For the rest, the country is surrounded by water.

29 September 2019

Bistrot 64: A Japanese Chef’s Starred Kitchen in Rome, Italy


At No. 64, Via Guglielmo Calderini in Rome, the door of Bistrot 64 opens to a French-inspired lounge with dark wood, white grey-veined marble table tops and white walls. Minimally decorated and elegant, the subdued ambience keeps the diners' attention focused on the food created by its chef and the impeccable service provided by Emanuele Cozzo and his dining staff. At Bistrot 64, centring on the dining experience is foremost.



25 September 2019

The Roman Preview of the Merano Wine Festival on November 2019 in Merano, Italy


The weekend of the 14th and 15th September 2019 saw the Roman preview of the 28th edition of the Merano Wine Festival held at the 19th century Acquario Romano in Rome.  The Merano Wine Festival will take place soon in Merano between 8 to 12 November 2019 and this year's edition is dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci and it is also focused on sustainability, innovation and female wine producers.

12 September 2019

Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano: Tasting The Chianti Classico From Their Newest Estate


There's a 700-year story that the Frescobaldi Family has maintained in Tuscany which has a strong bond towards the world of wine. In the year 2017, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi acquired a new addition to their already substantial wine empire pegging the number to seven estates in Tuscany. Prior to the acquisition, they have been managing the estate since 2014. The six other estates are Castello Pomino, Castello Nipozzano in Chianti Rufina, Tenuta Castelgiocondo in Montalcino, Tenuta Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, Tenuta Ammiraglia in Maremma and Remole. In addition to their impressive portfolio, there are also the world-renowned Masseto, Ornellaia, Luce della Vite, Danzante and Attems.

10 September 2019

Genuinely Good Lucanian Cuisine at Becco della Civetta in Castelmezzano


The drive through Basilicata Region opens up to a charming little surprise. Concealed in the Lucanian Dolomites at an altitude of around 1000 meters is the town of Castelmezzano, a peaceful jewel with a breathtaking landscape of the mountain ranges. Its undisturbed tranquility and resplendence has enchanted anyone who crosses its path. In fact, it is among the towns comprising the Borghi Più Belli d'Italia (Italy's Most Beautiful Villages) and The Telegraph's list of Italy's 19 Most Beautiful Villages in 2017. 

08 September 2019

Dine and Cruise at Volga Volga Restaurant in Saint Petersburg, Russia


With a system of rivers and canals running through Saint Petersburg, seeing the city from the water allows a different perspective in observing the resplendence of the metropolis. There are the usual boat tours that can be taken along the water but what can really be fascinating is dining while cruising along Neva, the largest river that flows along most of the center of the city. Volga Volga, a part of the Ginza Project, is a restaurant on a double-deck riverboat that's tastefully furnished for diners who want something particularly elegant and relaxing at the same time. 

07 September 2019

Amaro Formidabile: The Award-Winning All-Natural Handmade Italian Bitter


Amaro Formidabile stands out from the rest of the amari for two reasons. It is made with all natural ingredients and done manually by its creator Armando Bomba. Unlike the other amari in the market, Amaro Formidabile is produced by cold maceration in grain alcohol of various botanical ingredients without any aid of additives, colorants, caramel or any type of aroma that's either synthetic nor natural that are extracted from raw materials that most industries use.

 

It has garnered a couple of prestigious international awards namely the Gran Medaglia d'Oro (Grand Gold Medal) at the Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2018 and the Medaglia d'Oro (Gold Medal) at the International Spirits Challenge 2019

06 September 2019

Discovering Cantina Imperatori Viognier on a Vineyard Lunch with Chef Max Marioli


Chef Max Mariola, the Italian chef famous for his TV cooking program on Sky Gambero Rosso and Executive Chef of the Boscolo Group of Hotels in Italy and Europe, finds the optimum pairing for Cantina Imperatori Viognier IGP Lazio with his summer dishes. For starters, he prepared a fresh and tasty version of Panzanella, a typical Tuscan tomato and bread summer dish, wherein he added some baccalà (salted cod) then served them in individual jars. Continuing with the same wine, he cooked an aromatic and simple Pasta with Garlic, Mint and Pecorino Cheese. The lunch ended with Maritozzo filled with Ricotta, Peaches and Vanilla. Max is known for his clean and linear kitchen made of seasonal ingredients with little elaboration and straightforward cooking techniques that are within everyone's reach. A native of a town close to Rome, he reinterprets well the traditional regional dishes that he knows by heart to his original versions.

