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Italian Craft Beer

I’m a wine drinker to the core. I hadn’t been romanced by Italy’s booming craft beer movement until this year’s unrelenting summer-long heat wave started in June. My interest in craft beer inched higher alongside soaring temperatures. The last time I hosted a beer tasting, a group of enthusiasts challenged what I knew about beer given […]

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Meet Sandro Dibella on Etna

As a co-fouder of  Casa Mia, I’m very excited to share our series of interviews called “Our Italians”. We love meeting  local food artisans, experts and producers as we travel around Italy for work and pleasure and we want to share our passion with you. I’m happy to spend time in Sicily visiting old friends and making new […]

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Cave Ox – Where to Eat on Etna

Although Sicily is a region of Italy, it is a country itself, made up of many states to be discovered. At every turn there’s a new discovery and unique food made with care and attention. I’ve visited Catania and Mount Etna many times. I’m drawn back by the volcano, the people, the food and wine. There’s […]

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Mazzo – The Fooders for Off the Beaten Path Flavors

Whether you’re a Rome resident or visitor if you’re curious to discover another side of the eternal city, where talented chefs are transforming top notch ingredients into creative plates, Mazzo may be the spot for you. Located in Rome’s off the beaten path Centocelle district, Mazzo opened in 2013. The founders , Francesca Barreca and Marco Baccanelli aka […]

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The King of Lazio Red Wine – Cesanese

When I share a meal with family and friends, I often ask them which Italian wine they like best. Many will mention a red from Tuscany, most likely a “super Tuscan,” a 1980s term for Tuscan red blend that uses wine grapes not indigenous to Italy, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.When I suggest a […]

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Meet Vini Scirto on Etna

I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Sicily in 2015. During one of my Etna explorations, I had the pleasure of meeting Giuseppe Scirto and Valeria Franco, the owners and wine makers of Vini Scirto. Vini Scirto is located in the beautiful Etna zone of Sicily, which is rich in Sicilian wine traditions. Giuseppe […]

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Red Wines in Summertime

As a wine lover, I drink mostly Italian wine – white, rose and red and let’s not forget dessert wines. Classic pairings like Lambrusco and Parmesan cheese or a Picolit with blue cheese are a heavenly experience but sometimes I admit I just drink what I’m craving. It may be a glass of Franciacorta or a […]

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