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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year …

We’re taking a break for the Christmas holidays, but before we disappear until 2018, we wanted to say a few words. First of all, Merry Christmas (Buon Natale in Italian!) and we’d like to thank everyone who visited our little corner of the internet. We share what we are passionate about, and it means a lot that other people want to read it as well!

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Local food for local people ….

I live in a beautiful town called Piacenza. It is often overlooked by people visiting the Emilia Romagna region because either they think that were in Lombardia (we’re right on the border), or they bypass us for the more famous tourist places like Bologna, Parma, Modena or Reggio Emilia.

However, they are missing out on some fantastic food and wine. This region, like any other region, has its own dishes, wines and specialities which are not available anywhere else in the country, even 50 miles down the road.

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Coffee Italy Travel

Coffee In Italy – The Ten(ish) Commandments …

Coffee is so ingrained in Italian culture that the idea of not drinking it is as foreign as the idea of having a spaghetti bolognese.

Every Italian has their own favourite brand of coffee. Mine is Musetti, which coincidentally was founded in my home town of Piacenza by Luigi Musetti in 1934.

As with everything food and drink related, the Italians do not like to over-complicate things. That being said, here are the commandments of ordering coffee in Italy.

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Ten “Italian” Dishes You Won’t Find In Italy …

As you will have read in my last post, Italians treat food as a religion, and there are very definite ways how dishes should be prepared. Another thing that annoys Italians is when a dish is claimed as “Italian” by someone, even by “Italian restaurants” abroad, with dishes that have never graced an Italian dining table.

So, here are ten dishes which are definitely not Italian, and which you should never try to order in Italy.

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