Discovering the wines of the Euganean Hills, Italy

Are you a wine lover? Do you like to discover new tastes while sipping a nice glass of white or red? Do you enjoy to end up a dinner with a sweet touch of dessert wine? Or …do you indulge meditation?
Here several good reasons to visit the Euganean Hills, to get acquainted with the local wines, starting from the typical Fior d’Arancio, a very golden Moscato to a variety of whites with the typical straw-yellow color and jasmine scent, The hills produce Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon reds, the Chardonnay, , the Merlot, to my fav, the sparkling Serprino.
I forgot… most importantly, are you ready to discover a hidden gem in Italy? Breathtaking panoramas, art, culture and good food?

Already excited?
Well, hold your glass (still empty…) and let’s start your journey with some tips…
Where to stay, where to eat, what to visit.

Where to stay
Abano Ritz Hotel
Abano Terme is famous worldwide as the “Thermal Baths of Venice”, thanks to the extraordinary curative qualities of the thermal water and the bio-thermal clay or aged mud: a true medicine without side effects. At AbanoRitz boasts two swimming pools, the SPA, wellness rituals and culinary experiences at our 3 restaurants; immersed in a territory that offers a wealth of culture and folklore, as well as golfing and other sports.

 

 

 

 

Where to eat
Antica Trattoria Taparo in Torreglia, since 1921.
Not to be missed the ‘baccalà itinerary’ stockfish cooked in 3 different ways. 

 

 

 

 

 

Al Sasso in Teolo, celebrated for his one and only fried chicken, which (unfortunately ) I could not try… Instead I had an elaborate pasta dish, tagliolini with morchella mushrooms and snails.

 

 

 
What  to visit
Villa Barberigo, Valsanzibio. A sumptuous residence dated 1600, so spectacular that has been renamed the little Versailles. Get lost in the amazing labyrinth garden.

 

Cini Castle, Sanctuary of the Seven Churches and Villa Duodo in Monselice
At the foot of the Colle della Rocca there rises an imposing architectural complex called Castello Cini, which incorporates several diverse types of building.

From the XI to the XVI centuries the castle has changed from a luxurious residence, to defensive tower to become a Venetian villa. The Council Hall with frescoes and wooden stalls on the walls,

the room Jacopino with bevelled fireplace and kitchen with a rich collection of tools in the medieval and Renaissance Romanesque House;

the Armory, a precious room with frescos walls and the Carrara motif of red and white checkerboard which contains one of the most important collections of arms and armours in Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catajo Castle

Photo Enrico Paggiaro
Located in Battaglia Terme, close to Padua, with 360 rooms, decorated by the amazing GianBattista Zenotti’s frescos, this castle  is considered among the most unusual of the Villas in Veneto, it has served as a mansion, ducal palace and imperial residence. conceived in 1570 by the wealthy Obizzi family as
theatre to receive and amuse their guest.

Glamorous balls, sea battle scenes, huge theatrical productions…in a way hey were one of the greatest party planners of all ages.

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Where to stop
Arquà Petrarca one of the most beautiful Italian burg, included on the prestigious list of Parchi Letterari Italiani (Italian Literary Parks), those locations that where celebrated in the italian and international literature by famous authors. The quiet and enchanting beauty of the Euganean Hills has been an iinspiration for writers, poets and artists,  Bruce Chatwin, Shelley, Byron, and Foscolo, narrates theses inspiring places that vibrate of beauty, passion, and poetry. Unique colors, flavors and scents bring to the attention of environmental oases, ancient abbeys, castles, villas, country retreats and other excellent stages. Visit the village where the iconic poet Francesco Petrarca  Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374) lived and the house that hosted his final days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Literary Park take you to a journey through an itinerary identified by 11 plaques that portray sentences from different authors who immortalized the landscape and its heritage.

For more info
parco petrarca e dei colli euganei
c.baldin@confpd.it

 

Let’s…finally toast!
On the panoramic outdoor of the Villa Beatrice, a former Convent founded in12th century, on the top of the hill, we tried the Quota 101 wines, I loved the Malterreno an authentic expression of the Euganei  territory.  Authentic and true. The grapes are hand-picked in September, when the sun has made them nice and ripe. Warm yellow color, scent of Summer, in the mouth it is velvety and well-structured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop at Paolo Brunello’s Cantina Vignale di Cecilia,  located in Baone.

My fav was the white Val di Spie, an experimental trip in the world of sparkling wine, blinks its eye to the traditional natural fermentation in the bottle, while maintaining its natural yeasts, followed by the first born at Vignale, the red Passacaglia made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera boasting a long maceration as well as the handmade mixing of fermenting grapes.

 

In the evening I met with lovely Elisa Dilavanzo, owner of Maeli Colli Euganei featuring the yellow muscat
from these amazing volcanic hills, where Elisa decided to “work towards the production of a wine that is rich in emotion whilst at the same time a worthy ambassador for this prestigious territory”.
Sparklyn Moscato Giallo IGT
Muscat 85% Chardonnay 15% Destemming and soft pressing, maceration on the skins for three days, pressing, fermentation on natural yeasts without added sulphites. The wine is bottled on its own yeasts with in-the-bottle secondary fermentation using the original must following the time-honoured method.

 

 

 

 

Grand finale with a wide varIety of Zanovello wines, hosted by Mr. Franco Zanovello, President of La Strada del Vino and owner of Cà Lustra wines. I ended my journey with the iconic Passito, born in the year 1200. Only in the Euganean Hills that the 100% Fiori d’Arancio muscat grapes keep that strong Mediterranean character, cheerful and vigorous.
Intense aromas, thick and colorful skin, crunchy pulp,are the hallmarks of this archaic variety that likes bright and dry sites. It’s a farmer’s tradition to harvest the ripest grapes and let them dry on racks in the old barns with the dual aim of producing a strong sweet wine and rustic cakes for the spring-winter festivals. Its intensity and complexity allow it to enter the category of “meditation wine.”

