Luca Signorini

Everyone knows rice is a staple of Italian cuisine — hello risotto, timballo and arancini: versatile, cheap and filling, we often forget that Italy is a paese del riso, almost like some Far East countries. Rice, in Italy, is an …

While born in Italy, the habit of having aperitivo with friends to unwind after a day at work, or as a fun preamble to a good dinner in company, has become a worldwide custom. Similarly, what we Italians like to …

Venice and Florence are key players in Italy’s well honed tourism industry. But the past year has proven difficult beyond belief for them, too. While the end of the pandemic is far from being “around the corner,” the mayors of …

We all know ragù, the delicious meat and tomato sauce that goes perfectly with tagliatelle, or gnocchi. In the US, it’s largely associated with a dish, spaghetti bolognese, that in Italy doesn’t really exist: you’d be hardly pushed to find …

If you’ve been to Tuscany, you had vin santo, the sweet, thick fragrant nectar often served with another Tuscan legend, cantucci cookies. To be fair, vin santo is typical of all regions of central Italy and some variants of it …

We recently published an article how Sicily,  in an attempt to attract more tourists to its shores, was to implement travel bonuses and  offer free nights on hotel bookings. What comes out  today is  that, in fact, beautiful Trinacria is …

La Bocca della Verità: sounds rather ominous, don’t you think? If you look at it, all stone, stern eyes and wide, gaping mouth, the sense of dread is even stronger. The famous classical times’ “lie detector” was probably, in origin, …

Who doesn’t love pizza? Yes, of course, Italian cuisine is much more varied, but there are certain times when you can’t beat a good slice: a Saturday night out and about with friends, an evening in front of the TV …

In one of his masterpieces, Oceano Mare  (Ocean Sea), Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco describes an artist who painted the sea with sea water. I remember thinking, after reading the book for the first time, that there couldn’t be anything more …