The name “Cacciatore” (hunter’s style) derives etymologically from its original use in the rations that hunters carried in their knapsacks during their trips. The history of the product developed hand in hand with the evolution of the rural culture typical of the regions of the production area, which provide the raw material that is processed accor...

People often say that Halloween is completely foreign to Italian culture and folk traditions. This is both true and false: rites, traditions, legends scattered throughout the peninsula cover the night of All Saints' Day, which coincides with that of Halloween... but it is much older.

I was at the counter of a tony café in Turin when I had a moment. Looking around the elegant coffee bar, I felt swaddled in Italian opulence -- and immersed in Italy. The woman next to me was warning the barman about cold drinks. As an Italophile, I recognized the conversation as one that could only happen in Italy. The perceived danger of somethin...

This past week a very special feast took place to celebrate the coming of the second annual White Truffle Festival. One hundred guests gathered on the Upper West Side at the lovely with Ubrani Truffles for a night of exquisite wine and fine dinning. The night was hosted by hosted by Emanuele Baldi of Prunotto Winery and Vittorio Giordano, VP of Urb...

Il capo della redazione torinese de La Stampa, Luca Ferrua, ha intervistato il console americano in Italia Philip T. Reeker. Ecco, in sintesi cosa ci ha detto: «Scoprire il Nord Italia mi ha aperto gli occhi, avevo studiato la regione a livello storico, con il suo ruolo nella storia europea, il ruolo nella storia italiana. Conoscevo l’Italia da tur...

What’s more pleasurable on a vacation to Italy than enjoying a scoop or two of gelato? There may only be one answer, and that’s savoring the gelato you made yourself. Luckily, travelers can now try their hand at the craft by taking one of the several gelato-making classes for amateurs offered throughout Italy. These classes are usually between two...

True confession: up until about 6 years ago I gleefully lived my life believing a truffle was a delectable orb of chocolaty goodness surrounding a mystery filling of something gooey and delicious. This type of truffle does exist, but to the foodie and those possibly more sophisticated than I, a truffle is much, much more -- and an edible that evoke...

The origins of Robiola di Roccaverano date back to the Celtic-Ligurian period.Its name recalls the Latin term “robium”, referring to the reddish colour of the outer part of the cheese, and the name of the town of Roccaverano in Asti, where this product originated.

One of my very favourite things about having a career revolving around wine is that I never stop learning. Every tasting I attend, every meeting I have with a winemaker, and every trip in which I participate offers an opportunity to discover something new.  During the past couple of weeks, I’ve travelled through the Piedmont region in northern Ital...

One of the best aspects of living in Italy for over a decade as a travel writer has been discovering towns I didn’t have on my radar before moving here. From Tuscany to Calabria, the Dolomites to Basilicata, this country is crammed with villages full of art, food, and natural beauty—places that many travelers miss out on while focusing on the tried...