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30 October 2018

16th Century Dining Room Passages at Passpartout in Rome, Italy

Passpartout, master key in English, is located on the ground floor of a 16th century building that underwent several modifications over the centuries. Presently, it is still going through a renovation to the construction of a hotel with 14 rooms and a terrace that gives a view of the St. Peter's Basilica and Roman terracotta tiled rooftops. The building is positioned in the heart of Borgo Pio, a stone's throw away from the Vatican City and the Passetto, an elevated passage that links the Vatican to Castel Sant'Angelo that served as an escape route of the popes when they were in danger.

22 October 2018

Occident Meets Orient in the Kitchen of Claramì Bistrò in Frascati, Italy

Two divergent countries on opposite poles, one from the east and one from the west, two completely different gastronomy brought about by their distinctive cultures, come together in the kitchen of Chef Andrea Ritarossi at Claramì Bistrò. The amalgamation of sundry aromas remains persistent in the kitchen of Andrea, a stimulating direction that he executes with excellent results.   

21 October 2018

1255 Pizzeria in Tivoli (Rome), Italy

You will know when the pizza is done well when you start digesting it like any other light food you eat. If you go through it smoothly without any sudden continued thirst and feeling of prolonged fullness, then my advice is, keep that pizzeria as a referral point for good pizzas. The soul of the pizza is the dough and that's what always counts when choosing the right one.

Il Marchese in Rome, Italy: Market, Osteria and Europe’s First Amaro Bar

Spacious, illuminated and a magnet to the passers-by along Via di Ripetta. Il Marchese has been a curiosity to the Romans and the city's guests from the time it opened last month where it enjoys a very central position just a few steps away from Ara Pacis and right in the triangular route of Piazza Navona, Colosseo and Piazza del Popolo.

The Flavors of the Sea at Locanda Indelli in Monopoli (Puglia), Italy

A small town along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Monopoli flourishes with a rich gastronomy tied to the waters. From the freshest catch of the fishing boats to the produce that are cultivated in its land, Monopoli, like its neighboring Apulian towns, has its own specialties on the table.

06 October 2018

Ristorante Trabocco Cungarelle in Vasto Marina (Abruzzo), Italy

On a clear sunny day, the wooden rustic structures on stilts on the emerald water against a backdrop of the blue sky, paints a picture of a tropical island. A trabocco is an old fishing construction on wooden stilts along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea with earliest existence in the 18th century. It can be anchored to the rocks and jut out to the sea or they can also be on the water itself. The structures differ between the areas where they are built, in Puglia or in Abruzzo.

05 October 2018

The Traditional Maritozzo Turns Gourmet at Il Maritozzo Rosso in Rome, Italy

Maritozzo is a cream-filled sweet bread bun that's typical in Rome and as any Roman would say, you can't possibly not love it! It's an icon of the capital' gastronomy and if it has been around for centuries, then it will remain in the city for centuries and centuries more. But Edoardo Fraioli has other ideas. Perchè limitarsi a mangiarlo solo dolce? (Why limit yourself in eating it just sweet?) In starting something a bit different without taking away the concept of the traditional sweet bread, he grabbed the salt instead and ditched the sugar and cream.

Cannubi, A “Grand Cru” of Barolo: Damilano Winery in Piedmont, Italy

History, heritage and tradition are three factors that complete the excellence Damilano Barolo. Founded in 1890 by Giuseppe Borgogno, Damilano is one of the oldest wineries in Barolo where the king of wines has been in production for centuries. But it wasn't until the following generation, through the hands of Giacomo Damilano, his son-in-law, did the winery turned towards the innovation of generating quality in their wine making process. And with Giacomo's direction, the winery also changed its name to Damilano. From 1997 until present, Giacomo's three nephews, Guido, Mario and Paolo Damilano took over the family winery and gave renewed value to Nebbiolo, the most important red grapes of the hills of Langhe in Piedmont.

03 October 2018

We Say Oishii at Doku Japanese Bar in Rome, Italy

Three hours after an extraordinary dinner at Doku, the first thing that you can only utter is Oishii. It means delicious in Japanese. Simone Puteo, a young Italian chef who's an ardent lover of the Japanese gastronomy, grew up knowing the cuisine by heart. And this love led him to the four corners of Doku and opened its doors last year to the Romans. Forget about sushi, sashimi or ramen because when you enter the doors of Doku, you will get a re-education of Japanese cuisine.

02 October 2018

First Rate Seafood at Osteria di Chichibio in Polignano a Mare (Puglia), Italy

Being an extremely popular small seaside town in Puglia, Polignano a Mare is teeming with seafood restaurants so anyone will never run out of places to go to. The big question is always the same. Which one is the best place to go to where the quality of the food is foremost? The most sought after are usually the ones that enthral the diners with the best views of the sea and the town. But for every serious food loving diner, what can actually ensnare anyone's attention is what's served on the table. Freshness, quality and value go side by side and at Osteria di Chichibio, you can get all three.