Wineries & Restaurants

One of the things I love most about my job is being able to visit the most intimate or exclusive wine cellars, restaurants and venues in every part of Italy, Europe and the World. In this category you will find reports of all my food and wine trips that I sincerely hope will inspire you. 😍

Damiano Carrara: creative pastries Made in Lucca

I have been following Damiano Carrara ever since I first saw him on TV as a judge on Bake Off Italia and then with Katia Follesa on Cake Star pastry challenge. From the very first time I found him to be 'real': a straightforward, sincere, passionate and very, very...

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Buon Ricordo Restaurants 2023: 10 special dishes +1

When I think of the most beautiful and best organised events in the food sector, at the top of my list is definitely the presentation of the Buon Ricordo 2023 Restaurant Guide. I love the format from appetiser to dessert: it starts with a welcome drink where you taste the...

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Dolada Restaurant for Blend 2022: great start!

Another year has passed, and so another Blend 2022 has come, as punctual as an early autumn dream. A dream, like Umberto Cosmo's, in which I read the desire to create a sustainable alternative to the usual events of the wine world. And a certainty, the...

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Pizzeria Napoletana Roma Nomentana: Terra Mia

Terra Mia is a Neapolitan Rome pizzeria on a side street of Via Nomentana that welcomes you to a well-kept place with warm and inviting lights. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Given that it is within walking distance of the Luiss Guido Carli university where I am attending the...

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Selva di Val Gardena: Granbaita Gourmet

Today I want to tell you about a pearl of Val Gardena: the Granbaita Gourmet Restaurant in Selva di Val Gardena! Thanks to the talent of chef Andrea Moccia, I was able to enjoy a very special experience with my husband and other guests. Gourmet dinners like this...

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Restaurant Guide: do you want to collect emotions?

It's been several months since I went to the presentation of the 2022 Buon Ricordo Restaurant Guide, remember? I had stormed Instagram with photos and videos of beautiful dishes! And already a couple of years ago in this article I recommended three new...

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Franciacorta Restaurants: Touch Heaven!

What I love most about food, wine and drinks in general is their ability to make you happy. I love sharing the table with people I don't know, making friends, exchanging ideas, glances, emotions. A successful dinner is the prelude to any great...

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Where to eat in Milan: do you know EustachiOra?

Thanks to Monica Ramirez of Anam Communication who invited me to the travelling Ca Botta wine tasting I discovered two paarticular places to eat in central Milan that I would like to recommend. Both places in Milan are part of the wine district

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Literary Competition Drinking the Territory: wow

Yesterday, at the Congress Hall of the Grinzane Cavour Castle near Alba, I received the special prize reserved for a book published during 2020 that has wine as its theme or that, in any case, devotes special attention to wine, on the occasion of the XXth anniversary of the...

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Michelin Guide: 'after dinner' reflections

On Friday night, after months of seclusion to write the new edition of my book, I decided to spend a special evening with my husband to celebrate the end of this immense work. So I went to my favourite restaurant, the only restaurant ...

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Bolgheri: a jewel of a wine? Discover Podere Conca!

Bolgheri: a jewel of a wine? Discover Podere Conca!

I would have liked to tell you about this wonderful experience sooner, but it really has been a hectic few days between work and university! Here I am finally here to tell you about the second leg of my Tuscan weekend and the company that perhaps made me fall in love the most. Perhaps,...

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Artimino: wine experience in the Barco Reale of Carmignano

Artimino: wine experience in the Barco Reale of Carmignano

A press tour touching on two of the most beautiful Tuscan cities, Florence and Siena, is what Maddalena Mazzeschi, who has been involved in wine communication and following wonderful companies for many years, could have organised for me. So I thought it would coincide with the...

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Closed restaurants: Massimo Bottura's letter to Conte

Closed restaurants: Massimo Bottura's letter to Conte

A few days ago I wanted to write an article on the new DPCM, which I admit has displaced me, and not because I am a denier or one who downplays the danger of the coronavirus. This decree - with restaurants closed at 6 p.m. - has displaced me because it puts ...

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Podere Marcampo: wine tasting and restaurant in Volterra

Podere Marcampo: wine tasting and restaurant in Volterra

That Tuscan wines are a legend I am sure I don't have to tell you, but this time I want to tell you about a winery in Volterra, a beautiful area that I had not yet explored. When my best man at my wedding - Marina Tagliaferri of the Agorà press agency - told me about it, I...

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Ronco dei Tassi: 5 reasons to fall in love with its wines

Ronco dei Tassi: 5 reasons to fall in love with its wines

In quarantine, I have noticed that, apart from a depopulation of Instagram feeds, we are all united by one inescapable fact: we cook -and consequently eat- more. In fact, I have to say that this really pleases me: I have been preparing for many years now....

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Castello di Spessa: a romantic weekend among Collio wines

Castello di Spessa: a romantic weekend among Collio wines

Writing about the experience we had in Castello di Spessa is not at all easy for me, especially at such an unbelievable time in history. In the space of three weeks everything changed because of the Coronavirus. We had such a magical weekend that, honestly,...

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133 Sushi Club: art, cuisine, wine and magic

133 Sushi Club: art, cuisine, wine and magic

I fell in love at first sight three times in my life: the first on 16 July 2001, the second on 28 March 2009 and the third on 6 December 2019. In between I have experienced many different things, all of which had in common that they were as far from Love as it gets. And I have...

