Make Time for the Locals

One of the best ways to get to know Italy is to get to know Italians, so if your waiter or barista or hotelier strikes up a conversation, I highly recommend making time for them. They are most likely not chatting with you in the name of Good Customer Service or because they want something…

The Italian Cheese Cart

It's easy to go to Italy and completely miss experiencing The Cheese Cart: traveling on a budget often means pizza for dinner; and at a ristorante, after the bread basket, antipasto, primo, secondo and dolce, when the waiter rolls around with the cheese cart it can be hard to answer with more than a groan.  But…

Posted by on May 1, 2009 in Food and Drink, I Recommend | No Comments

Farinata

Farinata could be described a sort of dense savory pancake; or maybe as a thin chick pea pizza crust; or maybe as a heavy, thick tortilla.  In any case it's a batter of chick pea flour with water and olive oil, baked in an oven and then sprinkled with salt and maybe some herbs like rosemary.…

Eataly, Turin

Eataly, as the name suggests, is about eating in Italy. So I'm dedicating an entire post to it. Eataly was built during the major overhaul done in Turin to prepare for the 2006 winter Olympic Games, and is basically a gourmet grocery store offering all foods Italian. It's divided into sections with meats (prosciutto, anyone? See photo below), cheeses, produce,…

Posted by on Nov 25, 2008 in Food and Drink, Turin | No Comments

Aperitivo in Italy

Aperitivo in Italy is a thing. The word aperitivo means a pre-dinner drink, which Italians have been doing for years, but in the past decade or so the term has broadened to mean a drink that comes with a pretty extensive buffet of food. The tradition started in northern Italy, in Milan and Turin and…

Posted by on Sep 18, 2008 in Food and Drink | No Comments

Wines of the Veneto

Everyone knows that in Italy, the Chianti region of Tuscany is wine country. But some of my favorite wines of all time are from the Veneto, and I'd recommend the three wines below to anybody. In the order I'd drink them: 1) Prosecco A white bubbly wine made from grapes grown just north of Venice,…

Posted by on Aug 5, 2008 in Food and Drink | No Comments