Eat like a King in Italy

Monthly Archives: May 2012

Eat like a King in Italy

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | May 30, 2012

When you travel to Italy, food is – and MUST be – an essential part of your experience.

One of the triggers that brought me to create Cives Urbe was people telling me how disappointed they were by the food they had in Italy and how surprised they were because of the reputation Italian food has all over the world.

Always shocked, I would dig a bit deeper and I would always find out that yes, they did indeed eat badly (and yes there is bad food in Italy too), but there were many things they could have done to avoid the food disaster.

This is my “how to” guide to select places to eat while in Italy.

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“Candle” racing for Saint Ubaldo

Posted by in Travel | May 15, 2012

Local Festivals are an Italian tradition year-round but these local events flourish in the warmer months.

One of my favorites happens today in the town of Gubbio.

A fabulous town to visit throughout the year, this Umbrian medieval town is rich in history and traditions that all come to fruition on May 15th of every year when “Eugubini” (Gubbio’s natives) scattered all over the world come “home” for the Festival of the Ceri.

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Crema di fave e pecorino (Creamy fava beans with shaved pecorino toscano)

Posted by in Food and Restaurants | May 9, 2012

I just received the June issue of La Cucina Italiana (US edition), I came across this recipe and felt I had to share it.

“Fave & Pecorino” (fava beans & pecorino) is my father’s absolute favorite spring lunch, and this recipe has an interesting twist, especially since it’s still kind of chilly out there!

I adapted the La Cucina Italiana recipe slightly but you can get the full version here.


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A Regal Choice

Posted by in Food and Restaurants | May 1, 2012

The Amalfi coast has been a “hot spot” in Italian traveling since the “golden age” of the ‘50s. In those days, Hollywood superstars and European aristocracy flocked to the high-rise, breathtaking coast south of Naples and the tabloids were crammed with shots of Cary Grant sipping espresso in the piazzetta (main square) in Capri or Grace Kelly buying handmade sandals in Positano. Quickly this part of Italy became one of the most glamorous summer destinations and it still is to this day. Anybody who has been at least once to the Amalfi Coast has picked his or her favorite town and place to stay and will return time and time again. I am no different. Of all the Amalfi coast towns, I LOVE Positano and quickly converted my husband on his second visit to this area last June.

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Ready for a “gita fuori porta”?

Posted by in Travel | May 1, 2012

Buon 1 Maggio!

Join me today celebrating the festivity of May 1st.

Roughly compared to American Labor Day celebrations around the swimming pool, Italians also spend this opportunity to gather with friends and family outside. Yet, there’s an Italian flair.

The younger crowd will gather in big city squares around the country for the traditional all-day free concerts organized by the Unions. One of the most famous is the one in Rome, held in Piazza San Giovanni (the large square adjacent to Saint John’s Basilica). Every year, thousands and thousands of people from all over the country gather to hear the open-air concerts featuring nationally famous rock and pop artists.

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