03 September 2019

Dziaugsmas Restaurant in Vilnius: Lithuania’s Best Restaurant


Opened in 2017 and it immediately became the second best restaurant in Lithuania just as few months later. It then moved up to the first position for two years in a row, 2018 and 2019. And to underline this success, it is consistently fully-booked with a capacity of 64. That's the phenomenon that Chef Martynas Praškevičius of Dziaugsmas Restaurant has created in the gastronomic scene of Lithuania. Located in the city of Vilnius, this three-level restaurant has a contemporary environment of gray monochrome of steel, stone and wood wherein the dishes are magnified in the subdued and minimal setting, in the true sense of culinary protagonism.

29 August 2019

Elements in Rome, Italy: Fusion Sushi by the Champion of Sushi Cup Portugal


Sushi as we come to know it to this present day has been made in Japan since the Edo Period, around 200 years ago. It has been around even much before with a different method of preparation wherein the fish is fermented with rice vinegar, rice and salt, while the rice is discarded afterwards and not consumed. During the Edo Period, the haya-zushi or fast sushi was invented and it became the symbol of Japanese cuisine. It's a kind of sushi assembly that we know wherein both the fish and rice mixed with vinegar can be eaten at the same time. With its incredible popularity, sushi has gone global, spreading all over the world and even conjoined with the local food culture of some countries. 



28 August 2019

Gorgona, The Wine of Hope by Frescobaldi and The Island Prisoners in Italy


On an early warm morning of the 20th of June 2019, our curious group of fifty people comprised of sommeliers, journalists and trade professionals in the wine sector boarded a chartered boat at the Italian port of Livorno. The group was led by Lamberto Frescobaldi, a 30th-generation Tuscan winemaker and the president of the Marchesi Frescobaldi Group, flanked by Nicolò D'Afflitto, Frescobaldi's Chief Oenologist. 

The destination: Gorgona Island.

26 August 2019

Hamlet + Jacks in Saint Petersburg: A Taste of Modern Russian Gastronomy


One of the most promising young talents in modern Russian gastronomy, Chef Evgeny Vikentev, presents his innovational cuisine at Hamlet + Jacks Restaurant in Saint Petersburg. The restaurant that used to be an old jewelry workshop is located just a short distance from the luxurious DLT Department Store and the Hermitage Museum where it commands a continuous flow of local and international diners. The five founders, musician Hamlet Movsisyan, Evgeniy Litvyak, Evgeniy Khitkov, Evgeniу Tonkov and Chef Evgeny Vikentev bestowed their restaurant the distinctive name Hamlet + Jacks which pertains to their names.

25 August 2019

Max Cekot Kitchen in Riga, Latvia: An Unforgettable Dining Experience


A meal at Max Cekot Kitchen leaves an indelible impression. From the minute you enter the main door until you stand up from the table in conclusion of your meal, everything is well thought out, focused on you as a guest and the food as the protagonist.

Opened in September 2018 by Chef Patron Maksims Cekots at a location that one would describe as the least likely place to open a restaurant, Max Cekot Kitchen continues to prevail in providing a phenomenal gastronomic journey given to excellent quality, naturalness and creativity. His kitchen is an original representation of Baltic and Scandinavian cuisines. 

19 August 2019

The Gourmet Kitchen of Chef's Corner in Riga, Latvia


It's not everyday that you find a hamburger that's as succulent and delectable as Chef's Corner does it and for sure it's not everyday as well that you get to be served a burger with a pair of black rubber gloves to eat it with. It's surprising at first but as you take your first bite in that juicy burger, you will be thankful that they thought of giving you a pair. Of course for the burger purists at heart, eat with your hands and enjoy each bite!

17 August 2019

Restaurant Cru at Tallinn: One of Estonia's Best Chefs Cooks


You can clearly note that you won't get hungry in Tallinn. This 13th century UNESCO World Heritage Site not only boasts of its fairy tale streetscapes but also the innumerable restaurants that have occupied most (if not all) of the ground floor of the colorful medieval houses in the old town. There, at Viru Street, one of Tallinn's busiest pedestrian streets, stands Restaurant Cru. With a little bit of maneuvering once inside its arched doorway and through their small courtyard, the restaurant opens up to an elegant restaurant divided into two dining halls.

15 August 2019

Art Priori in Tallinn, Estonia: A Silver Spoon Fine Dining Excellence


Art Priori is a restaurant where fine art and high cuisine share a space together. Opened in 2015 in one of the more quiet cobblestone roads of the old town of Tallinn, Art Priori is an imperative gastronomic (and artistic) stop for those who are looking for something that's out of the usual tourist route. It is decidedly one of Estonia's best restaurants as evidenced by its Best Fine Dining Award in the Silver Spoon, the highest attainable quality label the excellence of Estonian gastronomy and being in the White Guide, a very important authoritative guide of the restaurant culture in the Nordic countries. 

