Unlike most Latin American countries, Argentina is strongly influenced by Europe when it comes to its cuisine, wine and artistic traditions, all of which give the country a distinctive flavour.
The region of Friuli Venezia Giulia offers a feast of surprises. This true gastronomic goldmine nestled in northeastern Italy is separated into four provinces: Pordenone in the west, Udine covering the centre, and Gorizia and Trieste to the east. Though the province of Trieste is the smallest in the region, it serves as the capital.
An invitation over to the Caruso family home is like being asked into a food-lovers Garden of Eden. It is an absolute paradise. The backyard is filled with plump vegetables and delectable fruit, the cellar stocked with delicious ruby red canned tomatoes, cured meats and Frank’s addictive homemade wine. For the Carusos, food isn’t a matter of sustenance, it is a superbly pleasurable activity regardless of whether you are cooking it, talking about it, eating it or photographing it. And though the family’s culinary interests might be vast and varied – there is one particular fungus of which they are particularly fond... the mushroom!
Learning to eat like an Italian, in the healthy, Mediterranean style, is big business. Amazon.com offers 5,198 books about the Mediterranean diet. 118 of those books focus on Italian cooking and nearly all have a picture of olive oil on the cover.
Genuine area ingrained in secular eno-gastronomical traditions, Molise is one of Italy’s oldest and most underestimated wine regions. Overshadowed by more famous winemaking areas, it nonetheless offers an increasing number of good, affordable wines.
Daniela Molettieri, head of hot entrees at Montreal’s Bistro Cocagne, has been making culinary waves in the past few months. The 22-year-old chef won the Canadian final of the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition in January, and recently represented Canada at the 10th edition of this prestigious international contest in California.
Travelling through Liguria, in northwestern Italy, you’ll be struck by the breathtaking scenery of this narrow seaside region, as well as its mouth-watering Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Here are 10 regional specialties you won’t want to miss!
Among the countless culinary traditions that have originated in Italy, the art of winemaking is undoubtedly one of the most cherished. As many Italians immigrated to Canada throughout the 20th century, they brought with them the values of hard work, persistence and an appreciation for tradition – ingredients that culminate in making a fine homemade bottle of wine.