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Dear Food Lovers we are looking for Food Blogger to review our fantastic organic balsamic vinegar of Modena produced by our friendly Farm in Castelvetro di Modena.
We will send one bootle of 250 ml organic balsamic vinegar of Modena for you to try and write a review on your blog. We can send this product worldwide.


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This extraordinary balsamic seasoning is produced by artisans located in Castelvetro di Modena. It comes from the finest Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes, and is aged 5 years in ash barrels, the right time to bring to your meal that typical pleasant acidity flavor. Great complement for your salads, side dishes, cooked or raw vegetables, but but also for meats and fish. 

250 ml wax sealed bottles.



Pavarotti Museum Finally Opens in Modena

Pavarotti singing  in Modena

Pavarotti singing in Italy – source

On the occasion of Expo 2015 in Milan, even Modena, together with Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, decides to exceptionally open to the public the doors of Casa Pavarotti that have been transformed into a House-Museum thanks to a path that will permit his fans to better know Luciano Pavarotti both as famous tenor and man.
The visit of the House-Museum in Stradello Nava is part of the Discover Ferrari & Pavarotti Land tour, organised by Modena to show to the tourists the beauties of the city.

In the past, the Foundation opened the House just for special occasions so it is the first time that everyone is allowed to enter the House transformed into a Museum. This decision has been taken to never forget the name of Luciano Pavarotti, and it is even the main reason that encouraged Nicoletta Mantovani (Pavarotti’s wife) to start the Foundation in 2007, after the tenor’s death.

The Museum remains intentionally more in the dimension of a House because the Foundation wants to show how the tenor lived, in other words they want the public to know Luciano, rather than Pavarotti.
For example, an aspect that surely will help us to know him as a simple man is the area of the House that he decided to consecrate to his horses: here he opened a real horseback riding school and for 11 years, he has hosted a prestigious hurdle jumping competition.
Another peculiarity is that it was Pavarotti who designed the House, and the architects followed meticulously his plans while realizing the construction. So the House reflects the personality of the tenor in each detail; it treasures all his photos and memories with the most important people of his life, his friends, his family, his daughter.
What’s more, visiting the House-Museum you will have the chance to admire the clothes he wore during his most beautiful performances, the videos of the several Pavarotti & friends that took place in Modena as well the innumerable awards he gained during his 40-year-career in many theaters all over the world.

The Museum will be open to the public 7 days a week; the public will have the chance to carry out a guided tour based on a service of audio-guides in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian, that will guide the visitors throughout the House.
Some rooms are the same as when Pavarotti was alive, as his bedroom and the kitchen, while some others have been set up with a sort of path that retrace his career, with his works, pictures with famous people and friends, awards and so on.

Transforming the House into Museum has not be so easy, on the contrary it has been a very demanding project for the Foundation, but the target to let everyone know how the so well-known tenor lived his everyday life, has been reached. 

If you are visiting Modena you should also consider to visit Enzo Ferrari museum.

Cooking Lessons in Florence With Market Tours

As you have already gathered from, cooking and cuisine are one of the pillars of Italian culture. So what better way to live and experience the country and the city of Florence than to dive into its culinary secrets? This is what we’re offering to you: a complete tour for your taste buds and a training ground for your hidden cooking abilities with a professional and intriguing cooking lesson that can be booked through our website.


Pasta making lessons in Florence


The experience you can book includes:

  • A hands-on cooking lesson of 3 hours for 2 people
  • A complete menu (wine and coffee included) or a monograph on pasta, pizza, desserts or seafood in the Italian cuisine 
  • Pamphlets in Italian and English
  • A certificate of attendance

If you decide to further make your way into the realms of Italian tradition, there’s the possibility to add an optional market tour with the chef to purchase the ingredients needed before the lesson takes place. This would be a great way to understand and explore tastes, products and options for the optimal cooking situation you’re about to experience with “Condon Bleu”’s cooking school’s professionals. Not only that, because exploring the markets of Florence will prove to be more than a culinary tour, but also a cultural visit among locals, to live the city from a different point of view.
Located in the hearth or Florence, the cooking school is inside a prestigious XVI cetury palace and offers a range of cooking lessons and courses geared towards all kinds of visitors, from locals to tourists looking for an extra way to experience what the city has to offer. And what a way do these cooking lessons offer! Creativity, professionalism and expertise are the motto of the school and the chefs and highly trained staff will ensure you’ll learn the secrets of Italian and Florentine cuisine.

Food Market tour in Florence.

