This week, our virtual tour of Italian regions growing lesser-known grapes brings us to one seemingly forgotten (or avoided) by the Renaissance. Lacking the major architectural relics of other regions, or a history of fine art, this region is not a magnet for the typical tourist. However, in my opinion, this region, more than any other, exemplifies...

Piedmontese have two favorite chocolates: one, gianduiotto, is sweet, charming and dressed in gold, always, almost to show its royal origins in the city of the Savoias, Turin. The other is probably not as known around the world, but just as loved within the region —and delicious: Cuneese al rhum. Cuneesi get their name from the city where they were...

The strength of the taste of the Alba White Truffle combined with the great wines of the Langa, combined with international solidarity, are confirmed stronger than Covid: the digital edition of the World White Truffle of Alba Auction No. 21, organized by the International White Truffle Fair of Alba (which continues online) and the Enoteca Regionale...

Birthdays are the perfect time to celebrate popping bottles and drinking the good stuff.  Earlier this year I had received a couple of bottles of Barbaresco and Barolo from Poderi Colla and no time like the present to sample them.  Although for a Barolo and Barbaresco these wines are in their youth, they will further benefit from aging.  Luckily I...

We can all use a little magic in our lives these days, and The Truffle Hunters provide an enchanting 84-minute on-screen escape into the beautiful Piedmont forest of Northern Italy. This tale of old men and their beloved dogs searching for rare white Alba truffles unfolds before your eyes like a beautiful picture book. Untouched by technology or sm...

The eerie sight of empty streets in Italy's usually packed city centres returned this weekend after strict new rules came into force. The streets in Milan, Turin, and other cities within the country's four 'red zone' regions have been almost empty as movement was strictly curtailed from Friday. Under the new three-tier system of restrictions, Calab...

Turin, the regional country seat of Piedmont, has a thousand-year story. The Romans chose it as the border town of the empire (the traces of Romans are still visible in the Quadrilatero Romano composed of the Palatine gate with the ruins of the walls and of the gate itself, the Dechumane gate, the Roman Theatre, and a visible wall in the basement o...

It’s no secret that Italians love their cuisine and even live for it. With the global pandemic putting a big dent in our ability to travel abroad, I’m dreaming of all the delicious Italian food I am missing. What I wouldn’t give for a plate of bucatini all’Amatriciana topped with freshly grated pecorino Romano at a noisy trattoria in Testaccio. Som...

As well as being a productive pole of great importance for the country, Turin is an artistic and cultural centre that will leave you breathless. In fact, in its territory there are numerous museums and cultural institutions, as well as galleries, libraries, archives and cultural production centres. Turin is a city of great charm, with a very Italia...

It's autumn in Piedmont and in the town of Roddi, not far from Italy's famous UNESCO winemaking region of Barolo, truffle season is underway. Beyond the grapevines, "trifolao" Gianni Monchiero, and his dogs, Lady and Vicky set o to search for these elusive little tubers. The most prized for its distinct earthy and musky scent is the pale yellow Alb...