5 Things that aren’t true about Italian Food

The “traditions” behind some of our favorite traditional Italian food favorites aren’t what you think. Over the years, Italy’s world-famous cuisine has seamlessly entered into U.S. culinary culture thanks to immigration, globalization and Giada De Laurentiis. Still, that stuff you eat at your neighborhood joint or local Little Italy is likely more American than Italian, so … Read more

Italian Ingredients: Olive Oil

Ingredienti Italiani: Olive Oil Olio Extra Vergine d’Oliva {AWlyoh extra-VERgeeney d’AWleevah} The best known, and top-quality extra virgin olive oil comes from Italy, no doubt. Not to mention balsamic vinegar– two of the perfect matching Italian ingredients! Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and part of Italy’s culture. But olive oil is … Read more

Rome Day Trip to Bracciano, Italy


When the best answer to “What to do in Rome?” is to get out of town for a day trip, try venturing to Bracciano in Italy’s Lazio region. Take a train north out of Rome (leaving from Ostiense Station) for an hour or so, to Bracciano. Watch for the Castello Odescalchi breaking from the fig trees, the centro … Read more