Food & Wine

How to make the perfect risotto

August 2013 |
Italy is the second largest producer of rice in the world. That's a lot of rice! Risotto is a huge part of the cuisine in Northern Italy, since the rice fields are mainly located in the region of Piemonte and Lombardia, thanks to the abundance of...

Un espresso, per favore...

July 2013 |
It is probably the sentence that any beginning Italian students would be able to say when entering a café in Italy "Un espresso, per favore". But it may be more complicated than you think if you consider how many types of coffee beverage you...

Italian-American Food is Not Italian Food!

July 2013 |
Two of my Italian acquaintances recently tried to convince me that Italian-American food is not really Italian. Raised in an Italian-American family, this argument caused me to consider carefully the food we prepared and ate at home and the dishes...

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,...
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