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Travel Blog2019-05-03T20:15:34+00:00
205, 2019

Seaside Escapes

The Magic of Puglia Growing up in New England, everyone has their favorite beach escapes from the craggy coast of Maine to Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket to the Rhode Island shore.  The draw of fresh seafood, great water sports, and days that seem to last forever until the sun goes down on the horizon is pure magic.  The best part is exploring the nooks and crannies along the [...]

2507, 2016

Fall: The Perfect Season to Be in Puglia, Italy

For those of you who like a late summer or early fall getaway, we have put together a small group trip for you to enjoy one of Italy’s great summer locations.  In late September and early October, after the crowds have thinned out,  it is still beach weather in Puglia.  We would love to share this with you to experience the wonderfully varied past of Puglia and the best wineries and gastronomy of the Primitivo [...]

2407, 2016

Puglia’s Fave e Cicoria

Probably no dish is associated with Puglia more than fave e cicoria.  It is an antipasto or a contorni (side dish).  Either way it’s delicious. Fave e Cicoria 1/2 lb dried and peeled fava beans, soaked overnight 1.1 lb chicory (if you can’t find chicory you can substitute kale) Salt and freshly ground black pepper Extra virgin olive oil After draining the fave beans, place them in a saucepan with about 1 cup of water.  [...]

2407, 2016

The Panzerotti of Bari

Typically these are filled with mozzarella and fresh tomato.   Once you have mastered this, move on to filling them with many other items such as salumi or anchovies or artichokes. Panzerotti 1 package active dry yeast Pinch of sugar 3 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil sea salt and freshly grounded black pepper 3 cups flour, (try to find 00 flour if you can) ½ pound plum tomatoes peeled and coarsely chopped 4 ounces [...]

906, 2016

Experience the New Testaccio Market in Rome

Rome is a city with proud and strict food traditions. The “mavericks” of Rome are trying to break those traditions, or at least update them a little. But, one of the strictest food traditions of Rome, for example, is not to mix the foods that you might find in a pizzeria with the food from a trattoria—until now. Il Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio has been around for about 4 years now (very new by Roman [...]

2311, 2015

My Mother’s Turkey Tetrazzini

Every year, while everyone else was having their sandwiches with turkey and stuffing and cranberry relish, my mom’s go-to dish for the Friday after Thanksgiving was turkey tetrazzini. We never had it any other time. And it was delicious. This isn't something you'll see much (if any) of in Italy, but it's true Italian-American comfort food! Ingredients 2 c. mixed fresh mushrooms. Sliced or torn. You can add a small amount of reconstituted porcini mushrooms [...]