Believe me, no many other places on earth would enrich a meditation time
like being on the top of one of the volcanic Euganean Hills,
specially after sipping a glass of a delicious volcanic wine…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monselice, the Cini Castle,

Villa Duomo and the Seven Churches street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner at Al Sasso in Teolo

Sunday Another castle , in Lispida , hosting the Volcanic Wines event

 

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Visit Castello Catajo, monumental palazzo hosting the Obizzi family.

Affrescos and room, outodoor , garden

7 GOOD REASONS TO VISIT PRATO, ITALY

Fabrics vagary at the Museo del Tessuto, 1700 amazing embroidery, biscuits dated 1858, how to became a crewelwork artist and more…

At the top of my list
The Museo del Tessuto hosting the exhibit Il Capriccio e La Ragione ,

me, having a great time at at the exhibit

Here you will find a luxurious display of embroideries, silks, brocades, and lampasses from 1600, when new nations were discovered and new costumes  images and stories were imported to Europe.

Porcelains, paintings of landscapes, and the new profession of the fabric painter  starting from the vagary of remembering antique historical ruins to portraits either official or private.

France launched and updated this elaborate fashion, stating different styles, from bizarre to dentelle, to the beautiful drawings of Jean Revel, a major figure in Lyonnaise silk from the 18th century and a pioneer of the French style, who carried his innovative style beyond the courts of Versailles and Paris.

In the center: the exhibit curator Daniela Degl’Innocenti

The exhibit will be on till April 29th 2018.
Plan your visit to Prato because …here 6 more reasons to visit this Tuscany jewel.

Palazzo Pretorio  Austere and imposing this impressive palace has dominated Prato’s Piazza del Comune for more than eight hundred years acting as a silent witness to the political, civil and military history of the city.
The Duomo with its spectacular pulpit by Donatello

VENISSA..A GOLDEN DREAM

The Non Tourist Tourist is famous for discovering hidden gems.
Last summer I discover a jewel into a jewel into a jewel…
The incomparable  Tenuta Venissa Resort located in the island of Mazzorbo, which is home to a vineyard that has been able to overcome the challenge of the high tide for centuries, giving rise to a wine with characteristics that are entirely unique.                          Matteo Bisol created not only an amazing five star resort, but also a unique wine nested in a unique bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made from the dorona grapes, that brings minerality and delicate flavors such as peach and apricot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorona stands for italian d’orata, (golden), while hand-crafted glass bottle boasts a hand made label enriched by gold foil. The vegetable gardens and orchards are located on the estate property beside the vineyards, and they are tended to by nine pensioners from the neighboring island of Burano

 

who supply the restaurant with seasonal fresh vegetables every day.                                                   Above : a delicious branzino with vegetables and ‘garusoli’ (sea sneals)

Guests can choose to stay on the island of Mazzorbo in the Casa Burano  located within the walled vineyard, or they can opt for one of the colored guesthouse located in the splendid island of Burano, just moments away across a small wooden footbridge. Venissa Resort boasts room and suites, each differently decorated. Private bathroom with robes, hairdryers, and vanity set, free Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, A/C.      My room had  exposed-beam ceilings, parquet floor, various accent of China and vivid colors. A gourmet breakfast is served in the patio, while the Ristorante was serving a menu prepared by four Chefs, each of them specialized in his own territory: entreès, first dishes, main courses and desserts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Asiago cheese filled Tortellini with clams broth and mint.

Below: Seafood ‘Cicale’ served with squid black ink, marinated beans, white polenta, beetroot foam.

Dinner was amazingly pleasant.  Matteo Bisol enchanted me with the history of his family, dated back to 1542, producing the renowned Valdobbiadene Prosecco and Desiderio, the patriarch of the family, nicknamed Jeio.

info at Venissa.it

DELIGHTS ALL THE WAY TO THE SKY…

AT CENTARA GRAND CENTRALWORLD, BANGKOK

by Philip Sinsheimer

I spent most of the month of January in Southeast Asia in company of colleague and dear friend Cesare Zucca. Our journey started with Bangkok, undoubtedly the touristic and business hub of Thailand and the whole region.
We stayed at The Centara Grand Central World, located in the heart of the shopping area of this other city that never sleeps!

Thankfully we did coming from far away thanks to the thick windows of the tower that isolates you from the constant noise far below.

 

 

Modern design and ultimate comfort was definitely for this 5 star hotel, but what was perhaps less expected was the quality and diversity of the food offering.

 

 

Follow the guide, from the ground up!

THE ZING

The ground floor hosts ZING cafe we were impressed by the quality of the food and beverages. We didn’t taste much, but what we did was bordering perfection: a double espresso for me served piping hot revealing perfectly roasted beans, intense flavor, regrettably often confused with burnt flavor… Not here!  But as an Italian, Cesare has probably more expertise than the French when it comes to coffee tasting. Well, let’s just say that his macchiato brought a big smile to his face. Both our beverages were the perfect companions
to mini French style hazelnut macarons.

The technique for the delicacy which travels the world is one of the most difficult to master in the science of pastry. A+ here: top and bottom both crumbly and soft; hazelnut buttercream in between intense in flavor, not too sweet, cold but not chilled. As you arrive into the air conditioned hotel after facing the heat and commotion of town, relax there for a moment of poised, simple luxury. On your way out, arm yourself with a double shot espresso to hit the road full of fresh energy.

