This month, the Italian Food, Wine and Travel writers are exploring a new-to-me, and lesser known region of Italy – Oltrepò Pavese. Susannah Gold, founder of Vigneto Communications is hosting this month. She is a Brand Ambassador for the Oltrepò here in the U.S., and graciously arranged samples for our group. Oltrepò Pavese, which is sometime refer...

Elderly women at a daycare centre in Italy have been engaging with youngsters on social media platform TikTok in a bid to fight off depression and loneliness. Until now, terms such as "followers", "likes", "influencers" -- common on social media -- wouldn't have meant anything to the women at the centre in Capri, near Modena in northern Italy.

As Elizabeth David wrote in “Italian Food” in 1954, “Everyone has heard of the mortadella sausage of Bologna, but how many hurrying motorists drive past the rose and ochre coloured arcades of Bologna quite unaware that behind modest doorways are some of the best restaurants in Italy.” She might have added, “and everyone has cooked spaghetti alla bo...

Among the numerous UNESCO sites of Italy, a little-known jewel is the Malatesta Library in Cesena, the only example of a conventual humanist library perfectly preserved in the building, furnishings and manuscript collection, as recognized by UNESCO, which inserted it in its ‘Memory of the World’ program in 2008, the first in Italy. The Malatesta li...

For the first time in history, the production of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena has exceeded its goal of 100 million liters certified in a single year. “It is a historic moment because never before has our industry managed to exceed the threshold of 100 million liters,” stated Mariangela Grosoli, President of the Consortium for the Protection of Balsam...

Carnevale is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world. In Italy, we are serious about it. In the end, this is where it was born. We are all familiar with the Carnevale of Venice and that of Viareggio, as well as famous international renditions such as the Carnival in New Orleans, that in Rio and that in Notting Hill (London).  In Italy, t...

In 2021 production and sales of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena PDO (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) increased (+17%). Bottled quantities also increased (by +30%), reaching volumes higher than the pre-pandemic period. The data were released by the Consortium for the Protection of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO, which is p...

Among gastronomic delights and unmissable places, the town of Voghiera in Ferrara stands out not only for the production of the Voghiera DOP garlic but for the beauty left behind from the Estensi, like the well-know Estensi’s Versailles.  In the province of Ferrara, we find a small town full of history but known to most because of a local gastronom...

The beauty of the Italian landscape is revealed not just in its art cities, seaside resorts and wondrous mountains, but also, and maybe especially, in its gentle rolling hills where life flows quietly, immersed in a bucolic setting. Let’s discover five Italian hilly landscapes not to be missed, perfect for a road trip amid ancient villages and food...

Latteruolo is a nutritious milk-based Italian dessert typical from Emilia Romagna, Marche and Tuscany regions. Latteruolo is also known as lattaciolo or casadello and basically is a pudding cake made with milk, eggs, sugar, a little bit of flour and variously flavored with vanilla pod or lemon peel or ground nutmeg. Another simple and delicious rec...