Southern Italy Cooking Tour In Untouristed Town

Longing for a cooking and wine tour in an untouristed town in southern Italy where you feel part of local life? On our cooking, wine and culture tour in Modica in south east Sicily, you stay in a B&B in the historic centre that was the home of your cooking teacher’s grandma. You cook some […]

Whole Grain Spaghetti With Fresh Vegetables

This healthy, easy, colourful recipe comes from the Barilla pasta company’s site at barilla.com that’s full of great Italian recipes. Serves 7 1 box Barilla® whole grain spaghetti 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic 1 cup white onion chopped 2 cups zucchini diced 2 cups yellow squash diced 1 bunch asparagus coarsely […]

Mysteries Set In Italy: how to find a never ending supply

If you’re like me, you’ve devoured most of Italy’s best known mystery series:  Andrea Camilleri’s tales of food loving Ispettatore Montalbano in Sicily, Donna Leon’s novels of family man Commissario Brunetti in Venice and Michael Dibdin’s stories that take nomadic detective Zen all over Italy. Where to go to satisfy this continual hunger for more […]

Tuscan Fish Stew—Cacciucco Alla Livornese

Cacciucco is a fish stew made in the Tuscan port of Livorno, from whatever the fishmonger has that’s fresh and inexpensive. It should have a healthy jolt of red pepper, and will sell you on fish if you don’t like fish already. This recipe comes from the excellent site, italianfood.about.com/od/fishsoups/r/blr0212.htm Serves 4-6 Prep Time: 1 […]

7 Top Italian Fish Dishes

From north to south in Italy, the Mediterranean yields an amazing array of fish that with unlimited imagination, Italian cooks transform into simple, tasty dishes. They bake, fry, stew, marinate, sprinkle with breadcrumbs, add herbs or white wine, layer in casseroles, stuff all kinds of fish. Sarde al Saor in a restaurant in Verona Here […]

What are your favourite travel rituals in Italy?

What are your favourite travel rituals in Italy? Many of us Italophiles return over and over to places in Italy that our heart really feels connected to or that make us recall beautiful memories or that fascinate us every time. Cities, country towns, hotels, beaches, walking paths, hills, museums, markets, shops, restaurants. The New York […]

3 Top Small Towns in Piedmont’s Langhe Hills

Bergolo and lavender “What are the three top small towns for you in the Langhe?”  I asked Elio, our locally born Piedmont tour colleague, who knows the Langhe region like the inside of his pocket. He’s a food/wine lover and long time hiking guide. About an hour south of Turin, the Langhe hills start south […]