Food & Wine
Chef Gino's Food Revolution | From Italian Schools to American Cafeterias

Chef Gino’s Food Revolution | From Italian Schools to American Cafeterias

Italian Chef Gino Brings the Food Revolution to Elementary School Once a month I host a kids-make-your-own-lunch event at Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica, CA. It’s an event orchestrated by Harriet Fraser and myself, born at one of Jamie’s Oliver’s food revolution’s call to action meetings. The program is simple: we got a local...
Italians love Sunday brunch at Tabard Inn

Italians love Sunday brunch at Tabard Inn

As I told you before, I love to go to new restaurants and I’m so unimaginably glad when I find a hidden gem or a very peculiar place. Honestly, I have to say that if you’re going for an Italian restaurant you’d better try New York, where the choice is wider (a lot wider).  In...
An Italian with Cheese | Simona Carini

An Italian with Cheese | Simona Carini

Simona Carini   Please welcome Simona Carini, an Italian with cheese! I don’t want to disappoint you readers, I just want to introduce you to the best woman I met in 2011.     When I first met Simona Carini in Oakland while taking a wonderful trip through California, suddenly David Bowie’s “Absolute Beginners” started...
Noodles vs. Pasta

Noodles vs. Pasta

China has a very strong noodle culture, but noodles and pasta share the same name in Chinese, mian.  So, to some extent, they are similar foods.           The presence of Italian restaurants in China challenges the way the Chinese think of mian.  A plate of pasta al dente was not very...
Caffè Storico | Italian Food Worthy of a Museum

Caffè Storico | Italian Food Worthy of a Museum

A couple of weeks ago I had the luck of finding a new food spot in New York. I really like to go out and find new restaurants and bars in the city. Manhattan is paradise for that kind of stuff. And since I often miss my traditional dishes – who could possibly live without...
Small Over Big: Italian Coffee in China

Small Over Big: Italian Coffee in China

Small over big, when it comes to cafe’ Italian cafés have been attracting more and more people in China. Compared with Starbucks, a cup of illy or Lavazza may be too small to spend the whole afternoon drinking, but people have started to experience the flavor of authentic Italian café. That means that the size...
Beyond Panettone: A New Italian New Year Menu

Beyond Panettone: A New Italian New Year Menu

When it comes to the holidays panettone seems to have become the internationally recognized official Italian food.  Panettone is great, but there are so many amazing Italian dishes that also deserve some of the limelight. Take the typical Italian New Year’s Eve dinner menu, while it might differ somewhat region to region, there are two...
Fit for a King (or Queen): Paola Riccio's Pallagrello Wines

Fit for a King (or Queen): Paola Riccio’s Pallagrello Wines

If she had to choose a color it would be a brilliant white tinged with gold, transparent and clear. Yes, her Pallagrello bianco wine would definitely represent Paola Riccio, owner of the Ale.p.a. farm house in Caiazzo in the province of Caserta.     A great traditional background runs through this place nestled in southern...
An Italian Girl at Thanksgiving Dinner

An Italian Girl at Thanksgiving Dinner

  So, what happens to an Italian girl invited to her first Thanksgiving dinner by an American family? Here’s what: •  She has to explain to her mother, father, friends & family in Italy what Thanksgiving is and what the Americans say “thank you” for.  Pretty easy, if the questions don’t go any further and...
Tiramisu at Il Dolce Vizio | Sweet tooth Italian style

Tiramisu at Il Dolce Vizio | Sweet tooth Italian style

What is tiramisu ? Tiramisu is probably the most well-known Italian cake and one of the best desserts in the world. How do you make it? Well, that’s the point. If you don’t know exactly how to prepare the mixture of egg yolks, sugar and mascarpone needed to cover the several layers of ladyfingers (savoiardi), then...
Lizanne Falsetto of thinkThin Shares a Secret Ingredient

Lizanne Falsetto of thinkThin Shares a Secret Ingredient

 Ganzo decides to thinkThin with Lizanne Falsetto “A 25 person 4 hour event.”  Surprisingly Lizanne Falsetto, CEO and founder of thinkThin natural protein bars , is not telling me about the tough decision-making process that goes on in a corporate boardroom, but a typical Falsetto family dinner. Hearing about this “Italian extravaganza” I begin to...
Corrado Calza Loves Food

Corrado Calza Loves Food

How would you describe your love for food - carnal or capricious?