...And wine and travel
Here are a few articles that arose out of travel to Italy or just Italian or Italian-American-related.
- When you are going out for Italian, you are usually not going out for Italian - Italian restaurants here have gotten more Italian, but still...
- Pizza speaks to everyone - Some insight into one of America's favorite foods from legendary restaurateur Piero Selvaggio.
- Italian Regional Cooking by Ada Boni remains a very useful classic - Published in 1969, this remains an excellent resource. It is definitely worth tracking done a used copy if you are interested in preparing Italian fare at home.
- Chicken Vesuvio, that classic Italian-American dish from Chicago - This dish has not really traveled far from Chicago, which is a shame.
- Pasta in vodka sauce, a favorite from the 1980s that remains enjoyable - Just one example, the Houston Press recently wrote about it; well, soon after I posted this piece. This is only the second time that the local freebie has taken a cue from one of my obscure items. I wonder which one is next.
- James Bond’s very first cocktail was actually an Italian one (it’s not a martini) - Like staff at the very handsome bars in the grand hotels favored by well-heeled American visitors, this cocktail has some Italian flare.
- When looking for a good white wine while traveling in Italy, simply look for Collio on the label
- Le Marche, "Italy in miniature" - Off-the-radar for most American tourists, this region is one of the most beautiful in Italy and boasts terrific food (that's better than Tuscany).
- That most famous of Roman pasta dishes seems to be found in just two restaurants these days - One of Americans most popular past dishes was found in scores of trattorias in Rome a few decades ago, now it might be just two.