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07 February 2020

Forbes Italy and So Wine So Food Present The 2020 Guide of 100 Italian Excellences

The first edition of the 2020 Guide of 100 Italian Excellences (100 Eccellenze Italiane 2020) by So Wine So Food, an international enogastronomic magazine in Italy, in collaboration with Forbes Italy, was presented at Mediterraneo Restaurant in MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome last 27 January 2020.

The project aims to give recognition to the enogastronomic activities that maintain a high standard and quality of Italian hospitality, service and production. It is a guide of 100 hotels, restaurants, wines and products that underlines the uniqueness of the excellence of Made in Italy.

05 February 2020

Three Rugby Mates Who Share a Love for Cuisine Open Almatò Restaurant in Rome

If they are not practicing their tackles or scrums in the rugby playing field, they are busy cooking and serving their clients with their fine dishes and wines. Rugby mates and co-proprietors Alberto Martelli, Manfredi Custureri and Tommaso Venuti, assume their respective roles, maitre d' and sommelier, restaurant manager and chef, at their newly opened restaurant, Almatò.

04 February 2020

Levyta of Queen Makeda in Rome Creates Pizzas Using Spent Grain of Tripel Beer

Brought about by the passion of craft beer by a group of friends, Queen Makeda was created five years ago by Pasquale De Lucia and his partners with the support of Laurenzi Consulting. Their goal was to establish a place where the culture of brewing beer was the focal point of the large space. There are thirty variations of craft beer on tap  wherein 15 different styles are present starting from the Indian Pale Ale to the Barley Wine, Waizen, Saison and Lambic.

03 February 2020

Beviamoci Sud: Celebrating the Great Reds of Southern Italy in Rome

Brought to the capital by the agency of Riserva Grande with the collaboration of Luciano Pignataro and Percorsi di Vino, Beviamoci Sud, the first Festival of the Great Reds of Southern Italy came to life in the halls of Radisson Blu Hotel in Rome last on the first two days of February 2020. Wine producers from the southern regions of Italy namely Campania, Basilicata, Molise, Sicily, Calabria and Puglia, along with central Lazio, the hosting region, were present in showcasing more than 200 labels of their great reds in both days.

28 January 2020

Rascioni & Cecconello Expresses The Excellence of Tuscan Ciliegiolo in its Wines

Considered as a minor grape, Ciliegiolo has long been overshadowed by Sangiovese throughout its course of history but in the recent years, interest has grown in the grape variety. It is now being produced as a dominant variety in blends and even more, single varietal wine in various wine regions of Italy like Liguria, Marche, Abruzzo, Lazio and Tuscany. Historically, its earliest mention was in the 1600s by Italian agronomist Giovan Vettorio Soderini in his book about viticulture Trattato della Coltivazione delle Viti e Del Frutto Che Se Ne Puo Cavare (Treatise on the Cultivation of the Vineyard and the Fruit That Can Be Obtained). It was mentioned that long-clustered large grapes called Ciriegiuolo Dolce with sweet and fragrant flavor and favoring warm climates was being cultivated around Florence in that period. The description of which matches the Ciliegiolo.

24 January 2020

Extremes in Comparison: Understanding Quality in Food

Two men, both experts in the Italian food sector, come together in giving educational tastings of certain food products to provide better understanding of the quality of what we eat. Estremi e Confronti (Extremes and Comparisons) is a series of blind food tastings organized by Roberto Rubino, President of ANFOSC and Metodo Nobile with the collaboration of Beppe Giovale, proprietor of Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi who hails from a family of cheese producers for 400 years. Its aim is to learn how to use the sense of taste as an indispensable parameter to recognize and identify the quality of agri-food products.