We’ve also mentioned an optional market tour, and our suggestion is to take up on this chance and participate in this adventure among the streets and squares of Florence. Markets in Florence still have even today the same atmosphere of old times, which is definitely worth experiencing, to live up close the vitality and glee of Italian markets, with colors, smells and tastes and a wide range of different people meeting and shopping together.
There are many different markets taking place in Florence, throughout the week, like the Mercato di San Lorenzo, in the square and streets surrounding the Basilica of San Lorenzo in the city’s historical center. In Via dell’Ariento, the market hosts a wide selection of groceries and is the city’s most important market. Other notable examples of interesting markets of Florence are that of Sant’Ambrogio and the one taking place in the Parco delle Cascine.


Learn real Italian cooking in Florence

So, go the extra mile when in Florence and experience the city’s culinary traditions with this extraordinary offer, and learn more about typical Italian cuisine through this cooking lesson. Please enquiry for pricing.


Tutto Food has as its protagonist the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

The exhibition Tutto Food, which will take place from the 3rd to the 6th May in Milan, wants its public to taste and know the most prestigious products made in Italy: we are talking about the Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico) of Modena IGP and the so called Piadina and Squacquerone of Romagna DOP (soft cheese).


Balsamic vinegar condiment from Modena

You will find the food-tasting at the stand K26-M23 di AICIG, Associazione Italiana Consorzi Indicazioni Geografiche at the pavilion 4 of the Rho Pero exhibition, in the expository area of the exhibition of Milan, adjacent to the pavilions of the Expo 2015, as they are directly associated.

The Quadò Editore team, specialized in culinary publishing, has created especially for this occasion, some delicious cocktails and long drinks red orange and natural blueberry-flavored enriched with the balsamic vinegar. You will have the chance to taste them every day at the stand.

However, you’ll see that the best moment will take place Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th when you’ll admire three cooking shows when the vinegar, called Oro Nero (black gold) will be again the protagonist together with the Consorzio Piadina Romagnola and Associazione Squacquerone di Romagna Dop. Federico Desimoni will represent the group of safeguard Aceto Balsamico of Modena IGP, while the group Piadina Romagnola will be represented by the manager Elio Simoni and the vice manager Moreno Giulianelli.

However, the three special cooking shows won’t be the only occasions where the balsamic Vinegar will be the protagonist: during the exhibition Tutto Food, the new web site of the group will be presented and it has been created by the digital communication agencies Aicod and Mind the Pop.

The main purpose of the new web site is to clearly and directly communicate with the potential costumer, letting him know the peculiarities of the Balsamic Vinegar and even the warranties offered by the group. A special area is consecrated to the recipes created by the students of the Catering Institute of Serramazzoni and by a team of Italian food bloggers.

Identità Golose Expo will have the chance to give to its costumers some tasting of balsamic Vinegar. We are talking about the event that for six months, during the well-known Expo 2015 in Milan, will give the opportunity to many Italian and international chefs to create an innovative, original and refined temporary restaurant.

In any case, the Expo 2015 as well as Tutto Food, won’t be the only important events that will take place in Milan. In a totally different location there will be the Milano design week 2015, and again the Black Gold of Modena will be present.

The showroom of Lea Ceramiche in Via Durini in Milan will become a gourmet gastronomy together with Consorzio Modena a Tavola, Modenatur and Artest.

During all the Expo 2015, each month you’ll have the opportunity to experience any kind of tasting , but to see the balsamic Vinegar as main character you’ll have to wait until August to live the sensorial experience called “Gelato e Aceto Balsamico family drops”; as he name suggests, the vinegar will be associated to the ice cream, and it’s clear that it’s not to be missed.

Franciacorta: Italian Lakes, Italian Sparkling Wines.

From the wonderful vineyards to the beautiful Lake Iseo: discover the magic of Franciacorta.

The softness of the hills, the mild climate, the Alps, which can be seen from far away, as a precious frame: Franciacorta is a very special and unique land.
In our journey we’ll  be with a travel and tourism website where you can discover unusual and different itineraries in Italy.

View from Monte Isola, Italy

Monte Isola – Lake Iseo – Italy – source


Bubbly wines on Lake Iseo.

Let’s start from Franciacorta, renown for the products of its land and in quality oenology. energies, enthusiasm, passion and innovation drawn by the great international success that these splendid bubbles have obtained. In 1995 Franciacorta was given D.O.C.G. (Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed) status, a significant testimonial to its winemakers? continuing commitment to excellent work and to further improving the quality of Franciacorta wines. Because saying Franciacorta today means proudly and confidently declaring a great love for wine. Franciacorta has been named the official sparkling wine of the upcoming Expo, a terrific success for the Lombardy winegrowers of the DOCG that is the fruit of the world’s most exacting Production Code for its wine category.

