Browsing by Category: Wine & Spirits

Illustration by Yoonhwa Jang.

The Expo may be wrapping up, but that’s no reason to skip a trip to Milan! Italy’s fashion and business capital has a robust drinking culture, thanks, in part, to its historic bars and liquor companies. Sara Porro and I created a guide for Punch detailing the best places for aperitivo, cocktails, craft beer, and wine. Head on over to PUNCH for the full scoop.


“We’d like to buy some limoncello to take home. Can you suggest a place to snag a bottle or two?” This request used to send me reeling. Personally, I can live without the stuff–amaro and grappa rank way higher for me on the digestivo deliciousness scale. But visitors, having been served tart homemade versions of the citrus-based digestif after a fish feast on the Amalfi Coast or the Pontine Islands, would want to take a 750mL dose of vacay (more…)

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Visiting Rome in August used to mean eating badly or seldom, but things have changed in recent years (sadly due to the mounting economic crisis) and now gastronomic-minded visitors need not compromise. Some great restaurants in Rome will be open for the entire month, so whether you want fine dining, the city’s best burrata, or some down-home (more…)

Imbibe Cover

With all its history, Rome might be mistaken for a stagnant living museum, resistant to change and suspicious of innovation. But while some aspects of Rome’s vibrant contemporary culture belie this notion, it’s a reputation that a decade ago rang all too true for the city’s drinks scene. Recently, the pace of change has quickened, and today’s blossoming cocktail culture and thriving craft-beer scene are proof that Romans will embrace novelty and innovation, if it’s done well. I share some of Rome’s most interesting places to drink in the July/August 2015 issue of Imbibe Magazine — it’s on newsstands now! The story was photographed by the wonderful and insanely talented Dylan + Jeni. You can see our whole article here.

The Mad Dog “speakeasy”.

From speakeasy-inspired cocktail bars and natural wine bars to offal-laced restaurant menus, Torino constantly leaves me thirsty and hungry for more. This elegant city in Piedmont feels worlds away from Rome and I love strolling its porticoed streets, grazing from place to place. Here are my top picks for where to eat and drink:

A very special thanks to Vittorio Rusinà of Tirebouchon for making so many of these suggestions!