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An eating guide to Italy from Australia’s top Italian chefs

Calabria Pasquale Trimboli, chef-owner, Italian & Sons, Bacaro, Mezzalira and Da Rosario, Canberra I’m from a small village called Platì in Calabria, on the slopes of the Aspromonte mountains. Platì has a population of about 4000. They keep things simple: there’s one road in, one road out, and a small [...]
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We Can’t Figure Out Why This Divine Italian Espresso Drink Hasn’t Taken Off Here

Cold, light, sweet, and caffeinated, caffè shakerato is the warm-weather drink we so desperately need.  Every Friday, we’re publishing This Good Thing, where we’ll feature a restaurant dish, store-bought food item, kitchen tool, or food-adjacent obsession that we can’t stop thinking about. We’re not going to rehash the dated bit about Starbucks drink sizes (“what’s up with [...]
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How to drink coffee like an Italian

My sister and brother-in-law’s wedding reception was in a 15th-century palazzo in Venice. We approached by gondola, with opera singers serenading from balconies, and lounged in rooms lit with no artificial light, only hundreds of flickering candles. But let me tell you about the coffee. After the feast, a hot, [...]
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Traveling Back in Time With Nebbiolo

Tasting bottles from Alto Piemonte back to 1842 provide a powerful reminder that wine is alive, and allows for a reflection on the evolution of the region.       On Nov. 18, I traveled in a virtual time machine via a vertical tasting of eight Nebbiolo-based wines from Alto [...]
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A Guide to Italy’s Wine Regions

We get it. With more than 350 official wine varieties and 20 different wine-producing regions, the world of Italian wine can be confusing and overwhelming. But before you make a beeline straight for Tuscany, it’s worth learning what else is out there besides Chianti and Brunello. To help, we’ve put together [...]
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