Chocolate wars: what’s Italy’s real chocolate making capital?

Vintage artwork, initial concept designed by artist Federico Seneca for Perugina in 1922. (courtesy Perugina Nestlè Italia)

Vintage artwork, initial concept designed by artist Federico Seneca for Perugina in 1922. (courtesy Perugina Nestlè Italia)

In Italy you know Winter has finally arrived when, upon entering a café in the mid-afternoon, the comforting scent of hot chocolate and whipped cream embraces you like an old friend. Now, hot chocolate in Italy is a serious thing: thick  and dark, sometimes flavored with hazelnuts, mint or vanilla, it is something you eat, rather than drink. With or without cream topping it, with or without cookies, hot chocolate is the ultimate comfort treat during the cold, snow-filled days of the...

To continue reading this story you will need to be a digital subscriber to italoamericano.org

L'Italo-Americano subscribers have FREE access to all premium digital content

Get Your Ultimate Access to all things Italian.

Recommended

Savor a section of the Via Francigena: Abbadia di Isola to Monteriggioni “a piedi”

All roads lead to Rome as the old saying goes – all 1,243 miles of road when we’re talking about the Via Francigena, the ancient byway connecting...

Credito Emiliano and Parmigiano: the curious story of the bank taking cheese as investment collateral

It was 1953 when Credito Emiliano, a relatively small bank based in the region of Emilia Romagna, started taking wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano as a...

Angela Missoni: 20 years of artistry and innovation

Twenty years have passed since Angela Missoni took the helm of the family fashion house founded by her visionary parents Ottavio and Rosita, who...

Cookcooning: the new frontiers of tourism 2.0

“Travelling is more than an action, it’s a feeling,” Mario Soldati said. It is on this idea that a new form of international tourism, dubbed “...

Mascherone, home protection the old-fashioned way

Today most self-respecting homeowners install alarms and locks to protect their homes, but step back to the 16th century and the preference was for...

Weekly in Italian

Recent Issues