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Rome’s natural environment, both spontaneous and cultivated, asserts itself in unlikely places. The second installment of “Katie Parla’s Rome” explores the plants and urban gardens of this edible city. Watch the first episode, about the Trionfale district, here.

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This morning I had the great privilege of being on Heritage Radio Network’s “In the Drink” with Joe Campanale. Joe’s show delves into the world of wine and cocktails and today we chatted about Roman craft cocktails and contemporary culture, as well as the wines and beers from Lazio. You can listen to the show here. (more…)

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When I was assigned to write a profile of Istanbul’s cocktail culture and its foremost figure, Alex Waldman, over a year ago, the city was utterly different than it is today. Before the Gezi Park Protests, a piece pontificating on the virtues of nigella seed syrup and lamenting the dearth of Sherry in Turkey had its place. But in (more…)

Temple University Craft Beer Club

On February 17 from 7-9:30PM, join me at Alla Spina in Philadelphia for a casual tasting dedicated to the world of Italian craft beer. I will be co-hosting the event with the Temple University Craft Beer Enthusiasts. I have chosen the menu to reflect the styles and brewers which best represent quality production in Italy. We’ll (more…)

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Photo: Luciano Furia

Pizza is never just pizza. There is history, culture and politics woven into its glutinous strands. And in Caiazzo, a once-declining village in Campania’s Alto Casertano sub-region 50 km from Naples, pizza is life. The deity in this analogy is Franco Pepe, a tall, lean vision in white widely recognized as Italy’s (hence (more…)