Where did you last do your grocery shopping? Chances are, you probably went to a supermarket–I know I did, and so did many Italians. In 2016, there were some 30,000 supermarkets in Italy, and that number has only grown since. Traditionally, Italians did their shopping at mercati rionali, open neighborhood markets usually held in the main square […]
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How Food Labels with DOP and IGP Help Preserve Italian Culinary Heritage
Note from the Editor: I have a Masters Degree in Food Policy and it still took me years to decipher Italian food labels because they seem to be stamped and stickered with all kinds of abbreviations. However, there is a rhyme and reason behind the madness of exactly what DOP and IGP (and all of […]
Cheese is one of the big reasons I get up in the morning. Aged? Bring it on. New? Can’t get enough. Soft? Spread it on bread. Hard? Eat it plain. In my book, it is alllll good. I have always loved cheese. I thought I knew something about cheese. And then I moved to Rome […]
By the time I cross Via Marmorata, I know that I am nearly home. Turning up Via Alessandro Volta, head down and aiming towards the piazza I nearly tripped over the pavement when I saw what had happened to Volpetti Piu. “Huuhhhhwhaaaaaaaat?” I managed, cartoon-style. “What. What is this?” Inside, the old tavola calda, was […]
A cheese shop for serious foodies.
Italian cheese may be delicious but it can also be pretty damn cute. Ponies and pacifiers spotted at Volpetti on a Rome food tour.
The good thing about Mondays is that they are no longer Sundays. That means the market, which is always closed on Sunday (the one day a week I seem to want to go), is back open. In an under-caffeinated beginning of the week haze, I almost went to the supermercato. I snapped out of it […]
Have I mentioned that I’m from California? To me, there is no such thing as “alternative lifestyles.” It’s not alternative, it’s simply whatever you yourself enjoy doing. “You’re into vegan free-trade sword-swallowing at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Cool.” And old habits die hard. Do you have any idea how long it took […]