Like an artwork, preparing a good ragù, or meat sauce, requires patience. In both Bologna and Naples, the lower classes created this sauce to maximize flavor from what little meat they could afford. But Italy has many ragùs. French term The name itself actually comes from France, where ragout refers to any stewed dish containing diced meat, fish, o...

This beloved pink cured meat was created in Bologna during the Renaissance. When it crossed the Atlantic, its name eventually derived into bologna (or baloney).  Mortadella has experienced a revival in its place of origin, enhancing countless recipes and even elevating simple slices of plain bread. The cold cut makes for a convenient quick lunch, s...

Modena is correctly considered the global hub of Italy’s unrivalled motor industry. It’s the birthplace of the storied and ingenious Enzo Ferrari and the jewel in the crown of the wider Emilia Romagna region, an area home not only to Ferrari, but also Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati, Dallara Energica and Pagani. How’s that for heritage? Which is why,...

When you first visit Italy, it's hard to imagine just how good the Italian food is going to be. No matter what part of the country you visit, even the worst food is generally really good. But if you’re looking for some of the best Italian food in Italy, head to Bologna, considered the gastronomic capital of Italy — certainly one of the ultimate foo...

The classic wines of Emilia-Romagna are like its inhabitants: bubbly and full of panache. Sparkling wine production is strong, especially those from Piacentino made with the white Ortrugo and Malvasia grapes and the red Gutturnio. The Modenese sparklers, made with Lambrusco, are experiencing a period of success, thanks to the versions of the Sorbar...

The second half of 2021 is outlining good forecasts for the Italian food system, with few precedents in its recent history. According to the Italian food industry association Federalimentare, the expansive thrust of the sector is entirely due to the exceptional acceleration of exports, while other economic parameters confirm situations and trends a...

The Adriatic Riviera (the coastal area on the Adriatic Sea near Rimini) as we know it today, was born in the climate of well-being and euphoria that characterized Italy from the end of the Fifties through the beginning of the Sixties, when the middle class generated mass tourism and the summer holiday took on the meaning of “escape” from everyday l...

Carandini, one of Modena’s oldest families, has been producing hand-crafted balsamic vinegars using traditional family methods since 1641. And now, U.S. consumers can enjoy Carandini’s artisanal premium products including Emilio Silver Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Bianca Sweet White Vinegar, and Italian Cheese Dressing, available at Whole Foods Mark...

All roads lead to Rome” the popular saying goes about the eternal city. Of course, like for any saying, there is some truth to it. Just like the consular roads end and start from Rome, also one of the most famous historical itineraries was created to connect Rome with the rest of Europe: the via Francigena. Let us see the paths of the Via Francigen...

Venture back from the Riviera romagnola, and you will discover gentle hilly landscapes and charming old towns where time seems to stand still. Among them is the imposing and majestic San Leo. Situated 35 kilometres far from Rimini, this fairy-tale village stands on a rocky cliff overlooking the surrounding valley. Reaching San Leo by car, you will...