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…

Ode to Ronchi (via San Maurilio 7, Milan)

  I've been de-cluttering for the last few months to get ready to move to San Francisco. SF will be the eleventh city I've lived in and the fifth my husband and I have lived in together, so I've been-there-done-that and going through Stuff is still not fun. But for this move, I'm going to finally…

Posted by on Jan 7, 2011 in Food and Drink, Milan, My Stories | 2 Comments

Italy’s Autogrill cookbooks

After my interview and the discussion about (among other things) the Autogrill cookbooks on theEye on Italy podcast, I got the books out to check the publisher and locate them online. I didn’t find evidence that they could be purchased online (except for this), but I had fun thumbing through my bookmarked recipes, and decided…

Posted by on Jun 28, 2010 in Food and Drink | 2 Comments

Picnics in Italy

The photo above was a picnic for about 20 people that we organized at a farmhouse in Tuscany. We just knocked on the door and asked the owners if we could use their back yard and it worked well. Picnicking can be a great way to save money, not worry about researching and booking a…

Food and Wine in Sicily

I recently created a Sicily itinerary for a couple who wanted a gastronomic theme. Experiencing the food and wine in Sicily was the goal, so their trip included a cooking class, markets, and winery visits, and I put together a food checklist for them which I’ve included below. As in the rest of Italy, Sicilian food…

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Food and Drink, Sicily | One Comment

The Best Family Restaurants in Turin

If you’re heading to Turin with children and looking for suggestions on where to eat, check out the guest post by Italy Beyond the Obvious at ItaliaKids. Whether you’d like a romantic adult dinner but don’t have childcare, or are looking for a play area and children’s menus, or just want to have Sunday brunch in…

Posted by on Nov 11, 2009 in Food and Drink, Turin | No Comments

3 Reasons to take food photos on vacation

Unless you’re a foodie or a food photographer, you’re probably like me (and most tourists), and put away the camera when food arrives on the table. Here are 3 reasons to document your gastronomic experience in Italy. 1) Recipes you can replicate at home are the best souvenir. A lot of Italian food is really…

Posted by on Nov 5, 2009 in Food and Drink | One Comment

The Best Italian Souvenir, Ever

The Best Italian Souvenir, Ever

Bottles of Limoncello, pottery from Tuscany, or Venetian glass may be the best gifts to bring back from Italy, but they are heavy, breakable, and inconvenient to travel with. So what do you buy for all those friends who were thrilled with a set of cloth napkins from the market after your last trip? When…

The Fragolino Controversy

 I remember when I was first introduced to Fragolino. It was in Milan in 2002, at an Irish bar near our apartment. My husband and I ordered a bottle of the house-made Fragolino wine on a friend’s recommendation, and it was one of the yummiest wines I have ever tasted.    A perfect summer wine, it…

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in Food and Drink | 10 Comments