18 01, 2016
  • Gelato

Foodie Must-Tries in Padua

You left cannoli and Sicilian granita down in the south of Italy. Never forget. But now it's time to get into some northern Italian cuisine. Panzerotto: Think calzones but smaller. For €2 you can score some of these classic warm bread pockets stuffed with tomatoes, cheese, prosciutto, and everything else wonderful and Italian. What Plato would've seen as the ideal for lunch. Tramezzini: Tiny little triangular sandwiches with the crusts removed filled with [...]

12 01, 2016
  • Siena Street

Top 5 Things to Know Before Heading to Palio

If you're in Siena on the day of the Palio, you should absolutely make every effort to attend the race and see the proceedings up close. Here are a few tips for what to bring, when to go, and what to expect. 1. Get there early (and bring plenty of water). Attending the Palio means you'll be spending quite a bit of time in the center of Il Campo under a lot [...]

31 12, 2015
  • Syracuse Cannoli

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth in Palermo

Palermo is a pretty sweet town—if you don’t mind the fish heads on the streets by the markets and the constant grime on church facades that no Biblical flood could wash away. But walk into any bakery or pasticceria and you’ll realize just how sweet Palermo is. I dolci, or sweets, are a specialty here. So if you’re in Palermo, be sure to try these three tasty desserts. 1. Cannoli: A sweet [...]

7 12, 2015
  • Rome Apertivo at Cul Du Sac

Pre-gaming Your Pre-game: Apertivo

With its evening tradition of apertivo, Italy has basically found an excuse for its citizens to pregame dinner every single night. Not really, but this pre-dinner period is still a great way to get the fermented juices flowing before sitting down for a later meal (Italians normally don't eat dinner until 8:30 or 9pm, so apertivo is a good way to tide yourself over between lunch and the last meal of the [...]

4 12, 2015
  • Chianti Winery Tour

Top 5 Tasty Treats of Tuscany

Tuscany doesn't specialize in Pisa pizzas, so when you find yourself in the Italian Hillz, head for a local trattoria and try some of these regional specialties. 1. Tortelli Lucchese. It may look like standard meat ravioli, but this egg-based pasta primi isn't your average Chef Boyardee. In addition to being served in a meat sauce, this pasta is also stuffed with even more meat and can be served in a variety [...]

22 11, 2015
  • European club

Top 5 Nightlife Destinations in Palermo

Via Candelai. Your visa into Twerkopolis. With deafening beats and flashing lights, its streets are packed with discos where you can shake your ass all night even if everyone else would rather just drink. Vucciria. Market by day, bar and streetfood central by night, this place is just always packed. Come by on a Friday night if you can't find anywhere else for noms. Loud music plays and the people mingle so [...]

19 11, 2015
  • Italian Pizzolo

It’s Not a Pizza, It’s Not a Cannolo: Introducing the Pizzolo

In order to be considered a true pizza master, you gotta try ‘em all. So if you’re in Syracuse, you just have to go get yourself a pizzolo. For the sake of research, of course. A typical style of pizza in Sicily and especially famous in Syracuse, this is essentially pizza that has two crusts. A little crispier and somewhere between a pizza pocket and a pizza sandwich, words cannot begin to [...]

14 11, 2015
  • When in Palermo, get dessert!

Top 10 Foods to Try in Palermo

Cannoli. What Sicily is famous for. Delicious pastry shells filled with ricotta. You should probably eat one a day.  Pizza. Hey, you're in Italy. Palermo is no Naples, but the pizza here is still delicious whether it's off the streets or in a restaurant. Arancino. Fried rice balls stuffed with ragu, cheese and prosciutto, or pretty much anything else yummy. Filling enough to be a meal. Go to Bar Touring on Via [...]

10 11, 2015
  • Taormina View

Art Spotlight: Taormina Film Fest

Taormina is full of wealthy, gorgeous people. But once a year, even this small town really outdoes itself with the Taormina Film Fest. If you’re around in Sicily in June, come here to rub shoulders with— or at the very least, breathe the same air as— visiting celebrities. As the oldest film festival in Italy, the Taormina Film Fest traces back to 1955. Great stars have graced it over the years, such [...]

6 11, 2015
  • Sicilian Cannoli

Dessert Dive: Cannoli Edition

If you’re going to be in Sicily, you’ve just got to try a cannoli. The iconic pastry of this area, it’s hard to go anywhere in Taormina without seeing these delicious treats in pastry shop windows. It’s even harder to walk by them without going in. Made with sweet fried pastry dough wrapped into a little tube, it is filled with delicious ricotta then sprinkled with powdered sugar; taste one and you’ll [...]

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