With one family name and two Christian names the history of the Cravero family of Bra, Piedmont is told in cheese – towers of golden, ripening rounds of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Through five generations of affineurs (alternately named Giacomo and Giorgio) the current head of this Italian family business Giorgio Cravero is an engaging enthusiast for the […]Read more
Rooting for Tuscan truffles
Never mind the Alba truffles of Piedmont, the Tuscans know that the white truffle found around Pisa and Siena tastes just as good – and, they say, it’s better value, too. Away from the noise of Piedmont, the autumn truffle-hunting season in Tuscany is said to be a quieter, more authentic affair and October is […]Read more
Kick off 2015 at an Italian carnival
Carnival time across Italy and many other Europe countries, particularly those with large Roman Catholic populations including Germany and the Netherlands, celebrates the arrival of Lent – the six week period of abstinence before Easter. So what way to prepare than to party! Here is a quick list of some of the best carnivals across […]Read more
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