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Fontanafredda: a winery and a walk in the hills of Piedmont

Fontanafredda: a winery and a walk in the hills of Piedmont

March 30, 2012

Located just outside the town of Alba and about an hour from the city of Turin, the vineyard of Fontanafredda has recently taken on new life after being purchased (from the bank) by gourmet food giant Eataly. On a recent March…

Two reasons not to dine where the locals do

Two reasons not to dine where the locals do

September 26, 2011

  I was researching Sunday lunch options in Rome for clients recently, looking for a traditional experience (Sunday lunch is big in Rome!), but in a part of town that worked with their itinerary and within their budget. At first,…

Ode to Ronchi (via San Maurilio 7, Milan)

Ode to Ronchi (via San Maurilio 7, Milan)

January 07, 2011

  I've been de-cluttering for the last few months to get ready to move to San Francisco. SF will be the eleventh city I've lived in and the fifth my husband and I have lived in together, so I've been-there-done-that…

Italy’s Autogrill cookbooks

Italy’s Autogrill cookbooks

June 28, 2010

After my interview and the discussion about (among other things) the Autogrill cookbooks on theEye on Italy podcast, I got the books out to check the publisher and locate them online. I didn’t find evidence that they could be purchased…

Picnics in Italy

Picnics in Italy

April 23, 2010

The photo above was a picnic for about 20 people that we organized at a farmhouse in Tuscany. We just knocked on the door and asked the owners if we could use their back yard and it worked well. Picnicking…

Food and Wine in Sicily

Food and Wine in Sicily

April 05, 2010

I recently created a Sicily itinerary for a couple who wanted a gastronomic theme. Experiencing the food and wine in Sicily was the goal, so their trip included a cooking class, markets, and winery visits, and I put together a food…

The Best Family Restaurants in Turin

The Best Family Restaurants in Turin

November 11, 2009

If you’re heading to Turin with children and looking for suggestions on where to eat, check out the guest post by Italy Beyond the Obvious at ItaliaKids. Whether you’d like a romantic adult dinner but don’t have childcare, or are looking…

3 Reasons to take food photos on vacation

3 Reasons to take food photos on vacation

November 05, 2009

Unless you’re a foodie or a food photographer, you’re probably like me (and most tourists), and put away the camera when food arrives on the table. Here are 3 reasons to document your gastronomic experience in Italy. 1) Recipes you…

The Best Italian Souvenir, Ever

The Best Italian Souvenir, Ever

August 12, 2009

  Bottles of Limoncello, pottery from Tuscany, or Venetian glass may be the best gifts to bring back from Italy, but they are heavy, breakable, and inconvenient to travel with. So what do you buy for all those friends who…

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