5 Best Italy-Based Food & Wine Blogs


Posted by: Mignon Potenza on August 6, 2011 | 9 comments

Most people getting ready for a trip to Italia (for a vacation or longer) have one thing in common – they are thinking about what they’re going to eat!  Relishing Italy’s unparalleled regional wine and food is one of the best parts of your trip.  To get you started and inspired, delve into these Italy based food and wine blogs written by some real buone forchette (literally “good forks”, the Italian term for food lover).  I consider them the five best.

Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome: Elizabeth has been living in Rome for over 15 years and covers all things delicious in her city and all around the boot.  Sometimes she writes for little publications like the New York Times and Food & Wine.  Her photos are stunning and she has also recently created two apps, Eat Rome and Eat Florence, which will help your research to find the best in those two cities.

Parla Food: Blogger and writer Katie Parla moved to Rome in 2003 and has been writing about her travels and what’s she’s eaten ever since.  Her posts about her food finds in Palermo, Naples and other cities in Italy have helped me plan my trips in the past.

Food Lover’s Odyssey: Not always based in Italy, Kathy makes up for it by being one of the most comprehensive blogs about Italian food out there.  Her “The Week in Italian Food” series means that you have all the best links in one place, so you can find the most delicious posts of the week  in the Italian blogosphere.  It keeps you coming back to catch up with her recipes, reports and latest food travels.

VinoWire: Every Italian wine nerd’s dream, this blog keeps you up with all of the latest news out of the wine world here.  A lot of these reports would never make it into the English speaking press if it wasn’t for this blog, a collaboration between famous Italian wine journalist Franco Ziliani and Texan Italian wine guru Jeremy Parzen of the equally delightful blog Do Bianchi, who translates everything into English.

Emiko Davies’ Food Blog: Florence based blogger and clearly talented photographer Emiko Davies documents her food conquests in this recent addition on the blog scene.  Her magazine-worthy food photo shoots are not to be seen on an empty stomach, you’ll get way too hungry.  Check out her monthly series featuring recipes by Pellegrino Artusi, whose extensive cookbook written in 1891 is still considered one of the go-to tomes of Italian cuisine.

Honorable Mention:

On The Wine Trail in Italy: Not Italy based, but no one understands Italian culture and wine like Alfonso Cevola.  His book-worthy musings about his trips through Italy for his work as a wine rep in the States are one of a kind.


  1. Elizabeth Minchilli August 3, 2011 11:06 am

    Thanks for including me!

  2. Katie Parla August 3, 2011 12:10 pm

    Wow! Great company! Thanks for including me in your round up. And I love that you have included Alfonso’s blog. He is a wealth of information!

  3. Food Lover Kathy August 3, 2011 1:50 pm

    That’s for including me in such great company!

  4. YLTOUR August 3, 2011 2:59 pm

    I had the chance to meet in Salento Kathy Ayer. She is really talented and gives such interesting informations on the places she visits, people she meets, recipes and ingredients.

  5. Mignon Potenza August 4, 2011 2:38 pm

    Thank you guys for the blogs! I know they require a lot of work but you are very much appreciated!

  6. Emiko August 5, 2011 10:46 am

    Thanks for including me in this great list of blogs! So glad that Artusi gets a mention as most of the credit really should go to him! ;)

  7. Alfonso August 6, 2011 4:50 pm

    Thanks for the nod!

  8. Mary MacRae Warren August 6, 2011 9:33 pm

    This is such a great blog & shouldn’t be missed. http://www.foodwriting-awaitingtable.com by Silvestro Silvestori

  9. Mignon Potenza August 7, 2011 9:05 am

    True, I didn’t mention il grande Silvestro! And he is even in Puglia! Will save a space for him on the blog for a lovely interview. Thanks, Mary!

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