Wine tasting in Italy: Amarone in the Valpolicella

Wine tasting in Italy: Amarone in the Valpolicella

We spent a wonderful July day wine tasting in Italy’s Valpolicella region, just north of the city of Verona. Heading out of the B&B (scroll down for photos) after breakfast, we drove through the picturesque countryside, explored a couple small towns, and learned more about the full-bodied Amarone wine that has made the area famous. Valpolicella is…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Food and Drink, Venice & the Veneto | 4 Comments

Italian hospitality, home-cooked food and new friends

Italian hospitality, home-cooked food and new friends

This is a guest post – thank you to Rinita of BonAppetour! Rome is an absolutely stunning city to experience, even, dare I say it in the heat of August. There is so much to see and to do in Rome. While visiting the gorgeous Trevi fountain one evening, some newly made friends and I along with hundreds…

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Food and Drink | 2 Comments

A cooking class in the Dolomites

A cooking class in the Dolomites

Taking a cooking class in Italy is a great way to get a more in-depth introduction to the local culture, so on a recent trip we decided to take a cooking class in the Dolomites. A group of 12 of us (we sent the kids off with a babysitter) spent a wonderful morning with chef…

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Dolomites, Food and Drink | No Comments

Five fun food trains in Italy

Five fun food trains in Italy

Getting around Italy by train is enjoyable, convenient, and inexpensive. But there’s another kind of train worth taking where getting from A to B isn’t the point: trains for foodies, or more eloquently put, gastronomic train tours, offer a unique mode of transport and fantastic scenery combined with either a full meal or a taste of seasonal…

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Food and Drink | No Comments

Five highlights of a Nutella lover’s itinerary

Five highlights of a Nutella lover’s itinerary

Nutella in Italy In honor of world Nutella day, here are some Nutella-related itinerary highlights from the place that the hazelnut treat was invented, the region of Piedmont. Nutella in Italy is really Nutella in Piedmont, and it’s really Nutella in the Langhe, just a small (but famous) corner of Piedmont mainly known for Barolo…

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Food and Drink | 5 Comments

Tips on wine tasting in Piedmont

Tips on wine tasting in Piedmont

“Piedmont has wine??” someone commented on Facebook when I posted a photo of my trip.   Wine lovers tend to know about Barolo wine and maybe the bubbly Moscato D’Asti which are both from the region of Piedmont, in Italy’s northwest corner, but ask even a well-informed Italy traveler to name top wine regions in…

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Food and Drink | No Comments

Dinner at Milan’s Cracco

Dinner at Milan’s Cracco

    When my husband proposed marriage on the terrace of our Milan apartment 12 years ago, we celebrated our engagement with dinner at Milan’s Cracco-Peck restaurant, which had just opened. Every bite was incredible, and we said that we’d return on our tenth wedding anniversary. Which, as it happens, was this summer. Apart from…

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Food and Drink, Milan | No Comments

A true home-cooked meal in Italy: Home Food

A true home-cooked meal in Italy: Home Food

If actions speak louder than words, then all I need to say is this: with just one evening in Turin recently, I chose a Home Food dinner over the city’s chocolate festival, CioccolaTO. The Turin CioccolaTO festival is a big deal. It’s on just once a year, and Turin and surrounding area is a heavy-hitter – some would…

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Food and Drink | 2 Comments

Fontanafredda: a winery and a walk in the hills of Piedmont

Fontanafredda: a winery and a walk in the hills of Piedmont

Located just outside the town of Alba and about an hour from the city of Turin, the vineyard of Fontanafredda has recently taken on new life after being purchased (from the bank) by gourmet food giant Eataly. On a recent March morning, I did the Bosco dei Pensieri (Wood of Thoughts) trail, a one hour walk that…

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Food and Drink | 3 Comments

Two reasons not to dine where the locals do

Two reasons not to dine where the locals do

  I was researching Sunday lunch options in Rome for clients recently, looking for a traditional experience (Sunday lunch is big in Rome!), but in a part of town that worked with their itinerary and within their budget. At first, I thought Trattoria Perilli would be a great fit. Just look at the evidence! Elizabeth Minchilli a…