pizza margherita

5 things to eat in Naples and where to find them

      See Naples and … well, eat! As well as having the reputation for being one of the most lively and naturally beautiful cities in Italy, Naples is also considered by Italians to be one of the foodie centers of the peninsula. I recently spent a weekend in the shadow of Vesuvius and …

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Piazza delle erbe padova

Being patient in Padua

  I think it was Woody Allen in his film Midnight in Paris who said that Paris was the only city in the world more beautiful in the rain. Well, unfortunately I wasn’t in Paris last weekend but in Padua and there was a lot of rain. Padua (or Padova as it’s called in Italian) is …

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Arista: Tuscan roast pork (recipe)

This recipe is from Tuscany.     Arista is one of the great classics of Tuscan cuisine. People often assume that, considering it is consists of roast pork loin, the name is related to the Italian arrosto, meaning roast. The truth couldn’t be more different and, as with most Italian dishes, there’s a story. Here …

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La befana

In Italy, Christmas comes twice a year

  Christmas comes but once a year, but it’s a little known fact that in Italy, children get two bites at the panforte. Another festival, with huge similarities to the festivities on the 25th December, occurs just twelve days later. On the night of the 5th January, Italian children hang up their stockings at the end of the …

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Quote of the week

Lunch was performed in the traditional three acts: the ‘primo’ consisting of pasta or risotto, the ‘secondo’ of meat or fish, and then the dessert. Preceded by a prologue of ‘antipasti’, the curtain came down after an epilogue of coffee, espresso of course, cappuccino strictly reserved for breakfast or elevenses. — From ‘How we Found our Home.’