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“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…)

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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.

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…)