Trying to pack in all of Italy's sights can start to feel a lot like hard work. So why not swap the obligatory attractions for actual labour on one of the country's organic farms? As contributor Paul Batty discovered in the Tuscan countryside, a working holiday doesn't have to be a dull one. From the leaning tower of Pisa to the marble marvels of F...

One thousand feet above Washington's Columbia Valley, the highest reaches of dusty Snipes Mountain lie beneath river stones, vineyards staked incongrously in a mix of arid earth and the water-rounded rocks of gemlike beauty and crayon-color variation that winegrowers here call cobblestones. Less than than seven inches of rain fall on them every yea...

The pistachios grown in the village of Bronte, in Sicily, are known to Italians as “green gold.” And the moment you bite into an arancino at an old-school local bar, it’s easy to see why. There’s a crispy breadcrumb crust, then a béchamel pistachio pesto thickly woven around every rice grain. Pistachios are the star here — because they’re the best...

Fairfield Farms is one of the last working farms in Essex County. Located on 177 Big Piece Road and owned by Sal and Joyce Francavilla, it is one of the oldest farms in Fairfield, dating back to when the town was still part of Caldwell Township. The Francavilla family story began in Avellino, Italy, where Sal’s grandparents, Salvatore and Maria, ow...

Several winners of the 2018 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition reached this goal after a successful history of quality which continues thanks to passion, dedication and determination. Among them is Massimiliano ‘the Iron Man’ D’Addario, who received two Gold Awards, one with the blend Oliomania and the third one in a row with his monocultivar of Dr...

Most small towns in Italy have a market at least once or twice a week, while in the larger cities you can find a market on almost any day of the week. But why make a trip to the market part of your weekly routine? Apart from the fact that most markets offer everything you could wish for, they also get you outdoors and plunge you into natural light....

Giovanni Scanu starts his days among chickens, goats, banana sage and zucchini, tending the vibrant 11,000 square foot vegetable garden at Cala di Volpe. It’s a storied luxury resort on Sardinia, an island surrounded by pristine waters 120 miles west of mainland Italy. Often, 73-year-old Scanu plucks a handful of strawberries or a bouquet of basil...

Despite adverse weather conditions tried to make it more difficult, the 2017 assessment was positive for Italian agro-food sector. This is shown by Agrosserva-ISMEA report on the last quarter of the year just ended. Last year, the driving force behind the Italian agro-food sector was above all industry. Compared to 2016, benefiting directly from go...

The Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini of Rome promoted the Open Innovation in Agrifood Programme (http://www.socialroots.eu), aimed at fostering technological innovation in the agri-food sector. The Program consists of an International Call for Solutions and a Global Innovation Camp, which will take place in the Apulia Region April 15th to 19th 2018 and...

When: Thursday, March 22, 2018 From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - Free Admission | RSVP Required Experience the beauty and charm of the traditional Italian American backyard vegetable garden and learn about its relevance for reconnecting to our food, our families, and the earth. Mary Menniti, founder of The Italian Garden...