The Birth of Tiramisù at Le Beccherie Restaurant in Treviso, Italy

Tiramisù. We all know how good this very popular Italian dessert is. Translated to “pull me up” in English, the rich and restorative dessert is definitely pumped with ingredients that can provide a jolt of energy. Coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, egg yolks, mascarpone and savoiardi (ladyfingers). This delicious dessert has all the qualities of being the most produced in the Italian kitchens for its easiness … Continue reading The Birth of Tiramisù at Le Beccherie Restaurant in Treviso, Italy

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

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 with expressive flavors ranging from traditional to more complex dishes … Continue reading Centopercento Gusto: Excellent Gourmet Proposals in the Heart of Rieti

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 history. Historically, in ancient times, the Velino River had been … Continue reading The Vibrant Ancient City of Rieti: A Discovery of Food and Wine

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 that doesn’t forget the familiarity of flavors that we are … Continue reading Fine Dining and Conceptual Italian Cuisine of Emanuel in the Tuscan Island of Elba

MangiamoRi: A Cozy Restaurant in the Abruzzo Countryside of Francavilla al Mare

In a lightly remote country road of Francavilla al Mare in the region of Abruzzo, MangiamoRi, a cozy restaurant owned by Rina Di Stefano gives a setting of a welcoming restaurant tucked among tennis courts in the local club. It is located on the upper floor of the clubhouse of the Tennis Club La Campagna where enthusiasts of sports and food can converge. It may … Continue reading MangiamoRi: A Cozy Restaurant in the Abruzzo Countryside of Francavilla al Mare

Sintesi Restaurant: It’s Not Just About Porchetta in Ariccia

Its concept of contemporary seafood cuisine is atypical to an area best known for the famous porchetta and a myriad of fraschette (simple and rustic local restaurants) where they are consumed with quantities of the local Castelli Romani wines. With just 30 kilometers of distance from Rome, Ariccia is the destination to head to when the craving for spit-roasted boneless pork dictates someone’s appetite. But … Continue reading Sintesi Restaurant: It’s Not Just About Porchetta in Ariccia

Donna E Bistrot in Rome: A Statement of Secrecy and Elegance

A statement of secrecy and elegance. A refined restaurant hidden behind doors, untrodden corridors and shiny marble stairs in the heart of Rome. Donna E addresses dining with an approachable cuisine in an intimate and tranquil environment blending with the luxury of a five-star boutique art hotel, Elizabeth Unique Hotel. Its location may be at the very heart of the capital’s main hub of activities … Continue reading Donna E Bistrot in Rome: A Statement of Secrecy and Elegance

On Top of the World at Masi Wine Bar Cortina: Dolomites, Italy

Masi Wine Bar Cortina. It’s a different world up there. At an altitude of 1,778 meters high on the terrace of Col Drusciè, enveloped by the Dolomites, one of the most fascinating mountain ranges in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this particular wine bar is a little paradise on top of the world. It can be reached by the Tofana – Freccia … Continue reading On Top of the World at Masi Wine Bar Cortina: Dolomites, Italy

The Tastes of the Dolomite Tradition at El Brite de Larieto in Cortina d’Ampezzo

There’s a certain charm that mountain restaurants in the Dolomites emit like El Brite de Larieto. Immersed in a larch forest at an altitude of 1664 meters asl below the peaks of Monte Cristallo, it is a pretty paradise that highlights the tradition of the Dolomites through their gastronomic offerings. When the Gaspari family took over the unused structure in 2004, they had miraculously restored … Continue reading The Tastes of the Dolomite Tradition at El Brite de Larieto in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Traditional Cuisine of the Dolomites Acquires New Shape at SanBrite in Cortina d’Ampezzo

SanBrite is more than a farmhouse. Owners Riccardo Gaspari and wife Ludovica Rubbini, respectively chef and sommelier, define it as an agricucina (agri-cuisine) where most of the products like the cheese, meat, and vegetables come from the Gaspari family production which then acquire interesting new shapes and flavors as they pass through the hands of the chef. Meaning healthy mountain hut in the local Ladin … Continue reading Traditional Cuisine of the Dolomites Acquires New Shape at SanBrite in Cortina d’Ampezzo

A Blue Opening for Capriccio Restaurant of Villa Blu Capri Hotel in Italy

Capri is an island in the Bay of Naples that is popular for its beautiful seascape and landscape, handmade leather sandals and limoncello. An exceptional aspect of the island is its popularity with upscale tourism. Luxury boutique hotels, gourmet restaurants and high-end designer shops dot the small island as it continuously draws yachts into its cove-studded coastline. Indeed, it is one of Italy’s holiday destinations … Continue reading A Blue Opening for Capriccio Restaurant of Villa Blu Capri Hotel in Italy