Cantina Girlan: A Century of South Tyrolean Wines With 200 Winegrowers

In the year 1923, Cantina Girlan, named after the South Tyrolean town, was founded by 23 winegrowers in a 16th-century farmstead in Alto Adige (South Tyrol). In the year 2019, exactly 96 years later, the number of member winegrowers of the cooperative has multiplied to 200 and the area of cultivation has grown to 215…

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Rocca delle Macie: From Films to Wines in Chianti, Italy

It’s not common to have a big film producer jump to being a wine producer and excel in both fields. In the case of Italo Zingarelli, the man behind the internationally popular series of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill series of films, he proved his proficiency in the two things that he was most passionate…

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Oresteria: A Window of Ponza Island in Eataly Rome

Life spent on the coastal town of Terracina and Ponza island, Chef Oreste Romagnolo has created a tower of building blocks that he learned from growing up by the sea, smelling the briny air and tasting the salinity that envelops the food. In the kitchen he puts his memories, knowledge and experiences in representing his…

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Phenomenal Flavors of the Sea at Bistrot 4.5 in Rome, Italy

Bistrot 4.5 is located along a quiet road in E.U.R. It has a nondescript entrance but as you move into the long rustic dining room with whitewashed wooden flooring and panels, a dynamic setting with a laid-back mood awaits you. Vibrant colors stand out from the paintings collected from juvenile detention centers and table runners…

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Myo: Dining Inside Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art in Prato, Italy

Located inside Centro Per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci), Chef Angiolo Barni proposes two versions of Myo: a restaurant and a bistrot. The kitchen is greatly influenced by traditional flavors which he is attached to with innovative prints matched by well-chosen wine proposals. The restaurant, which opened in October 2016,…

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Cu_Cina in Rome, Italy: The Consonance of Two Cultures in Unique Dishes

Just in her twenties, Chef Stella Shi has trod determinedly on a gastronomic road less traveled by others. Born and raised in Italy to Chinese parents who originated in Shanghai with a formal education that took her to a much different route, her love for cooking overpowered her planned path to her law school education.…

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The Dynamism of Ristorante Moi’s Cuisine in Rome, Italy

Minimalist, elegant, colorful, youthful, sprightly, that’s how Ristorante Moi is to the eyes and to the palate. There’s a vivacious impression that the restaurant conveys as you see through it from the glass walled restaurant with its concept of wood, bricks and iron. Like its physical scheme, Chef Patron Thomas Moi reflects the same characteristics…

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The Cheerful Green at the Land of Prosecco: Ristorante Verdegaio in Treviso, Italy

Cheerful green, a delightful color that nature has bestowed the hills of Susegana, just a few steps from Conegliano in Treviso. This ebullient color portrays the picturesque landscape of Prosecco with the neatly combed rows of vineyards of Glera. In the midst of this stunning scenery is Ristorante Verdegaio which is aptly named for the…

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Strasserwirt in Strassen, Austria: Serving High Quality Tyrolean Cuisine

There are 400 years of history in the walls of Strasserwirt Hotel while the dining hall of the restaurant is much “younger” at 175 years old. Dating back in 1744, Strasserwirt Restaurant showcases stubes with the quintessential Tyrolean style mixed with accents of different materials and periods. Wood, stone, silver and linens of subdued beige…

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