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21 March 2020

Il Marchese in Rome, Italy: Tasting Italian Cuisine Like How It Was Before

Davide Solari and Lorenzo Renzi, school friends from a very young age, conceived the idea of opening Il Marchese in Rome, the city where they grew up in. Il Marchese was inspired by the homonymous movie of Mario Monicelli which stars Alberto Sordi, Il Marchese del Grillo (The Marquis of Grillo). The elegant setting of the restaurant takes you back to the noble setting of the aristocratic world of the Roman tradition in the early 19th century. With a capacity of 110 seats, it is open to everyone who wants to have a genuine contemporary and traditional Roman experience at 360 degrees at a suggestive ambience. It is counterbalanced by the coal man, the other character in the movie who represents the common people of that epoch which inspires the culinary offerings of the kitchen and the simpleness of the Roman spirit.

19 March 2020

The Grand Blogger Dinner 2020 in Rome, Italy

In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak in the northern part of Italy, the third edition of the Bohemian-style The Grand Blogger Dinner Rome pushed through with great success on the 27th of February 2020. Heavy rains and some absences of some guests due to travel restrictions did not hinder the delightful evening. Alwin Pascal Jager, founder and owner of Mr. Goodiebag and his team from the Netherlands made sure that the third edition were as memorable and enjoyable as the first two editions held in Rome. This year's dinner was held in Settimo Restaurant, the 7th-floor terrace restaurant of Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. The products of six brand partners were used by three talented chefs in developing an exquisite 5-course dinner accompanied by corresponding drinks.

10 March 2020

The Simple and Quality Cuisine of Moma Restaurant in Rome, Italy

Embracing two styles of culinary offerings throughout the day, Moma Restaurant is a unique kind of restaurant with two chefs directing two kitchens. It is set in a two-storey building wherein the ground floor functions as a bistrot with a large bar, open for breakfast and lunch with simple and fast gastronomic offers while the second floor is employed as Moma's Michelin-starred restaurant, the gourmand soul which offers a well-researched menu.

06 March 2020

Settimana delle Birre Artigianali 2020 in Italy: An Event Dedicated to Craft Beers

The tenth edition of La Settimana della Birra Artigianale (Craft Beer Week), transpiring between 2 to 8 March 2020 all over Italy, has grown to a registry of 546 members from 311 craft beer brewery members in its creation in 2010. 

This largest event dedicated to craft beer was created by Andrea Turco, founder of Cronache di Birra, a highly popular blogzine that offeres a daily window to the world of Italian craft beers. The ten-year annual celebration has seen a stable growth of interest of production and consumption among thousands of passionate beer lovers all over the country which highlight the quality beer products of independent craft breweries. Along with Turco is Salvatore Cosenza, one of the founding members and teacher of the Unione Degustatori Birre (Union of Beer Tasters) and writer about beer, food and restaurants for various sites and guides in Italy, and curator of the page Lieviti Digitali where he posts his collections of all his articles and activities.

05 March 2020

Aroma Restaurant in Palazzo Manfredi in Rome: Breathtaking Dining Experience

In Rome, the places to see, the things to do and the food to eat are more than enough to fill up a brimming wish list. The myriad offerings take up almost every corner of the city like a sprawling museum to be discovered on foot or even better, from above. Palazzo Manfredi, a 5-star luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the city has dedicated one of its terraces to one of Rome's most enticing culinary destinations that overlook the Colosseum. It has one of the most unparalleled panoramic views of the immense two thousand year old ancient Roman amphitheater and the ruins of Ludus Magnus, the largest gladiatorial school during the same period.

03 March 2020

Art Inspires The New Cocktails of Sky Stars Bar of A. Roma Lifestyle Hotel in Rome, Italy

An evolution of art from marble sculptures to paper and finally to its liquid from in glass is the latest concept of Sky Stars Bar, the panoramic cocktail bar located on the third floor of A. Roma Lifestyle Hotel. While Sky Stars keeps its mainstay cocktail concoctions, this month's theme is a list of ten original contemporary drinks based on the art of Stefano Azzena created by Bar Manager Alessandro Antonelli flanked by Claudio Diamantini and rest of the skilled bar staff.

