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27 March 2019

Surprising Gourmet Kitchen at La Fornarina Restaurant in Tivoli, Italy

You can easily understand chefs when their passion overwhelms them. They have an infectious enthusiasm that they transmit through their impeccable dishes. Perfect little details, rich combinations of colors, exploration on novel integration of flavors, playing with consistencies. The kitchen of La Fornarina has the unexpected side that Chef Simone Mancini reveals with his stimulating creations. Putting his respect on the seasonality of the ingredients, he brings forth a kitchen with vibrant tastes at the peak of their maturation. He has progressed with his professional career in some of the kitchens of the restaurants in Tivoli.

26 March 2019

Blind Wine Tasting of Frascati DOC and DOCG 2017 and 2018 Vintages

There are 1,020 hectares of land out of 8,500 hectares in Frascati cultivated with vineyards destined for the production of wines for Frascati DOC and DOCG. This area includes the municipalities of Frascati, Grottaferrata, Monteporzio Catone, VII Municipality of Rome and a portion of Montecompatri. The territory's general exposure is oriented towards west and northwest, facing towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, giving it a sea breeze that circumvents the development of humidity. The geography is composed of crater lakes and hilly areas with predominantly permeable volcanic soils caused by the eruptions of the Volcano Laziale from the Lower Paleolithic (600,000 years ago) to Upper Paleolithic (25,000 years ago) periods.

25 March 2019

Sala della Comitissa in Civita Castellana: Destination Restaurant Outside Rome

There are countless reasons why Sala della Comitissa Ristorante should be your next destination for that kind of dining experience that you only aspire to have. It's located in a historical building from the 16th century with a network of rooms, a big underground wine cellar where hundreds of wine bottles are waiting to be tasted, a garden courtyard, an indoor fountain, an outstanding chef, and the 2016 Best Sommelier of Italy serving you. And to make it even better, it is located in Civita Castellana, a beautiful ancient hamlet just 60 kilometers north of Rome.

24 March 2019

Vizi Capitali Ristorante Takes the Pure Flavors of the Sea to Rome, Italy

If you can't make it to the seaside for a great seafood meal, then there's another way to relish those delicious Italian fish dishes like they just came from the sea. Trastevere might be an unlikely place to savor the sea being in the midst of alleys, shops, tourists and restaurants but in one quiet corner of the area, for the past decade, there is a dependably good place in its simple elegant environment of earth tones of linen and wood called Vizi Capitali (which actually translates to capital sins in English). Why the name? Because Fabio Di Felice, co-owner and Executive Chef of the restaurant gives pure culinary gratification.

22 March 2019

In Fucina Restaurant's 10th Year Anniversary with Host Restaurant in Rome

Ten years have passed since Edoardo Papa opened In Fucina Pizzeria Restaurant in Rome.  A decade's activity with an accumulation of accolades and being considered as one of the best pizzerias in the capital is not just a day of celebration because the festivities has just started for a program of a months-long four-hands dinners with special guest chefs. After the initial celebration last 8 March 2019 with Giancarlo Casa Chef Patron of La Gatta Mangiona, another pizzeria that parallels the pizzas of In Fucina, 19 March instead was dedicated to seafood.

19 March 2019

Rottensteiner Winery of South Tyrol Strengthens its Logo With The Ibex

"The ibex, our heraldic crest, returns to make a fine show of itself in the logo, confirming once again our solid bond with the family and origins, while the new Rottensteiner bottles, specially created for us and at our exclusive disposal for 10 years, they intend to express uniqueness and elegance. The renewed design and review of our labels are the most tangible result of this project," declares Hannes Rottensteiner, Rottensteiner Winery's third generation.

18 March 2019

Savoring the Historical Tuscan Dishes at Ristorante Baghino in Prato, Italy

Ristorante Baghino is one of Prato’s historical restaurants that showcases the excellent culinary tradition of Prato. It was opened almost 150 years ago by the Pacetti family and it is currently managed by sisters Silvia and Guia, daughters of Franco Pacetti. Located at the heart of Prato center, the spacious restaurant maintains a charming old rustic Tuscan atmosphere with vaulted ceilings and vintage furnishings. It is very popular among the locals for their unparalleled local dishes.

16 March 2019

Unique Al Palatino Garden Restaurant of Kolbe Hotel in Rome, Italy

Old Roman structures can give unexpected labyrinths of rooms and gardens in their internal spaces. Kolbe Hotel is among one of them. As you walk through its front door and cross the lobby, another door opens to a peaceful oasis. A garden with centuries-old olive trees, citrus trees and a manicured lawn that surround Unique Al Palatino Garden Restaurant greets its guests. In the bustling city of Rome, it's something that's quite unexpected.

