Mellow Yellow Garlic

Garlic is part of the culinary trinity of Italian cooking. Paired with a soffritto of finely chopped onions, celery, and carrots in a 2:1:1 ratio, it is the foundation of the dishes that define the cuisine of Italy.  Slowly sautéed, hence the name soffrito (under-fried), the ingredients soften and release their flavor in an incensual bath of extra virgin olive oil …

Francis Francis

The drive from Rome to Assisi in Umbria is a short day trip (185 km or 115 miles) along dramatic mountain scenery and countless medieval hill towns where the region's volcanic soil, wet winters and sun-drenched summers grow grapes that produce some of the finest wines in the world. For pilgrim travelers entering Italy's Green Heart, it was a metaphor for …

The History and Beauty of Trasimeno – An Umbrian Lake

While Hannibal was making a name for himself ambushing Romans on the shores of Lake Trasimeno history moved to imprint the event in the landscape of rolling hills and mountains that encircle one of Italy’s most panoramic lake views. Driving along the coastal road that edges the lake you’ll pass sites that commemorate the historical …

A Tuscan Dragon

Charlemagne, lanceolate, light green color, intense aroma -   descriptions of an encounter with a medieval Tuscan dragon? - No they are the gastronomic backstory behind dragoncello, the Italian word for the herb tarragon. Native to Central Asia tarragon spread west into Italy after the Crusades. Culinary historians write that the herb was brought into Tuscany by Charlemagne …