Tag - Italian food

December 2015

What do Italians eat on New Years Eve

Many Italians love to celebrate New Year’s Eve with firework displays, festivals, bonfires, concerts, and parties. Dinners may include meals such as Cotechino (Italian sausage) and Lenticchie (lentils). Italian sparkling wines such as prosecco or spumante are toasted to farewell the old year and celebrate the New Year. COTECHINO WITH LENTILS Time 2 hours and 10 minutes Difficulty Easy Course: Second Courses Served across Italy [...]

Panettone or Pandoro

Panettone or Pandoro What’s the difference? Panettone is a Milanese delicacy and Pandoro is Veronese.  Both taste great and both cities are great Christmas destinations. Originally from Milan, Panettone has a domed shape, with a soft and airy interior beneath a dark exterior. The cake dough requires several hours to make because it must be cured in a way similar to sourdough, [...]

What to do in Rome this Christmas?

Rome is a top Italian city to visit during the Christmas holiday season and the place where the celebration of Christmas originated. The first Christmas mass was said at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the earliest known permanent nativity was created for the Rome Jubilee in 1300. Here are the top Rome Christmas sights during the Christmas holiday [...]

Louis Vuitton A tale of costume

STORYTALE: Louis Vuitton has opened a new exhibition, called “A Tale of Costumes,” in Venice and Rome, which will run through March 31. The Espace Louis Vuitton in Venice aims to tell the stories of different times through three outfits, such as “Andrienne,” a feminine dress from the end of the 18th century, whose restoration was supported by the brand. Also on [...]

November 2015

modena: balsamic vinegar

Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy are the only two cities in the world that make a special kind of balsamic vinegar known as “tradizionale,” which dates back to the 11th century. Regulations exists to safeguard the process of making tradizionale. For example, the thick syrup must be made with local sweet white grapes, the vinegar must be aged in traditional [...]

Rome in the winter

It’s no secret that we love Italy, but we especially love Rome in the autumn and winter. Why? There are many delicious food festivals to devour, be it the wine, truffles or chesnut festival. It’s a food-lovers dream. During the first and second weekends of October head to Soriano nel Cimino, just a few kilometers north of Rome, for the Sagra della Castagna, or [...]

October 2015

What’s the Difference? DOCG, DOC, and IGT Italian Wines

What’s the Difference? DOCG, DOC, and IGT Italian WinesPick up a bottle of Italian wine and you’re likely to see one of these designations somewhere on the label. What exactly to these letters stand for and what do they mean? Read on… In the second half of the 20th century, Italy decided to establish a series of laws to safeguard [...]

September 2015

Bella Matera: what you need to know

Matera advertises itself as an open air museum, it is this and more. It is  a Unesco World Heritage site and 2019 European Capital of Culture, and dates back to 9,000 years ago.Matera was first put on the tourism map, because it was chosen by Mel Gibson to provide the backdrop for his movie “The Passion of the Christ”. This choice [...]

Best views of Rome by day and by night

Where are the best spots to get the most beautiful views of Rome? PincioA beautiful fairytale like backdrop of a city from the Pincio, a balcony within the villa Borghese gardens. Definitely worth the effort to climb up the Spanish steps and make way to these beautiful gardens, dotted with white 230 marble busts. Once upon a time, it was outside the [...]