21 January 2020

Dining with a Spectacular Lake View at Croma_Lago in Ronciglione

The picturesque view of the shimmering Lake Vico surrounded by the Cimini Mountains captivates you upon entry to the glass enclosed Croma_Lago Restaurant. The splendidness of the landscape with its play of colors is the quintessence of calm and beauty, best enjoyed with a cuisine that identifies the environs laid out in front of you. Chef Andrea Fanti and his team have brought about a menu which showcases the bond with the territory through its local produce and raw materials creating a harmony between nature and the kitchen.

20 January 2020

Following The Romans at Favilla Pizzeria in Rome, Italy

Undeniably, pizza is one of the most loved food in Italy. Whether you are a local or just visiting the country, those smoky round pizzas topped with the essential classic toppings or the more venturesome combinations. Rome is dotted with pizzerias but finding a good one with good digestibility and uses quality ingredients doesn't come around often. In the district of San Giovanni of Rome, a few steps from Piazza Re di Roma is a new pizzeria called Favilla, owned by Giulia Pate, a 30-year old Roman who dedicated her time and effort in learning about the canons of pizza making.

19 January 2020

Idylio in Rome, Italy: The New Gastronomic Journey of Francesco Apreda

When Francesco Apreda broke the news about leaving Imago, his home for more than a decade and a well-known Michelin-starred restaurant on the top floor of the iconic five-star Hotel Hassler in Rome, it caused quite a stir in the Italian culinary world. After  mounted anticipation on his next step, he announced his new project soon after: joining the Tridente Collection Group of entrepreneurs Emidio and Fabrizio Pacini at their new five-star luxury hotel, the Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel along Via di Santa Chiara. Carrying the role of Chef Ambassador of the group, Apreda was entrusted the hotel's restaurants on the ground floor, Idylio, and on the rooftop terrace, Divinity Restaurant. With one of the most acclaimed chefs on board, the Tridente provides a primary culinary identity and a full-scale distinction in hospitality. In just a matter of seven months from its opening, Idylio was awarded its first Michelin Star and a string of accolades from Italian restaurant guides.

15 January 2020

Restaurant Sissi: A Destination of Every Gourmand in South Tyrol

After almost three decades since the opening of Restaurant Sissi, Chef Andrea Fenoglio has gone a long way from his small six-table space at Plankenstein Street in Merano into a bigger one with a Michelin star and three hats with Gault Millau at his current address at Galilei Street. Chef Fenoglio is one of the most celebrated chefs in the whole region of South Tyrol (Trentino - Alto Adige)  which boasts of 19 Michelin starred restaurants, five of which are located in Merano and its confines.

11 January 2020

Sensorial Gourmet Experience at Hotel Tiber in Fiumicino, Italy

Eating is defined as taking in food through the mouth: ingesting, chewing and swallowing in turn. It's a part of our daily living that we all go through routinely. But what if we slow down, look at it in a qualitatively profound way and employ all our senses in approaching it? The five senses will bridge the reinforcement in experiencing eating where food can be assimilated in a completely disparate manner to rediscover the pleasure of savoring it fully.

Hotel Vilòn in Rome, Italy: Breakfast at One of The World’s Best Hotels

Despite being a newcomer to the choices of 5-star luxury hotels in Rome, Hotel Vilòn has reached the top in no time. Accolades have arrived left and right and with its 18 distinctive rooms and suites overlooking the private gardens of Palazzo Borghese, occupancy is always full.  A well-deserved recent commendation is being included among the 129 hotels of the World's Best Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler's 2020 Gold List wherein only 3 are in located in Rome.

07 January 2020

Danilo Ciavattini, An Italian Restaurant Where The Story of Tuscia Lives

After an ample collection of professional experience in sundry kitchens around Italy, New York and Cologne, Chef Danilo Ciavattini, born in Viterbo in 1980, returned to his hometown in 2017 and opened his own restaurant calling it with his own name. But before directing his own kitchen, he went through a long and fundamental voyage of gaining knowledge from great chefs, accumulating a string of accolades and accruing experiences that defined his style in the kitchen.