 

THE WORLD
Take the elevator and discover the World! Located on the same floor as the gorgeous check-in lobby in midair, the restaurant is where breakfast is served. The concept: a scrumptious buffet with various stations allowing all appetites to be fulfilled. You have your classic western treats from eggs cooked to your liking with all the usual accoutrements to an array of breads straight up from Zing, moist muffins, jams, yogurts, cereals and various freshly squeezed juices. But you are in Bangkok and the more local and Asian at large treats are there to surprise the visitors from abroad and content the locals who should want to feel at home. Cesare and I were immediately tempted to enjoy a bowl of clear soup with your choice of noodle (thin or flat, rice or wheat) and various topping such as fresh baby bok choy, mini meat or fish balls, green onion, fried garlic and fresh chili for those who need a kick start besides the excellent coffee served to order. What a healthy way to start the day! A clean broth to hydrate your body in a savory way. There is also the ubiquitous congee, the boiled rice porridge typical of Southern China, but that you will find throughout Asia. Throughout our trip in Thailand and Cambodia, Cesare indulged in this soothing white breakfast staple we found each time at different levels of thickness. If the clear noodle soup is an adult get up and go type of thing, congee is as soft as a childhood memory allowing you to transition from the night to the day in a gentle way. To my opinion the one served here at the World was the best with a perfect flavor and texture and the selection of toppings were great. I loved to add a little kick to it with shreds of fresh ginger and a little dried shrimp or fish, as to prove that I’m no longer a baby! But wait, the soups are only the beginning for your Asian delights: over there are the dim sum (essentially the traditional pork siu mai and shrimp) hakkao and then various
Thai dishes such as a chicken green coconut curry, rice (plain or fried), sautéed vegetables…

Wait! Is this breakfast or lunch?
The only sweet I could indulge with was freshly cut fruit, including the dragon fruit, very bland but oh so pretty. In 2 days, I don’t believe we were able to taste more than half the offerings and each time we were set for the day while exploring the city. I personally couldn’t resist a good green papaya salad (som tam) at a street vendor in Chinatown, but I couldn’t eat much of the sticky rice that traditionally comes with it. We had to keep some appetite for the evening treats.

Philip at World

UNO MAS
Our evening started with the complimentary drink and hors d oeuvres guests of the hotel can enjoy at the tapas bar way up in the tour on the 54th floor. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the view during happy hour from $ to 7 pm or go for a full dinner as the restaurant is open up to 1 am. Let me be frank, I was skeptical: throughout my travel, I’ve experienced numerous tapas bars which seemed to embody more of a marketing ploy than a true culinary experience: small plates of faint resemblance to their Spanish model that you pile up desperately trying to find one better than the one before for a rather hefty bill at the end of a mediocre meal made of mitch match oily preparations. Well, I was in for a big surprise. Uno Mas once again confirmed that the hotel was serious about the food and beverage offerings. For one thing, the chef is from Catalonia so authenticity is taken seriously. A cava sangria was served perfectly chilled and well-flavored with citrus and fruit. It was well balanced, but as I tend to like all mixed drinks on the dryer side, I asked if a little extra cava could be added to alleviate de sweetness. No problem at all, the demand was met with a smile. Service is top notch.

As for food, I chose “cochinillo asado” a beautiful little chunk of roasted pork deliciousness. Super simple revealing the quality of the ingredient and the culinary technique to treat it with the respect it deserved.
Wow, this bitesize treat will stay in my mind for quite some time.

For then, it served as a great “mise en bouche” for the dinner expecting us upstairs.

RED SKY
Welcome to what has to be one of the most exciting, trendy, sexy, chic dining experience of Thailand! And the word has spread, reservation highly recommended to be seated outdoor at one of the tables with a breathtaking view of the skyline. Hip music is in the air and well-clad hipsters of all countries seem at home 55 stories above earthly concerns. We felt like VIP’s with our table for two at the very end of the floor plan
enjoying one of the best views.

Cesare at Red Sky

While Cesare perused the menu, I plunged in the depths of the impressive wine list. Top notch celebrity wines are there, such as the inviting 2008 Chateau Haut-Brion red Bordeaux ($1600), rare finds are there too such as a 1997 red Chateau Musar from the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon and the list abounds on Australian wines
We settled for a crisp and aromatic white Spanish Rueda, 2014 El Gordo del Circo (66$) to open the dance. It served as good match to the two first courses we ordered, pairing the freshness of the sea of the perfectly cooked octopus and cutting through the richness of a velvety cream of porcini mushrooms, very well done, perhaps a bit out of context in the tropics, but, as established for breakfast at The World, we are soup aficionados, anytime, anywhere! Here, we were transported to our native France and Italy by the magic of the chef.
For the main course, we got tempted to share the surf and turf tour, with grilled shrimp, king crab legs, prime beef, rack of lamb…

Perhaps not the wisest choice, as we both like our dishes to be piping hot and there was so much to tackle that we had to speed up to achieve that with a bit of confusion in the dimly lit table and sauces hard to identify. But, fun we had, the quality of the ingredients was definitely there and matched the mood of the place.  Those who want the party to go on can take the elegant staircase one floor higher to the Red Sky Bar which remains open until 1 am offering a 360-degree view of the cityscape. Imperial mojito anyone as a nightcap? Or would you prefer to go yet above and discover, at the very top of the building, the newly opened Cru Champagne Bar for exclusive French bubbles to wrap the night on a high-end note? You could also start your night there since this unique venue opens at 5pm offering delicacies to go with your selection of vintage champagne, from freshly shucked oysters, to Caspian Sea caviar and French foie gras. We didn’t have a chance to go, but we definitely will upon our next visit…
Always leave something to wish for in the future, Centara Grand at Central World
had already wowed our palates and our eyes.

For more info check  The Centara Grand Central World

From Florianopolis to Castelfranco. Best tourism videos travel the ocean.

