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How to Shop at an Italian Market

One of the best ways to save money while traveling anywhere is to make your own meals. Luckily, a great way to get a feel for the local culture is visiting the town market. Go to see what’s for offer, what the prices are, what’s in season. Watch the locals to find out which stand is favored,… Read more »

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Where to Go to (Mostly) Escape The Crowds

Though they may be drab, winters are the perfect time for trip planning. It’s time to read, research and place your dream trip to Italy. Where do you want to go? What do you want to see? What Italian experiences do you dream of? A first-time visit practically requires time in Rome and Florence, Venice and Tuscany… Read more »

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When in Italy, Get The Cheese

“Wait,” my Italian father-in-law commanded, as I reached for a slice of cheese on the overflowing cheese platter. “Start with the brie, it’s the weakest. Then try this soft taleggio. After, the branzi and then you can finish with this gorgonzola,” he said, using his knife with a flourish to indicate each type of cheese…. Read more »

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Italian Pizza: Neapolitan vs Roman

My first experience with Italian pizza was at a touristy joint in Pisa. As my mother, grandmother and I rested our feet after a visit to the Field of Miracles (that’s actually what it’s called) we all three openly gaped at a young girl, maybe 13, as she polished off an entire pizza. AN ENTIRE PIZZA.  We were… Read more »

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A Sweet Sip of Soave

A perfect day-trip from Verona, Soave nevertheless sits nearly completely unknown in the rolling green hills of Veneto. Pronounced “so-AH-vey”, like the Spanish “smooth”, it means “sweet, pleasing to the senses.” And isn’t it though? We stopped for lunch in the fortressed town on our way home from a weekend in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Just another name on the… Read more »

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What to Eat in Liguria

It’s summer and everyone is on the coast. In Milan, that coast is undoubtedly Liguria. Approximately a 2-hour drive from the city, it’s the Milanese weekend destination of choice to escape the sticky heat of the city. The Italian Riviera has a lot to offer a visitor: geriatric towns to discoteca filled cliffside retreats; the submerged Christ… Read more »

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The Food of Valtellina 

Winter in Northern Italy means bone-chilling humidity. The damp air seeps into our bones, making even the most virile young person feel achy, tired. Though life goes on at top speed with school and work, Christmas preparations, and twinkling lights that attempt to shine through the fog, there’s little to do to escape the heavy… Read more »

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The Beautiful Piazzas, Lively Atmosphere and Failed Dinner of Padova

For me, travel throughout Italy is centered squarely on what I eat, where I eat, who I ate it with. My trip to Padova was no different. Padova is a city in Veneto, not far from Venice. It has a Venetian flair and great atmosphere. Often my “small city” stops are more about the atmosphere than a specific… Read more »

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What Italians Eat to Beat the Heat

After decades of Italo-American bastardization of southern Italian cooking, Americans view Italian food as loads of cheese smothered in tomato sauce – even better if it’s fried!  Italian food is so much more than that, but it’s true that Italian food isn’t known for being light. Even the non-fried dishes tend to be either heavy on… Read more »

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The Mixed-Cultured Food of Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli Venezia Giulia has a large, complicated and fascinating history. A border region between Italy, Austria and Slovenia, it’s been constantly fought over, controlled, traded. Everyone from Attila the Hun to the Nazis have passed through Friuli to gain access to the important sea ports of the Adriatic Sea. The region or parts of the… Read more »