Carbonara, Queen of Rome

Carbonara, Queen of Rome

Carbonara is one of Italian’s best known dishes! If you travel to Italy and specifically to Rome, you MUST eat this delicacy. Origins There are many stories behind Carbonara, but the first mention about combining pasta and eggs can be found in “Il cuoco galante”...
Testaroli, a pearl of the Ligurian cuisine

Testaroli, a pearl of the Ligurian cuisine

Few people know that Testaroli are one of the most ancient types of pasta, born during the Roman Empire. Typical of Lunigiana, a Ligurian area bordering Tuscany, this “poor food” was prepared by the ancient local peasant with only 3 ingredients. It became...
Pesto alla Genovese: history, legends and the real, simple recipe

Pesto alla Genovese: history, legends and the real, simple recipe

The name alone recalls not only its origins but also its preparation. We are talking about the famous Pesto alla Genovese. it’s a Pesto, as its making process includes pestare (to pound) all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle, and it’s Genovese, as the...
Marzipan, a very ancient sweet tradition

Marzipan, a very ancient sweet tradition

Since the Arabic domination to the present days, marzipan has always been the main character of festivities. The term ‘marzipan‘ comes from Arabic maw-thabán, the name of a middle-eastern silver coin that corresponded to a certain quantity of a sweet dough...
Sarde, treasure of the Mediterranean Sea

Sarde, treasure of the Mediterranean Sea

Sarde are the most common “blue fishes” from the anchovies family. Even if it’s not a fancy or expensive fish, we can find it in a lot of ancient and modern recipes thanks to its versatility, but do you know where they come from and all of its...
“Polpette”: a small bite for a big treasure

“Polpette”: a small bite for a big treasure

If you ask an Italian about meatballs, the answer will be different based on the taste, the region and the preparation method followed by their grandmas when they were kids. The ‘polpette‘ The first time that the word ‘polpette’ (aka meatballs)...
Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano: two different twins

Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano: two different twins

The two most popular sorts of Italian cheese, Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano, might at first sight look just the same: these two twins are actually, if observed with a closer look, different. Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano are the two most popular sorts of...
Vin brûlé: the perfect winter beverage  

Vin brûlé: the perfect winter beverage  

Since ancient times, Vin brûlé represents Europeans’ favourite beverage during winter. What not everyone knows is that this type of beverage has really antique origins and different variations based on the place and the way in which it is made. ...
The regional cuisine: the variety of the Sardinian traditions

The regional cuisine: the variety of the Sardinian traditions

Within our journey in the Italian cuisine, we arrive to Sardinia, land of splendid sea and breathtaking landscapes. A popular destination for holidaymakers from all over the world, this Italian island boasts a food and wine tradition made of exceptional and unique...
The benefits of eating seasonally

The benefits of eating seasonally

Eating seasonally was the rule, before modernity made grocery stores big and popular. The tie with the local economy has weakened: what are the advantages of going back to a seasonal diet? People all over the world have been eating seasonally before worldwide trading...
Penne lisce or penne rigate? Obviously PENNE LISCE. But why?

Penne lisce or penne rigate? Obviously PENNE LISCE. But why?

Italy, the country of food, tradition and culture, with its 23.5Kg of pasta consumption per person, per year, gives us another battle on food. What is the type of Penne Italians prefer? Lisce (smooth) or Rigate (with little grooves on it), and why do they choose one...
Italian green gold: olives and olive oil varieties

Italian green gold: olives and olive oil varieties

Olives and oil are crucial ingredients in Italy’s culture and cuisine: this cultivation, present already in roman times, has remained important even today, with multiple varieties offering different tastes and endless benefits. Italy has an history of the...
Slow food: from the early origins to today’s Chefs influencers

Slow food: from the early origins to today’s Chefs influencers

A dissenting voice to the fast food trend: slow food, born in Italy in the 1980s, set light on the importance of a full, sit-down meal and its physical as well as mental benefits. The concept of slow food was born in Italy in 1989, when Europeans decided to face the...
True Italian restaurants in Berlin offering take away and delivery

True Italian restaurants in Berlin offering take away and delivery

The corona virus crisis is something we are all still learning to cope with. Luckily, there are still ways to stick to your habits and enjoy the little things, like a good lunch and/or dinner. None of us one year ago would have imagined living a global pandemic. Times...
The most famous Italian desserts worldwide

The most famous Italian desserts worldwide

The excellence of Italian Cuisine: desserts deserve a place of honour among the worldwide most famous and most appreciated Italian culinary products. Italian cuisine is among the most famous all over the world: its tradition and history are ancient, the food unique...
To Spritz or not to Spritz?

To Spritz or not to Spritz?