Italy, Veneto Region.img_0147-copyCastelfranco Veneto, is the picturesque birthplace of Giorgione, an Italian painter of the Venetian school in the High Renaissance.

Only a few of his works are available today, but they are among the most valued art works of Italy: like the renowned Pala  the altar-piece left in the Cathedral portraying a Madonna with the Child, San Francesco and San Liberale.screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-14-37-06

The spectacular square named after Giorgione is the heart of this town that still preserves great architectural and art works within its walls. These include the Cathedral (Duomo), built between 1724 and 1746 on a project of Francesco Maria Preti and which contains many art works, frescoes by Paolo Veronese, paintings by Jacopo Bassano, Paolo Piazza, Pietro Damini and other painters of the Venetian school of the XVI, XVII and XVII centuries.

Castelfranco means “duty-free castle” because its first inhabitants did not pay. The city recently hosted last weekend the  FIACULT awards, dedicated to the audiovisual products promoting tourism, trade. culture, and local gastronomy.
Dozen of  worldwide videos were selected and judged by an
international jury composed of journalists and video experts selected the winners.

FIACULT, International Audiovisual Festival of Culture and Tourism was born in Florianopolis, Brazil  and for the first time brought its awards ceremony to the magnificent Castelfranco Veneto, a city well known not only for its historical Castle, The Tower and the screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-14-41-54Giorgione Arts and Museum,
                                 The  awarding ceremony was held with a gala evening
at the  beautiful Teatro  Accademico on Saturday, Nov 19th.

HERE THE WINNERS, BUT…
Third place for the video “Setubal is um Mundo” promoting the  ancient city of Setubal, second place for David Cooper’s “Cities We Love Unesco” about 15 World Heritage cities of Spain, and the winnerInfinit Blu Resort & Spa, great venue in Balneário Camboriú, nearly 1 million tourists favorite summer destination.
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produced in cooperation with World Nomads.
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First time the Giovanni Sartori prize
went to
Castelfranco Veneto Carlo Rosselli Institute for the realization of a short montage of the contest nominees. 

                                  I was a little bit disappointed, because my favorite
Viver, experiementar, sentir
(A cute story promoting the Serra Gaúcha’s Termas & Longevidade Tourist Route)
…was snubbed as well as
Thailand Remember
(
visionary short where a tour in Thailand can magically relive even in the Big Apple)
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Here they are
please watch and enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5EGd1sqne0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiuqxJxPfoU

This is me ,sourrended-by the beauty of the Teatro-Accademico dated1778

This is me, surrounded by the beauty of the Teatro Accademico, a masterpiece dated 1778


Cerreto Laghi celebrates His Majesty King Porcino

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His Majesty King Boletus edulis aka ‘porcino, considered  the most delicious mushroom in the world, will be in the protagonist of the
4th annual  Campionato mondiale dei funghi  (World mushroom championship)
promoting how to search and
collect, study, study, tell, shooting and cooking porcini mushrooms wich
will be the protagonist of a two days mushroom bonanza in one of the most spectacular location in Italy: Cerreto Laghi
in the beautiful setting of Parco Nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano.screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-12-36-54
This renowned and well equipped ski resort surrounds a glacial lake at the foot of Mount Nuda, among beech woods covered in deep snow in the winter season. Thanks to its good geographic position, Cerreto Laghi can be easily reached from Emilia, Liguria and Tuscany; it is well connected to main cities like Reggio Emilia and La Spezia.
screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-12-37-37On October Saturday 8th and Sunday 9Th 
the succulent mushroom will be in the center of the whole event.
Porcini to search,
collect, study, cook and …featured in a selfie with a mushroom.screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-11-32-22
On Sunday morning, more than 500 competitors will start the hunt.
On
Sunday, the winners ( mushrooms collectors and selfie authors)
will be announced in a party at the Palazzo del GhIaccio, awarding the
greatest quantity by weight, the largest mushroom, the most beautiful. screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-11-32-40Cerreto will vibrate of
musical interludes with minstrels and storytellers of Garfagnana
and music in the streets.
You will enjoy a craft and food market among many activities for children
.
It will be fun!

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Travel articles and hotels reviews by Philip Sinsheimer

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LUANG PRABANG
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BEST AIRPORT LOUNGES
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COSTA RICA
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BEST SPAS IN UTAH AND ARIZONA
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PANAMA CITY
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BEST HOTEL IN SIEM REAP
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BEST RUSSIAN SPAS

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MEXICO
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TRAVEL ARTICLES by CESARE ZUCCA

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VENISSA..A GOLDEN DREAM

The Non Tourist Tourist is famous for discovering hidden gems.
Last summer I discover a jewel into a jewel into a jewel…
The incomparable  Tenuta Venissa Resort located in the island of Mazzorbo, which is home to a vineyard that has been able to overcome the challenge of the high tide for centuries, giving rise to a wine with characteristics that are entirely unique.                          Matteo Bisol created not only an amazing five star resort, but also a unique wine nested in a unique bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made from the dorona grapes, that brings minerality and delicate flavors such as peach and apricot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorona stands for italian d’orata, (golden), while hand-crafted glass bottle boasts a hand made label enriched by gold foil. The vegetable gardens and orchards are located on the estate property beside the vineyards, and they are tended to by nine pensioners from the neighboring island of Burano

 

who supply the restaurant with seasonal fresh vegetables every day.                                                   Guests can choose to stay on the island of Mazzorbo in the Casa Burano  located within the walled vineyard, or they can opt for one of the colored guesthouse located in the splendid island of Burano, just moments away across a small wooden footbridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venissa Resort boasts room and suites, each differently decorated. Private bathroom with robes, hairdryers, and vanity set, free Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, A/C.      My room had  exposed-beam ceilings, parquet floor, various accent of China and vivid colors. A gourmet breakfast is served in the patio, while the Ristorante was serving a menu prepared by four Chefs, each of them specialized in his own territory: entreès, first dishes, main courses and desserts.

