Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This is an excerpt from What's New In and Around Turin from the March 2009 issue of Dream of Italy:
For foodies in the know, Turin has long been a must-visit. Now the city can add another culinary notch to its belt, with Eataly, the world's largest food and wine store. Located in the former Carpano Vermouth production plant, Eataly was founded by Oscar Farinetti in alliance with Slow Food, the organization devoted to preserving local food traditions. Farinetti says the goal is to "Buy, taste and learn about the best foods under the same roof."
To that end, many of the 40,000 carefully selected food items (most locally sourced from 900 Italian producers but other from international sources as well) are labeled with placards describing their provenance and attributes. There's a computer center, a library, a small museum and rooms for tasting seminars and cooking classes.
For travelers, Eataly is a fantastic and affordable destination for a meal or a snack. On the first floor there are eight main sections each devoted to a specific food and overseen by an expert: butcher; cured meats; bakery; pizzeria; pasta kitchen; produce area; fishmonger; cheese section. There's a dining area in each section and if you're feeling ambitious you can move from one to another for a multi-course meal. To finish up your meal with something sweet, nearby you'll find an espresso bar, chocolate section and gelateria.
But wait, there's more. Downstairs there's a more formal restaurant, GuidoperEataly, run by a famous restaurateur from nearby Alba. The basement also houses the wine cellar and a brew pub where you can pull up a stool and taste a tantalizing selection of beers. At Eataly, there's truly something for everyone. Expect to spend a few hours there; the aesthetics alone worth experiencing but bring an empty stomach along too.
Via Nizza, 230
(39) 011 19506801
Open daily 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Monday, March 23, 2009
A Year of Gastronomy: One Woman's Reawakening in Italy
What does a 50-something romance writer who recently went through a divorce do to jazz up her life? Why run off to Italy of course to take part in a unique culinary learning experience.
An Olive Harvest Feeds the Body and Soul
The traditional Italian harvest method, called brucatura, pulling one olive at a time off the full branches, had brings our writer to a euphoric state. She tells you how you can join in a Tuscan olive harvest this November.
What's New In and Around Turin
There have been a number of new openings and restorations in Torino since the 2006 Winter Olympics. Most notable: the world's largest food and wine store, Eataly.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I wasn't quite sure what to expect upon meeting the famous (or should I say infamous?) Dario Castagno. I had some idea of his personality based on what I had read in Too Much Tuscan Sun, however, it was Robert Rodi's comment in the epilogue that stuck out in my mind. "Dario's reserve, as it happens, is of the most attractive kind to vulgar Americans luck us: It's Old World. He's a gentleman in the original sense of the word." Could this be the same man that told me I'd recognize his car because it'll be the filthiest one in the parking lot? I guess I'd have to find out for myself...
Read more about Laura's evening with Dario and his life in Tuscany
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Today many companies offer customized itineraries but few take the necessary time to really get to know each client via multiple emails or telephone conversations the way that we do at One Step Closer.
The four owners and managers of One Step Closer (all related) were born and raised in Florence from a partly American family: the synergy of motherland (Italy) and mother tongue (English) is total. We never sell a tour without knowing personally the guide, the itinerary and each place each client will be visiting.
We only work with experts (though not necessarily professionals) in each field (art historians, landscape designers, wine consultants, cooking teachers etc.) who are fluent in several languages, have experience in sharing their knowledge and are pleasant people to be with. We like to think of ourselves and whoever works with us as your friends in Italy.
The following itineraries are created to give an idea of what can be arranged, and are exclusive to Dream of Italy readers and can be modified as much as necessary. DOI readers get a 20% discount off the retail cost of the tours, costs that will be provided upon request by sending an email to email@example.com (They do not include accommodations because different travellers have different requirements. )
+ One half day guided walking tour of the highlights of the historical center with timed tickets to one of the most important museums
+ A full day tour of Florence's "botteghe" (workshops) to learn how different objects are made. A hands on experience of marbled paper and pottery making combined into an itinerary of interesting shopping suggestions.
+ A cooking class that follows grocery shopping at one of Florence's fresh produce market. The class will be centered on preparing a three to four course meal which you will have together with the teacher at the end of the class.
IN AND AROUND MONTALCINO:
+ A full day tour with guide and driver with private appointments to visit and sample wines at two different Brunello wineries, with a light lunch at one of the wineries. The day will also include a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful medieval abbey of Sant'Antimo.
+ A full day tour with guide and driver to visit the fascinating towns of Pienza and Montepulciano.
+ A biking or trekking outing with a guide, during which you will visit a cheese producers.
+ A half day introductory walking tour to the center of Naples and its fascinating neighborhoods which will end (or begin) with lunch at one of the oldest pizzerias, where you will have a pizza making lesson.
+ A half day tour of the archeological sites of Pompeii or Herculaneum, driver included.
+ A full day tour on the Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast) visiting Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento; driver included.
FOR INFORMATION (remember to mention you found our information through Dream of Italy):
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