Il Marchese in Rome, Italy: Market, Osteria and Europe’s First Amaro Bar

Spacious, illuminated and a magnet to the passers-by along Via di Ripetta. Il Marchese has been a curiosity to the Romans and the city’s guests from the time it opened last month where it enjoys a very central position just a few steps away from Ara Pacis and right in the triangular route of Piazza…

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When Emotions Unfold on the Table at Metamorfosi Ristorante in Rome, Italy

Rarely do emotions take over you when you eat in a restaurant. A delicious dish is a great treat but something that can stir up sentiments that the chef wants to convey in his dishes is profoundly impressive. When Roy Salomon Caceres is in the kitchen, his dishes unravel the unverbalized stories that he wants…

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Vignaioli Specogna Pinot Grigio Ramato

Vignaioli Specogna Pinot Grigio Ramato 2011. Crystal clear with a deep copper color coming from the maceration of the Pinot Grigio’s gray purple skin with the must for a period of 10 to 15 days (depending on the vintage). Afterwards it was aged in barriques made of oak and cherry wood. This Pinot Grigio Ramato…

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Dining on Water Stilts at Trabocco Cungarele in Vasto, Italy

On a clear sunny day, the wooden rustic structures on stilts on the emerald water against a backdrop of the blue sky, paints a picture of a tropical island. A trabocco is an old fishing construction on wooden stilts along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea with earliest existence in the 18th century. It can…

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Cannubi, A “Grand Cru” of Barolo: Damilano Winery in Piedmont, Italy

History, heritage and tradition are three factors that complete the excellence of Damilano wines. Founded in 1890 by Giuseppe Borgogno, Damilano is one of the oldest wineries in Barolo where the king of wines has been in production for centuries. But it wasn’t until the following generation, through the hands of Giacomo Damilano, his son-in-law,…

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The Traditional Maritozzo Turns Gourmet at Il Maritozzo Rosso in Rome, Italy

Maritozzo is a cream-filled sweet bread bun that’s typical in Rome and as any Roman would say, you can’t possibly not love it! It’s an icon of the capital’ gastronomy and if it has been around for centuries, then it will remain in the city for centuries and centuries more. But Edoardo Fraioli has other…

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We Say Oishii at Doku Japanese Bar in Rome, Italy

Oishii means delicious in Japanese. Three hours after an extraordinary dinner at Doku, the first thing that you can only utter is Oishii. Simone Puteo, a young Italian chef who’s an ardent lover of the Japanese gastronomy, grew up knowing the cuisine by heart. And this love led him to the four corners of Doku…

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Il Verro Coda di Pecora 2015

Il Verro Coda di Pecora Sheep 2015. Cesare Avenia of Il Verro is the only producer of this autochthonous grape of Campania. Thanks to him, we can still enjoy it in the bottle. A very interesting dry wine with a very faint sweetness like cotton candy in the nose, lots of minerals including hydrocarbon, ripe…

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The Flavors of the Sea at Locanda Indelli in Monopoli (Puglia), Italy

A small town along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Monopoli flourishes with a rich gastronomy tied to the waters. From the freshest catch of the fishing boats to the produce that are cultivated in its land, Monopoli, like its neighboring Apulian towns, has its own specialties on the table. Locanda Indelli is located right…

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