I will be going on a two and a half week food, wine, matrimonial (not mine) and Coldplay concert viewing romp in La Bella Italia, starting next Tuesday 9/16.
What to expect? A love letter to Matricianella, the quintessential Roman trattoria; a rare wine from Cinqueterre called Sciacchetrà; nectarous olive oil from the shores of Lago di Garda; a great story about a Kansas City surgeon turned gentleman farmer, innkeeper and wine maker in the Le Marche region; food and wine of Le Marche, with a spotlight on olive ascolane (fried stuffed olives); perhaps some amateur haiku on the most noble of italian cured meats, Culatello di Zibello; the terroir of Prosecco--a companion piece to my lambrusco article; the wine bars of Venezia and Verona; restaurant reviews of Parma/Modena/Bologna; and a recap of the wedding of two of my "Slow Food U." classmates and the gastronomic debauchery from the class reunion, and a review of Coldplay's Milan gig. And a few bushels of tortellini and gelato to top off.