Food & Wine

The tastes of the Mediterranean

May 2013 |
With an incredible amount of local dishes to choose from in southern Italy, ordering at a restaurant or shopping at a local market can be rather overwhelming. So I have narrowed down the typical cuisine choices and local products you should focus...

Wedding Cakes 101

January 2013 |
After the wedding dress, the wedding cake is the next important and delicious ingredient in wedding planning. With countless options and flavors, ordering the cake is not always a piece of cake. So I caught up with Matthew Ciocca, co-owner of...

The Facts and Myths of the Seven Fishes

December 2012 |
Celebrity chefs like Mario Batali, Rachel Ray and Giada DeLaurentis have made the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve a mainstream "Italian must." Even, my non-Italian friends know about it and ask me "Do you eat seven fishes on Christmas...

Wine 101: An interview with John Williams

November 2012 |
What is a meal without a great glass of wine? Growing up, my parents would never serve us milk with our dinner; instead we were always allowed a little glass of wine. Nowadays, I couldn't imagine my meals without it, preferably red, to compliment...

Chestnuts, Italy's Famous Fall Fruits

November 2012 |
If the best time for food fairs in Italy is the fall season, then October is the best month to pick chestnuts. The mild days are still long and the forests are painted with warm, amber tones that render even a simple walk, an amazing experience...

The Different Characteristics of Wine

September 2012 |
The Romans would say in vino veritas, or wine makes the truth come out, how true! Wine has been for centuries a key element in the Italian cuisine that perfectly accompanies all of our meals. Italy is the number one producer in the world of wine,...

A Toast to an Italian Wasp

September 2012 |
Sometimes I feel a bit quirky in that I listen to National Public Radio for news and insight into things. Often the information may not be suited for a wide range of listeners. One afternoon in early August I heard the promo for a story on the...

Cardiovascular Equality to BOTH Red and White Wine Drinkers

September 2012 |
Great news for all you white wine enthusiasts out there! While most people might think that the saying "a glass a day keeps the doctor away" refers to red wine, a recent study has proved white wines have equivalent cardiovascular benefits. The...

The Gelato Palace

August 2012 |
Fassi, a gelato paradise Gelato is one of the most important protagonists during the hot Italian summers. But which one is the best gelato? If you find yourself in Rome, you must try the gelato from the oldest and biggest gelateria in Italy,...
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