Italy’s sweet Christmas treat: Panettone

For foodies like us, the first sign of Christmas approaching in Italy is seeing the bakeries stocking fresh-made Panettone*. Panettone is light and fluffy, meaning that a slice of this traditional Italian Christmas recipe may be as big as both your hands cupped together. Translating to something like ‘Big Bread’, it’s a kind of a […]

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Slick Snack: Italian Garlic Bread Recipe

Garlic bread is a traditional side dish served in many Italian restaurants… just not those actually in Italy. In Italy, you may find instead it’s leaner and lighter cousin, Bruschetta. What is commonly – albeit erroneously – called Bruschetta abroad (i.e. toasted bread with tomatoes) in Italy is actually called Bruschetta al Pomodoro (a.k.a toasted […]

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The simplest Tuscan fish recipe: baked sea bass

Cooking in Tuscany comprises making delicious traditional Tuscan recipes using a few simple and fresh ingredients. One great example is baked sea bass – Branzino. This simple recipe is great for dinner parties as it can be prepared ahead of time, makes very little mess, looks impressive and tastes delicious! There is also no need […]

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HUNCHBACK CARDI RECIPE: Italy’s ugliest & tastiest vegetable

  The poor ol’ “cardi gobbi” – the hunchback cardoon – is perhaps one of the ugliest vegetables around. But it can be easily turned into one of the yummiest served with the below “bagna càuda” (warm sauce) simple vegetable recipe. Coming from the Piedmont region of Italy, the cardi gobbi is a cardoon that […]

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Italian Food – best foods to try in Italy

Local italian foods, what to eat in Italy

One of the best ways to experience cultural immersion in Italy is simply to enjoy a delicious  Italian meal! Each region of Italy has unique specialties that have evolved throughout the centuries to perfectly combine the local in-season ingredients. There are a few tricks to ensuring that you can enjoy the true local cuisine. Firstly, […]

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Romance Made to Measure – Valentine’s Day in Italy

Everyone has their own idea of what is romantic. For some, it’s red roses and chocolates. And if you like red, roses and chocolates, that’s great. However, if you’re looking for some out-of-the-chocolate-box ideas for the most romantic day of the year, here are some unique and romantic things to do for Valentine’s day: 1. […]

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The fine art of coffee

And God said to Michelangelo...

As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous works including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to Michelangelo’s Creation of Man on the Sistine Chapel […]

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Happy Harvest: Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Tuscany, Italy

Olive oil used to be stored in specially made terracotta vats

Talk in Tuscany at this time of year is all about oil – the time of the harvest, the amount of olives collected, and finally the ‘liquid gold’ itself – Tuscany’s beloved cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Harvest is done when the olives are a nice mix of ripe (but not overly so) and […]

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Shopping in Italy: the fashion for fine food, friends and fun

Shopping in Italy: the fashion for food, friends and fun

Italians generally don’t shop in mega shopping complexes*. Rather, shopping is done by visiting farmers markets and small stores run specialists in their trade. If you want bread, visit the baker. For meat, see the butcher. In the interest of ensuring top quality, it makes perfect sense. And loaf by loaf, slice by slice, storeowners […]

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