Salone del Gusto 2014

The Ark of Taste, an exhibit of more than 1,000 endangered food products from over 60 countries featured at the Salone del Gusto.  This photo is of some of the Italian Ark products.  … Continue reading

SeaRoom #Bologna

New Nordic fish restaurant in Centro for those nights you want something other than Italian. Salmon and shrimp imported from Sweden. The owner owns restaurants in Sweden and Spain and will be opening… Continue reading

Trumpets of Death #yum

Tonight’s dinner: chicken topped with sautéed black trumpet mushrooms and wild Tuscan herb nepitella (aka calamint)


Spotted a new juice bar at Via Nazario Sauro, 23


Amazing that the mosaics here date back to the 500s. Hard to wrap your head around…

Exotic produce on via Pescherie #Bologna

Fichi d’India, or Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Funny looking cucumbers from Puglia Giuggiole fruit, aka jujube or chinese red dates

Market Bounty #PiazzaDante #Bologna

Stopped by the Sunday morning market in Piazza Dante – picked up fresh eggs, zucchini, chard, winter squash, yogurt, and some focaccia and pudding (budino) for Luke.  I picked up both cultivated and… Continue reading

Officially Italian

Trattoria di Via Sera #Bologna

My secondo:noce di manzo con salsa tonnata (thick flank beef cooked inside a salt crust, served sliced thin and topped with capers and tuna puree) My antipasto: ricotta/eggplant tartlet, made with ricotta di… Continue reading

Moscioli #Portonovo #Marche

Lunch at Ristorante “Il Laghetto” da Marcello at the beach in Portonovo.  I had Portonovo’s famous wild mussels, a Slow Food presidium food: moscioli olio limone (wild mussels with oil and lemon).