Dolce Vita Wine and Cuisine


Review by Debbie Mazo


Ready to celebrate Columbus Day? Then, how about exploring the rich cuisine of Columbus' native country, Italy. Whether you're searching for a white truffle recipe that celebrates the delights of the northern area of Piemonte or a Monte Bianco recipe (puréed chestnut and dark chocolate) found in Milan cafes, Dolce Vita's Wine & Cuisine may be the place to find it! With an insider's view of Italy, this attractive online magazine has all the insight on eating and dining Italian style.

DolceVita Get the news on old world cuisine by first taking one of the site's virtual tours, where you're sure to find the best kept secrets of Italian cooking. In Tours for Connoisseurs, you can go sailing with chef Claudio Pasquarelli and explore Haute Cuisine on the High Seas. Or, travel the vast wheat fields and cypress trees of Tuscany and stop for a glass of wine in one of the cities of the Chianti region.

If you're ready to pack your bags, don't forget to read the Italian Cuisine: Survival Kit and educate yourself on the realities of Italian dining before you board the plane. Although North Americans have grown up on spaghetti and meatballs and pepperoni pizza, some of these favorites may not be on the menu in Italy, and some of the items listed on a menu may arrive at your table not as you expected! No need to despair. Once you know what to order, you'll have no trouble enjoying the good life.

For serious chefs, the site has plenty to offer. From artichokes to prosciutto, Wine & Cuisine can help you experiment with the diverse flavors of Italian regional dishes. Try some of the classic Italian favorites separately or put together a whole meal using one of the seasonal menus. Sample the fall menu which starts with a Mushroom, Parmesan Cheese, and Truffle Salad, follows with Costolette di Vitello alla Guido Reni (Grilled Veal Chops Stuffed with Vegetables and Cheese) and finishes with Torta di Carote (Carrot Cake). Something homemade and good for any celebration is always waiting for you at Dolce Vita's Wine and Cuisine.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.



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