Maido: Japanese Street Food Hits Rome

Meaning “every time”, maido is a friendly Japanese greeting to thank (usually attached to arigato gozaimasu which means thank you) customers for the continued patronage. It never misses the capacity to brighten up someone’s salutation before leaving a place. Maido is the name that Costanza Zanolini gave to the restaurant that specializes in Osaka-style Japanese…

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The Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2017 in Montefalco

The beginning of the year 2021 amplifies the cautious step towards a new normality. One of them is the resumption of physical presence in wine tastings which puts the virtual tastings at the backseat. The Anteprima Sagrantino, organized by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco (consortium of Montefalco wine producers to safeguard and promote the wines)…

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Nicola Biasi and His Vin de la Neu Johanitter at the Italian Land of Apples

It’s a challenge alright, but Nicola Biasi was pertinacious in planting small vineyards in the backyard of his father’s ancestral home in the town of Coredo, the heart of Val di Non to produce the right wine he had in mind. Apples are the symbolic production of this area of northern Italy in the region…

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Ristorante La Trota in Rivodutri: Two Star Italian Freshwater Fish Cuisine

Less than 10 kilometers from the walled city of Rieti is Ristorante La Trota. It is reachable by just taking the main country road, Via S. Susanna that takes from the city straight to the restaurant. From Rome, there is around 100 kilometers of distance but can be easily reached by car or train and…

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The Classic Italian Cocktails-To-Go of Mixami

There’s always a good reason why classics stick around forever. They never go away however innovative the world around us is fast evolving. Don’t worry, we’re not old-fashioned. We just appreciate what is timelessly good. In this sense, Mixami has pegged what makes our palates recall memories of great days at the cocktail bar. For…

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Southern Italian Wine Winners at the Radici del Sud XVI Edition

Visibility to Southern Italian viticulture and agriculture of olive oils is the focal point of Radici del Sud, an annual exhibition and competition of South Italian wines and olive oils. Born from the idea of Nicola Campanile in 2005 who is an Apulian enogastronomic specialist and sponsored by the Regional Council of Puglia, Radici del…

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Vins d’Alsace Digital Fair 2021: First Virtual Tasting of Alsace Wines

The first four editions of the Salon Vins d’Alsace had seen great successes but with the global pandemic in 2020, the organization of the fifth edition had posed a significant challenge. With the tenacity of keeping the wheels turning, the wine fair was reinvented to a digital one, in conformity to the current situation where…

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Centopercento Gusto: Excellent Gourmet Proposals in the Heart of Rieti

A place with interesting character where good food remains to be the protagonist throughout the years. Between the desire to give their best and the amiable nature that the owners give, Centopercento Gusto is quite a pleasant place to head to if your appetite wants something scrumptious. Restaurateur Marco Pasquali wants to convey a cuisine…

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Of a Long Family History: Tasting of Frey Sohler Crémants d’Alsace

The story of Frey Sohler Wine Estate has a strong family bond with the wines of the village of Scherwiller in France. It’s a family-owned estate that comes from two different families: Frey, the maternal side that descends from the oldest ancestor who arrived in Scherwiller from Switzerland in 1702; and Sohler, the paternal side…

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The Vibrant Ancient City of Rieti: A Discovery of Food and Wine

Water is attached to the story of Rieti, a city in the region of Lazio located between Abruzzo and Umbria. The area around Rieti is rich in springs, lakes and thermal baths with therapeutic qualities with the Velino River being its central part. The waters have shaped this fertile land which conditioned its development and…

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Fine Dining and Conceptual Italian Cuisine of Emanuel in the Tuscan Island of Elba

A simple concept of “less is more” reverberates in strength in the conceptual kitchen of Chef Michele Esposito. He expresses the desire to propose a kitchen that circumvents superstructures and focus on balanced and intense flavors. Straightforward and clean in the palate but a studied complex technique behind every dish. It is a modernized cuisine…

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On the Rooftop of Rome at Les Etoiles Restaurant in Hotel Atlante Star

If there’s another way of enjoying Rome, it has to be from above where ancient Roman domes and roofs give another unforgettable perspective of the ancient city. In one of the most elegant Umbertine-style districts of Rome, the rooftop of Hotel Atlante Star, offers a surprising treat to its guests. Three levels of the hotel…

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Luce Cocktail Bar & Restaurant Illuminates The Roman Appian Way With a New Chef

After last year’s summer debut, Luce Experience returns to illuminate the Archeological Park of Appia Antica with its flamboyant outdoor space. The cocktail bar is placed at the corner of the sprawling garden highlighted with large round juta carpets, teal throw pillows, low tables and wrought iron garden sets. Flanked on the other part of…

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Tenuta Borgo Santa Cecilia: A Refined Experience in the Umbrian Countryside

Immersed in 320 hectares at an altitude of 650 m.a.s.l. in the hilly Umbrian countryside and woods is Tenuta Borgo Santa Cecilia, formerly an ancient village that was transformed into relaxing boutique resort with five spacious suites and a restaurant. It paints a picture of a perfect Umbrian experience where unspoilt nature, typical stone structures,…

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Pitars Winery: Their Three Expressions of Sauvignon Blanc

The Pittaro family, founder of Pitars, has its roots in the northern part of Italy at San Martino al Tagliamento in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The family has dedicated itself to the cultivation of vines and production of wines since the beginning of the 16th century but it was not until the 20th century with Romano Pittaro…

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