Local food in Venice: moeche

Local food in Venice: moeche

When it comes to food in Italy, we tell our travelers to focus on local and seasonal. Foods that are local are of course from the surrounding area but – just as important – they are often steeped in tradition and history. Local food in Venice, a city of islands built completely on water, not surprisingly includes…

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Food and Drink, Venice & the Veneto | No Comments

Eat like an Italian: a daily schedule

Eat like an Italian: a daily schedule

When we create personalized Italy itineraries for our travelers at Italy Beyond the Obvious, food usually plays a key role. We recommend where people should eat, of course. But also: what to eat, when to eat, and what to eat when. Often, when we start discussing dinner reservations, we hear: What do you mean, restaurants in…

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Food and Drink | No Comments

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