Dinner was amazingly pleasant.
Matteo enchanted me with the history of his family, dated back to 1542, producing the renowned Valdobbiadene Prosecco and Desiderio, the patriarch of the family,
nicknamed Jeio.

info at Venissa.it

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PALAZZINA G A 5 STAR HOTEL IN THE HIDDEN VENICE

by Cesare Zucca                                                                                                                                           Welcome to Palazzina Grassi, the “so hidden-nearly impossible to find- celebrities filled” exclusive hotel designed by Philippe Starck

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A room with private terrace   Photo©CesareZucca

Reach San Samuele Piazza and then venture yourself into a small calle street. You won’t find a hotel sign, just look for the bull!. That’s the entrance to a hidden paradise.

Photo©Cesare Zucca

At Palazzina G everything is costumized, from a confidential check-in while sipping a drink, to your choice of pillows,to exquisite meals prepared a vista (under  your eyes) by Chef Luigi Frascetta in a restaurantsurroundedby columns and different designer chairs.

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The restaurant Photo©Cesare Zucca

Risotto al nero di seppia (squid ink risotto) by chef Luigi Frascella

Risotto al nero di seppia (squid ink risotto) by chef Luigi Frascella

The trendiest five-star hotel on the Venetian scene will once more be the lagoon’s hotspot, combining the refined atmosphere of contemporary cinema with DJ sets by the hippest artists,

The Krug Lounge , a private canal entrance Photo©Cesare Zucca

 

Check the web www.palazzinag.comRoyal-Mojito                                           

3 GREAT LUXURY HOTEL ROOF TOPS…you don’t want to miss

Let’s go straight to the point.
You want service, design, comfort and an amazing view.

Photo©CesareZucca

Photo©CesareZucca

Get that on-top-f-the-world good feeling with a dose of ecological benefits at Istambul Witt Hotel’s permaculture garden, hang above hubbub at Barcelona Grand Hotel Central’s drool-worthy rooftop, and soak-up from Oslo THE THIEF’s work-of-art waterfront terrace.
Just opened this summer in the neighborhood of Cihangir, the Rooftop Permaculture Garden, designed by Aybike Zengin and Deniz Ucok, caps off the timeless luxury of the18-room Witt Istanbul Hotel. A lofty place to relax, cozy sitting areas are ensconced by lush greenery and infused by the aromatics of flowers and edible herbs. Created with the recognition that societies far-and-wide face joint challenges of food security and climate change, this garden is a sustainable agriculture model of community-involved vermicomposting and micro-green cultivation practices. Take in a moment of urban escapism along with views of Turkey’s Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, and Galata Tower. www.designhotels.com/witt-istanbul

Witt Istanbul Hotel, Turkey

Witt Istanbul Hotel, Turkey

With its panoramic rooftop deck, the 147-room Grand Hotel Central offers a discreet and luxurious hideaway high above Barcelona’s fashionable El Born district. Unobstructed city skyline views extend beyond the infinity pool, best taken in from the poolside perch of the floor level sunbeds. Dine on gourmet dishes of beef carpaccio and chilled gazpacho at the soaring Skybar. Post dinner drinks are paired with classic cocktails, DJ-curated beats and the local flair for which Barcelona is renowned. www.designhotels.com/grand-hotel-central

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, Spain

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, Spain

As Oslo’s first waterfront hotel, THE THIEF and its 116 rooms overlook the canals of Tjuvholmen and Oslofjord. A 360-degree panoramic view from the rooftop terrace is the hotel’s crowning highlight. Rub shoulders with the hip Oslovian set at the weekly rooftop-bar sessions where intimate performances range from chilled-out acoustic sets to up-tempo DJ electronica. THE THIEF BAR also hosts the year-round THIEF MUSIC UNPLUGGED showcase, presenting the works of today’s musicians, and introducing the stars of tomorrow. From sipping sundowners during the summer months to seeing in the New Year in THE THIEF’s inimitable style, the rooftop remains Oslo’s hottest spot whatever the weather. www.designhotels.com/the-thief

THE THIEF, Oslo, Norway

THE THIEF, Oslo, Norway

HOTELS REVIEWS BY CESARE ZUCCA

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Welcome to Palazzina Grassi,
the “so hidden-nearly impossible to find- celebrities filled”
exclusive hotel designed by Philippe Starck in Venice

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A room with private terrace   Photo©CesareZucca

Reach San Samuele Piazza and then venture yourself into a small calle street. You won’t find a hotel sign, just look for the bull!. That’s the entrance to a hidden paradise.
At Palazzina G everything is costumized, from a confidential check-in while sipping a drink, to your choice of pillows,to exquisite meals prepared a vista (under  your eyes) by Chef Luigi Frascetta in a restaurant surroundedby columns and different designer chairs.the P G  restaurant copy

The trendiest five-star hotel on the Venetian scene will once more be the lagoon’s hotspot, combining the refined atmosphere of contemporary cinema with DJ sets by the hippest artists,

The Krug Lounge , a private canal entrance Photo©Cesare Zucca

Palazzina G is hosting the most exclusive parties and after-dinner events at Bungalow 8, m

Check the web www.palazzinag.comRoyal-Mojito                                             opera-travel-ny-shopping-hotels a

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Stay at “LA TORRETTA” Cinque Terre, Ligury
by Cesare Zucca

A gentle yet accurate reception, bottles of Italian prosecco and Cuban rum welcome you in one of the ten gorgeous sunny rooms that harmoniously mix a combination of antique and contemporary pieces.

