Italy

Travel stories, city guides, travel tips, recipes, and more inspired by one of our favorite food places on earth, Italy.
Orange Espresso Granita | https://saltandwind.com

Orange Espresso Granita

It’s known as “dome sickness” in our family. You won’t find a definition in any other dictionary because it's my Mom's term and she'd define it as an intense longing for the duomo of Florence and for Italy in general. To cure my latest bout of dome sickness, I’ve been scraping together (literally) this coffee granita. It’s a classic Southern Italian recipe with the addition of orange juice, cocoa, and some liqueur for something that’s more than meets the eye. And, let’s be honest, it’s a pretty great way to breath new life into leftover coffee.

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Lavender Bellini Cocktail | https://saltandwind.com

Lavender Bellini Cocktail

Rachel shared this chic recipe for a lavender bellini with us and, true to her style, it’s a twist on a classic that’s elegant enough to serve for a wedding toast yet easy enough to serve at an upcoming Sunday brunch. 

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Spring Green Pasta With Saffron Cream | https://saltandwind.com

Spring Green Pasta With Saffron Cream

I’ve got Champagne problems. Now I’m not fancy enough to even begin to relate to such problems but I do come across issues that technically really aren’t problems. Take recently when I had to figure out what to do with the large amount of saffron I came across in my cabinet. It was an abundance o...

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Where To Travel Now: March 2015 | https://saltandwind.com

Where To Travel Now: March 2015

This month we're looking forward to making the most of the last days of winter while embracing the start of Spring and our fellow food-travel friends are doing the same with travels taking them from a St Pat's celebration in Chicago to the cliffs of Amalfi and the beaches of Hawaii. 

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Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan Recipe

One of our favorite Italian-American dishes -- chicken parmesan -- gets a healthy twist thanks to being baked and the addition of pesto makes it even more flavorful!

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{Pollo Al Burro} Sostanza Brown Butter Chicken Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Pollo Al Burro} Sostanza Brown Butter Chicken Recipe

Next time you go to Florence, do us a favor, stop by Trattoria Sostanza and order their butter chicken. Until then, make this recipe!

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Torta di Ricotta e Polenta | https://saltandwind.com

Torta di Ricotta e Polenta

David and Luise are some of our favorites – their blog, Green Kitchen Stories, has gorgeous photography, their recipes are inspiring, and, as Stockholm natives, they make Scandinavia look like the best place on earth. But they also travel a lot and, like us here at Salt & Wind, they get inspi...

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Coconut Honey Florentine Lace Cookies | https://saltandwind.com

Coconut Honey Florentine Lace Cookies

An easy cookie recipe for a modern twist on the classic French dessert known as Florentines. Here honey, cream, butter, and coconut combine for lacey addictive cookies.

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Roasted Tomato, Kale, and Sausage Soup Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Roasted Tomato, Kale, and Sausage Soup Recipe

So, this recipe for this Roasted Tomato, Kale, Sausage, and Potato Soup. I haven't the slightest idea where it comes from but I vaguely recall my Mom had with a recipe like this earmarked in a cookbook. There are things about this soup that I can't recall, like if the original recipe had pasta or potatoes or both; if it was more Italian flavored or like a stew with a slight tomato flavor; and whether or not it had any greens at all. What I do recall is that, come the colder weather, this Roasted Tomato, Kale, Sausage, and Potato Soup was standard fare. 

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Campari Watermelon Cooler Cocktail | https://saltandwind.com

Campari Watermelon Cooler Cocktail

It should be noted that women who drink real, true stiff cocktails are always given a bit of a stare. I started at it when I lived in Italy. I'd order my grandfather'’s favorite summertime drink, a Campari and Soda and my Italian friends joked that I must be an old man at heart because of my ince...

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Italy Itinerary: What To Do and Where To Eat In Verona | https://saltandwind.com

Italy Itinerary: What To Do and Where To Eat In Verona

Top of my travel bucket list was seeing my namesake opera in the famous Verona amphitheater. Here is my advice on where to go and what to eat in Verona.

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Classic Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Classic Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

A simple recipe for the most popular Italian cocktail of them all: The Aperol Spritz. This wine-based cocktail from Northern Italy has a slightly bitter and sweet flavor with hints of orange, herbs, and rhubarb. Here is our recipe and tips for making a great Aperol Spritz every time!

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Zucchini and Ricotta Salata Bruschetta | https://saltandwind.com

Zucchini and Ricotta Salata Bruschetta

This is a recipe that screams summer in Italy. We're talking happy hour (aka aperitivo) time when you're sipping on Prosecco or Spritzs and noshing on olives, potato chips, pistachios, and little crostini. This recipe is inspired by one of our favorite places of all-time to do aperitivo – we're talking the rooftop of the Principe Hotel in Forte dei Marmi.

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{Caffe Shakerato} Classic Italian Iced Espresso Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Caffe Shakerato} Classic Italian Iced Espresso Recipe

There are a few things you should know about the Italian drink, Caffe Shakerato: first, it’s pronounced “shake” with a “-rate” then an "o" at the end. (You know, it's one of those bastardizations of an English word that makes for an awesome word in a foreign language.) Also, it’s a drink that sort of shows up out of nowhere once the weather gets warm. Oh, and, if you see it, definitely order it because it's amazing. 

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Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad | https://saltandwind.com

Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad

A super simple twist on classic Italian panzanella salad made with peaches, crusty bread, and loads of herbs. 

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