Masters of Negroni

Anyone who has ever traveled to Italy, especially in the North, has noted the distinctly Italian pre-dinner ritual known as aperitivo. A moment of relaxation at the end of a day to wind down and socialize with your friends at your favorite bar on the local piazza or just down a side street for a light drink and …

Risen – Italy’s Pane di Pasqua

  Italy’s Pane di Pasqua are tangible representations of the meaningful ties to the origins of Easter Sunday, the symbolism of seasonal celebrations and the culinary and cultural traditions of regional Italian food. Filled with raisins and candied orange peel, the classic Colomba di Pasqua is the most familiar of the traditional Italian Easter breads. …

The Complexities of Sugar in Italy

  Ordering coffee in Italy (un cafe') means ordering an espresso and for most Italians definitely means adding sugar (zucchero), usually a lot of it, into the cup.  When sweetening your coffee in Italy, you may be confused by the labeling on your packet  of sugar and the selection and variety of sugar on the …

Panettone – An Anticipated Holiday Tradition in Italy

  Panettone is an anticipated holiday tradition that places it at the center of Christmas celebrations. It is also one of the most involved and difficult Italian cakes. Derived from  panetto, the size of a small loaf, it later rose to dome-like proportions as panettone "big bread”. A native Italian panettone is made over several days …