SAM_3185 copyMost of them have balcony overlooking the vineyards to one side and the blue Mediterranean to the other. At breakfast time, the “buongiorno” , is a real “good morning” thanks to Gabriele’s Mamma who prepares the most delicious torte salate (salted cakes with fresh vegetables) and the succulent torta di riso ( a rice cake traditionally cooked every year con August 10th, but available here every morning! ). All this goodies enhance a generous breakfast with local cheeses, meats, home-made patisserie, fresh squeeze oranges.

Mamma does breakfast. Do not miss her "torte salate" and the traditional rice cake!

Mamma does breakfast. Do not miss her “torte salate” and the traditional rice cake!

Enjoy one ( or more…) glass of wine offered at your arrival or served at the sunset aperitivo time in the terrace that boasts a spectacular views of the stunning Bay.

Spectacular view from the terrace

Spectacular view from the terrace

Superbly located in the centre of the wonderfully picturesque village of Manarola a once-in-a-lifetime ultimate destination in beautiful Cinque Terre, Ligury, Ital. Reservation a must. Here the link
http://www.torrettas.com

3 ‘Nobel’ days in Oslo
Stay at the Grand Hotel
by Cesare Zucca

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 has been awarded  to Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children right’s campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.
900x506Malala rose to fame after Taliban militants shot her at close range in the head for speaking out against the Islamic extremists and demanding education for girls.
Satyarthi has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the exploitation of children for financial gain.
Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said the joint prize was symbolic because it was important for “a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.
Highlights of the 3 days event include:
Save the Children’s Peace Prize Party [in Norwegian] outside the Nobel Peace Center.
Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo City Hall.
Torchlight parade and The Nobel Banquet at the Grand Hotel
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Great time to visit Oslo, celebrate PEACE, enjoy the magnificent Grand Hotel a superb symbol of a first-class hospitality with tradition, atmosphere and style
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3 HOTELS ROOF TOPS you don’t want to miss
by Cesare Zucca

Let’s go straight to the point.
You want service, design, comfort and an amazing view.

Get that on-top-f-the-world good feeling with a dose of ecological benefits at Istambul Witt Hotel’s permaculture garden, hang above hubbub at Barcelona Grand Hotel Central’s drool-worthy rooftop, and soak-up from Oslo THE THIEF’s work-of-art waterfront terrace.
Just opened this summer in the neighborhood of Cihangir, the Rooftop Permaculture Garden, designed by Aybike Zengin and Deniz Ucok, caps off the timeless luxury of the18-room Witt Istanbul Hotel. A lofty place to relax, cozy sitting areas are ensconced by lush greenery and infused by the aromatics of flowers and edible herbs. Created with the recognition that societies far-and-wide face joint challenges of food security and climate change, this garden is a sustainable agriculture model of community-involved vermicomposting and micro-green cultivation practices. Take in a moment of urban escapism along with views of Turkey’s Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, and Galata Tower. www.designhotels.com/witt-istanbul

Witt Istanbul Hotel, Turkey

Witt Istanbul Hotel, Turkey

With its panoramic rooftop deck, the 147-room Grand Hotel Central offers a discreet and luxurious hideaway high above Barcelona’s fashionable El Born district. Unobstructed city skyline views extend beyond the infinity pool, best taken in from the poolside perch of the floor level sunbeds. Dine on gourmet dishes of beef carpaccio and chilled gazpacho at the soaring Skybar. Post dinner drinks are paired with classic cocktails, DJ-curated beats and the local flair for which Barcelona is renowned. www.designhotels.com/grand-hotel-central

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, Spain

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, Spain

As Oslo’s first waterfront hotel, THE THIEF and its 116 rooms overlook the canals of Tjuvholmen and Oslofjord. A 360-degree panoramic view from the rooftop terrace is the hotel’s crowning highlight. Rub shoulders with the hip Oslovian set at the weekly rooftop-bar sessions where intimate performances range from chilled-out acoustic sets to up-tempo DJ electronica. THE THIEF BAR also hosts the year-round THIEF MUSIC UNPLUGGED showcase, presenting the works of today’s musicians, and introducing the stars of tomorrow. From sipping sundowners during the summer months to seeing in the New Year in THE THIEF’s inimitable style, the rooftop remains Oslo’s hottest spot whatever the weather. www.designhotels.com/the-thief

THE THIEF, Oslo, Norway

THE THIEF, Oslo, Norway

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Discovering beautiful Poland
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by Cesare Zucca

Article Breslavia and Poznan Page2 PoznanVISITING MEXICO CITY?
CHECK THIS HABITA HOTEL!
by Cesare Zucca

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HOUSED IN A 1928 BUILDING IN THE FRENCH NEOCLASSICAL STYLE
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BOUTIQUE HOTEL CASA ANGELINA, AMALFI COAST
by Cesare Zucca

A contemporary interpretation of the Italian Riviera; an innovative, intimate retreat of 43 guestrooms. Although just a few minutes’ drive from the destination village of Positano, Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 12.54.06Casa Angelina’s fishing village location immerses guests in an off-the-radar authenticity that occupies a prime spot on the Amalfi coast.Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 12.54.09 Resting high up on the cliffs, the converted fishermen’s homes look to the future with an immaculately minimalist design complimented by exquisite Murano glass sculptures. Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 12.54.28Aperitivi are served at the on-trend Marrakech Bar, and the rooftop gourmet restaurant—Un Piano nel Cielo—offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Salerno. Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 12.54.16Guests are also encouraged to make use of the restorative spa and exclusive access to Casa Angelina´s own beach, La Gavitella, to fully appreciate la bella vita. Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 12.54.33designhotels.com/casa-angelina

VISITING MEXICO CITY? CHECK THIS HABITA HOTEL!

