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

Traditional Seafood Cuisine and a Panoramic View at La Vista Resort Agriturismo in Ariccia

Thirty kilometers south of Rome, La Vista Resort Agriturismo presents a splendid panorama of the Latium coastal towns sloping softly down to the Tyrrhenian Coast. La Vista, as its name suggests, is a terrace set on the Alban Hills immersed in the green regional park of Castelli Romani where the views become more spectacular with the vibrant blushing of the skies as the sun goes … Continue reading Traditional Seafood Cuisine and a Panoramic View at La Vista Resort Agriturismo in Ariccia

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

Giulio Gigli of Ristorante Une in Capodacqua: Modernizing Umbrian Tradition

There are some dinners that are not so easy to forget because of the way the flavors have overwhelmed your palate and the culinary concept has cornered your interest. With the wave of an imaginative mind and a knowledge of the proper technique, the person behind the plates can create magic. The first time I met Giulio Gigli was at a dinner organized by Scacciadiavoli … Continue reading Giulio Gigli of Ristorante Une in Capodacqua: Modernizing Umbrian Tradition

Tasting the Genuine Regional Flavors at Ristorante Al Cortiletto in Frascati

What you find inside Ristorante Al Cortiletto is unexpected. Dressed like an old courtyard with tiny balconies, tiled roofs and flower pots, the ambience is as casual and festive as it imparts. This family-run trattoria has been serving classic dishes of the Roman cuisine and pizza for the past thirty years. If you want to get to know the typicality of flavors in Frascati, then … Continue reading Tasting the Genuine Regional Flavors at Ristorante Al Cortiletto in Frascati

Chorus Cafe Features the Kitchen of Arcangelo Dandini and Mixology of Massimo D’Addezio

As an established haven for mixology seekers in Rome, Chorus Cafè adds an enticing feature to its repertoire. Arcangelo Dandini arrives at the kitchen of Chorus for a new adventure that will unravel a Roman gastronomic culture that goes beyond the large marble bar manned by Mixologist Massimo D’Addezio, the Best Barman in the World in 2009. Arcangelo hails from Rocca Priora, a small town … Continue reading Chorus Cafe Features the Kitchen of Arcangelo Dandini and Mixology of Massimo D’Addezio

Il Vistamare Restaurant of Latina: The Destination of Seafood Gourmet Lovers Outside Rome

An hour from Rome, going southwards for around 70 kilometers is a particular location nestled between Lake Fogliano and the Tyrrhenian Sea housed inside Il Fogliano New Life Hotel, a modern 4-star hotel on the sandy shores of Lido di Latina. From its large glass windows, there’s a view of a limitless horizon where the blueness of the sky meets the sea lending orange streaks … Continue reading Il Vistamare Restaurant of Latina: The Destination of Seafood Gourmet Lovers Outside Rome

Torre a Cona: Tuscan Wine, Food and Hospitality in a Majestic Villa on the Florentine Hills

Driving around Tuscany is a captivating experience as roads can lead to a series of varied panoramic backdrops of neatly-rowed vineyards, olive groves, ancient hamlets, cypress trees standing like soldiers guarding long driveways, dried up mowed fields with scattered bales of hay, and yes, the magnificent medieval castles and villas. In one of the stretches of ancient country roads from Florence to Rignano sull’Arno, stands … Continue reading Torre a Cona: Tuscan Wine, Food and Hospitality in a Majestic Villa on the Florentine Hills

Ricasoli 1141 in Chianti Classico: The Castle, the Baron and the Wine

For almost nine centuries, the Ricasoli family of Castello di Brolio has played a leading role in Tuscany’s history of wine including the conception of Chianti Classico. In the year 1141, there was a written testimony linking the family to wine in the castle making them the first to dedicate themselves to the improvement of agriculture and viticulture after perceiving the great potential of the … Continue reading Ricasoli 1141 in Chianti Classico: The Castle, the Baron and the Wine

The Regional Artisan Organic Food and Wine Offerings of Salotto Retrò of Bellegra

At 815 meters asl, the mountain town of Bellegra gives a splendid panorama of the valley below. Bellegra of the Lazio region, sits on Monte Celeste, between the valley of Aniene and Sacco Rivers. Monte Celeste is at the center of an immense amphitheater of mountains making it a predominantly hilly and mountainous territory. Bellegra is about 65 kilometers from Rome, taking about a traveling … Continue reading The Regional Artisan Organic Food and Wine Offerings of Salotto Retrò of Bellegra

Sagraincasa: From Garden to Plate Lessons with a Chef in an Umbrian Farmhouse

A special occasion concluded by the cooking of a talented chef for dinner was what Torre di Bisenzio Winery proprietors Mike and Neena Rees planned for the day of their new cellar’s inauguration. To finally settle down in front of an inviting setting of an outdoor dining table was what everyone needed after a hectic day. With just a handful of guests remaining, Chef Simona … Continue reading Sagraincasa: From Garden to Plate Lessons with a Chef in an Umbrian Farmhouse

The Gourmet Restaurant of I Capricci di Merion Resort & Spa in Umbria

If you translate “i capricci di Merion” to English, you would come out with: the whims of Merion. It’s a very curious name for a hotel, perhaps even a name that cannot be replicated for it is unique and rightfully its own. The name, as explained by husband and wife proprietors Stefano Santuari and Arianna Fiorenzoni, pertains to the villa’s story. The Art Nouveau villa … Continue reading The Gourmet Restaurant of I Capricci di Merion Resort & Spa in Umbria

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