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Unione Ristoranti Buon Ricordo: 3 new things you should know

Unione Ristoranti Buon Ricordo: 3 new things you should know

Today I want to talk to you about a rather greedy subject... because I am sure that if you love to drink well, you also love to eat well! Have you ever heard of the Unione Ristoranti Buon Ricordo? It is the first association of Italian restaurants that was founded right here in Italy in...

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Massimago: when Amarone becomes a romantic experience

Massimago: when Amarone becomes a romantic experience

I have just come back from the Merano Wine Fest and I am finally stopping for a moment to tell you about the Massimago winery, its wines, its Amarone della Valpolicella, but above all about the experience I had around Verona. I decided to give it a different slant....

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Amarone della Valpolicella: what to pair with this wine?

Amarone della Valpolicella: what to pair with this wine?

Every day Instagram shows me photos of girls weighing a thousand and one kilos who in the space of a year have put together a physique worthy of a super model thanks to the ketogenic diet. Perfect, I decided to do it too. I can basically just take pictures of the carbs....

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La Montina: a wonderful evening in Franciacorta

La Montina: a wonderful evening in Franciacorta

It was 25 March 2015, for 4 days I had been an AIS Sommelier and for 15 days Perlage Suite had been born... which gives online notebook with another web address had begun to look like a real wine blog! If I had been told that 4 years later I would be....

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Corino: a special family in the heart of Barolo

Corino: a special family in the heart of Barolo

The last stop on the Pellegrini press tour was in Barolo, at the Corino winery. When you think of a 'family' winery, you think of a reality exactly like this one! But its winemaking history began with previous generations, when in 1952 Celeste...

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Bruno Rocca: the elegance of Barbaresco

Bruno Rocca: the elegance of Barbaresco

I admit, I miss a tour among all the Barbaresco producers, even though I know those produced by some small companies that are still able to excite me. That is why, when Babol Communication invited me to the Piedmont press tour organised by...

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Gabriele Scaglione: fabulous Piedmont wines

Gabriele Scaglione: fabulous Piedmont wines

Those who know me know that I rarely fall in love to this extent. I was at Gabriele Scaglione's in May with Federico, during his touch-and-go in Italy. Akiyoshi was missing, but I hope to meet him at the next opportunity... maybe we'll go....

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A wine to discover in 2018? His name is Lorenzo.

A wine to discover in 2018? His name is Lorenzo.

Last Wednesday, after having photographed some thirty beautiful orchids in Michele Cesi's greenhouse to update his online shop I Love Orchids (if you love orchids, you can't help but visit it by clicking HERE), I found the strength to get to Costa...

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Exciting tasting at Poderi Gallino in Piedmont

Exciting tasting at Poderi Gallino in Piedmont

Yesterday I had the classic example of a pleasantly exhausting day: waking up at 6 a.m. after 3 a.m. to finish the graphic design of my client's back label (I'll tell you about this company as soon as it's ready, we're really doing a...

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Monchiero, brief history of a mythological Barolo

Monchiero, brief history of a mythological Barolo

Today I am making a leap from Le Vigne di Alice's Prosecco Metodo Classico to Monchiero's Barolo, setting aside Vinitaly for a moment, where I had the pleasure of re-tasting Fabrizio Merlo's Barolo di Sylla Sebaste, to return to the Langhe, to those splendid...

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Matteo Morra: (almost) starred cuisine in Barolo

Matteo Morra: (almost) starred cuisine in Barolo

Matteo Morra is the very young chef patron of the eponymous restaurant housed at the excellent Sylla Sebaste farm in Barolo, and I cannot thank Mr Art & Wine Fabio Carisio enough for making me regain a lost passion for the...

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Post-Christmas family lunch? I chose Bellavista!

Post-Christmas family lunch? I chose Bellavista!

Before I tell you about my wonderful Christmas that I spent with my family at Ristorante Tentazioni in Pisogne, I will take a little leap forward to the day after: Boxing Day! You'll find out why in a few days.... Granted, I wasn't having a Christmas....

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Berlucchi, fingerfood and Deb & Rose: #BellaMilano

Berlucchi, fingerfood and Deb & Rose: #BellaMilano

Today I'm writing to tell you about a wonderful experience I had a few days ago with Francesco... if you're in Milan with your boyfriend or friends, it's the perfect place for a quality aperitif... we had a really good time and can't wait to do it again! But let's start with...

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Emotions among the vineyards of Friuli

Emotions among the vineyards of Friuli

Today I am going to do something different than usual... I am writing to you not to help you do something, but to share with you the emotion that is possessing me to the core in these two days among the vineyards of Friuli. With a bit of presumption, to you who follow me and read...

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Dinner, wine and the Japanese medlar

Dinner, wine and the Japanese medlar

There, I know this title undoubtedly leaves you puzzled... but it is emblematic of the wonderful evening I spent with my lovely glass companions. I anticipate that from now on 'Poor Andrea' will be called 'Poor and Unphased Andrea'... but I'll tell you why...

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Venus met Bacchus at the Alexander in Ravenna

Venus met Bacchus at the Alexander in Ravenna

An ancient Latin proverb reads: 'Venerem sine Libero et Cerere frigere'. It can be roughly translated as: 'Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus cools down', where the three deities stand for wine, food and love respectively. Of course, it is not the most...

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Book 'Sommelier: the Illustrated Manual' Special Edition 2022

All my notes on wine and food in one book.

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