20 February 2020

I Migliori Vini Italiani of Luca Maroni 2020 in Rome, Italy

The 21st Edition of I Migliori Vini Italiani (The Best Italian Wines) of Luca Maroni, held between 13 to 16 February 2020 in Salone Delle Fontane - EUR in Rome concluded with another huge success. More than 5,000 visitors attended, visiting the stands of the 140 producers with more than 800 labels available for tasting. The selected best Italian wines by Luca Maroni are decreed in his 29th edition of the Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani (Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines).

19 February 2020

Huobi Oriental Market: A Walk Through Asian Culinary Journey in Rome, Italy

An 800-square meter Huobi Oriental Market opened its doors in the vibrant area of Porto Fluviale, once the historical supply route of the Ancient Romans, specifically in the location of the old Mulini Biondi (Biondi Mills) from the early 1900s. Huobi is a sprawling restaurant that's exclusively dedicated to Asian gastronomy, particularly Japanese and Chinese cuisines. Proprietor Valentina Weng, residing in Italy for three decades and former owner of Ostiense Dogana Food and along with Studio GAD, an architectural studio, the creation of Huobi stems from the idea of having a convivial place which embraces the rising gastronomic trend with Oriental signatures.

18 February 2020

Casina Valadier in Rome: Panoramic Fine Dining With Chef Massimo D’Innocenti

Built between 1816 and 1837 by Roman architect Giuseppe Valadier, the Casina Valadier has been one of the most resplendent villas in Rome representing the elegance and beauty of Neoclassism. It is located in the heart of Villa Borghese on the highest point of the Pincian Hill, in the midst of gardens, away from the bustle of the city. Throughout its 200 years of history, it has gone through different changes of hands withstanding years of decline and flourishment. Until the 1990s, it has been one of the most popular restaurants in Rome. Then in June of 2004, after going through extensive works on its Neoclassical interior of Pompeian-style paintings and frescoes, its original glory was finally reinstated.

17 February 2020

Chef Apreda’s Wednesday Night of Pizza and Champagne at Divinity Restaurant

Immediately after the opening of Idylio Restaurant on the ground floor of the five-star Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel of the Tridente Collection Group, Chef Francesco Apreda further extends his talent to developing pizzas at Divinity Restaurant on the top floor indoor and outdoor areas of the hotel.

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.

31 January 2020

The Art of Cooking at Culinaria Restaurant in Rome, Italy

In a busy tourist hub like the area of restaurant-dotted Roma Termini, it can be quite a task in finding a restaurant where you hope to find good Italian food that's within a reasonable price range. Just at the back of the Baths of Diocletian at Via Gaeta, a quiet side road, a dependably good restaurant awaits its patrons with its inspiring cuisine. 

Culinaria is a restaurant created by siblings Bernardo Folino and Maria Pia Folino who come from a family of restaurateurs. Having extensive hands-on experience in the field, they decided to devote themselves to a place of their own. Now on its fifth year, Culinaria enjoys an established local and foreign clientele who have gourmet-curious palates that assures them of excellence in quality.

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.

17 December 2019

Quintorè: Gualdo Del Re’s High End Tuscan Merlot Debuts in Rome

Gualdo del Re of Suvereto, Tuscany launches its new wine, the Quintorè 2016 at Retrobottega Restaurant in Rome. About twenty four guests occupying the two large sharing tables are all swirling, smelling and tasting the semi-dense dark ruby red liquid in their wine glasses, the first vintage of the estate's Merlot vinified from a selection of grapes cultivated from a particular parcel of land of the estate.

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.

Sofitel Wine Days 2019: The Celebration of Wine at Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese

The 2019 edition of the Sofitel Wine Days, an international event that proposes a new journey into wine in the Sofitel World Hotels concluded at Settimo, the Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese's breathtaking rooftop restaurant on the 13th of November. Launched by Sofitel, the luxury brand ambassador of the French Art de Vivre of the Accor Group, the event, which is now on its eighth, gave a unique opportunity in deepening the wine culture with the guidance of expert sommeliers and wine critics by discovering excellent wines, new aromas and flavors.

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.