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In Milan fashion houses and wineries meet for a posh grape harvest

From 7 to 13 October the Via Montenapoleone and the surrounding streets will host a series of highly prestigious events, promoting the excellence of Made in Italy and once again giving great prominence to the city of Milan, and to the Italian context in general, as points of reference for a quality production that grows over time and becomes increasingly valuable.

Here is the list of the best food cultures of the world

Which are the best food cultures of the world? A recent survey by cnn.com has the answer to this question. From America to Europe and Asia these food cultures around the globe have something for everyone, according to Zoe Li (editor at cnn.com). 10. United States of America Hamburger, fries and a lot of meat! 9. Mexico Tacos, enchilladas and…hot chilli peppers! 8. Thailand Chicken and spices…kind of a lot of them! 7. Greece The smell of the mediterranean sea joins the mouth at every bite 6. India It is not just about tea and curry… 5. Japan Sushi, sashimi…

Patavini: gnocchi in the heart of New York City

Patavini the “gnocchi makers” have just conquered New York City. The Italian food company has opened a brand new store in Columbus Circle, right next to Grom (the gelato guys!) the other big name of Italian food in this area of Manhattan. The Patavini company is actually quite new. It was founded just recently  by two Italian young entrepreneurs: Luca Marco Giraldin and Riccardo Bertoncello. They both share a  deep passion for food and a strong desire to export this typical Italian delicacy which is not as known as pizza or pasta. In a recent interview released to Corriere del…

Mamma Italia tells you how to find genuine Italian food around the globe

Mamma Italia is a brand new app developed by a team of Italians willing to share tips and advices about Italian food and the best way to find it around the globe. The guys behind Mamma Italia (Caterina Diglio, Ivano Rotondo, Gaetano Biondo, Luca Marmo and Claudio Vitale) have basically created a localizer for grocery stores with one big feature in common: they must sell genuine Italian food. The aim of this app available for both Android and ios is twofold: helping the Italian expats to find a bit of mamma’s kitchen when they are abroad and help the Italian…

RED Bistrot Libreria: where coffee and books meet!

There is a new bar in town. The answer to the recent clamor about the opening of a Starbucks in Milan is a new place for coffee but this time it is 100% Italian. RED Bistrot Libreria has just opened a new store in the city of Milan. While the first one welcomes its guests in the Porta Nuova district with its modern and overwhelming skyscrapers, the opening of RED Bistrot Libreria in the Brera district marks the beginning of a new relationship between the company and the city of Milan. The building chosen to host this new bar dates…

New openings in Milan: Five Guys Burgers and Starbucks

New openings in Milan! Five Guys Burgers and Starbucks have just opened their doors to the Milanese citizens. We have  already talked about these new openings in our recent posts and now that these two American food retailers have started serving their delicacies it is time to check if the expectations have been respected. Starbucks in Milan The founder of Starbucks decided to open the first store after a visit to Milan more than thirty years ago. He liked the way Italians enjoyed coffee. It was not ( and it is not!) just about sipping coffee. A coffee in an…

Five Guys Burger to open soon in Milan

Five Guys, one of the most popular burger joints of the world is now about to open in Milan. The origin of the Five Guys venture dates back to 1986 when Jerry and Jaine Murrell decided to open their very first restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. It was just a small restaurant but it became soon the most popular burger joint in town. The recipe of the success of the first Five Guys was very simple: fresh and genuine ingredients. From the burger meat to the bun, everything was cooked at the moment of the purchase. From the end of the…

Tiramisù: the recipe of the Italian signature dessert

The Tiramisù is probably the most popular dessert of the world. Everybody wants to have a bite when it comes to this creamy delicacy of the Italian food tradition. The origin of the tiramisù dates back to 1970 when the pastry chef of a restaurant in Treviso (A few miles north of Venice) decided to apport a few changes to an energetic dessert made of eggs and sugar. That particular drink was usually given to old people and children because of the invigorating properties of the eggs, known to be rich in proteins, calcium and magnesium. Loly Linguanotto, this is…

Italy’s Osteria Francescana named best restaurant of the World

Osteria Francescana the Italian restaurant owned and managed by chef Massimo Bottura has just been named the best restaurant of the World. In a ceremony that took place in the coastal city of Bilbao in Spain 50 chefs from the four corners of the world gathered to assist to the awards ceremony and to see who among them would be crowned as the king (or queen) of food. The third place was conquered by Mirazur the restaurant in Mentone (France) owned by the Argentinian chef of Italian descent Mauro Colagreco. On the second step of the podium there is El…

How to enjoy a cappuccino as Italians do

The cappuccino is probably one of the most popular hot drink on planet earth. It is known to be a must of the Italian food tradition but its origin might surprise our readers. The story of the cappuccino dates back to the 17th century when an Italian monk belonging to the Capuchins order went to Vienna as counsellor to the emperor Leopold the First. He stopped in what is known to be the very first coffee house of Europe called “Zur Blauen Flasche” ( the blue flask/bottle). The owner of the coffee house was a Polish soldier Georg Kolschitsky who apparently…

Italian cookbooks: the best ones!

