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25 07, 2013

Parla Food on The Splendid Table

July 25th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Travel|3 Comments

Check out my segment on The Splendid Table in which I chat with Lynne Rossetto Kasper about contemporary Roman food culture. I haven't sugarcoated my opinion about the current state of dining, but I do share some of my favorite venues where you can find amazing classic dishes, satisfying street food and delectable pizza by [...]

24 07, 2013

L’Auberge de Chassignolles

July 24th, 2013|Categories: Accommodations, Food & Wine, France, Travel, Wine & Spirits|11 Comments

There aren’t many vineyards around Chassignolles, a miniscule village in the Auvergne. The surroundings are dominated, instead, by vast pine forests and verdant pastures where cows lumber and sheep graze. Yet the sparsely inhabited medieval hamlet is a magnet for wine drinkers who gather […]

19 07, 2013

Italy’s Changing Food Habits

July 19th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions|9 Comments

The future? Photo credit: the amazing and talented Megan Hodges. The financial crisis in Italy is in full swing. All the statistics, not to mention the dismal vibe, support this. Yet if you visit Rome, you might not notice an economic depression is afoot. The city remains a bastion of prosperity thanks to its glut [...]

17 07, 2013

Procida, An Island Getaway Off the Coast of Naples

July 17th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Naples & Campania, Restaurants, Travel|24 Comments

UPDATED! My aversion to fancy things is almost as intense as my attraction to that which is unpolished. It is both of these factors that draw me to Procida, an island off the coast of Naples, again and again. On my first trip here with with Mamma Parla back in 2005, it felt like a [...]

15 07, 2013

Pasticceria Andrea De Bellis’ 1000foglie Bar

July 15th, 2013|Categories: Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|1 Comment

Rome isn’t particularly famous for its dessert culture, and justifiably so. Most pastry shops use shoddy industrial ingredients like Nutella, margerine and worse. This, among other reasons, is why Pasticceria Andrea De Bellis is a massive boon for Rome. Located in Piazza del Paradiso in the exact location […]

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