It's time to travel to Franciacorta! Okay, truth is the Milanese have known about this corner of Lombardy for forever and a day and it is a premiere wine growing region, but it's pretty unknown outside of Italy.
You'd think that Hollywood would be an anti-pizza world since it's non-Paleo, full of carbs, and breaks every other dieting rule, but I live at an intersection of amazing and phenomenal when it comes to pizza with hitters like Mozza and the Oaks just a stones' throw away. And while I'll never hav...
After only a few days in Franciacorta, I was totally smitten. The sparkling wine there is fantastic, the area is gorgeous Italian countryside, and the people were so kind. Our meal at Barboglio de Gaioncelli was my favorite, and, of that meal, their risotto made with Franciacorta wine and robiola cheese was my favorite.
Back when I lived in Florence, I would hit up my local focaccia bakery, Forno Ballerini, on the regular. It’s hard to say what was my favorite but my favorite time of year? Fall when the last of the grape harvest grapes would be used to make schiacciata all’uva or savory grape focaccia.
On my first trip to Italy, I'd religiously finish the day with a cone of straciatella gelato while the adults would sip on ice-cold Limoncello. Though I didn't ever try more than an eyedropper full of the stuff, the intensely sweet, floral lemony flavor stayed with me and inspired these very adult Limoncello Creamsicle Popsicles.
In our dream world, we'd do Italian aperitivo in Italy on the regular. We love the atmosphere, the snacks, and, of course, the cocktails. Here are our favorite ways to do Italian happy hour from classic cocktails to modern sips.
The most classic of all risottos, here is a recipe for traditional Risotto alla Milanese. Made with arborio rice, butter, saffron, and grated Grana Padano cheese, this recipe is totally simple and totally impressive.
Some of us are a bit, shall we say, more sentimental than others. And there's nothing like the one-two combo of the end of the year and the holiday season to bring it out. That ornament that you handmade in kindergarten; the nutcracker your siblings broke (and then superglued together) in 1990-so...