We can visit the most famous italian wineries in the world for sparkling wine production: both Berlucchi and Ca ‘del Bosco are excellent wine cellar. Each visit is focused on wine tasting and gives also the opportunity to buy the precious bottles that here are produced.
We will continue the journey with a transfer to Lake Iseo, where I suggest to stay at the Hotel Rivalago, delightful and charming relais overlooking the waters of the lake and in front of Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe.

Touring Lake Iseo

You can relax with a drink from the bar service on one of our sun beds on the dock and watching the sunset: this will make your romantic and suggestive stay unforgettable.
The next day, after a rich and tasty breakfast, we are ready for the hike to island Monte Isola. You can walk to the pier not far from the hotel and take the ferry boat directly to Peschiera Maraglio.

On the island you can admire the characteristic medieval villages and appreciate the food specialties of the place: the Monte Isola salami and also the dried fish served with polenta; then of course you can buy local products, such as all the net artifacts, famous and appreciated all over the world. I suggest to take advantage of the beauty of the island for a walk along the shore or rent bicycles for an exploration to fully admire the beautiful views offered by the circumnavigation of Monte Isola.

After lunch, come back to hotel where you can have a fresh shower and enjoy an Italian pizza just on your terrace tasting it sitting in the chaise lounge: a very relaxing time.
The last day, the suggestion is to do another beautiful day tour that you can’t miss before going home: lake Endine, a little lake (only 14 km long!) surrounded by wonderful reed beds. Lake Endine is located in Valcavallina in Bergamo: here the stillness of the lake allows you to enjoy the beauty of the landscape directly from the quite water aboard the paddle boats, rented on site.

Dine in Florence Like a Local: l’Brindellone, Perseus, da Damasco.

Where to Eat a Fiorentina Steak in Florence and be like a Local

Fiorentina, a name, a brand, and a dish which carries a number of images correlated to it. It reminds Italians of epic meals, foodie tours and stops on the highway for a meat-based break like those of cavemen. But Fiorentina is not something only locals can enjoy, tourists can taste this divine cut as well, but as the dish brings back beautiful memories for locals, it’s also cause of incredible scams for foreigners, so some care must be taken in order to choose the best Fiorentina while knowing what you’re paying for.


Eat like a local in Florence – Source

This myth hides misunderstandings and tricks for whoever isn’t knowledgeable on Fiorentina.

For example: fiorentina isn’t a steak obtained from animals bred on Fiesole’s hills, who relish in the sight of Brunelleschi’s dome, but it’s a cut obtained from a variety of bovines, some from Piedmont, others from Spain. Common to all, however, is the 20-day dry aging period, the 2-inch thickness and the fact that is made with the tenderloin and the sirloin. Then, the mythical chianina, the meat traditionally associated with this steak, is more suited for slow cooking dishes, like stews and braised meat.

Whichever cut is chosen, fiorentina strictly requires a preparation on embers (with a mix of woods chosen to obtain more aromatic fragrances) with temperatures that can raise real religious conflicts, while for what concerns the weight of the cut, to those who say “if it’s under the 1.5 kg (3 lbs), it’s not fiorentina” we should remind that since it’s the cut connecting a bovine’s spine, only Mother Nature has a say on that. If you want to know about traditional butchering in Tuscany you can check here.

Let’s dive into the subject with two warnings:
– Here we’ll only talk about restaurants and establishments on the territory of the city of Florence, without mentioning the famous trattorie (typical Italian restaurants, usually family owned) outside the city, like Trattoria Tullio in Fiesole, Padellina, the Ballini, the Cecchini, Sanesi in Lastra a Signa, where the taste of the meat is worth a stop.
– Never ask for a fiorentina well-done. Unless you want to be kicked out of the city with sneering laughter.

Let’s explore the best places in Firenze where to eat a true Fiorentina like a local!

Trattoria da Damasco

The perfect place to have a true 2-inch thick fiorentina with an excellent quality-price ratio. Convenient is also the location, close to Cascine, that can be reached by car and has a parking lot. 


Everyone knows about this establishment, and is one of the best places where to eat a fiorentina. The steak is well worth it, and it’s cut right at the table by the waiters.


Family owned establishment in this restaurant loved by locals, who truly feel like they’re home in here. Perhaps it’s because of the restaurant’s own special type of wine, the rustic atmosphere, or maybe it’s because of the typical dishes on the menu, or for the excellent prices, but l’Brindellone is a sure hit.


Things to Remember: a good Fiorentina steak goes well with Chianti wine or a good Brunello di Montalcino wine. Florence can be explored on foot with a licensed guide and it is not all about the museums but Florence can be about shopping too!

