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Pliny the Elder, story teller of the world

Second only to Aristotle, Gaius Plinius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder, was probably the most influential scholar of Antiquity, and the only one...

Italian wine: celebrating drinkability

You might think that with a bottle of fermented grape juice, drinkability comes as standard equipment. But, it just ain’t so. And what exactly is...

Chinotto: a fully Italian vintage soda

Chinotto is a citrus fruit originally from China, exclusively grown on the Ligurian coast, in the Savona area since the end of the 19th century...

A summer out of the ordinary by Italy's favorite seaside spots

Summer is on its way, or so we all hope here in Italy. The weather remains unstable, albeit temperatures are pleasant and I happily enjoyed my first...

Giada De Laurentiis: Food Network Chef goes back to her Italian roots

“Cooking with my grandfather Dino is one of my earliest memories.” In going down memory lane, Giada De Laurentiis gets emotional. With such an...

Does Italy really need Starbucks?

The news arrived just a handful of days ago, but it was barely noticed in Italy. Perhaps it’s because we are busy trying to understand who is going...

Ten signs you’ve become fully Italian

Indeed, it can happen to the best of us. It can be genetics or simple love, but when Italy gets into you, it shows. Here are ten easy-to-spot signs...

Quality of life in Italy is more than a statistic

A recent survey carried out by Best Countries and Published by US News ranked the world’s countries from best to worst. Finding places like...

Pizza shows its modern version... and don’t call it simply Margherita!

Modern pizza rhy-mes more with evolution than tradition. After its recent appointment to the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List, the dish symbol...

Easter Eggs!

Let’s be honest , it’s not only kids who love chocolate eggs : we all do! Indeed , the egg has a very ancient symbolism : it always represented life...

Bottarga: caviar made in Italy

Bottarga is nothing more than the dried and naturally processed eggs of tuna fish and mullet . It is an exceptionally delicious product, rich in...

Mimosa, Bellini and Tintoretto: masterpieces... to drink all year round!

I wonder if , in 1948, Giuseppe Cipriani, barman of Venice’s Harry’s Bar, would have thought that 5 cl of rigorously crushed ( never blended !) white...

The new secret of Alba White Truffle

The Alba White Truffle is an old acquaintance of mine. Actually, is much more than that, is a real childhood friend. Born and bred on the luscious...

From Piemonte to Veneto, the odd tradition to get cheese “drunk”

My region, Piem The history of this cheese, formaggio ubriaco in Italian, which means “drunk cheese,” originates from the regions of Veneto and...

The passion of Italian markets

Many tourists rush through Italy, ticking off cities on an imaginary bucket list, zipping through museums and taking holiday snaps in front of iconic...

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