14 August 2019

Dining on the Top: Rome’s Rooftop Terraces


When summer lands in Rome, there are two directions where the gastronomic roads lead to. While most head to the direction of the nearby coasts, where the sea breezes undertake its rejuvenating role, another path heads upwards towards the rooftops. There might not be the caressing sea wind or the endless sea that gives a fantastic view, but there is the unparalleled picture perfect panorama of the Roman skyline filled with distinctive church domes, terracotta roofs, and ancient Roman monuments. Coupled with the exquisite Italian cuisine, and a sunset that gives that flaming orange tint in the sky and a cocktail in hand, Rome's rooftop terraces are the places to be right now when you are in the city. Here are some of rooftop terraces to visit for dining and for cocktails while watching the sun go down over the enchanting city of Rome. 

12 August 2019

The Flair: Rooftop Restaurant of Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol in Rome, Italy


Christened with a new name and a new identity, the rooftop restaurant of Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol in Rome sets sail under the command of its new executive chef, Alessandro Caputo just a few months ago. A young chef who grew up in Sicily, one of Italy's celebrated islands for its rich and strong Mediterranean gastronomy, Alessandro creates a kitchen with indications of Italian and European cuisines marked with French style and cooking techniques. He has a contemporary approach with well-defined flavors that distinctly identifies the ingredients. Techniques, rigid attention to the quality of of the raw materials and years of training is a perfect amalgamation in the evolution of his autographed kitchen.



Cocktails With a Roman View at The Court of Palazzo Manfredi


Located inside the 5-star luxury hotel Palazzo Manfredi, The Court, the newly-opened cocktail bar bestows a phenomenal view of Rome's iconic ancient Roman monument, the Colosseum. Atypical of the position of popular cocktail bar terraces in Rome, The Court is actually one floor down. From the hotel's main entrance, take one flight of stairs to go down and the courtyard opens to an awe-inspiring place. Flanked by two high walls with a 7-meter long travertine counter on one side and living room on the other side, The Court resembles an open air theater with a widescreen view in front - the majestic Colosseum and the Ludus Magnus, the ruins of the greatest gladiatorial school of ancient Rome.

09 August 2019

Jacopa Rooftop Terrace in Rome, Italy: The Carribean Terroir Daiquiri Night


On the first summer night of August with the perfect temperature and rhythm, the Carribean Terroir Daiquiri Night colored the rooftop terrace of Hotel San Francesco with different shades of daiquiris. Jacopa Cocktail Bar, located on the rooftop terrace of Hotel San Francesco in the Trastevere area, hosted the daiquiri night featuring three artisan rum producers expressing different terroirs and styles: Clarin, Hampden and Veritas.



08 August 2019

On the Table With Adelight, The Summer Plate of Adelaide of Hotel Vilòn


They refer to it as their summer princess, we cite it as one of the best gastronomic delights of summer. Gabriele Muro, Executive Chef of Adelaide Restaurant of Hotel Vilòn created his latest dish dedicated to this season. For the whole summer, he proposes a full healthy meal served in just one plate.

Called ADElight, the dish is composed of black venere rice bordered by thin slices of avocado then topped with various seafood and summer vegetables. 

03 August 2019

Breakfast at Grand Hotel Plaza in Rome, Italy


Stepping inside the magnificent centuries-old Grand Hotel Plaza gives its guests a dramatic welcome at its main hall, the Salone delle Feste with its richness of frescoes, velvet tapestries and immense crystal chandeliers. The majestic Art Nouveau details that greet the eyes is just the beginning of the Grand Hotel Plaza experience where the golden age era displaying its untouched prominence. This historical hotel in the heart of Rome has its unblemished antiquity to partake with its guests who are highly appreciative of arts, elegance, culture and gracious hospitality. 



01 August 2019

Genuinely Japanese at Junsei Restaurant Kaiten Sushi in Rome, Italy


Although Italian gastronomy dominates the restaurant scene in the Rome, a kaleidoscope of choices give broad possibilities on assorted cookeries. However, in a big city like Rome, there is only a sprinkling of good Japanese restaurants serving authentic cuisine. One option in the Testaccio area is Junsei Restaurant where the kaiten sushi (or rotation sushi) plays protagonist. It's a rotating conveyor belt that moves past the counter or nearby tables containing freshly-done small plates of sushi and the diners sitting nearby can freely pick out what kind of plate to take aside from the dishes that can be ordered from the menu.

Nebbiolo's Various Expressions in Piedmont, Italy


Referred to as the king of grapes in Piedmont and the variety that makes one of Italy's world-renowned wines, Nebbiolo is a true embodiment of elegance, power and ageability. Although there are several indigenous grape varieties present in this northwestern corner of Italy where 44,579 hectares of vineyards are being cultivated, Nebbiolo establishes its best definition in this land.

