A Cheese Orgy Worth the Trek North

As far as cheese orgies go, there are bigger. There are also sexier, and to be perfectly honest better. But for intimateness and setting it would be hard to beat the Festival del Formaggio in Campo Tures in the most northern point of Italy’s most northern region, Trentino-Alto Adige. The 10th edition of the cheese…

Throwing Oranges in Ivrea

I’m a sucker for Italy’s town festivals. The more original the sagra the better and there are few more original than the Battaglia delle Arance, Battle of the Oranges, in the northwest city of Ivrea. For three days culminating in Fat Tuesday (martedì grasso) Ivrea comes alive as the city splits into nine teams that…

Eating the Unthinkable, and the Wonderful

I’ve just returned from a place that uses $50 bottles of wine to cook beef for hours at a time, eats raw meat with the same gusto as the French, uses butter liberally, has almost no idea what olive oil is, takes pride in dishes that use the most unappealing parts an animal has to…

Everybody else's view from Hotel Panoramic

Setting the Record Straight

I would like to set the record straight. For all those who think attending the Cous Cous Fest in San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily is the plum of all plum foodie assignments, and the comments on my Facebook page have let me know that you are many, I would like to point out a few…

Festa della Bruschetta in Palmariggi

No doubt everybody is acquainted with the humble bruschetta (if you aren’t, you should be). You toast some bread, add a little garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, salt and pepper and away you go. Variations are numerous and I’ve seen just about everything thrown on there though often the results are a bit flat. A bit…

Municeddha in Cannole

What better way to kick off a week in Salento than with a sagra (food-centric town festival). The small village of Cannole, which is lost on the backroads of Italy’s far southeastern corner somewhere between Lecce, Maglie and Otranto, has made a name for itself in recent years with its Festa della Municeddha, a sagra…