Predappio: a Small Village that Changed Italy Forever.

Predappio is an Italian village in the province of Forlì-Cesena, built up on the hills of the Apennines of Forlì all around a medieval castle and overlooking some smalls residential areas, such as for example, Dovia, where was born in 1883.
Predappio is, as a consequence, very well-known because the fascist dictator transformed and improved the village and today his tomb, which is exactly in the cemetery of San Cassiano, is a real touristic destination.
In parallel, Predappio recalls even the name of Adone Zoli, a very influent catholic anti-fascist, buried in San Cassiano as well, not so far from Mussolini.

In addition to Predappio and Dovia, we know Predappio Nuova and Predappio Alta.
When we talk about Predappio Nuova (New Predappio) we turn back to the 20s, period in which the Duce took the lead on his village and decided for the construction of a new residential area that in practice absorbed his native village, Dovia.
On the contrary, with Predappio Alta (High Predappio) we refer to the medieval hill town that in the meanwhile grew up in population.
It’s 2 kilometers above Predappio and its peculiarities are the fortified castle and the central square. Here you find even the wine museum, where of course you can find the local red wine, San Giovese.

Benito Mussolini’s birthplace in Emilia Romagna.


San Cassiano cemetery – Mussolini Tomb – source.


Needless to say that the historical heritage as well as the main centers of interest of Predappio revolves around the imposing figure of Benito Mussolini: as already said, his tomb is usually the first step when we decide to visit the town. In any case, don’t forget to stop even at the Romanic Church of San Cassiano, that is beside the cemetery and shouldn’t be missed. It’s exactly here that Mussolini has been christened. 

Beautiful as well is Piazza Garibaldi, a semi-circular amphitheatre that can be considered the centre of Predappio. Is above the square that you will find the birthplace and the home where Mussolini spent his childhood.
There you will see a very nice and gorgeous green area where you can stop for a lunch break, a picnic or just a fast nap, that leads to the house, which has been turned into a Documentary Centre.

From Piazza Garibaldi you can find the main streets of the town where you’ll see many buildings such as Palazzo Caproni, Palazzo delle Assicurazioni, the Scuola Elementare and many others that shows you the features of the architecture of well-known architects and townplanners of the time: Di Fausto, Bazzani, Giovannoni, etc…
Furthermore, Piazza Sant’Antonio, still in the centre of Predappio and Scalea Esperanto give you a clear idea of what was the fascist architecture.

It is probably the most majestic and solid building of the village, the renown Casa del Fascio e dell’ospitalità, which represents the political centre as well as the importance that Mussolini reached in the Italian political life: many pilgrims used to visit his birthplace as well as the tomb of his family, so he gave birth to this building to host the wanderers and of course, to represent the nascent fascist regime.
Together with Casa del Fascio, don’t miss the chance to visit Casa dei Sanitari, the Caserma dei Carabinieri and the Basilica of Sant’Antonio.

Connected as well to the life of Mussolini is Rocca delle Camminate, one of the most famous fortresses of Romagna. It rises above Predappio and overlooks the Forlì plain: you can see the tower of the castle from all over the village. Today it’s a property of Forlì-Cesena and we can say that the castle is in state of neglect because of the imminent possibility of collapse, but the park of the fortress is open to public and is not to be missed.
Of course it’s well-know because in 1927 it has been renovated and used as Mussolini summer residence.

Well it is Emilia Romagna, let’s eat!

Last but not least, don’t forget to consecrate some time to your pleasure and entertainment. For what concern the cookery, Predappio is a typical town of Romagna, so you can’t miss the chance to taste a Piadina! It’s some kind of unleavened bread usually filled with Parma ham and mozzarella, but you can put in whatever you like! The same is for the Crescione, similar to Piadina but heavier, full of tomato, mozzarella and potatoes!
You must taste even the typical filled pasta called Cappelletti or Tortelli, as well as the home made Tagliatelle and Strozzapreti with porcini mushrooms or truffle. What’s important is not to forget a glass of SanGiovese!

If you want to know the products and the artistic and natural peculiarities of this beautiful town, you should experience the so called “Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori”, that is to say the itinerary of wines and flavors.

What’s more, if you organize your trip during the summer, and you have the time to go some kilometers far from the centre of the village, in the direction of Premilcuore, you can enjoy the Tontola Beach Centre, with many swimming pools and beaches with parasols and chairs, little tennis fields, beach volley, bar and restaurants.

Como, What to do in a Weekend (According to the Locals)

Been to Lake Garda? Now try Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian), one of the deepest lakes in Europe, is well-know all over the world, but not only because George Clooney has chosen to live there; on the contrary it’s a gorgeous destination where you can spend a couple of days, but even more that a simple weekend because it offers many things to do and places to visit.


