Italy

Nothing’s Ever Easy in Tuscany

A Typical Atypical Morning for the Foodie in Tuscany Living in rural Tuscany, one quickly learns that everything is more complicated than it seems. Always. On the plus side, life here is infinitely more adventurous, and no matter what the circumstance may be, food is usually involved. As I found out today, even the simplest of tasks (groceries, mail) can take …

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Italy’s Best Beach Eats

With 7600 kilometers of coastline, Italy is one of Europe’s best beach destinations. Though many trips to Italy are planned around cities and monuments, it’s worth making a seaside detour during summer months, where you can lounge (and eat!) like a local by the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean. Share This:

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Lunch with Farmers in Tuscany (Video)

I spend several months each year in Italy – in the middle of nowhere, Tuscany. My next door neighbors are olive farmers, and in the past eight years that I’ve lived here, we’ve become pretty close. Every day the farmer and his family sit down together for a traditional Tuscan country lunch. Over the years (of inviting myself over with …

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Photos: Making Backyard Grappa in Tuscany

The farmer and I walk down the dirt path in silence. The unseasonably warm October sun heats my shoulders and I can hear my sandals crunching against the gravel. Before we reach the shed he stops and turns to me. “You know, this is illegal.” I did, in fact know it was illegal. My latest Facebook status update reads, “I’m …

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Sunday Lunch at a Farm in Tuscany

There’s something about a toasted slice of Tuscan bread and a single raw garlic clove that makes my heart beat a little faster. Farm-style bruschetta is one of my favorite foods, especially in autumn, when the olive oil is hours-old and bread is toasted over a roaring hearth. But this is July, and one of the hottest I can remember …

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How to Watch Football Like an Italian

Last night I watched the semi-final match of Euro 2012 from a square in Montisi, a tiny medieval hill town in southern Tuscany. The teams: Italy vs. Germany. With more than 200 locals and visitors crowding the piazza and cheering on the Italian team, Montisi served up an unforgettable home-cooked feast flanked by big screen TVs. Food and football go …

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Maxelâ: Rome’s Hot New Meat Restaurant

Rome’s newest restaurant is hot; sizzling, in fact – like fresh-ground hamburger hitting a grease-coated grill. This choose-your-own meatventure breaks from the traditional Roman culinary mold, appealing to a hip, carnivorous crowd. Maxelâ Ristorante Macelleria is a brand new meat-lovers paradise, a butcher shop-themed eatery helmed by Piero Fazi — a charismatic mad scientist of meat. Share This:

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Gelateria del Teatro – The Best Gelato in Rome

ROME, ITALY – On Via dei Coronari, a picturesque cobblestone street near Piazza Navona, a large, painted wooden ice cream cone marks the way to Rome’s best gelato. Though Rome’s most famous gelaterias like Giolitti, Grom and San Crispino can be identified by long, winding queues 25 tourists deep, it is Gelateria del Teatro that has me coming back for …

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How to Eat Like a Local in Italy

One of the greatest experiences when traveling to Italy is enjoying the local food. Italian food is among the world’s most beloved international cuisines, but local culinary customs may be different from what you’ve experienced at home. From bread etiquette to avoiding an embarrassing pizza gaffe, here are some helpful culinary tips on what to expect at the table and how …

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