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12 12, 2008

Let Them Eat Cheese

December 12th, 2008|Categories: Food & Wine|0 Comments

At this very moment, the US Congress is drawing up rejecting a plan to bail out the auto industry, while in Italy, the government has just taken significant action to rescue producers of...cheese. The Minister of Agriculture Luca Zaia has pledged to purchase 100,000 35-kilo (77 lb) wheels of parmigiano reggiano (parmesan cheese) and grana [...]

8 12, 2008

Starita a Materdei, Naples

December 8th, 2008|Categories: Food & Wine, Naples & Campania|6 Comments

If ever there was a place in Naples to induce a heart attack, Starita a Materdei would be it. Large vats of oil bubble in the open kitchen, ready to receive dough worked into a variety of shapes and sizes. The pizzeria was immortalized in the 1954 film “L’Oro di Napoli” in which Sofia Loren [...]

3 12, 2008

Featured on Coppola's Encyclopedia

December 3rd, 2008|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio|0 Comments

Last week between apocalyptic rainstorms, I met Ben O'Donnell, a correspondent for Francis Ford Coppola's Encyclopedia, for a drink at Al Vino Al Vino in Rome's Monti district. Ben is on this incredible three month long journey through Europe visiting vineyards and wine bars and speaking to wine experts and enthusiasts. We chatted a bit [...]

1 12, 2008

Economic Crisis Will Hurt Italian Wine Market

December 1st, 2008|Categories: Wine & Spirits|0 Comments

Based on a a study conducted by Winenews and Vinitaly, Italian wine consumers will spend considerably less on wine in 2009. Already this year, 58% of Italians have cut back on their wine purchases due to the poor economy. 47% of Italians will stick to their favorite high quality producers, simply purchasing fewer bottles, a [...]

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