Of course, a visit of Como can’t be missed. First of all you must go to the Duomo bianco; then you can have a walk in the city centre or even along the lake. The Tempio Voltiano is also very nice to see and, cherry on top, have an ice cream in the nice little square over the lake.
Furthermore, why don’t you do a tour in the funicular railway? It will be very exciting to overlook the lake!
Of course, you must think about where to lodge, and you can choose between a nice B&B along the lake, or a hotel in the city centre. The second one can be the better choice, because you can enjoy the city of Como and at the same time, with a ferry, you can visit the near destinations.



Visit Bellagio on lake Como – source

Bellagio is a small village in the province of Como. This is one of the destinations that you can reach by ferry from Como, and you won’t have to stress finding a parking for your car!
Bellagio is a very romantic village, where the main characteristic are the stairs made of rocks, the narrow roads and the bars along the lake.
During summer you can visit Villa Serbelloni with its wonderful gardens, but always be careful to check the timetables of the visits as well as the ones of the ferries: a good idea can be to leave Como in the afternoon, and to come back at night, after a nice dinner in Bellagio.
You absolutely must spend a day there or at least a romantic walk!


Not very well-known, but beautiful and romantic as well as Como and Bellagio, is the village of Varenna, situated on the other branch of Lake Como.
You can reach Varenna by boat, even if it takes more than two hours to arrive, or by car, in an hour. In this case you can visit the near city of Lecco.
In any case, if you decide to spend a day in Varenna, Villa Monastero is not to be missed. It’s an old monastery with beautiful inners and stunning gardens where you’ll experience a two-hour-walk!
You should visit even the Castello di Vezio, a castle that you can reach walking for 40 minutes, but if you’re a bit lazy, you can go even by car and enjoy an amazing show of birds of prey.

Lake Como is one of the most beautiful locations in Italy, visited by a lot of tourists all over the year, in summer as well as in winter. If you have in hand more than just a weekend, don’t miss the chance to visit all the destinations all around the lake!

How to Eat Like a Local in Venice try Al Bacareto and Al Prosecco

Venice is a unique and picturesque city, with many things to see and experience. If you’re going to visit Venice, you might have looked around online for suggestions on how to truly live the city, and what better way to do as much if not by eating like a local? In Italy, food plays a relevant part in everybody’s everyday life, and this is true for Venice as well. In this article, we’re going to talk about a little something that is typical of Venice, and one of the best ways to experience food and drinks like a local: the bacaro.
The bacaro is a typical venetian pub, which offers aperitifs, drinks, snacks and wines for a very reasonable price. They’re scattered all around Venice and both locals and tourists hang out in the multitude of bacari that dot the city. The term “bacaro” comes from the Latin name of “Bacchus”, the god of wine and harvest. Originally little warehouses the wine makers used to store the barrels of wine, now the bacari are establishments halfway between a tavern and a pub, perfect for a break between sightseeing and to enjoy a quick lunch, snack or evening cocktail.
But the choice when it comes to bacaro is wide, and while you can go wherever you prefer, literally entering the first one you come across, here is a list of the best known ones.


Eat like a local in venice

Where to eat in Venice like a Local – source


Al Bacareto

An historical place, located between Campo Santo Stefano and Palazzo Grassi. Here you can also enjoy first courses typical of Venetian cuisine (for a slightly higher price than normal bacaro snacks and drinks), or you can simply drink a ombra (literally “shadow” – white wine on tap) along with some cicchetti. The cicchetti are a tradition in Venice and the term refers to the quick snacks and dishes that can be eaten along with alcoholic drinks. Cicchetti include bruschetta or crouton with toppings but also meatballs, fried fish and more.

Al Prosecco Bacaro

Located in Campo San Giacomo dall’Orio, which is not your typical tourist destination inside the city, this bacaro managed to maintain a local atmosphere, perfect if you want to know what a bacaro frequented by locals feels like. With a wide selection of wines, tasty cicchetti and cheeses, the Bacaro Al Prosecco offers a great experience for anyone. If you’re around on Saturdays, oysters and fresh, raw fish is available as well.

Bacaro ‘do Mori’

Ever since the 1462, this bacaro has become a legend in Venice, counting Casanova among its clients through the years. Perfect to experience a light lunch surrounded by its historical atmosphere.

The bacari you can visit are many more than just these three, and each one is unique in its own way. Experiment different snacks and wines and live and eat your way into the city’s earth like a local. We offer a food tour in Venice where you can try all these specialites and cookery lessons to learn how to make them.