How to Have a ‘Sideways’ Visit in Tuscany

The wine that got Sideways’s Maya into wine is grown in a single vineyard in southern Tuscany.

Tuscany’s Wine Windows – An Architectural Curiosity Makes a Comeback

First used during the bubonic plague in the 17th century, Tuscany’s wine windows are reopening. Learn more about “buchette del vino” and where to find them.

Anthony Bourdain Dined Only Here

It’s been a few days since the world learned that Anthony Bourdain passed away. The news hit me hard and I wrote a post on my other blog. I also posted his “No Reservations” Rome episode on this site’s Facebook page. Beyond that, I didn’t feel like adding to the avalanche of remembrances. Until now. … Read more

Giulianova: A Beachside Gem in Abruzzo

Beaches in Abruzzo don’t get much press. They are far from most tourist sites. But that’s exactly what makes them enjoyable. We had an opportunity – thanks to, of all things, a winning raffle ticket – to visit the Abruzzo seaside town of Giulianova. And we were pleasantly surprised. Giulianova is notable for a number … Read more

Italian Nonnas Show You How to Make Fresh Pasta [Video]

Making fresh pasta is one of those things that has always been a mystery to me. Just a couple ingredients – it looks so easy! But I’ve never been able to get it right.

Luckily, there is YouTube, where a whole crop of nonne from nearly every region in Italy can teach you how to make both short and long pastas.

101 Cookbooks unearthed a handful of excellent how-to videos from Italian grandmas making pici, orecchiette, tagliatelle, trofie, and more.

Watch below as The Orecchiette Ladies make their eponymous pasta shape. If you’re hungry for more, head over to 101 Cookbooks for more videos and links.

via These Incredible Italian Grandmas Teach you to Make Pasta from Scratch – 101 Cookbooks

Five Favorite Flavors From Ferrara and Modena

Flavors of Ferrara and Modena: Fresh tortellini and tortelloni for sale in Mercato Albinelli

To ring in the New Year, my family and I rented a farmhouse for a few days on the outskirts of Ferrara. Thinking back to the trip, the timing wasn’t ideal. Ferrara was freezing and on New Year’s Eve, the fog was so thick on our drive into town to watch the fireworks over Castello Estense that we wondered if we should even go out at all.

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Five Lessons Learned While Living and Traveling in Italy

Roman Forum - Thinking Girl

Reflection is part of the prescription for moving from one year into the next. So while I wanted to write a year-end round-up a month ago, I realized that such an article would not fully capture the joys, sorrows, and idiosyncrasies of being an expat resident and traveler in Italy.

Five is an arbitrary number, of course. I’ve learned far more than five lessons learned while living in Rome and traveling throughout Italy. But here are a few of the important ones:

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Hello Kitty Wine Is the Latest Vintage from Italian Winery

Hello Kitty Wine

Hello Kitty wine is a real thing. I know some of you will hate this and others will want to snatch some up just for the novelty of it all.

Torti Winery, located in the Oltrepò Pavese hills of Italy’s Lombardy region has been working on a Hello Kitty wine since 2007, putting aside special Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes to create several different variety of wines (including a perfectly pink one).

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Ancient Greek Temples and Mozzarella di Bufala in Paestum

Paestum Temple

If you tell a Roman that you are going Paestum for the weekend, invariably he or she will tell you: “Make sure you pick up some mozzarella di bufala.” Paestum and Its Greek Roots and Ruins Paestum is a sight to see without the culinary pit stop. A city known as “Poseidonia” when it was part … Read more