Chefs Pick Best Places to Eat in Italy

It seems to be a bit of a random list but in compiling the 101 Best Restaurants in the World 2012, Newsweek editors consulted dozens of noteworthy chefs (many of whom are American) on their picks and seven of them chose restaurants (or food stands) in Italy. Here is a quick recap of this group’s choices best places to eat …

Where’s Salvatore? He’s Still Cooking in Umbria

In my book, there’s now one less reason to visit the town of Foligno in Umbria – but Foligno’s loss is Spello’s gain. In Dream of Italy’s Special Report: Umbria, editor Kathy McCabe wrote about the one-of-a-kind chef Salvatore Denaro and his popular trattoria in Foligno. Salvatore has now closed his quirky and wonderful restaurant Il Bacco Felice and is …

Go Veggie in Roma!

Seems all my old favorite restaurants are making a reappearance. I reviewed Rome’s ‘Gusto years ago in the newsletter, now comes word from Conde Nast Traveler of a sister restaurant, ‘Gusto al 28, that has made the magazine’s list of Hot Tables 2008. The menu is dedicated exclusively to fish and vegetables. According to the magazine, “The simple menu—one side …

Padma Lakshmi’s Italy Dining Advice

One of your editor’s favorite TV shows is Top Chef but I didn’t know the connections tha the host Padma Lakshmi has to Italy. She lived in Milan and Rome for six years and is the former host of the Italian hit television show Domenica In. In the current issue of La Cucina Italiana she shares her Italian dining recommendations. …

Italy In America: An Osteria in Jackson Hole

I’m just back from a vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I have never been there before and the surroundings were absolutely stunning. I went skiing, dog sledding and snow shoeing and when my muscles weren’t aching too much went out for some great meals. One of the highlights was a meal at Il Villagio Osteria, which just opened a few …

How You Might End Up in the Slammer When You Visit Italy

Don’t worry, it is only for dinner. There’s a new dining option in Tuscany and you will have to submit to a background check and receive a security clearance to get a reservation. The 500-year old Fortezza Medicea in Volterra — a high-security prison — invites the public to eat at its prison restaurant, reports Budget Travel Magazine. “In a …

Five Favorite Casual Restaurants in Italy

It is Dream of Italy’s 5th anniversary!And you will see a number of features using the number “5” in the coming months. I’m inaugurating the series this month with “Five Favorite Casual Restaurants in Italy.” I was going to just pick my five favorite restaurants from my travels over the last five years but, although it may sound cliche, it …