Category Archives: Italian Food & Wine

Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome

Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome A trattoria in Italy is a casual eating establishment, one that serves mid-priced quality food and offers a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world without. More often than not, trattorias (or trattorie) are family-run establishments, which makes them less formal than many ristoranti. A lot of visitors love them because they are unpretentious, providing a relaxed atmosphere to diners as well as a variety of dishes depending on what produce are in season at the moment. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Rome yet but you are planning to go there soon, do check out the trattorias we have on this list. Take note that it is always best to make a reservation so that you can be sure you’ll have a seat when you visit. Hostaria Romana The Hostaria Romana, located on Via del Boccaccio, is well-known among […]

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival In Italy, many small towns and comuni in rural areas hold festivals known as sagre. These sagre are held in honor of ancient traditions or organized as pageants celebrating local culinary specialties. Many are also held when a local produce is in season. From olive oil, pasta, and wine to pastries, vegetables, and fruits, these products bring income and sustenance to the communities and thus are a source of pride for the locals. Some 19 miles southeast of Rome, in the comune of Nemi, a sagra dedicated to strawberries is celebrated every late spring and early summer. This hillside town overlooking a lake of the same name has long been famous for its rich volcanic environment, which produces some of the sweetest strawberries in all of the Mediterranean. These strawberries come from the surrounding forests and are locally known as frogoline di bosco […]

Enoteca 101: An Easy Guide to Ordering Wine in Italy

Enoteca 101: An Easy Guide to Ordering Wine in Italy The term enoteca is commonly used to describe a special type of wine shop that allows visitors to buy or taste wines. These establishments were created as a way to spread the local and regional culture of wine, as well as provide a wide selection of various wines for people to sample. Some of these shops work in conjunction with larger wine producers, who can sell their wares in large quantities to people who have tasted their wine at an enoteca. Wine connoisseurs have benefitted greatly from these establishments by making a variety of wines readily accessible to them. Even novice wine tasters can appreciate going to an enoteca to sample specific wine brands from all across Italy. If you’re worried about getting your order wrong when visiting one of these places, we’ve prepared a few helpful tips to help […]

Tips When Getting Coffee at an Italian Bar

Tips When Getting Coffee at an Italian Bar According to Italian expatriates and tourists, they have a hard time finding good coffee outside of their home country. Aside from the artisanal approach to roasting the beans and the quality of the Arabica itself, Italians have grown a unique coffee-drinking culture that even Italian cafes cannot transplant anywhere else in the world. Yes, in Italy, you drink coffee the Italian way or it’s the highway. In case you’re wondering how you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of espresso without committing a faux pas, let us enlighten you on the rigors of drinking coffee in Italy: Coffee in a Hurry Just because it’s in Italian, it doesn’t mean that there’s going to be a Venti sized cup for you in the bar. Coffee here is as large as a cup of espresso anywhere else – just right enough for you to […]

Winter Food in Italy: What to Expect

Winter Food in Italy A country that is known for its food and its love for food, Italy has a plethora of food and drink that are meant to match the change in seasons. A good example is how food during the summer is usually composed of light and quick dishes – nothing too heavy is usually served or eaten so as not to get lethargic on hot, humid days, and dishes that require a long time to cook by boiling or baking are generally avoided since it can get unbearably warm in the kitchen. In the winter months, however, especially as you travel further up north, this treatment on food takes a complete about-face. Instead of summer’s light pastas, salads, and sandwiches, it’s time to bring out the meaty, creamy pasta sauces, such as the Bolognese or carbonara, the thick soups and stews, as well as the smoked meats […]

A Quick Guide to Expo Torino 2015

A Quick Guide to Expo Torino 2015 For those who are planning to travel to Italy soon, it’s a great time as any to head on over because from now up until the end of 2015, it is promising to be a very busy, bustling year for this lovely country. In case you weren’t aware yet, Italy will be hosting a number of major international events, including the Expo Milano 2015, the Giro d’Italia, and the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix, to name just a few. One of the many events to look forward to would be Expo Torino 2015 which will be happening at the same time as Expo Milano. As the two cities are mostly considered as sister cities in all but name, these expos are meant to further strengthen the Milan-Turin partnership and at the same time, to increase tourist activity in the area by providing visitors […]

Introduction to Alba in Italy

The Town of Alba, Home of Ferrero All over the world, people love chocolates. With many well-known chocolate brands competing for the title of being the world’s best, Italy is no stranger to this sweet confectionary delight either. If you’re familiar with names such as Nutella, Ferrero Rochere and Kinder, then you’ll be happy to know that Italy can satisfy your sweet tooth for travel. In today’s video, we’ll be talking about Alba, the home of Ferrero, which is best known for its world famous chocolate brands. Travelers who are looking to enjoy the sweet treats that Italy has to offer will definitely want to put Alba on their list of travel destinations. So if you’re interested in chocolates and wine while taking in the sights, then this is definitely the place for you! This presentation is also available on Slideshare!

Sweet Affairs: Upcoming Autumn Chocolate Festivals in Italy

Autumn Chocolate Festivals in Italy We may have already previously mentioned that Italy in autumn is full of various food festivals that celebrate the local food and mostly feature the season’s harvests. These festivals can feature anything from pasta to potatoes, but in case you still weren’t convinced that this would be a great season for foodies to be in Italy, we’ll give you one more very compelling reason: CHOCOLATE. We are happy to inform you that within the next couple of months, Italy will be hosting two of the biggest chocolate-themed events of the year that is a must-see event for chocolate-lovers from all over the world. So here’s more information on upcoming autumn chocolate festivals in Italy! What: Eurochocolate 2014 Where: Perugia,Italy When: October 17 to 26, 2014 An event that celebrates glorious chocolate, Eurochocolate will be held at Perugia’s city center and piazzas, including Piazza della Repubblica, […]

Foodie Alert! Food Festivals and Events in Italy This September

Food Festivals and Events in Italy This September As we all know, one of the many things that Italy is best known for is its food, and this becomes much more apparent during the autumn season. This is because during these months, the harvests begin, and there is much of the local produce to sample as people begin to store and process these products for the winter months. However, autumn isn’t JUST about celebrating local produce, but rather, celebrating food in general, and what better place to do it all in than a country such as Italy? So if you’re a traveler who is up for some culinary adventure while touring this country during the beautiful fall months, here are some food festivals and events in Italy this September that you mustn’t miss! What: GNAM! Street Food Festival 2014 When: September 11 to 14, 2014 Where: Martina Franca, Puglia, Italy […]

Five Food Festivals in Tuscany You Shouldn’t Miss

Five Food Festivals in Tuscany You Shouldn’t Miss Italian cuisine is well-known and well-loved the entire world over, and true to form, the Italians love celebrating with food, and celebrating their food! After all, who doesn’t love a good taste meal or snack? So listen up, foodies! If you’re planning to drop by the region of Tuscany sometime this August, make sure to mark calendars for the five food festivals in Tuscany that any foodie shouldn’t miss! What: Fish & Chips Festival Where: Barga When: July 26 to August 16 If you’re up for a bit of British food while in Tuscany, head over to the medieval town of Barga where the local Scottish population holds their annual summer food festival! Known locally as Sagra del Pesce e Patate (literally “Fish and Potatoes Festival”) the event features the iconic British snack, served with some tomato salad, and of course, a […]