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Vacation Time: Goethe in Italy

Vacation Time: Goethe in Italy | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Goethe's vacation in Italy lasted two years (he was famous by then so he could afford it), and the place had a profound effect on him. Goethe was intoxicated by the landscape and the Italian lifestyle and his experience there ...
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Italian Cuisine Meets Virginia Wine

Italian Cuisine Meets Virginia Wine | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Al Dente, an upscale Italian restaurant located in northwest DC, recently expanded its wine list to include a rather extensive offering of Virginia wines. We visited Al Dente last Friday to chat with owner and executive chef ...
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If the food is based on local ingredients (like in Italy) then the wine should be local too.

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Toronto’s five most authentic shops for Old World Italian cheese, deli meats and preserves - torontolife.com

Toronto’s five most authentic shops for Old World Italian cheese, deli meats and preserves - torontolife.com | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
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Indulging in Italy

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Indulging in ItalyRockford Register Star (blog)We visited small communities and large cities. Originating in Italy, the Slow Food Movement focuses on regional cooking and fresh food on a smaller scale.
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Pertedelirio 7 - Old Scooter Party

Pertedelirio 7 - Old Scooter Party | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it

7th edition of Vespa, Lambretta and old motorcycles meeting! On the 26th and 27th of May, at Pertegada (Udine, Italy). The party then will end at the "Lele's Chiosco", on the beach of Lignano Sabbiadoro!

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Foppiano heirs in bitter fight over Healdsburg winery's future

Foppiano heirs in bitter fight over Healdsburg winery's future | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Foppiano heirs in bitter fight over Healdsburg winery's futureSanta Rosa Press Democrat“Italian families live operatically,” said Bo Simons, head of the Sonoma County Wine Library in Healdsburg.
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One Hundred & One Beautiful Towns in Italy

One Hundred & One Beautiful Towns in Italy | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
More than any other country in the world, it is Italy that we turn for gastronomic inspiration. 101 beautiful towns in Italy: Food and Wine takes readers.
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KITCHEN CALL: Real Italian cooking for everyone

KITCHEN CALL: Real Italian cooking for everyone | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it

Not only the restaurant world but the food media have re-discovered Italian-American food.
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In Italy’s Maremma, it’s all going swimmingly

In Italy’s Maremma, it’s all going swimmingly | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Maremma is the latest, and slightly hush-hush, playground of the rich and famous.
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An American Piazza

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More than any of the other squares in Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square functions as a neighborhood park. It is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th century.

 

Rittenhouse Square is just one of the thousands of places in the United States where it's possible to live the Italian lifestyle. "The Italian Way" app shows you where to find local, Italian-like locations in any city or town within the U.S. It includes farmers markets, neighborhood Italian restaurants and cafes, plus community-oriented parks or "piazzas." Download The Italian Way app to your iPad and enjoy the Italian way of life: http://tinyurl.com/88y68v2

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Delicious Italy - Food Markets in Rome

Delicious Italy - Food Markets in Rome | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Favorite food markets in Rome for shopping in the streets...
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Fiat 500 | Vintage Italian Originality | Ganzo | Dishing up visionary ...

Fiat 500 | Vintage Italian Originality | Ganzo | Dishing up visionary ... | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
The Fiat 500 became the symbol of a stylish and cosmopolitan Italian lifestyle. A modern design, appealing colors, easiness in driving: the car was exactly what people needed. The truly affordable price also helped it become ...
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Food Paradise in Northern Italy…oh yes, and there's wine too…and ...

Food Paradise in Northern Italy…oh yes, and there's wine too…and ... | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
It's not that Italian women don't care about food, but I never cease to be amazed by the passion and expertise that Italian men express regarding food. A few weeks ago, we spent the weekend in one of the world's elite wine ...
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7 Best Gelato Shops in Metro Phoenix

7 Best Gelato Shops in Metro Phoenix | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Gelato shops seem to come and go pretty quickly, but the ones that stick around prove their worth with smooth,...
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watch out for shops that use fake ingredients!

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Food on Sicily: a cultural mash-up

Food on Sicily: a cultural mash-up | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
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Food on Sicily: a cultural mash-up
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After all, this is southern Italy. What you're probably not expecting in your pasta are fresh anchovies, plucked from the sea that day, tasting nothing like the salty canned variety.
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Gelato - Tips for Spotting the Real Thing - Plus What Makes Gelato, Gelato

Gelato - Tips for Spotting the Real Thing - Plus What Makes Gelato, Gelato | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
It's not difficult to find a gelato in Rome. The hard part is knowing if you have found genuine, handcrafted, naturally-flavored gelato. Spotting the real thing is no problem...
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FAKE gelato is often brightly colored and displayed in the shape of large mounds (see image).

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Slow Money: Investing in Your Local Food Systems

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What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live? This intriguing contemplation is one of three questions asked in Slow Money's statement of principles. The other two (what if ...
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Panettone is all in the family at Seattle's Gelatiamo

Panettone is all in the family at Seattle's Gelatiamo | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Panettone is all in the family at Seattle's GelatiamoThe Seattle TimesMOST PEOPLE picture piles of glistening gelato and knockout displays of colorful cookies and cakes when they think of Gelatiamo, the popular gelato and pastry shop in downtown...
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Gelato Gilberto | StyleBlueprint Louisville

Gelato Gilberto | StyleBlueprint Louisville | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Going to Gelato Gilberto in Norton Commons is the closest thing to a trip to Italy.
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Pairing Italian Regional Cuisines and Wines – Abruzzo

Pairing Italian Regional Cuisines and Wines – Abruzzo | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Pairing Italian food and Italian wine: Abruzzo http://t.co/u2MuUBF7...
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Gelato gains global recognition as No. 1 ice cream spot : The Temple News

Gelato gains global recognition as No. 1 ice cream spot : The Temple News | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Gelato gains global recognition as No. 1 ice cream spot: 1 place for ice cream in the world by “National Geograp...
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2011 Vintage Report: Italy « Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for ...

2011 Vintage Report: Italy « Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for ... | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
A first look at vintage quality in Italian wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers. The 2011 growing season was erratic in Italy. In the north, weather was hot, but occasional rains kept the grapes ...
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-Grandeur Traveler -: Lake Como's La Dolce Vita

-Grandeur Traveler -: Lake Como's La Dolce Vita | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Lake Como's La Dolce Vita. October, 2011. The dilemma in deciding where the next destination will be is a critical point for travelers. Each destination essentially sets the mood and pace for the next trip.
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Trip to Italy introduces student to the art of pasta making

Trip to Italy introduces student to the art of pasta making | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
Susan Arbital is rolling in dough but it's not the type that you spend. It's the edible variety — pasta, to be exact — and she's sharing her creative techniques with others.
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Italy Food & Wine: Winery Visit in Chianti, Tuscany « Hungry Tiger ...

Italy Food & Wine: Winery Visit in Chianti, Tuscany « Hungry Tiger ... | The Vespa Diaries | Scoop.it
We can drink wine here? I ask the shopkeeper in my halting Italian. There's light coming through the back of the shop, and I'm wondering if there's a hidden bar out there – after all, doesn't enoteca sometimes mean wine bar?
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