Browsing by Category: Gastronomic Traditions

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A source of both nutrition and pleasure, food is also a booming commercial enterprise with a long, storied history. As the center of a vast Empire, Rome’s ancient harbors were abuzz with various aspects of the food trade as condiments, raw materials and beverages converged on the banks of the Tiber from distant provinces. Garden estates abutted the ancient city walls and goats, cattle and sheep (more…)

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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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Pannicolo di cavallo.

Allow me to preface this post with an apology: Jess, I promised you I wouldn’t write about this place. I held off as long as I could. I cannot keep restaurant secrets. Sorry, friend. Next meal’s on me. (more…)

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Photo by Şemsa Denizsel.

There’s a lot of talk in Istanbul’s culinary circles lately about the “New Anatolian Cuisine”, an approach that distances itself from European ingredients and techniques while embracing and modernizing Anatolian regional cooking. A number of restaurants have opened or re-branded in the past year or so, devoting (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…)