Fornace Stella in Rome, Italy: You’ll Love This New Pizzeria

The idea of a pizza meal in Italy is a kind of casual and quick dining to be enjoyed with family and friends. That’s what proprietors and friends Enrico Mercatili and Roberto Priora had in mind when they created Fornace Stella in Piazza Lecce (a short distance from Piazza Bologna). The place is big enough,…

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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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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 Stories of the Sea at Pascucci al Porticciolo in Fiumicino (Rome), Italy

With the Tyrrhenian Sea right in front of him as an exceptionally extensive supplier that any chef can ask for, Gianfranco Pascucci has a vast source of ingredients where fishes of different kinds are taken to the dock by the local fishermen of Fiumicino. He doesn’t limit his ingredients to the usual sea bass or…

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Hiromi Cake, The First Japanese Pastry Shop in Rome, Italy

The opening of a traditional Japanese pastry shop finally completes the circle of one of the most favored cuisine in the capital. Hiromi Cake was opened by Pastry Chef Hiromi  in the Prati area of Rome where she maintains a laboratory for making yogashi, sweets of foreign origin and wagashi, the traditional Japanese sweets. Wagashi…

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Il Tino in Fiumicino, Italy: A Michelin Star Along The Roman Coast

The past thirteen years had seen Il Tino metamorphosing from a simple restaurant in Ostia to an elegant Michelin-starred restaurant in Fiumicino. In that simple restaurant in Ostia, regular clients patronized and curious new ones arrived. Il Tino became the referral point for excellent seafood cuisine in the coastal town of Rome even if its…

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