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Centuries Old Balsamic Vinegar

Centuries Old Balsamic Vinegar

CENTURIES-OLD BALSAMIC VINEGAR PASSES TASTE TEST By Christopher Livesay A 273-year-old phial of Modena’s prized balsamic vinegar has been uncovered in the northern Italian city and experts say it’s delicious. The viscous, gourmet grape reduction was found two years ago along with a handwritten note inside an 18th-century chest inherited by a Modenese family. The note read: “Vinegar taken from a bottle of the Gregori family of Modena in 1740. Today, February 17, 1943, the vinegar is 203 years’ old. Signed: Giulio Jacoli...

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Italian Prosecco in Verona

Italian Prosecco in Verona

WINEMAKERS SING ABOUT ‘9 SYMPHONY’ PROSECCO When crooner Don Ho composed his Tiny Bubbles tune (later immortalized by Liberace), he might not have been singing to lovers of the joyfully effervescent Prosecco. But one particular producer of the much-loved sparkling wine made in the region of Veneto believes her Prosecco is something to sing about…and to. On April 7, makers of Ninth Symphony (Nona Sinfonia) Prosecco are ready to pop the cork and debut the first vintage produced to the sound of music. In the halls of VeronaFiere...

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Nadia Santini Declared World’s Best Female Chef

Nadia Santini Declared World’s Best Female Chef

DAL PESCATORE’S NADIA SANTINI WORLD’S BEST FEMALE CHEF An Italian woman, Nadia Santini, has been named the world’s best female chef by the World’s Fifty Best Restaurants listing published by the foodies bible, Restaurant magazine. Santini, and her gourmand’s retreat Dal Pescatore however, are no newcomers to recognition. Already in 2008, Nadia Santini placed 23 on Restaurant’s listing. She entered the annals of the country’s culinary history in 1996 when she became the first Italian woman to receive...

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Italian New Age Food Branding

Italian New Age Food Branding

What did Barbie eat? Chances are, food was secondary for the jet-setting, unlikely shaped doll that dominated generations of young girls’ playtime. Nutrition has now notched up in importance in an era plagued with child obesity and all of its accompanying maladies. Getting kids on the right eating track early is not just part of the school curriculum or doctor talk, it has now become part of one of the most popular cartoon brands in Italy and the world. Winx, teenage fairy characters created by Italian cartoonist Iginio Straffi, not only...

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Umbria Chocolate Festival

Umbria Chocolate Festival

TERNI CHOCOLATE FEST RECALLS SPIRIT OF ST VALENTINE Maurizio Di Mario has taken a break from his pastry shop in central Italy to indulge in a secret passion – chocolate. The 39-year-old pastry chef has joined thousands of chocolate lovers in Terni in the region of Umbria for the 10th annual Cioccolentino festival and selected five of his favourite chocolates to present at a private degustation. ‘I have been a pastry chef for many years but my great love is chocolate,’ Di Mario tells Ansa. ‘I have selected only five so...

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Antipasto of Puglia

Antipasto of Puglia

salami, taralli, formaggio from the Italian Region of Puglia. www.italia.org

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Olive Oil Convention in Lucca, Italy

Olive Oil Convention in Lucca, Italy

Italy’s leading olive oil producers will gather in the quaint Medieval town of Lucca this month to showcase their oil at the first annual festival called – Extra Lucca. Fifty different producers from as far as Sicily, Calabria, Sardinia and Puglia will join producers from across Tuscany, as Lucca seeks to establish itself as the country’s olive oil capital.   The festival, which takes place February 15 and 16, is founded and organised by Lucca oil expert and enthusiast, Fausto Borella, who is working with the town’s...

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Sicilian Passito Winery

Sicilian Passito Winery

(ANSA) – Pantelleria, January 2 – One of the best-kept secrets about the leading Sicilian winemaker Donnafugata is the sweet success of its dessert wine, the Ben Rye’ passito. The company’s Ben Rye’, produced on the spectacular island of Pantelleria 100 kms off the south-west coast of Sicily, is the only Italian wine to have won top accolades from all the major Italian wine guides. The company has compared the ratings awarded by all the 2013 wine guides and found that Donnafugata’s 2010 Ben Rye’ scored...

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Cassata Siciliana

Cassata Siciliana

Cassata Cake originated in Palermo, Italian Region of Sicilia. Also known as the Cassata Siciliana. It is prepared with a round sponge cake that is moistened from liquore with hints of fruit juice. Then layered with candied peel, ricotta cheese, and vanilla or chocolate cream filling similar to that of the Sicilian Cannoli. Decorated with a layer of marzipan usually with green and pink icing and decorative designs. Candied fruits of cherries and citrus finalize the top of the Cassata Siciliana!

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World’s Best Pasta Secrets

World’s Best Pasta Secrets

When Giuseppe Di Martino and his sister decided they wanted to create the world’s best pasta, they did something unusual. They gathered together the farmers, the millers, the equipment manufacturers and the packagers and asked them how they should do it. ‘We put them around the table and asked them what we needed to do to make the best pasta ever with no price limit, what it would take,’ Di Martino tells ANSA. ‘We started from the field and ended up with a pasta inside a square box within a box’. Their colorful...

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