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Capri-Shades of Blue

Capri-Shades of Blue

Limestone, rocks and pebble-filled beaches make up Capri’s interesting and diverse coastline, which is interspersed with an abundance of beautiful caves known as grottoes. They were formed through the erosion of rock and each one has its own unique charm. Among the most well known are the Green Grotto, White Grotto, Red Grotto, Grotto of...

Ligurian Chef-Italian Cuisine with Modern Techniques

Ligurian Chef-Italian Cuisine with Modern Techniques

BORN AND RAISED in Savona, in the region of Liguria, Luigi blends traditional Italian cuisine with modern techniques and styles. “I come from a family where the table was always very important because my nonna was a very good cook. Mealtime was family time, spent with my parents and grandparents. Nonna would cook for everyone,...

Wine-Southern Italy Ancient Grapes

Wine-Southern Italy Ancient Grapes

SOUTHERN ITALY IS HOT, hilly and often wild, with volcanic soils and ancient grapes. Quantity over quality has been a problem in the past but this is changing as more producers work to improve the reputation with investment and technology. Aglianico was brought to Italy by the Phoenicians from Greece and was a favourite drop...

When in Rome

When in Rome

ENTERING VILLA D’ESTE and arriving at its monumental staircase, which faces large parts of the garden and the wide stretched valley below, evokes the feeling that this setting is something quite unusual. Although I hear trickles of water from the many fountains, countless jets of water and grottos, the surrounding trees keep them hidden from...

Peppers, Eggplants, Tomatoes, Potatoes-Italian Favourites

Peppers, Eggplants, Tomatoes, Potatoes-Italian Favourites

Peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and potatoes are all members of the Solanaceae family. Those grown for their fruit have very similar cultural requirements and form an important and much-loved part of Italian cuisine. The term “peppers” (peperone in Italian) includes chillies and a broad range of sweet and sometimes spicy peppers that are most commonly green,...

Artichokes-Food With Heart

Artichokes-Food With Heart

According to greek mythology, the first artichoke was a beautiful woman named Cynara. Zeus fell in love with Cynara and decided to make her a goddess but she missed her home so would sneak back to earth to visit her family. This infuriated Zeus so much that he sent her back to earth as the...

Ischia-When in Naples or Sorrento

Ischia-When in Naples or Sorrento

When American writer Truman Capote visited Ischia for the first time in 1949 in search of some peace and quiet so he could work on his novel, it didn’t quite go to plan in the beginning. Upon disembarking from the ferry, he tripped and broke his wristwatch. Rather than letting this incident sour his mood,...

World of Pasta

World of Pasta

APPROACHING BARILLA’S Pedrignano facility, which is also home to the brand’s headquarters, the sheer scale of this operation is immediately clear. The buildings are white, with pops of Barilla’s trademark blue, and sport a huge version of the brand’s red and white logo. Approximately 300,000 tons of pasta are produced here each year. In a...