Food and Wine

31 Oct

Chocolate and the party starts!

It seems to be at Perugia, in Umbria region, instead this time we are at Cosenza. The Chocolate Festival at Cosenza is by now an institutional event and it’s waited not only from the people who live there. The more famous Eurochocolate at Perugia has been the inspiration for this festival which is at its 15th edition: […]


14 Jan

Wine Touring in Calabria and Apulia.

My wine loving cousin in DC asked Valeria at Le Vie della Perla to plan a wine tasting tour of southern Italy for seven of us. He loves finding great wines that are not necessarily widely known in the States. We got a wine tour and so much more – art, architecture, history, and breathtakingly beautiful countryside […]


10 Apr

A traditional Easter dessert: the ancient “Cuculi” recipe.

The Easter period in Calabria you could see the women who walked to the bakery of the village with big baskets on their head covered each by a dish cloth, the only places where they could bake the “cuddruri”, a traditional Easter pastry. Originally it wasn’t a dessert, but a bread a little bit sweet that people […]


27 Dec

Christmas in Calabria

Everything appears magic during the Christmas period with the coloured lights and religious customs. In Calabria you begin to feel the Christmas feeling from December the 8th which is the Immaculate Conception Day: this is a public holiday as in the rest of Italy, so in the evening of the day before, in every house people prepare the “cuddruriaddri or cullurelli […]