History of Food Wines

The rise and fall of Fragolino, the forbidden red wine

Fragolino is an Italian red wine derived from the dark and purple-skinned Vitis labrusca vine, commonly known as the Isabella grape. The very name “Fragolino” draws inspiration from the Italian word “fragola,” meaning strawberry, offering a fitting description of the wine’s essence and flavor profile. The winemaking process involves a brief maceration period, during which the grape skins interact with the juice, imparting the wine with its characteristic red hue. The result is a wine…

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Florentine Steak basics: history, cutting, and cooking

Florentine steak (Bistecca Fiorentina) is a Tuscan delicacy with a long and fascinating history. This sort of meat has gained worldwide acclaim not just for its high quality, distinct flavor, and flawless preparation, but also for its cultural significance in the Tuscan culinary tradition. Florentine meat is a general term for many sorts of high-quality beef from Tuscany. The Florentine steak is the most well-known and typical cut of this meat, although other cuts such…

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Pizzicagnoli: a journey through history and tradition

The term pizzicagnolo is never out of style. You may be wondering what this term means and why it is so important in Italian cuisine. This article will explain who the pizzicagnoli are, what they did in the past, and, most importantly, how they influenced Italian gastronomy!Since the 14th century, it has been a key professional figure. Its role has evolved and changed in a variety of ways over time. Younger children may have never…

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History of the Italian Bar

Which came first, the Bar or the Caffè?Sipping a coffee at a table outside a bar is a daily habit for most Italians, including myself. In Bolsena, my house is directly above the Bar in the main square. In the morning, I like to go down the stairs and have a cappuccino and croissant (brioche) while reading the newspaper (usually the bars provide a newspaper to read). But what were the causes? Venice, gateway to…

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10 Secretsabout Italian Pasta – 10 Fun facts about pasta

Pasta is one of the most devoured dishes in the entire world, and it seems like everything about Italian pasta tastes like a dream. Whether you are in Italy, France, or even Asia, almost every culture seems to have put together its version of pasta. We love it too, and we have decided today to unveil all the secrets of Italian pasta. Authentic, traditional, and famous, it holds the key to happiness. Are you ready…

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Italian Aperitivo – The history of the Italian aperitif

Aperitivo is joyous and mood-lifting. It relaxes you after a day of work or prepares you for the night to come. You have many choices, from alcoholic to non-alcoholic beverages. The Italian aperitif features an endless menu of snacks and drinks. The Italian aperitivo is a tradition, enjoyed both by young adults and elders. An ancient tradition still lives in modern-day Italy. It’s the Italian aperitivo, aka the drink before a meal. The tradition of…

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History of Pizza – Learn the story of the traditional Italian pizza

There are not many nations that can say their national dish has become an international phenomenon. Italy has two such dishes, pasta and, of course, pizza. Both are famous all over the world, and both are part of the history of Italian food. With this post, we’ll follow the history of Pizza, the origin, and where it evolved! The history of Pizza In America pizza usually falls into two categories: thick and cheesy Chicago style or thin…

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History of Italian Cuisine – Roman Empire and the Middle Ages

It is easy to love good food, and we Italians know a couple of things about it. When you enjoy cooking, you become acquainted with ingredients and flavors with a pleasurable delight. You get to know how they mix with each other, which type of scent their fragrance produces, and how they will taste once they touch your tongue. Ah… food: like poetry and painting, it’s impossible to resist the beauty, forms, and colors it…

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History of CHEESE in Italy – The Middle Ages

Love it or hate it, cheese remains the king of Italian tables. We eat it every day, with bread, with pasta, on its own. Aged or fresh, hot or cold, as an ingredient in complex dishes or on its own. We eat it while feasting and we eat it while dieting. We use it to make anything and everything, from starters to desserts,  and it ends up on our plates at all times of the…

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Secrets of Sicilian Desserts – Italian Cannoli and Granita

We’re all more than familiar with Sicily’s own sugary and creamy incarnations, cannoli, and cassata, yet not many, I think, are aware of the amazing history behind their creation! A history that mirrors closely that of the land where they both were conceived. And what about the other symbols of Sicilian desserts? What about the fresh, zesty granita and its faithful companion, the brioche con il tuppo? Or biancomagiare di mandorle, delightful child of one…

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