Essenza, The Starred Restaurant of Simone Nardoni in Terracina

When Simone Nardoni moved Essenza to the seaside town of Terracina from Pontinia in 2019, he started to accumulate feathers in his cap. Not long after the relocation, he became a part of the JRE-Jeunes Restaurateurs, a prestigious association of chefs of fine dining restaurants around the globe that safeguard their territory with the highest level of quality. A year later, in December 2020, a … Continue reading Essenza, The Starred Restaurant of Simone Nardoni in Terracina

What’s the Next Chapter After Culinaria im Farmerkreuz for Stefan and Manfred Kofler?

As the Latin saying has it “per Aspera ad astra” that is through adversities we will reach the stars, the exceptionality, the dream that has always been kept in the drawer. There is a dream shared by two brothers from South Tyrol, in the village of Tirol, on the hills of Merano: Manfred and Stefan Kofler, who in 2008 gave life to their personal aspiration … Continue reading What’s the Next Chapter After Culinaria im Farmerkreuz for Stefan and Manfred Kofler?

Arnolfo Ristorante of Colle di Val d’Elsa: Fine Dining Weekend Stay in the Tuscan Hills

In the silence of the Tuscan hills, nestled among the cobbled streets of the medieval town of Colle di Val d’Elsa, there is a small jewel that overlooks a breathtaking view: the Arnolfo Ristorante. Probably inspired by Arnolfo di Cambio, a sculptor, architect and artist who lived in Colle di Val d’Elsa during the thirteenth century, Arnolfo Ristorante also has at the basis of all … Continue reading Arnolfo Ristorante of Colle di Val d’Elsa: Fine Dining Weekend Stay in the Tuscan Hills

L’Asinello: One of the Best Restaurants in Italy in a Small Town of Sixty in Chianti

L’Asinello is not your usual Michelin-starred restaurant. It is housed in an old barn in the small 9th-century town of Villa a Sesta, a fraction of Castelnuovo Berardenga, where the population is just sixty, surrounded the iconic endless rows of vineyards. You can go around this tiny town in just a few minutes and one of its nearest neighbors is another Michelin-starred restaurant of 20 … Continue reading L’Asinello: One of the Best Restaurants in Italy in a Small Town of Sixty in Chianti

Periferia Iodata: An Association of Chefs of Fiumicino Focalizing on the Excellence of the Territory

Fiumicino is a fishing town along the Tyrrhenian Coast 30 kilometers towards west from Rome. Perhaps it is best identified with the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport of Rome. It’s the main airway hub of Italy so it gets a large movement of travelers who enter and leave the country. But it is also known among Romans as a destination fishing town on sunny weekends … Continue reading Periferia Iodata: An Association of Chefs of Fiumicino Focalizing on the Excellence of the Territory

Ristorante Agli Amici: Spreading the Starred Cuisine From Italy to Croatia

Hic manebimus optime in Latin. Qui staremo benissimo in Italian. We’ll be fine here in English. Universally speaking, the front sign of Ristorante Agli Amici creates a touch of warmth upon entering their door. Ristorante Agli Amici is owned by the Scarello siblings, Chef Emanuele who runs the kitchen and Sommelier Michela who takes care of the dining room and the wine cellar. They are … Continue reading Ristorante Agli Amici: Spreading the Starred Cuisine From Italy to Croatia

Casa Mazzucchelli in Bologna: Pizza and Contemporary Cuisine on One Plate

There’s a change of look and a change of format for the Mazzucchelli family in Sasso Marconi, a small town that’s around 15 km from Bologna. After the pandemic, a reshuffling of ideas with more focus have come about in the family’s interest. Casa Mazzucchelli is born, an audacious concept that combines two distinct realities: Marconi Restaurant and Il Mollica, both owned and run by … Continue reading Casa Mazzucchelli in Bologna: Pizza and Contemporary Cuisine on One Plate

Monte in the Istrian Coast of Rovinj, One of Croatia’s Best Restaurants

Rovinj, a beautiful old town in the Istrian coast of Croatia, is home to the first restaurant that received a Michelin star in the country in 2017. Monte Restaurant owned by Chef Danijel Dekić and his wife, Sommelier Tjitske Đekić-Brusse, is a trendy gourmet gem nestled in the narrow cobblestone streets of the coastal town just a stone’s throw away from Sant’Eufemia Cathedral. It’s making … Continue reading Monte in the Istrian Coast of Rovinj, One of Croatia’s Best Restaurants

Dreaming of a Scintillating Gold Christmas at Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel

This year’s Christmas and New Year holiday season at Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel will be as fascinating and richer as it was in the past seasons. Tinsels, garlands, stars, snowflakes, ribbons, candles, swags, balls and all things that shimmer in gold contrasted with black, pearl and teal will be decorated in abundance around the hotel to give a joyous festive mood. Inspired by the … Continue reading Dreaming of a Scintillating Gold Christmas at Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Living a Luxury Tuscan Dream: Dining at Ristorante Castello di Fighine

Ristorante Castello di Fighine. The setting is the splendid 11th-century Castello di Fighine which has been restored and refurbished by South African couple Max and Joy Ulfane to a luxury resort. It is a historic castle perched on a hilltop in San Casciano dei Bagni at 650 meters high which overlooks the scenic Tuscan countryside. There is an exhilarating excitement as the solitary road leads … Continue reading Living a Luxury Tuscan Dream: Dining at Ristorante Castello di Fighine

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 bus to Rieti. Definitely worth the trip, it is a … Continue reading Ristorante La Trota in Rivodutri: Two Star Italian Freshwater Fish Cuisine

Fiumicino, Italy: The Twelve Best Seafood Restaurants

Fiumicino is best known as the town that hosts Leonardo da Vinci International Airport of Rome. It’s the main airway hub of Italy so it gets a large movement of travelers who enter and leave the country. But it is also known among Romans as a destination fishing town on sunny weekends because its proximity to the center of Rome validates it as the best … Continue reading Fiumicino, Italy: The Twelve Best Seafood Restaurants

The Contemporary and Classic Coastal Cuisine of Abruzzo at Ristorante al Metrò

The Fossaceca brothers, Nicola and Antonio, grew up experiencing life in their parents’ small pastry shop and because of this influential episode in their lives, they were enlightened to open a restaurant that expresses their own idea of cuisine and hospitality in 1999. Al Metrò was born in the premises of their family’s pastry shop that lived on for two decades, still bearing the name … Continue reading The Contemporary and Classic Coastal Cuisine of Abruzzo at Ristorante al Metrò

From Seoul to Rome: Learning to Cook With Michelin Starred Chef Kang Mingoo of Mingles

In celebration of the Korean culinary tradition, the city of Seoul organized an interactive digital cooking class with Michelin starred Chef Kang Mingoo as part of the five-day program of Taste of Seoul from 11 to 15 November 2020. While diverse events are organized in Seoul, two cooking classes were organized and promoted by the Korean Cultural Institute in Rome, Italy on the 14th of … Continue reading From Seoul to Rome: Learning to Cook With Michelin Starred Chef Kang Mingoo of Mingles

Chris Oberhammer Defines South Tyrolean Cuisine at Tilia Restaurant

You will have to give up your dusty hiking boots and shorts to casual elegant clothes when you venture into the door of Ristorante Tilia, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the Dolomites. The restaurant is housed in a small modern glass and steel structure in the middle of the park of the former Grand Hotel Dobbiaco where Chef Chris Oberhammer and wife Sommelier … Continue reading Chris Oberhammer Defines South Tyrolean Cuisine at Tilia Restaurant