THE ITALIAN CULINARY TOURS BLOG
Catch up with our recent excursions and see a peek into the world of Italy.
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The story of how I learned to make tiramisu starts with the first meeting I had with my cousin Luciana in Palermo, Sicily. Now, tiramisu is popular all over Italy, as well as all over the world, but what is now dessert has origins in Venice. An unknown chef created it...read more
Each year when I returned from Italy after completing our tours, I would visit my parents who were getting older. When I would speak to my mother about the trip, she would always ask me, “Did you visit Assisi?” to which I would reply, “No Ma, not this year.” You see,...read more
Treating yourself to the local street food in Palermo is an event all on its own. But, first I was on a mission to find the little chapel located in the historic center of Palermo called Chiesa di Santa Cita. The Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita is a small chapel...read more
You can't spend any length of time in Sicily without a day at the beach. One of my favorite places to visit is Cefalu, with its historic past and beautiful beach. We ventured out early on to the auto strata to head east into the rising sun. What joy traveling on the...read more
The first time I visited Italy, I knew I wanted to cook there. At the top of my list of accomplishments was a desire to gather ingredients from a market located in the birthplace of my grandfather, and prepare a meal. The little town of Montelepre, located near...read more
Driving through the beautiful landscape of Tuscany takes your breath away. The shifting of gears up and down as you ride through the hills and countryside thrills the most seasoned driver. However, this thrill can quickly turn to frustration and become a little scary,...read more
While sleeping off a bit of jet leg from what seemed like a three-day plane ride, my cousins were busy preparing a simple lunch for us. I awoke to a room full of relatives sitting at the table, with my cousin, Vitanna, serving a five-course seafood lunch. Our first...read more
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