Italian cookbooks: the best ones! If you digit the keyword “Italian cookbooks” on Amazon.com the result of your search will be a long list of almost 11.000 items. Which is too much! You will need to scroll down plenty of pages to find the best ones or at least the ones that most meet your needs. This is why we have created this list of Italian cookbooks that we believe are the best ones in terms of reliability. Il Cucchiaio d’ Argento (The Silver Spoon) Il Cucchiaio d’ Argento, the Silver Spoon in its English version, is the ultimate collection…

Cascina Cuccagna: from brunch to lunch…and dinner!

Cascina Cuccagna is an old farm in the heart of Milano and more precisely in the Porta Romana district. The origin of the Cascina Cuccagna dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. The Cascina then known as Cassina Torchio was owned and managed by the monks of the Fatebenefratelli order who cultivated the medical herbs in the nearby lands and fields. The Cascina Cuccagna was then named after another nearby farmhouse which was destroyed, to make room for some  new urban infrastructures, at the beginning of the 20th century. When in the late 90s of last century it…

Spritz: the recipe of the Italian signature cocktail

The Spritz is the Italian signature cocktail and its recipe is actually very easy as long as you have the right ingredients. Follow the steps here below to enjoy one of the most appreciated pre-dinner cocktails and to truly experience what the Milanese aperitivo is all about. The glass First you need to choose the right glass where to pour all of the ingredients. It needs to be either a rock glass (or old fashioned glass) or a red wine glass. See the gallery here below. The ice Fill the glass with ice cubes. They do not need to be…

Thick or thin? What’s your favorite pizza?

A pizza in Milan is always a good choice! When it comes to choosing where to go to have a pizza in Milan there are plenty of options. But before you start checking over the internet where to book a table, you need to make a relevant choice: thick or thin crust? If you are more into the classic italian pizza, like they do it in Naples, the restaurant “Lievito Madre” would be the perfect match to your thirst of natural ingredients. Owned and managed by the Sorbillo family, that opened its first restaurant in Naples in 1935, this pizzeria offers…

Ghe Sem: Asian food meets the Italian culinary tradition

Ghe Sem is a particular restaurant in Milan that offers the right mix of Chinese and Italian food culture: Dim Sum filled with typical italian ingredients. The Dim Sum stand to the Chinese food culture as the tapas stand to the Spanish one: a collection of Chinese dishes that are usually steamed or fried. Particularly popular in the southern regions of China the rite of the Dim Sum is usually combined with the Yum Cha, the art of drinking tea. Given the huge popularity that the Asian food culture has acquired in the western world, the owners of Ghe Sem decided to combine…

LuBar: breakfast at the museum

LuBar is a new coffee house and luncheonette at the GAM, the Modern Art Gallery of Milan. It is named after the three Bonaccorsi brothers (and owners) Lucrezia, architect, Ludovico, chef and Lucilla, fashion designer. They started their career in the food and beverage industry with a Ape Car, a three-wheeled truck, serving Sicilian delicatessen. Parked in the main hall of the Milan’s central station the Ape became a popular, and mandatory, stop for those who wanted to enjoy the arancini, a fried riceball filled with ragù and peas, or the cannoli, the typical Sicilian desert. Given the huge success of this…

Starbucks in Milan is going to be different

Starbucks in Milan is going to be different. The store that is about to open will be part of a new concept that the coffee house based in Seattle is developing right now. Starbucks in Milan will not be the usual bar which we are used to see throughout the United States. First and foremost it will be hosted within an iconic retail space: the former headquarter of the Italian postal services in Piazza Cordusio, just a few steps from the Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral. The plans for the Starbucks in Milan are to offer to the Italian…

Barack Obama in Milan

Barack Obama, the former president of the United States will be visiting Milan on the 9th of May 2017 when he will be the keynote speaker of the Global Food Innovation Summit. The event will take place in the Fiera Milano facilities from the 8th to the 11th of May and deals with food topics: from nutrition to new technologies, from climate changes to food security. The visit of Barack Obama will also be the opportunity for the former White House’s tenant to officially receive the keys to the city by the mayor of Milan Mr. Giuseppe Sala. The mayor had the…

The world’s best chefs to gather in Milan

From the 4th to the 6th of March 2017 the MICO Milan Convention Centre hosts the 13th edition of “Identità Golose” the International Chef Congress. The program includes several events dedicated to the Italian cooking tradition. On Saturday the 4th cheese and gelato will be the main topics discussed in the meeting rooms of the convention centre and in the afternoon a special appointment with champagne connoisseurs to learn how to match the right food with this signature french drink. Sunday the 5th the main session will take the audience to discover how the most famous chefs take inspiration from their…

Matcha is the new thing: 3 health benefits of the japanese green tea

Matcha is a unique to Japan green tea. It grows only in the Nipponese islands where has been celebrated for centuries. It is said that the Japanese warriors, the samurais, used to drink it before going to the battle camp due to its energizing and reinvigorating effects. While the preparation of traditional teas consists of an infusion of the tea leaves, matcha requires a different process.  In order to enjoy a good cup of this japanese tea it is necessary to pulverize the leaves and then add hot water to the matcha powder. The health benefits of this energizing drink  are various…