03 January 2020

The Food and Wine Excellence of Lazio Region at Proloco Trastevere in Rome, Italy

When you want to get to know the enogastronomical products of the region of Lazio, there is one much preferred address to go to in the zone of Trastevere in Rome. Proloco Trastevere, opened at the end of 2018 by Vincenzo Mancino, his wife Elisabetta Guaglianone and friends Marco Natoli and Alessandro Salatino, is centered on the traditional dishes of the territory and selected food and wine products of Lazio that promote the excellence of the territory and tradition made by artisan producers.

01 January 2020

La Tognazza Presents “Amici Miei”, Combining Wine, Food & Music

The doors of Casa Museo di Ugo Tognazzi in Velletri opened once again on the last Saturday of November, the 30th, to an exclusive night of "Amici Miei", a creation of Gianmarco Tognazzi of La Tognazza Winery. Amici Miei (My Friends), a name borrowed from the popular movie in the 1970's directed by Mario Monicelli and starred by Gianmarco's father Ugo Tognazzi, is an artistic project that gives value to friendship through the combination of wine, food and music and at the same time a tribute to his father, one of Italy's most renowned actors in the 50's until the 90's.

30 December 2019

Majestic Liberty Style Brunch at Grand Hotel Plaza in Rome, Italy

The resplendent Palazzo Lozzano built in 1837 showcases the magnificence of Liberty Style architecture from floor to ceiling. A wealth of arches, columns, frescoed ceilings, velvet tapestries, immense crystal chandeliers and furnishings is the backdrop of the of 182-year old palace. Originally built as a bank, it was turned into the Grand Hotel Plaza a century and a half ago serving Rome's historical and prominent patrons. It had its share of celebrated guests who patronized its luxurious setting with the Italian opera composer Pietro Mascagni among its permanent residents from 1927 until his death in 1945. In fact, the hotel's main room, the Mascagni Hall, is named after the world-famous composer. 

20 December 2019

Gagliardo, The Best Bitter in the World Pairs with Italian High Cuisine

Gagliardo Bitter Radicale, the Italian bitter awarded as the best bitter at the 2019 World Liqueur Awards enters the arena of Italian high cuisine. Four dynamic monthly evenings in the key cities of Italy are earmarked for the dinners with cocktail matching made exclusively with Gagliardo. They are not your classic food and drink matching dinners but these are definitely new gastronomic journeys to experience. The first appointment transpired in Rome last 28 November at Acquaroof, the splendid rooftop terrace of The First Roma Arte Hotel with the remarkable creations of starred Chef Daniele Lippi accompanied by the cocktail drinks of Bar Manager Valeria Bassetti.

14 December 2019

Merano Wine Festival 2019: The 28th Edition

The 28th edition of Merano Wine Festival concluded on the 12th of November 2019 after a highly successful five-day food and wine event rich in tastings and seminars. This year's edition has seen the participation of 950 producers, 120 producers of culinary products and prominent chefs and most importantly, a total public admission of 11,500 visitors in the five-day festival.

11 December 2019

Celebrating the First Year of Grilling at Terra Eataly in Rome

November 2019 marked the first year of success for Terra, Eataly's grill restaurant. Lovers of grilled food who have been greeted by the artisan made 3-meter long grill will continue to enjoy the grilled meat, seafood and vegetables of the kitchen. With particular attention given to the superior aspect of food, the oven is fueled only by virgin oak wood from the Italian Calabria region for the unique aromas they give. Terra highlights the philosophy of grilling raw materials of superior quality as it pivots around the principal elements of fire, earth and nature.

05 December 2019

Vio’s Cooking: A Unique Aristocratic Culinary Experience in a Roman Palace

You are in Rome and you have been eating your way around the capital's restaurants with one of the most famous cuisines. Largely Mediterranean, Italian cuisine is also one of the healthiest with keen attention to quality and method of cooking. Undoubtedly, traveling to Rome is not just about visiting the ancient Roman monuments and churches because the local gastronomy plays a great role in getting to know the country.

