One of our wonderful guests, "Jan in Italy," reflects on her fall cycling tour of Piedmont.
In Abruzzo last week, Cristiano and Alessandro met third and fourth generation wrought iron artisans in Pescocostanzo. “One of our main reasons to travel,” Cristiano said, “is to meet people like Enrico and Nicodemo. Bottega Donatelli is a precious piece of heritage worth knowing, preserving, and celebrating on tour.”
Story by Rachel Greenberger featured on Slow Food USA’s blog in March 2018. For four years now, my husband Cristiano Bonino and I have undertaken an annual winter scouting trip to explore the places and meet the people who will be featured on tours that year.
Perhaps the peak reason we’re so in love with Italy is the food. It’s the first word in our name, after all. But our culinary captivation goes far beyond taste. First comes Food; then Stories. Blending them, we say that recipes are edible stories and the very best way to experience people and place as you Travel.
Food.Stories.Travel. is about making you feeling like an insider when you’re in Italy—on the road, at the table, and in all the places in between. When it comes to Italian culinary traditions, the insiders all know Artusi. This January, we traveled to Forlimpopoli, the little town in picturesque Emilia-Romagna, where Pellegrino Artusi was born.
Article by Rachel Greenberger featured in May 2016 on Elephant Journal.
During my last dinner out with friends at Giulia in Cambridge, while talking about wines, I mentioned a producer that I had recently visited who makes his noble nectar from 100+-year-old vines of local, indigenous varieties called "Tintore" and "Piedirosso."
Think of Liguria and you think of the sea (and maybe focaccia, fresh lemons, and seafood as well). This slice of the Italian coast, tucked between mountains that shield it from the winds off the Alps and temperate Mediterranean waters, enjoys a microclimate all year round, at the moment punctuated by winter oranges, tangerines, and the Slow Food presidium of Chinotto.
For 2016, we are kicking things off right: leaving cold Boston to visit five regions of Italy (some of the warmest of the "boot") for Food in the Boot 2 from January 11 to February 22.
Story by Cristiano Bonino featured on Slow Food USA’s blog in November 2015.