Win a Trip for Two to Italy!

Don't miss the chance to put an Italia stamp on your real passport! The winner of our Trip to Italy for Two will visit an Italian region of their choice and receive compensation for 7 nights' accommodations and a meal at an authentic Italian restaurant!   You're invited to dine with Il Fornaio during our monthly Festa Regionale culinary adventure through the diverse regions of Italy! Each month, one of our chefs - often a native of … [Read more...]

The Spices of Veneto!

Veneto is a northeastern Italian region stretching from the Dolomite Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. As a trading power in the eastern Mediterranean, Venice (Veneto's capital city) came in contact with many cultures and influences - many of the spices used in this region are oriental. Veneto was the first European region to use spices, rice, corn and many other fruits and vegetables. Unlike most Italian regions, rice is more commonly used than … [Read more...]

The Rich Agricultural Region of Basilicata

Basilicata (June 5-25)       Forming the instep of the Italian "boot," Basilicata is a territory predominantly consisting of mountain and hill landscapes. The Lucanian Dolomites, a mountain range in Basilicata, are a particularly nice area of the Appennines with densely wooded terrain containing a number of picturesque lakes. Basilicata is bordered by Campania, Calabria, Puglia and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although the primary economic source for … [Read more...]

Liguria – Passion for Pesto, Pasta & Seafood

LIGURIA May 1st - 21st, 2017 The food of Liguria is the food of celebrating the return of loved ones. Since the return of seafaring Ligurians was anticipated for months or sometimes years, "Welcome Home" celebrations have become an important part of Ligurian tradition. The daily tasks of Ligurians haven't changed for generations. Each day, up and down the region's coast, an abundance of shellfish is harvested. Ligurians consume enormous … [Read more...]