03 December 2019

Exploring the Unconventional at Anko Restaurant in Rome

A round social table for eight with the illustrious Gianfranco Anko Cancelli at the head of the table and the open kitchen behind him, putting together unexpected innovative dishes. A Promethean cuisine strongly-inspired by the flavors and aromas of Japan awaits you. Think about dining with ipads, pizza boxes, sardine cans and other peculiar serving dishes. Most importantly, imagine a rich gastronomic experience highlighted with its individualistic characteristic. Call it Anko, a homonym with a wealth of meanings in Japanese including a name of an emperor but at Via Regina Margherita 168, it means one thing - A New Kitchen Order.

Emme Restaurant: The New Five-Star Gastronomic Address in Rome

Emme Restaurant is the newest welcoming gastronomic address to set out for in one of Rome's loveliest historical cobblestone alleys with a splendid backdrop of a terraced garden that leads to Villa Borghese. Located inside the five-star boutique hotel Rome Luxury Suites along via Margutta, Emme Restaurant aims to reflect its renowned exclusive zone where Italian celebrities like film director Federico Fellini and painter Renato Guttuso had lived, after it was popularized by the award-winning 1953 film Roman Holiday. Being very central, it can be easily accessed from Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna.

25 November 2019

The Fourth Edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World

The Week of Italian Cuisine in the World (La Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo), a project of the Italian government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation that celebrates the promotion of the Italian cuisine, has taken place around the globe between 18 to 24 November 2019.

21 November 2019

Twenty Five Years of Osteria dell’Ingegno in the Italian Capital

On 30 October 1994, Osteria dell’Ingegno opened its doors to its clients with the privileged view of the columns of the Temple of Hadrian in Piazza di Pietra at the heart of Rome. Just a few steps away from it is the are some main sights of Rome like the Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi and Chiesa di Sant’Ignazzo di Loyola. Originally conceptualized as a wine bar twenty five years ago, its focus was more on drinks and conviviality. Multi-colored with a fun contemporary style, giving a friendly and cozy atmosphere, Osteria dell’Ingegno’s space is spread out on two levels with a capacity of 60.

04 November 2019

Bento Lunch Menus at Finger’s in Rome, Italy

Finger's, a successful creation of Brazil-born Japanese chef Roberto Okabe and former football player Clarence Seedorf in Milan in 2004 continues to serve its guests with more proposals on the table. Presently on their fourth restaurant (Milan, Garden in Milan, Porto Cervo and Rome), one of which is in their two-year old Roman venue, Finger's Roma is also opening for lunch serving light and tasty proposals by Chef Kelum Botheju, Sushi Chef Mauricio Flud Giacomo and Pastry Chef Wathsi using high quality raw ingredients. There will also be the new line of Finger's Boxes which are bento lunch varieties of meat, fish, and vegetarian.

22 October 2019

Malo and Tenuta di Artimino at La Vendemmia of Rome: Where Fashion & Wine Meet

Between 14 to 17 October 2019, Rome opened its doors to the celebration of the third edition of La Vendemmia of Roma. It was one of the most exclusive events that strengthened the ties of luxury Italian and international fashion brands and wineries. Different brands in the luxury fashion district in the historical center of Rome hosted events and formats dedicated to high-end fashion, gastronomy and hospitality, guaranteeing guests the prestige dedicated to them.

Wine tastings served with appetizers in the stores with music and performances made shopping an unforgettable experience! 

19 October 2019

Vino Day in Eataly, Rome: 20% Discount on Selected Wine Labels

Eataly Rome celebrates Vino Day on 19 October 2019! For the first time in Eataly, a full single day is being dedicated to grand Italian labels at the Grande Enoteca (2nd floor) by giving everyone the chance to avail the 20% discount on a purchase of at least 6 bottles of wines selected by Eataly, in the store or online. It's definitely a unique opportunity to buy those special wines to fill up the shelves of your wine cellar.

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