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Screen shot 2016-01-15 at 7.58.49 AMTHE HOTEL CONDESA DF FUSES THE SPIRIT OF ITS BOHEMIAN SURROUNDINGS WITH A PLAYFULLY SIMPLE AESTHETIC DESIGN. Screen shot 2016-01-15 at 7.59.16 AM

 

 

 

 

HOUSED IN A 1928 BUILDING IN THE FRENCH NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

TOTALLY REFURBISHED ON ITS INTERIOR.
www.condesadf.com

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3 HISTORICAL LUXURY HOTEL IN KRAKOW ( that I tried for you)

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Pod Roza (www.podroza.hotel.com.pl) housed in a palace of the 1300s and ‘considered the’ most ‘oldest hotel in Krakow and boasts famous guests such as Balzac and Liszt. In addition to the suites, the delicious-loft bedrooms in the attic, once staff quarters. And if good morning starts in the morning … the day will be ‘really beautiful, having breakfast served in which a spectacular buffet staripante of Polish traditional products including affumcato fish and excellent salmon. No shortage of international delights such as creamy eggs Viennese, freshly cooked. In the evening the area is transformed into a serene atmosphere restaurant with a nice balcony on which to have a drink before dinner. On the menu, a spectacular beet soup with horseradish cream.
Bonerowski Palace (www.palacbonerowski.pl)
It ‘a medieval palace protected of’ Unesco, located in the heart of Krakow, A meticulously restored and lavishly decorated royal residence which has preserved the original details
combining them to modern needs. Clientele very selected: only 8 rooms and 6 ultra luxurious suites. In the lobby stands a superb crystal chandelier, considered the more ‘longest in Europe. high-class service and a lovely view on the Market Square.
Hotel Stary (www.stary.hotel.com.pl)
It is the one chosen by the England squad for the Europeans 2012. Not by chance is the prize winner for best interior design. The SPA winds through a picturesque pools framed by the arches of the ancient walls of the palace. spacious rooms, with wood-beam ceilings and walls from which emerge the original frescoes Some suites are really sumptuous, like the number 100 with a bathtub high tech in the middle of the room. On the terrace and ‘Active Sky Bar, a meeting point for a indimenticable appetizer with a spectacular view of the square. Staying in this hotel can be a magical experience.
LUXURY HOTELScrackovia-finalissimo-avec-les-bicilettes               Pod Roza podroza.hotel.com.pl
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Regal, with Europe’s longest chandelier
Stary
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Rooms with original middle age frescos


Discovering the great taste of traditional Mediterranean dishes

FOOD INNOVATION SUMMER SCHOOL MEDITERRANEO
July 14, 15 2016
A two days tour around Ragusa region, Sicily slide2for students , teachers , experts or amateurs
A full immersion into taste and tradition, strictly Made In Sicily.
Places, flavors and traditions that make the production processes of the Mediterranean culture. T.A great experience to get acquainted and value The Mediterranean diet Mediterranean-diet-benefitsand revisit our relationship with the agricultural tradition in key technological advances, facing to the challenges that the future poses to agriculture and the Mediterranean world.,
Remember: food is a global language. food is the first commodity being a highly interdisciplinary sector, food is the primary form of cultural expression.
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7 SENSES NIGHT AT THE TERRAZZA BOSCOLO, MILAN

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Terrazza Boscolo, Milan

On the Rooftop of the Hotel, that is called “Terrazza Boscolo” by Dama,
Sommellier Diana Zerilli will create two exciting drinks
Chiantigno, born from the encounter between Chianti Colli Senesi Mormoraia,
with Campari, Gin, Angostura, Rosmarine and Ice
Tropical Wine, con Vernaccia San Gimignano Mormoraia,
with Honey, Mango, Ice.

Chiantigno Photo © Cesare Zucca 2016

Chiantigno Photo © Cesare Zucca 2016

To join the party the guests will pay 20€ including 1drink and finger food
July 13th from 6 pm to 9 pm,
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SUPERCHEFS CELEBRATE FRANCIACORTA. HERE THE BEST AND THE…VERY BEST

Talking of a beautiful Sunday!2 Festival Franciacorta Estate_ph N.TirelliYesterday I went to the picnic lunch at the Palazzo Monti della Corte , in Nigoline right in the heart of the Franciacorta region, one of the best producer of sparkling wine.

Tasting a Berlucchi Brut, one of the most recognized product of Franciacorta

Tasting a Berlucchi Brut, one of the most recognized product of the Franciacorta region.

The occasion was the annual Franciacorta Festival
a bonanza of wines and food, traditional or revisited, all signed by well-known chefs
who were invited to create dishes using local traditions and ingredients.
I loved Alberto Bittu from Trattoria del Gallo. who celebrated the event with  a traditional dish
Manzo all’Olio di Rovato, slowly cooked beef paired with polenta.

Alberto Bitt. The traditional Manzo all Olio , literally beef at oil

Alberto Bittu. The traditional Manzo all Olio , literally beef at oil

Fabio Abbattista Chef at the deluxe Bistrò de L’Albereta,
served a crusted bread with lavarello fish, that I found a little too dry.

Fabio Abbastista . Crusted bread with lavarello fish

Fabio Abbattista . Crusted bread with lavarello fish

 

Fabio Abbastista from Bistrò de l'Albereta

Fabio Abbattista from Bistrò de l’Albereta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about vegan? efOKVThe answer was Alessandro Cappotto, with a very interesting mini quinoa burger
with fava beans and cream of lettuce.
Vegan guys went crazy for it.

