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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.