What do celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and I have in common? Absolutely nothing until I spent a Sunday afternoon in late October drinking wine and sampling porchetta and salumi at Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti. Now I am part of a select confraternity of those whose motto is “meglio spendere soldi dal macellaio … Continue reading What Do Anthony Bourdain and I Have in Common?
Just returned from from Venice whose fatal charm is still as strong as ever despite the crowded vaporetti and tourist hype. The reflected light off the water still shines as unique and beautiful reflecting onto the colors of the buildings and still magically morphs into shadows. The light of Venice is legendary. Canaletto’s 18th century scenes of … Continue reading A Venetian Shadow
You like polenta right? . . . and you like cheese. Then you're ready to smoosh the two together in a Northern Lombardian dish from Bergamo called schisola (schisol) which means “squished” in the Bergamascan dialect. Bergamo is located in the scenic Italian foothills, a 45 minute train ride from Milan. The town is both modern and … Continue reading Let’s Get Smashed in Bergamo
A recent trip to Ikea for a bottle of elderflower syrup was needed to complete my reminiscence of Hugo. If you've traveled in the Trentino- Alto Adige region of Northern Italy you've probably met up with him at an aperitivo bar where he can always be found making everyone happy. He is refreshing and light, popular … Continue reading Meet Hugo – The Alpine Spritz
The white cattle Vacca Chianina (kya-NEE-na) of the Val di Chiana may be one of the oldest breeds of cattle. They were used as models for Roman sculptures. I have seen them grazing in pastures outside the town of Citta’ di Castello in Umbria and the hillsides of Tuscany near Abazzia San’Antimo. They are very impressive … Continue reading A Rite of Passage for the Taste Traveler in Italy
Part of our Italian family is from the Veneto and although Thanksgiving is not an Italian holiday I can imagine that, if it was, the Rovigno Ermine turkey would be at the center of the table. Tacchino, turkey in Italian, is eaten in Italy but it's not prepared nor sold the same as in the … Continue reading The Rovigo Ermine Turkey – An Italian Inspired Thanksgiving
The endless possibilities of the day ahead. Travel is exciting, invigorating and in the best possible way unpredictable. Here are six 10 split-second decisions that I would not hesitate to make on your next trip to Italy. Should I Stay or Should I Go . . . Off the Tourist Flow? If your destination is … Continue reading Six 10 Second Decisions That Can Change the Course of How You See and Savor Italy