15 March 2019

Fabrizio Pratesi Wines, Presenting the Excellence of Carmignano in Tuscany

Fabrizio Pratesi is the result of a wine and oil making activity of the Pratesi family for five generations. The vineyards and winery are located in Lolocco, in the heart of Carmignano which has bought by Pietro Pratesi in 1875. Carmignano, about 15 kilometers southwest of Florence, is one of the lesser-known DOCG wine regions that's located in the Tuscany region and centered on the town of Carmignano. It is located in front and far from the peaks of Monte Albano which guarantees perfect sun exposure, sitting on a hilly area and with the best altitudes of 150 to 230 meters above sea level. The soil is dominantly stony with the presence of clay makes the wines complex with great structure and elegance. 

12 March 2019

Formaticum 2019: Italian Cheese Take The Limelight in Rome

Italian cheese, how much do we love them? The first edition of Formaticum, the market exhibition dedicated to the Italian cheese rarities kicked off in Rome on the weekend of 23 and 24 February 2019 at the Palazzo WeGil in Trastevere. The event was sponsored by the Lazio Region and conceived by La Pecora Nera, a publishing house that's been active for sixteen years in the world of food and wine, and Vincenzo Mancino, an expert connoisseur of cheese production who's committed to the enhancement and protection of small agricultural activities.

11 March 2019

Adelaide Restaurant at Hotel Vilòn in Rome, Italy: What Luxury Means

Walking inside a discrete door of Hotel Vilòn along a quiet cobblestone alley in the heart of Rome, a different kind of luxury greets you. Hotel Vilòn is a charming 5-star luxury hotel which is a member of the Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Director Giorgia Tozzi makes sure that the emotion in staying at the hotel is totally enthralling, where guests feel good in the enchanting atmosphere. It is inside Palazza Borghese after all, a historical 16th century palace belonging to the noble Borghese family. Referred to as the house annexed to the palace that the princes rented from the beginning of the 17th century which was then entrusted to the French nuns, Daughters of the Cross, to be converted into the First School for Poor Girls by Princess Adelaide.

10 March 2019

Cu_Cina in Rome, Italy: The Consonance of Two Cultures in Unique Dishes

Just in her twenties, Chef Stella Shi has trod determinedly on a gastronomic road less traveled by others. Born and raised in Italy to Chinese parents who originated in Shanghai with a formal education that took her to a much different route, her love for cooking overpowered her planned path to her law school education. Thus, the sudden trampoline to culinary studies. Her destination: Alma Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana in Colorno, Italy, one of the best culinary schools in the country guided by the late Gualtiero Marchese. After formalizing her basic and higher culinary studies in Alma, the professional training in the kitchens of restaurants took her to another part of Italy at La Locanda di Poero and La Peca di Lonigo. London came next at Le Gavroche of Michel Roux then Hongkong for modern Chinese cuisine.

05 March 2019

Carpineto, The Grand Wines of Tuscany : Montepulciano and Montalcino Estates

Thirty-year old wines that express youth and harmony bearing all three types of aromas (varietal, secondary and tertiary) in the palate don't come around often. Needless to say, I was completely impressed. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG 1989 of Carpineto Winery came from a 3 out of 5 star vintage, a middle range climatic quality but with the aid of good vinification, the wine came out spectacularly in the evolution as it aged. Vibrant in appearance and important in its structure, in its garnet shade, with the presence of floral aromas of violet, dark stone fruits, licorice, spices and dried tobacco and leaves the palate with fullness and persistence of its flavors. Like the 1989 vintage, the 1995 vintage of the same wine expressed itself more beautifully. Compact, full-bodied with a vibrant garnet color, this wine came out from a perfect 5 star vintage and with the aid of its vinification process, the youthful characteristics still come out after being kept for 26 years. A graceful wine in the nose and palate with ample complexities in the aromas and flavors, smooth tannins and great structure. These two wines perfectly epitomize the philosophy of Carpineto, known for their aging ability and born to excel in the glass.

04 March 2019

The Grand Blogger Dinner 2019 in Rome, Italy

On 22 February, the second edition of The Grand Blogger Dinner took place again in Rome, Italy. The event, a part of the European tour in some key capitals organized by Alwin Pascal Jager, owner and Marketing Manager of Mr. Goodiebag from the Netherlands, was to put together 45 food and lifestyle bloggers of Rome, serving five courses, each sponsored by a food brand. The night was a distinctive way to boost the social media presence of the eight food and interior specialist brands that provided for the night. 

Behind the Bright Red Door of Ristorante 1978 in Rome, Italy

There's a bright red door at Via Zara, 27 that opens to an enchanting room. With just 7 small tables that seat 20 guests at a time, an enogastronomic journey at Ristorante 1978 is one that can't easily be forgotten. 

03 March 2019

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day 2019 at Alfredo alla Scrofa

With just three ingredients, freshly-made fettuccine, butter and Parmigiano Reggiano, and with swift movements of amalgamating them, the first Fettuccine Alfredo was made in 1914. Six years later, in 1920, newly-married Hollywood stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford dining at Ristorante Alfredo alla Scrofa were served the Fettuccine Alfredo. The combination of soft ribbonlike pasta made with fresh eggs, good quality butter and Parmigiano Reggiano resulted yet in another perfect pasta dish that the actors raved about until they went back to the the U.S.