• food and wine,  Veneto

    Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico and Grilled Shrimp

    Chiaretto: Light, Crisp and Versatile It’s a revolution!  Rosé has become a culture or a way of life, and many just cannot get enough of this pink juice. From France, Germany, Austria and New Zealand to Napa, Long Island, Washington and Oregon, there is a style of rosé, rosato or rosado to suit every palate and budget. Chiaretto is how Italians do rosé. Chiaretto is produced in Bardolino, which is in Northern Italy, along the shores of Lake Garda, approximately 25 kilometers from Verona.  Chiaretto dates back to the 19th century and was one of the first Italian appellations to receive DOC status (1968). The Bardolino area of wine production…

  • food and wine,  Lombardy,  travel

    A Taste of Valtellina with Nino Negri and Carpaccio #Vino #Travel #Italy

    High Altitude Wines of Distinction Valtellina Valley, Italy Photo Credit: Babbonyc.com Valtellina may be one of Italy’s lesser known regions, but it is truly a hidden gem.  I was able to spend some time in Tirano, one of Valtellina’s main towns, on my way to the Swiss Alps.  Located in the northernmost part of Lombardy, it borders Switzerland in the North and also shares borders with Piedmont, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto and Emilia Romagna.  This places Valtellina in a strategic position as it is a crossroads for trade, travel and optimal cultural diversity.  From breathtaking landscapes consisting of lakes, mountains, hills, waterfalls, valleys and vineyards to parks, nature preserves, thermal spas and skiing…

  • food and wine,  travel,  Veneto

    A Venetian Holiday: Wine, Food, Tradition

    Sagre, Mercati, Cibo e Vino in Veneto  Mercatini di Natale, Verona Veneto, also known as Venezia, is the beautiful region in northeast Italy,bordering Austria & Slovania, and extending from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea.  The Veneto has 7 provinces: Belluno, Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice,  Verona and Vicenza. Venice (Venezia), of course, is the regional capital city, which is also appropriately referred to as the “City of Water” or “Floating City,” due to its islands and Grand Canal, and for being situated on the Venetian lagoon.  Venice, Verona, Vicenza and the Botanical Gardens in Padua are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  These are beautiful and outstanding places to see when…

  • food and wine,  Liguria,  travel

    Ligurian Pigato with Pesto Focaccia and Shellfish

    Food, Wine & Travel in Seaside Liguria Genoa, Liguria Italy Port of Genova, Liguria Liguria, located on the northwest coast of Italy, bordering the French Riviera, is certainly a destination of choice for several reasons.  For one, you have access to two rivieras in one! Moreover, the Liguria region is downright gorgeous and picturesque with its mountains, rolling hills mountain villages and beaches that rest on its splendor along the Mediterranean and Ligurian Seas.  Ligura consists of four provinces: Genoa, home of Christopher Columbus (the capital and port city), Imperia, Savona and La Spezia, which is home to the infamous Cinque Terre. Three of the world famous resorts of Rapallo…

  • food and wine,  Italiano,  Puglia,  travel

    Piacere dell’Apulia: Primitivo e Cavatelli con Gamberetti e Melanzane Arrabiatta

    Scrutare e Piaceri dell’Apulia Lecce, Puglia L’Apulia, la regione allungata, conosciuta come “Tacco” a dell’Italia, si trova tutto sulla sua costa orientale e ha come limitrofi Molise nel nord e Campagnia e Basilicata a ovest.  L’Apulia confina con il Mar Ionio e l’Adriatico e ha la più lunga linea costiera in tutta Italia.  Questo lungo litorale è favorevole per il commercio con la Grecia e altri paesi europei.  La regione è divisa in sei province: Bari, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce e Taranto. La provincia di Lecce si riferisce spesso come la “Firenze del Sud” grazie alla sua magnifica architettura barocca su tutte le sue chiese e palazzi. Funzioni di Taranto…

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