Matteo Cocchetti from Dispensa Pani e Vini Franciacorta

Matteo Cocchetti from Dispensa Pani e Vini Franciacorta

The most curious?
The back cold spaghetti with Monte Isola Island trout caviar and goat ricotta, created by Matteo Cocchetti from Dispensa Pani e Vini Franciacorta.
I loved the vision and the fantasy of Fabrizio Albini
from the legendary Cristallo Hotel in Cortina d’Ampazzo.
Fabrizio trasformed the traditional manzo all’olio into a mini burger,perfect solution
for a street food that respect the history of the Franciacorta cuisine

Fabrizio Albini from the legendary Cristallo Hotel in Cortina d'Ampazzo trasformed the traditional manzo all'olio into a miniburger

Fabrizio Albini from the legendary Cristallo Hotel in Cortina d’Ampazzo trasformed the traditional manzo all’olio into a miniburger

Simone Gaibina from Trattoria da Gina served a home made Franciacorta wine raviolo. Andrea Martinelli from Trattoria Muliner made a delicious summer risotto with Lake fish,

Simone Gaibina  from Trattoria di Gina Home made Franciacorta raviolo

Simone Gaibina from Trattoria di Gina Home made Franciacorta raviolo

Andrea Martinelli from Muliner .              Summer risotto with lake fish

Andrea Martinelli from Muliner . Summer risotto with lake fish


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rom Hostaria Uva Rara, went for a panini (actually I should call it panino)  with ham,tomatoe sauce,cicory and bacon chips,
Lorenzo Cogo
, the youngest Michelin Star Chef of the event, prepared (and burned my mouth) a quite unexpected spicy Tacoq, that followed indeed the ‘street food’ theme of the Festival, but didn’t seduced me.

Lorenzo Cogo making  a spicyTacoq

Lorenzo Cogo making a spicyTacoq

 My ‘Master of Invention Award’ goes to Piercarlo Zanotti

Piercarlo Zanotti Cappuccini Cucina San Francis.Potatoe cream local sardine,trout eggs and Franciacorta oll

Piercarlo Zanotti Cappuccini Cucina San Francis.Potatoe cream local sardine,trout eggs and Franciacorta oll

who combined a soft cloud of potatoes cream to the savory taste of local sardines and trout eggs, baptized by few drops of Franciacorta oil. 4cAr3Talking about fish a deserved. bravissino. goes to Stefano Cerveni from Due Colombe al Borgo antico.Its stewer of oven roasted local tinch was like eating paradise.

Stefano Cerveni from Due Colombe al Borgo Antico An oven cooked skewer of local tench fish

Stefano Cerveni from Due Colombe al Borgo Antico An oven cooked skewer of local tench fish

Finally Vittorio Fusari, from the Pont de Ferr in Milan, surprised me for the sophisticated taste of his Pesci (fishes) and Panelle (small breads originally from Sicily fritters),

Vitorio Fusari Pesci e Panelle

Vitorio Fusari Pesci e Panelle

Vittorio, a man with a great sense of humor,  told me that his dish was kinda a tribute to Jesus Christ’s legend of the loaves and fishes and ..to the next door Christo’s installation on the Lake Iseo.

Vittorio Fusari. A classy diah from the Chef of Pont de Ferr in Milan

Vittorio Fusari. A classy dish from the Chef of Pont de Ferr in Milan

The 2017 Franciacirta Festival will be back next year
. If you are into good food and excellent wines, mark it in your calendar.
Here info
http://www.franciacorta.net/en/festival/

…..CHRISTO IN ITALY….. THE ART, THE LAKE, THE WALK AND… THE BEEF

World-renowned. Artist Christo nd his wife, the late Jeanne-Claude,
created many spectacular temporary large-scale artworks from wrapping in silver fabric the Reichstag building in Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, to building a 25-mile fabric fence across Northern California, to installing 1,340 giant blue umbrellas across the Sato River valley in Japan and 1,760 giant yellow ones in Tejon Pass, California.um3wv In New York more than four million visitors experienced the amazing trill of 7500 gates saffron-coloured fabric panels decorating a spectacular 23 miles walk in Central Park.

The Gates at Central Park Photo Cesare Zucca

The Gates at Central Park Photo Cesare Zucca

Their last project ‘The Floating Piers’ is taking place in Italy at the beautiful Lake Iseo till July 3th. It is an amazing 52 feet wide pathway on the water from the town of Sulzano to the Monteisola Island and continuing along pedestrian roads from Peschiera to Sensole, then reachingto the San Paolo Island.

Photo- Wolfgang Volz © 2016 Christo

The floating Piers at Lake Iseo , Italy  Photo- Wolfgang Volz © 2016 Christo

The piece of work has a total length of 2,7 miles. The artist describes the sensation of strolling along the floating piers as “walking on the back of a whale” and yes, it is a long walk indeed. Probably at the end we’ ll be hungry and looking to taste some local, traditional, truly popular food. Just check around, along the lakeside promenade, there are many osteria where you can enjoy the most traditional dish,
manzo all’olio di Rovato,(literally ‘Rovato beef in oil’)

The traditional 'manzo all'olio' served with polenta © Cesare Zucca 2015

The traditional ‘manzo all’olio’ served with polenta © Cesare Zucca 2015

.Rovato is a small town located in the Franciacorta hills, close to the lake to be paired to a great Franciacorta brut such as the Berlucchi ’61 Nature Millesimato
a multi-faceted aromatic sparklyn white wine that combines
the freshness of Chardonnay and the minerality of Pinot Noirberl

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As suggested from Michelin starred Chef Vittorio Fusari, born and raised between the Franciacorta wineries and a true    philosopher of the local cuisine. On June 25th,  Vittorio will present his own version of the manzo all’olio.

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Manzo all’olio inteepreted by The Vittorio Fusari-Photo-Masaka-Zukurihara

For more info http://www.berlucchi.it/