05-Dec-11 18:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Who eats what at Christmas

Giulia Lombardo looks at the vast range of different typical Christmas menus across the regions - big variations of ingredients and styles including 13 courses, all based on fish, in Basilicata


28-Nov-11 11:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (522)

Christmas Markets in London

Christmas is the most important festivity in the UK. As any other big event it needs to be prepared and of course, as in children’s games, the setting up: shopping cooking and attending Christmas carol representations is a huge part of the fun. From the end of November there will be many Christmas markets, all over London. The institution of Christmas Markets in the UK was very popular until Oliver Cromwell banned the traditional celebration of Christmas. Much later, during the Victorian era there were many markets selling Christmas related products but they were not known as Christmas Markets. They gradually became popular again and now they are flourishing everywhere in London. Belgravia, Hyde Park, Old Spitalfields,Barbican, Southbank, Greenwich and Chelsea Physic Garden host some of the most interesting markets in the capital.


21-Nov-11 18:11. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (23)

Gallo Nero Delicatessen in Stoke Newington

Families are like trees: they have branches, and sometimes they grow together, close to each other and create a forest. Other times the tree’s seeds, blown by fortune or the wind, settle in unexpected places. In the same way my restaurants’ interviews are taking me to different parts of London, from one place to another, making my through a family’s branches. This time, I came across Michele Mori.


11-Nov-11 12:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Focus on Casciana in Garfagnana

Casciana is a small medieval village in the Garfagnana area, in the province of Lucca. The villages of Garfagnana are typical of northern Tuscany: characterised by castles, rocks, old churches and untouched nature. Historically, the region was conquered by the Malaspina family, then the Estensi family, and it was then part of the republic of Lucca and Florence. The oldest part of the town is made up of a few houses grouped around San Tommaso Apostolo church, which is the central point of the village as it was in the medieval era. The Garfagnana region is now home of many products:


10-Nov-11 14:18. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Pellicci’s café-restaurant in Bethnal Green

A real genuine family business, Pellicci’s café-restaurant is a slice of East-End history. Giulia Lombardo met Nevio Pellicci in his restaurant. The cosy restaurant’s hall with its formica tables was full of British costumers, having their English breakfast. On the wall there is a statement for a golden medal awarded to Nevio’s father, also called Nevio, from the council of Lucca, for his merits abroad. “My grandma, Elide was born here in London but then, her parents took her back to Tuscany, where they came from. Once married, Elide came back and established the restaurant with my grandpa, Priamo”, Nevio tells me.


10-Nov-11 14:11. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

The Amalfi Coast and Minori

Giulia Lombardo writes about the Amalfi Coast, one of the Unesco World Heritage sites for its undisputed beauty and natural enchanting landscape. Blessed with the Mediterranean climate, the Amalfi coast is a very heterogeneous mix of traditions and landscapes. There are thirteen towns located along a stretch of road ripped from the bare rock, each of them possessing their own unique character and charm.


01-Nov-11 12:21. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

Tracing Margherita Mazzullo and Antonio Zimmaro

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31-Oct-11 17:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Clerkenwell Delis - Veneticus

Following on from our feature on Gazzano's Backhill catches up with a recent addition - Veneticus Italian delicatessen.


31-Oct-11 17:09. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (284)

Clerkenwell Italian Delis - Gazzano's

Backhill catches up with the long established Gazzano’s Italian delicatessen


31-Oct-11 16:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Pellegrino Castle

As most castles are surrounded by mysteries and probably haunted, the castle of Pellegrino Parmense follows this tradition. Thanks to a recent restoration by entrepreneurs the castle is now back to its old glory and it can be visited by appointment. Several rooms of the castle now have also antique furniture. The castle of Pellegrino Parmense, 50 km from Parma, has a very long and complicated history.


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