During my trip to Italy, I did make a stop over to the charming small city of Parma. When my friends and I rolled out of the train station in Parma, it looked very urban compared to the lush pastoral landscape I have seen in many food documentaries that took place in the city. I know it sounds naive but it’s the first thought that crossed my mind. Anyway, when we got to central Parma, it is a very cool place to be walking in the city where these ancient and grand Romanesque buildings adjacent to slightly modern buildings that..
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One of the dinners we had while in Milan was at this modern, informal wine bar with very good food called Pisacco. This is the sister restaurant to Dry Milano. We started off with a lovely, refreshingly bubbly Franciacorta with house made potato chips that are wonderfully crispy, thick cut and fresh from the fryer and the crunchy puffed quinoa chips. (more…)
For a place that serves good cocktails and pizza in Milan, do head to Dry Milano. The bar section itself is beautiful with the small dangling lights by the windows and there is a large communal table for a large party who does want to hang out near the door. There is a larger dining room space at the back with many tables and modern abstract video stills displayed on the wall. We started off with cocktails called Life and the South Italia 75. The latter is a weekly pick from the staff and it is an interesting drink that..
If you have read anything about Florence’s cuisine, it’s a city that takes immense pride for its locally raised beef and eating it. Buca Lapi is one of the oldest restaurants in Florence and serves a fantastic steak. When you enter the subterranean restaurant, you’d see the open kitchen with immense sides of Chianina beef, This restaurant is part of the winery, which is located in Palazzo Antinori, the Renaissance palace that has been the winery’s home since the 1500s. What I adore about this restaurant is its unpretentious and friendly attitude on top of the fact their food is..
Chef Heinz Beck has a mini-empire of restaurants, stretching from Italy (Rome and Tuscany) to Portugal, Dubai (which just opened), London (Ora by Heinz Beck at Brown’s Hotel) and (from late 2014) Tokyo. His flagship, La Pergola, opened in 1994 and is situated on the top floor of the Cavalieri hotel, which is perched on one of the hills of Rome and overlooks St Peter’s Basilica. The dining room tables are arrayed around the picture windows overlooking the city. The wine cellar here is vast: an array of rooms containing 65,000 bottles of wine, with 3,500 different labels offered on..
The stunningly beautiful Hotel Eden is located above the fray near the top of the Spanish Steps, which gives it breathtaking views over the whole centro storico to St. Peter’s and beyond – especially from the rooftop bar/restaurants. But at the same time, it’s just a 10-minute walk from the buzz, sights and shops of Piazza di Spagna. Even Termini train station is within walking distance – though few of the Eden’s clients would ever dream of arriving or leaving on foot. It was closed for a 17-month renovation, the hotel re-opened in April 2017. The design by French architects..
Much loved and frequented by celebrities, especially during Apertivio (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM), the historic lounge bar inside the four-star Hotel Locarno dates back to 1925. Antique Art Nouveau style furnishings, a fireplace and original decorations take you on a journey back to the Twenties whilst the music, informally dressed staff and creative cocktails offer a modern twist. There are 1920s inspired drinks and Head Barman Nicholas Pinna even offers Masterclasses. (more…)
Lunch with a Spectacular View of Florence at B-Roof at Grand Hotel Baglioni Firenze (Florence, Italy)
When I was researching my trip to Florence several moths ago, I have come to understand that food in Florence is fairly traditional. Tuscan food is based on the Italian idea of cucina povera or “poor cooking.” A concept that started very literally, it’s about simple meals that are inexpensive and could easily be made in large amounts. Today it remains largely the same – but by choice instead of economy. Tuscan cooking doesn’t use complicated seasonings or elaborate creations because they’re not needed. Instead it’s made using fresh, high-quality ingredients that bring out the natural flavors in each dish,..