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Salami bar in Milan: trying Italy's best wine, salami and cheese

22 April, 2020
An innovative bar in Milan has opened, celebrating the best of Italian salami products. In Corso Garibaldi, Le Rosse is a wine shop offering tastings of salami, prosciutto and other various regional ’salumi’ from Italy. Customers can get a small,…

Lessons in balsamic vinegar: the real stuff and how to taste it

22 April, 2020
It’s very rare to find good traditional balsamic vinegar. “Aceto balsamico” is one of Italy’s great products, with a grand tradition which imitations just cannot replicate. There are various balsamic vinegars on the market, and when dealing with the traditional…

Italian food festivals: polenta 'sagra' in Lazio

21 April, 2020
An unusual Italian food festival celebrating polenta will take place at Castel di Tora, Rieti in the region of Lazio. The ‘sagra‘ will take place on February 21st at the gates to the historic town centre where an enormous copper…

How to serve Italian cheese: condiments

19 April, 2020
There are many Italian cheeses that you can treat yourself to, and often the enjoyment is increased by choosing the right side serve for your cheese. With soft cheeses, aged cheese and everything right down to the simple ricotta or…

Alitalia gets best airline food award

9 April, 2020
This might be hard to believe for some, but it turns out that Italian airline Alitalia, which has been through a tumultuous period of late, has received the award for the best airline food from the US magazine Global Traveler.…

Spring recipes from Italy: pasta with asparagus

9 April, 2020
While it snowed yesterday in northern Italy, to welcome spring and Easter on April 1st, generally speaking signs that the warmer season is on its way are apparent. Which means some wonderful Italian dishes are just around the corner. We’ve…

Finding the best buffalo mozzarella in Rome

9 April, 2020
In a famous scene from one the funny Italian films from Enzo Turco, Miseria e Nobilità, our protagonist, Totò describes what good mozzarella is like. And if it’s not good, “desisti”! Italy’s best buffalo mozzarella comes from the cuisine of…

Traditional Italian recipes: canederli from the Tyrol

4 April, 2020
I’m very taken with canederli from Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige region. Generally speaking, the area has a fascinating culinary tradition with a mix of Italian and Austrian dishes where you can sometimes get the best of both worlds. One of the…

Olive oil festival in Cetona, Tuscany

2 April, 2020
The Tuscan olive oil festival of Cetona, in Val di Chiana takes place this weekend from December 5 to 7 after many days of hard work to finish the olive harvest for this year. The extra virgin olive oil festival…

Traditional Italian products: mustard from Cremona

30 March, 2020
Mention the word mustard and most Italians will screw up their nose and give you a tirade on how disgusting the food is in Germany and how the last time they went there they spent three days on a diet.…

Weekend deals for Autumn Wine Food Festival in Italy

30 March, 2020
If you’re looking for weekend deals for autumn in Italy, try going to some of the Italian food festivals on in Emilia Romagna in the month of November. The Wine Food Festival is on where you can try all sorts…

Italian desserts for summer: lemon mousse

25 March, 2020
Italian desserts for summer range from the classic gelato to semifreddo (great if you haven’t got an icecream maker) and they also know how to do a good mousse as well. This Italian recipe uses the traditional product of lemons…

Italian summer recipes: pasta with potatoes and pesto

24 March, 2020
Italian pasta recipes can get creative and while it might seem like a strange combination to some, there is more than one example in Italy of pasta and potato served together. As summer in Italy approaches and we’re in a…

Spring and Italian cheese: the cacioricotta from Salento

23 March, 2020
One of Italy’s best cheeses, made in spring, is the “cacioricotta” from Salento. Salento is the so called “heel” of Italy, the most southern and eastern point of Puglia.This Italian cheese has a double name that reflects its personality. It…

Italian recipes for fall: eggplant parmigiana

22 March, 2020
Eggplants, or aubergines, are in season at the moment and with the days getting shorter and temperatures lower, it’s time to try the comfort food of the traditional Italian recipe, melanzane alla parmigiana. I did my first attempt with an…

Italian ingredients: how to cook with artichokes

22 March, 2020
We’re currently in the middle of spring and artichoke season in Italy and while we love this traditional Italian product, cleaning and preparing the spikey artichoke variety can be difficult. Artichokes can be high in tannins and if you don’t…
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