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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…)

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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.

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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!

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Under normal circumstances I would never write this: you should go to Caffè Propaganda. (Not for the food. Never for the food.) The place is appealing in a Keith McNally kinda way, I guess. But Propaganda is not in NYC’s Meatpacking District or Soho where a wannabe French bistro for the beautiful people makes (more…)

Milan Duomo

Beginning in May of this year, Milan will host the Expo, an international, 6-month long, food-oriented world’s fair. Italy has projected that 20 to 30 million visitors will converge on Milan for the festivities, figures that would break tourism records in the Italian business and fashion capital. Although the city has long been written off (more…)