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In Season Now – First Trip to Press Olives

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on February 25, 2012 | 0 comments

There is nothing better at this time of year in Italy than lugging home a 5 liter jug of the new olive oil.  Olives mature around late fall and are cold pressed right away, so the year’s oil is usually available around November and December.   Olive oil is best eaten as close to when it was pressed as possible, so Italians usually buy a big bottle in late fall, enough to last them the whole year.

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Thanksgiving all’Italiano

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on November 17, 2011 | 0 comments

Put some Italian into your Thanksgiving this year – here are a few easy side dishes that will inspire your holiday table.

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What’s the difference between ice cream and gelato?

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on October 22, 2011 | 0 comments

Read on to find out what the difference is between the gelato you love to slurp up in Italy and the heavier ice cream you might find at home!

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Wines to Find – Etna

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on September 29, 2011 | 0 comments

As the weather gets cooler, it's time to start thinking about curling up with some delicious reds.  Discover something new and delicious with Etna DOC.  It's all about terroir!

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In Season in Italy Now – Grapes

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on September 28, 2011 | 0 comments

Italy is abuzz with the grape harvest (vendemmia) at the moment.  The hot end to the summer in August jump started the maturation and a lot of wineries started picking slightly earlier than they normally would have this year, with lower yields predicted.  All this doesn't mean 2011 won't be a good year, but there may be less wine on the market. There also are plenty of grapes in  the markets that arent's going to be pressed this time of year - the ones you can eat!

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Wines to Find – Rosés from Puglia

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on August 21, 2011 | 0 comments

Enjoy the rest of the summer with a glass of Pugliese rosé in hand.

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In Season in Italy Now: Prickly Pears

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on September 28, 2011 | 0 comments

Prickly pear sounds dangerous - and it is!  It's not easy to peel this fruit that grows wild all over southern Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia.

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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.

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City Spotlight – Palermo

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on July 24, 2011 | 0 comments

If you’re looking for a food-filled getaway in a unique Italian city, head to Palermo!  Sometimes it feels like you’re not even in Italy anymore – the whole city pulses with Arab and Spanish history and culture, mixed in with modern day Italian life and most importantly, amazingly delicious food.

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In Season in Italy Now – Cherries & Peaches

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on August 8, 2011 | 1 comment

Living in Italy can sometimes be daunting - you feel like you stepped 50 years back in time when you go to the post office or try to do anything official.  But there are some old-school traditions that are positive that make life here worth living, and help to balance everything out.  One is eating seasonally and locally.

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