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Pizza in Milan. Two restaurants I tried.

2017-10-01 • By

A place to eat a special pizza in Milan.

Do you want to eat a pizza in Milan? As everywhere in Italy, you’ll find plenty of pizzerie of different quality. And you know the hometown of the real pizza is Naples.

But Milan is so full of restaurants that you can find nearly everything. Today I want to talk about the fashion of “gourmet pizza”. A pretentious name, isn’t it?

And in my opinion, pizza should be simple at first.

So gourmet pizza is a contradiction itself. Or it’s not if you think of it as a pizza done with high quality ingredients and with some experimentation.

I’m not neither a gourmet nor a food writer, so I’m not able to judge this food trend.

As a local going out dinner I can tell you my favourite places where to find this special pizza in Milan right now.

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How to order Italian coffee in Italy.

2016-05-22 • By

A definitive guide on how to order coffee in Italy.

Ordering an Italian coffee is something non-Italians get apparently confused about, at least counting the number of posts written on this topic. There’s even a book called “How to order an Italian coffee in Italy” and comments on Amazon say it’s a must-have for travellers.

Speaking about coffee, or food in general, Italians are often religiously bound to their traditions. We have one of the best cuisines, we tend to consider all the rest rubbish, we want to teach to the world how a perfect drink or meal is supposed to be. The same is for coffee. So I understand you don’t feel comfortable in ordering a coffee in an Italian bar.

Italian coffeeThere are a lot of blog posts listing what’s allowed and forbidden about coffee in Italy. Allowed, forbidden…wouldn’t it be we are too rigid? Anyway, there are things about ordering coffee in Italy you should know, because some coffee styles are simply not available. But there are also points to be debunked, because they’re not so strict.

Ready to enjoy your Italian coffee?

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Ten Italian food Instagram accounts you want to follow

2016-02-07 • By

Ten Italian food Instagram profiles to get inspired for your dinner (or lunch, or breakfast…)

If you like cooking Italian food Instagram is a great resource. In Italy, as everywhere, there’s plenty of food blogs. It’s enough you have a look to the website of the Italian food blog association to have an idea of what the web offers. Moreover, most of these blogs are in Italian, which makes them less useful for an English speaking audience.
My personal opinion is that what makes a food blog really outstanding are original and stylish photographs. That’s why I’m summarizing here my favourite foodie Instagram profiles. I’m often too lazy to cook something new, but sometimes a nice photo inspires me to try. Sometimes it just makes me hungry!

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Looking for the best soup recipe: a tour of Italy in five soups.

2016-01-05 • By

Five regional Italian soups recipes to warm your winter.

If I had to choose one example of most typical Italian I would say: soup. So I collected the best soup recipes (or the easiest) I found on the web for five traditional Italian soups. You might be surprised I’m not talking pizza and pasta, but I find just one common factor in real traditional Italian food. It’s poor. Not many decades ago, meat was not affordable to everybody and also the richest ate it only on Sundays. Most of the people counted on the production of their fields and gardens or on fish and mussels they could collect if they lived next to the sea. And certainly they did not throw away any food, finding the most inventive ways to reuse leftovers.

Looking for the best soup recipe: a tour of Italy in five soups.

one of the best soup recipes, served in a jar at Eataly

Don’t forget that some of the most iconic Italian food has a quite recent origin. Think about pizza: flat breads with on the top are common in all the Mediterranean, but pizza as we know it couldn’t exists before VXI century, simply because tomatoes were not available in Europe before the discovery of America. And even though pizza certainly had existed for centuries, it was only in 1889 that a pizza with tomato, mozzarella and basil, red white and green as the Italian flag, was dedicated to Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy. And the beloved Tiramisù? Apart of some legends about its origin, it has appeared in the cooking books only in the Eighties.

Soups represents better than any other the spirit of Italian food and maybe of the Med diet.

They are healthy and comfort especially in winter. A treat when outside is cold and you had a bad day.

Here’s a tour of Italy in five soups.