Restaurants and cafés

Japanese fusion cuisine at Milan’s Cinquantadue

Soft lighting, velvet, wood paneling and gold touches: at Milan’s Cinquantadue, your Japanese taste experience starts from the eyes. On the edge of Brera,...

Retrobottega: the aesthetics of flavor and strong bonds with the earth

Retrobottega is located in Rome’s very center, between Piazza Navona and the Patheon, on Via della Stelletta. This is where chefs Giuseppe Lo Iudice –...

Enoteca La Torre: close your eyes and let flavor and elegance lead you

Enoteca La Torre – awarded a Michelin Star in 2010 and two Gambero Rosso forks – has its extraordinary setting in Villa Laetitia, designed...

Dining at Dina’s, light and free

Dina is a restaurant in Gussago – in the province of Brescia, in Franciacorta – offering desserts (and “non-desserts”) with interesting names like “Come...

Plato: the philosophy of taste is on the menu

Plato – a restaurant on Milan’s Via Cesare Battisti – was named both to evoke the word “plate” and to celebrate the Greek philosopher...

Five historical cafés loved by artists and intellectuals

Between the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s, cafés were a place for intellectuals, middle class, aristocrats and the penniless...

The simple elegance of Gagini Social Restaurant

According to some historians, at one point in his career Antonello Gagini – a sculptor from Palermo, who lived between the 15th and 16th...

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto: chocolate, Mexico, and joy

In a 1948 article for “Corriere della Sera”, Sicilian writer Vitaliano Brancati described the city of Modica, in the province of Ragusa, as having...

Baci from Alassio and D’Annunzio’s gallantry

The Baci invented in 1919 by Pasquale Balzola are also known as “the sweets of gallantry”, a designation coined by Gabriele D’Annunzio, the great...

The newfound history of Gran Caffè Quadri

At the beginning of 2018, Gran Caffè Quadri – which the Padua Alajmo family has managed for some twenty years – came back to...

Podere Cadassa, reign of his majesty the culatello

Culatello, a fine variety of prosciutto, is a delicious specialty of Podere Cadassa in Colorno (Parma), and of course a favorite at its restaurant,...

Massimo Bottura’s flavors for Gucci

While Lorenzo the Magnificent composed his “Song of the Seven Planets”, Florence is the author of the song of the seven courses. The new Osteria...

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Pietro Piffetti: the king of fine cabinetry

by Barbara Palladino His creations sum up every magnificence of 18th-century Baroque style: Pietro Piffetti was one of the most famous and...

Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli Affari di Stato: a triumph of decorative art

by Barbara Palladino Inside Turin’s Royal Palace is one of the gems of 18th-century Baroque art: the Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli...

Antonio Stradivari: the legend and myth of perfect sound

by Barbara Palladino The Stradivarius violin is renowned as the perfect musical instrument. Playing one is a dream come true for any...

The Royal Palace of Caserta and the wonder of time

by Barbara Palladino They’ve been hanging in the same spot since 1700, when Marie Antoinette gave them to her sister Maria Carolina...