The Pontines, Perhaps

The Pontines, Perhaps

Unlike Greece, Italy isn’t a land of islands. Sure, there’s Sicily, Capri, and the Tuscan Archipelago, which includes Elba. But there is also a small set of islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea between Rome and Naples that, according to Guy Dinmore of The Financial Times, “offer a safer and saner way to travel” for those…

Vasto: An Unspoiled Beach in Abruzzo

Vasto: An Unspoiled Beach in Abruzzo

Earlier today, we wrote about the travel potential of the region Puglia, this year’s emerging star of Italian tourism. Well, if Puglia is the new Tuscany then some years from now Abruzzo will be the new Puglia. Richard Norton-Taylor writes about Vasto, a largely “unknown” beach on the Costa Abruzzese for the The Guardian. There…

Fine Chocolates in Tuscany

Just in time for the holidays, the NY Times has a great article about the fine chocolatiers in Tuscany. The article looks at several artisanal chocolate makers in the so-called “Chocolate Valley” (between Florence, Pisa, and Montecatini) including DeBondt, Roberto Catinari, and Amadei. Perhaps the next wave of gastrotourism to hit Italy will be chocolate…

Slippery Business: A Look at Olive Oil Fraud in Italy and Beyond

Slippery Business: A Look at Olive Oil Fraud in Italy and Beyond

Olive oil “fraud” in Italy is rampant. In fact, tons of so-called “extra virgin olive oil” is made from “illegal importations of seed oil and cheap olive oil from outside the E.U.” In the most recent New Yorker, Tom Mueller discusses the increasingly corrupt business that has become the olive oil trade. In 1997 and…

Cook’s Tour of Milan

I’m very lucky. The very first time I tasted risotto was in Milan. We were en route to Verona and ate the creamy, saffron-tinted risotto milanese at the train station cafe. Even given the locale, it was still an epiphany. Apparently, I’m not the only one who has dreams about one of Milan’s most prized…

Bologna’s Old Cutlery Shop

Bologna’s Old Cutlery Shop

In a recent NY Times Foraging column, Melissa Clark profiles Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, a cutlery shop that dates back to 1783. Clark notes, “If it cuts, rips, tears, nicks, grates, slices, shaves or pricks and is legal to sell, they most likely have it.” Here’s another taste of the short article: When Antonio Bernagozzi…