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Italy Wants UNESCO Protection for Neapolitan Pizza
Published on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by At the suggestion of the Italian government, the country’s UNESCO heritage commission plans to propose that the art of making Neapolitan pizza be included on the United Nations’ Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. The proposal would officially distinguish Neapolitan pizza from other world-famous styles of pizza such as New York-style and Chicago-style...
Sandwiches Are Now The Lunch of Choice For Italians
Published on Saturday, January 23, 2016 by The famous tramezzino sandwich, which originated in the Caffè Mulassano di Piazza Castello in Turin in 1925, celebrated its 90th birthday last week. A version of an English tea sandwich, the Italian classic is made from two slices of crust-less white sandwich bread and cut into triangles. Popular fillings include tuna and olive, as well as prosciutto, but the Caffè ...
Italy Culinary Trend: Apericena
Published on Monday, January 18, 2016 by A recent trend shows young Italians may be straying from the longstanding tradition of eating family meals at their parents’ house every night, instead favoring a new appetizer-heavy dining concept served in bars, called apericena. Mamma has reigned as queen of the Italian kitchen for what seems like forever, with mamma’s or nonna’s cooking a symbol of home. Tha...
Sicily’s Chocolate Town: Modica
Published on Saturday, December 26, 2015 by Perhaps the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of Italy is the Aztecs – but, in one of Italy’s many peculiarities and well-kept secrets, the Sicilian town of Modica  is famous for Aztec chocolate. Passing on their discovery of an interesting new food called xocolatl from the New World, Spanish conquistadors introduced the chocolate to Sicily during the i...
Romantic Italy: Restaurant with Just One Table
Published on Sunday, September 21, 2014 by Ah, Italy, the country of romance. Here's a truly unique romantic experience in Italy - have an entire restaurant to yourself! Solo per Due (Just for Two) is the world’s smallest restaurant, with just one table for two. Guests arrive at the restaurant along a candlelit pathway and are personally greeted by the chef, and unsurprisingly, the restaurant is often the ...
Rome Food Tour: Shop and Eat As The Romans Do!
Published on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Romans take their food shopping seriously. Gathering staples and ingredients for the coming days is more of a time-honored ritual than a series of errands. Two thirty-something Rome women wanted to capture this experience for visitors to the city and the Rome Gourmet Walking Tour was born. On a sunny Saturday morning, our guide,  Gaetano, an affable and erudite re...
A Gold and Diamond Panettone to Celebrate Christmas
Published on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by The most popular Christmas dessert in Italy is panettone, a tall cake made from flour, sugar, milk, eggs, fruit and raisins. You will see these for sale in every food shop in Italy throughout the holiday season. One type of panettone you won't find everywhere is a gold-and-diamond version commissioned by a Russian businessman. Pastry chef Dario Hartvig, owner of th...
Olive Oil Harvest: Visiting An Olive Mill in Campania
Published on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by What do Italians do at the end of October and beginning of November? They harvest their olives. Up and down the country, huge olive producers as well as folks with just a few trees on their property bring together friends and workers to pick the olives from the trees. Once picked, they gather them up for a trip to the olive mill. As part of the Southern Go...
Eating in Rome: The Best Tiramisu
Published on Friday, November 1, 2013 by When in Rome, do as the Romans do and when it comes to the lauded dessert Tiramisu, they get theirs at Pompi. Pompi is known as "Il Regno Del Tiramisù"  or "the kingdom of Tiramisu." The original location for the kingdom is a coffee shop/bar, Bar Pompi,  in Piazza Roma di Rè. This is where Romans would flock to buy a Tiramisu for a dinner party or get a swee...
Eating in Puglia: Pasticciotto
Published on Monday, October 28, 2013 by I've been in the region of Puglia, in the heel of the Italian boot,  this week. The most southern part of the region is called the Salento and here they eat a favorite sweet pastry -- pasticciotto! This single-serving, crusted cake with sweet filling was born sometime in the 18th century. Of course, there is debate about where exactly this sweet treasure was in...