The Porticos of Bologna

If there was a vote as to the best city for a tourist in any type of weather, mine would go to Bologna. Even in a pouring, drenching rain or the sultry heat of summer, one can remain nice and comfy because of more than 23 miles of porticos throughout the city of Bologna. Porticos were first built in Bologna around the 11th century, and today one can walk for miles surrounded by magnificent terrazzo floors, marble columns and painted mural ceilings. […]

The Making of Grana Padano Cheese

Driving through the gorgeous Brescian countryside on a magnificent May day, we arrived at Gardalatte in Lonato to see how Grana Padano cheese is produced. Grana Padano is a hard, semi fat, cow’s milk cheese with a rich, slightly salty taste and is one of Italy’s most produced and consumed cheeses. Luigi, the head casaro or cheese maker gave us the latest in Italian fashion to wear-paper gowns, booties and hairnets…and the tour began. Specially raised & fed Friesian aka Holstein […]

Extra Virginity

No silly, it’s not about that! Extra Virginity, The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller is an eye opening book about the olive oil we buy and don’t think twice about.  We know that many foods have a lot of junk in them, but those are processed foods, manufactured by large soulless corporations trying to lure us all by slick advertising and delectable looking commercials-we’re very smart consumers. All you need to do is read the […]