Senza Spaghetti

The TV Chef, and one-man Padstow Tourist Board that is Rick Stein is spending long weekends in locations renowned for the quality of their food for his latest series.  Whilst I totally understood his decision to visit Bordeaux and Vienna, I was surprised that Reykjavik was on his itinerary and Berlin, though it probably says … Continue reading Senza Spaghetti


Cioccolato (Venice 62)

Think of great chocolate and you tend to consider Belgium, or Switzerland.  Italy isn't a nation of chocolatiers in most minds, and yet one of the worlds most successful confections is Italian.  Little balls of chocolate and hazelnut wrapped in gold foil are apparently an extravagance even for ambassadors to offer! Ferrero make a range … Continue reading Cioccolato (Venice 62)

Pici, pappardelle, penne, penis? (Venezia 41)

For those who arrive by train and can contain themselves no longer before hitting the souvenir shops, the Rio Tera Lista di Spagna will be paradise.  Get your carnival masks here!  Pizza, pizza, pizza.  Vino, limoncello, amoretto, Frangellico.  Grappa, marsala, Sambuca.  Martini, Campari. Still a few euros in your wallet?  Take home some multi-coloured pasta of the … Continue reading Pici, pappardelle, penne, penis? (Venezia 41)