10 July 2019

Get Much More Than Gelato at Selina Ice Cream Company in Rome


At Selina Ice Cream Company, is not just about the traditional Roman gelato experience. Enter the world of irresistible creativity, pop and fun with sweet treats: cheesecakes, brownies, bubble waffles, cakes, ice cream cookies, ice cream bars, macarons, waffle pops, donuts, milkshakes and more, just like a classic American bakery. There are different shapes, colours and sizes to choose from where kids and adults can indulge on their sweet tooth. 



29 June 2019

Le Meridien Visconti Hotel in Rome Opens Roof 7 Terrace for Summer


26 June 2019, the rooftop terrace of Le Meridien Visconti Hotel officially opened its rooftop terrace, Roof 7 Terrace, bringing an effervescent cocktail night to its guests. The terrace was dressed in yellow in celebration of Au Soleil, the launching of the hotel's summer program of engaging events. Under the Sun it is for the party with the sunniest yellow motif in Rome. Scattered about were baskets of lemons, cocktail drinks like the Hugo Au Soleil drink made specially for this summer, hats, sunglasses, yellow-striped pillows, umbrellas and a bright yellow Vespa, recalling the unmistakable style of the beach clubs of the French Riviera in the 1960s.



28 June 2019

Aqualunae Bistrot: It All Started With the Fountain of Piazza dei Quiriti in Rome


Everything revolves around a fountain in Rome For Emanuele Paoloni, a young chef who lives in the capital's Prati district. The Fountain of Caryatids, built in 1928 by Attilo Serva, stands in the middle of Piazza dei Quiriti. It is here where Emanuele grew up as a boy, and met his wife Alessandra with the fountain as the backdrop to his personal and professional story. And it is also here where he decided to realize his other dream, the place where he opened his first restaurant. In homage to the magical moment when the moon touches the flowing water of the Fountain of Caryatids, he named it Aqualunae.

Off Club: Cosmopolitan Asian Gourmet and Cocktail Supper Club in Rome


Located at the edge of Rome, Off Club opens its doors at Casal Bertone to a spacious 400-square meter space spread out on three levels of full immersion of Asian gourmet and optimum cocktails. An eclectic atmosphere with a decisively contemporary  and minimalist line, the supper club was conceptualized by Matteo Di Persio and Francesco Curcio then realized by the renowned Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo.

26 June 2019

Osteria di Birra del Borgo on the Beach at La Scialuppa da Salvatore in Fregene


June 21st marked the first of a series of nights of Osteria di Birra del Borgo on the Beach at La Scialuppa da Salvatore Restaurant in Fregene. Starting at 18:30, aperitif is served at the kiosk fronting the water where blankets are spread out on the sand for a laid-back cocktail experience as the sun suffuses the sky and sea with orange tones. It's one of the best ways to savour summer!

25 June 2019

Torres Viña Esmeralda Summer Party at Madeiterraneo in Rome, Italy


24 June 2019, while the sun bathed the Roman sky with beautiful hues of orange, the Rooftop Terrace of Madeiterraneo Restaurant on the 7th floor of La Rinascente hosted a party tinged with green. Viña Esmeralda Summer Party, organized by Boldrini and Familia Torres presented Torres Viña Esmeralda Summer Edition 2014, an aromatic blend of Muscat of Alexandria and Gewurztraminer. It's a wine that the Torres Family created to celebrate the Mediterranean coasts with its fragrant fruity and floral aromas which embodies the magic of summers in the Spanish coasts. Along with the wine, Michelin-starred chef Riccardo Di Giacinto created some dishes that go well its floral and fruity flavors and delicate acidity. 

24 June 2019

Il Podere di Marfisa of Tuscia in 3 Angles: Wellness Hotel, Restaurant and Wine


You tend not to count the minutes when you travel in the countryside between Rome and Viterbo for two hours. Like in all parts of Italy, the panorama is pulchritudinous, especially when you pass by Lake Bolsena. Olive orchards, vineyards and in summer, fields of colorful wildflowers. It's an enthralling view that reaches its finest when you enter the gates of Il Podere di Marfisa.

Good Health and Wellbeing Counts at YogAyur Bistrot in Rome


YogAyur, a yoga center founded by yoga and meditation instructor Federico Insabato has enlarged its scope by offering a kitchen that fully completes its philosophy of harmonizing the body, mind and heart under one roof. The newly-opened YogAyur Bistrot proffers a distinctly healthy side of gastronomy offering a cuisine that specializes in vegetarian and variants of vegan and raw food philosophies. Behind the force is Catia Briganti, who takes with her an approach to natural and healthy cuisine.

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.