Craft Beer in Italy: A Brettanomyces Bonanza in Bologna (April/May 2022)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Read about additional Italian craft beers. While very Italian things like tomatoes and white wine have an acidic flavor profile, sour things—in the English sense of the word—aren’t traditionally common in Italy. Bambini aren’t eating sour candy, limes aren’t used for much of anything, lemonade isn’t common. But …

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Bologna Restaurants: Eating in Italy’s Culinary Cradle (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Affectionately referred to as La Grassa (“the fat one”), Bologna is the capital of Emilia-Romagna, arguably Italy’s most important food region.  Granted, you’ve got Piemonte and Liguria in the north, Toscana and Umbria in the middle, Puglia and Sicilia in the south—it’s almost impossible to go wrong …

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The Small But Essential Pleasures of Italy (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy.  For me, dreaming of Italy—which is all I have done since my last visit there in October 2019—might not be what you would expect. Yes, there is the sublime cuisine and superb wine, but I write Italian cookbooks and can make dishes at home that remind me of la …

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Recipe: Traditional Emilia-Romagna-Style Piadina

This recipe originally appeared in the article Piadina: Emilia-Romagna’s Daily Bread in the October/November 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Makes 5 piadine Ingredients 4 cups of super fine flour 4 generous tablespoons lard 2 pinches of baking soda 1 ½ teaspoons of salt Directions Place the flour on a spacious flat kneading surface and create a small crater in the middle, …

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Piadina: Emilia-Romagna’s Daily Bread (October/November 2020)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. My technical first encounter with the piadina tradition happened in a way that would make any red-blooded romagnolo wag his finger—and possibly tell me, rightfully so, that it didn’t really count. I was in Piedmont, of all places—specifically, just a few feet from Turin’s National Museum of Cinema—and …

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Bologna’s Porticoes Nominated For UNESCO Honor (March 2020)

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Bologna could soon have a new UNESCO World Heritage site if its famous porticoes are selected for the coveted list. The city of Bologna is submitting the nomination to the World Heritage committee for review. The 12 porticoes, which date from the 12th century until the 20th century, …

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What’s New in Italy in 2020: Federico Fellini’s 100th Birthday

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2020 article here. Italy is gearing up to celebrate the 100th birthday of influential filmmaker Federico Fellini (www.federicofellini.it), who was born on January 20, 1920, and died in 1993. In his 50-year film career, Fellini directed award-winning films such as La Dolce Vita and 8½. He …

What’s New in Italy in 2020: Parma, Capital of Culture

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2020 article here. Best known for its Parma ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the northern Italian city of Parma has plenty to celebrate in 2020. It was named the 2020 Italian Capital of Culture by a jury that selected it over nine other Italian cities, saying that …

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What’s New in Italy in 2020

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and over 170 others! A new year brings celebration and renewal, and especially so in Italy, whose calendar in 2020 is chock full of new events to commemorate, participate in and experience. Like the country itself, next year’s agenda will delight …

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Where to See Etruscan Art: Collections Not to Miss (May 2019)

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. On a recent visit to the National Etruscan Museum in Rome at the height of the tourist season, my kids and I arrived at opening time and had the entire museum to ourselves for nearly an hour. What a treat! Across central Italy lie hundreds of little-visited museums …