Theologians think they know the questions, scientists think they know the answers. I think it’s time to drink another Spritz” (Anonymous) In its original recipe, the ‘Aperol’ is served matching Prosecco and seltz, and is accompanied by some ice cubes and a slice of...
The regional cuisine: Trentino Alto-Adige will not let you down

The regional cuisine: Trentino Alto-Adige will not let you down

Let’s make a jump in the North of Italy and enter the magic region of Trentino–Alto Adige, an area characterized by hills, valleys, beautiful mountain ranges of the Alps and breathtaking landscapes. It is one of the smallest Italian regions but at the same time, it is...
History and secrets of Tiramisù

History and secrets of Tiramisù

Tiramisù: how much history is there behind the symbol of the Italian dessert for excellence? Tiramisù is the fifth most famous Italian word abroad, the top one in the desserts category. The name comes from saying ‘tireme su’, in Tevigian dialect “lift me...
The regional cuisine: welcome in Veneto

The regional cuisine: welcome in Veneto

Veneto is a region rich of history, beautiful landscapes and… wonderful dishes  A variety of crops and farms are alternated among the region and it characterizes the various courses that each city and province could offer us on the table. Ingredients change...
The Barrique, an ancient practice for a sublime wine taste

The Barrique, an ancient practice for a sublime wine taste

Whether it’s called Barrique in French or Barricato in Italian, the wine that rests inside these kinds of barrels is of undisputed quality. What do we mean with barrique and, above all, which wines are best suited to this system? The Barrique system It comes...
The Eggplant Parmigiana: one dish, many versions

The Eggplant Parmigiana: one dish, many versions

One of the most popular recipes in Italian gastronomy is the Parmigiana. The Eggplant Parmigiana is a classic in the Italian culinary tradition: the eggplant is widely used in Italian cuisine by virtue of its properties, such as low calories and a high presence of...
Berlin calls ‘Aperitivo Time’

Berlin calls ‘Aperitivo Time’

Do you feel homesick from time to time? Or do you wanna feel at home just for a drink or better to say… An ‘aperitivo’ with your friends? We have researched and picked the best places in Berlin where you can spend the ‘Golden Hours’ drinking an Aperol Spritz or...
Meet the truffle, king of the kitchen

Meet the truffle, king of the kitchen

Truffle: a secret treasure hidden in the ground Contemplated in antiquity as the food of the gods, with handed down aphrodisiac properties, the truffle plays a role as a true sovereign within Italian cuisine. It was during the Middle Ages, especially in Italian noble...
The regional cuisine: a typical Aosta Valley menu

The regional cuisine: a typical Aosta Valley menu

The Italian regional cuisine: a thousand of different menus The Italian cuisine is known worldwide for being one of the most loved, not only for the tastefulness of its dishes,  but also and above all for its great regional variety. From North to South, the Belpaese...
From poverty to luxury: the evolution of pizza

From poverty to luxury: the evolution of pizza

* Article edited by Cristina Torres The discovery of pizza origins: from a poor and simple plate to the most loved food of all the times Pizza has been and still is one of the most popular recipes and dishes of Italian cuisine in the world. Famous among all cultures...
The Michelin Stars of the Italian constellation

The Michelin Stars of the Italian constellation

11 might sound a small number of starred restaurants, but by ranking 4th in the 3-Michelin Stars restaurants in Europe, Italy culinary stardom is expanding. Indeed, accordingly to STATISTA, Italy was at the 6th place in the list of “countries by number of 3-Star...
7 incredible specialties of Italian street food

7 incredible specialties of Italian street food

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Written by Gabriella Quercia What is the real Italian Street Food tradition? “cuoppo”, “arrosticini” and so on. A triumph of taste. Nowadays streets are full of food trucks, kiosks and stands where food is the real protagonist. In Italy,...
Easter sweets: a guide across Italy’s tradition

Easter sweets: a guide across Italy’s tradition

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Written by Gabriella Quercia Easter is around the corner and the best way to celebrate it is with a lot of food. Let’s start with us a trip across Italy’s tradition Easter is coming, and it is one of the sweetest holidays of the...
Pizza, a food that is also good for your health. Here is why

Pizza, a food that is also good for your health. Here is why

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Written by Gabriella Quercia Pizza margherita is good for your health! This typical Italian food is one of the best for both Italians and foreigners. We have good news for you: pizza is not only delicious but, according to some scientific...
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn As we all already know, March 8th is International Women’s Day. This year the celebration of women’s courage and the commemoration of all those who fight for gender equality is even more special in the Berlin-Brandenburg region,...
The “aperitivo” a world famous cocktail made in Italy

The “aperitivo” a world famous cocktail made in Italy

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Written by Giulia Cavallo There is nothing better than a fancy cocktail and some finger food with friends and colleagues right after a hard day of work. But the “aperitivo” has an interesting story behind. As everyone knows, an aperitif is a...