Flavor of Italy podcast

Flavor of Italy podcast

Join Flavor of Italy each week for a look at Italian food and recipes, Italian culture, travel and history through interviews with Italy's cutting-edge creators, food personalities, locals and anyone else who has a fascinating Italian story to share.

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July 9, 2024 34 mins

The captivating story of Zeneba Bowers and Matt Walker, classical musicians turned travel enthusiasts. Originally from the United States, this dynamic duo traded their established careers for a new life in Italy, specifically in the quaint town of Soriano nel Cimino near Viterbo. Their journey is not only inspiring but also packed with practical insights for anyone dreaming of a similar adventure.
Zeneba and Matt have authored four...

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There's a new Food Tour company you don't want to miss in Rome: Eatalian.
Today Hannah - co-owner and founder -  and I dug deep into the details of the fun and unique Eatalian food tours, brand new this month in Rome.

Their Dolce Vita food tour in Rome's Via Veneto area is a tour like none other and one you won't want to miss. They have a Heart of Rome tour and a Trastevere tour, each with an Eatalian unique twist. The Eatalian gol...

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The Marche region of Italy is a hidden gem that deserves more attention from travelers seeking authentic Italian experiences. The website Wonderful Marche is on a mission to share the beauty and charm of this unspoiled region and our chat today is all about this fabulous region.
Often overlooked in favor of Italy's more famous coastlines, the Adriatic coast, home to the Marche region, offers stunning landscapes and rich cultural ex...

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Join me and Amber Guinness in our delightful chat about the essence of the Tyrrhenian Sea through her new book, Italian Coastal. Travel from the Tuscan coast through Lazio, Campania, and northern Sicily, discovering the rich flavors and stories that shape her food philosophy. There are sixty simple yet delicious recipes inspired by coastal Italy. It’s a blend of recipe book, travelogue, and memoir, filled with stunning photography,...

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How to get Italian citizenship and moving to Italy are the two topics expats want to know everything about. In this podcast episode you'll hear answers to all your questions, updated for 2024.
What exactly do you need to do to get Italian citizenship?
And if you are moving to Italy for an extended period of time, what kind of visa would meet your needs and requirements? Would it be the Digital Nomad Visa, an elective residency visa...

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This week on the Flavor of Italy podcast, we're shifting gears from food to something just as delicious, the historic Italian car, the Fiat 500. I know we usually talk about culinary delights, but trust me, the Fiat 500 is a tasty little icon in its own right.

On your next trip to Italy, why not hop into a Fiat 500 - in Italy affectionately known as the Cinquecento - for a tour. All the details in this episode, plus you'll find out...

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A Culinary Journey in Lecce, in the heart of Puglia, Italy.
Here lies the enchanting city of Lecce in the region's very tip of Italy's boot, renowned for its stunning baroque architecture and rich culinary traditions. Silvestro Silvestori has established The Awaiting Table, a unique cooking school that goes beyond traditional culinary education and a cooking class in Puglia. Since 2003, Silvestro has been sharing his deep-rooted kn...

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The Flavor of Italy Podcast, ranked #3 in Italy and in the top 2.5% worldwide, is a captivating food, wine, travel & culture Italian podcast!

As I celebrate this 200th Italian podcast episode, I'm already looking forward to the next 100 episodes. I'm eager to hear from you listeners about what Italy topics you'd like me to explore. Whether it's a deeper dive into the regional cuisines and wines of Italy, travel, design or culture, ...

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May 14, 2024 27 mins

Exploring Mediterranean Vegetarian Cuisine
An Interview with Paola Gavin, a celebrated cookbook author with four published works and a regular contributor to Tablet.com. Gavin’s cookbooks are known for their deep dives into the historical and cultural backgrounds of Vegetarian Mediterranean ingredients, often accompanied by beautiful, historical artwork.
A Journey Through Italy: A Love for Food and Art
Paola Gavin's journey into th...

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Unveiling one of Italy's Culinary Gems: La Tavola Marche, and a Journey Off the Beaten Path to the Marche region Italy.
Nestled in the heart of Italy, amidst the undulating hills and fertile valleys of the Marche region Italy, lies a culinary sanctuary awaiting discovery. La Tavola Marche, aptly translating to "The Marche Region Table," is not just a destination but a lifestyle meticulously crafted by Ashley and Jason Bartner. The ...

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Sardinia is a picturesque Italian island steeped in history, renowned for its extraordinary Sardinian food, and celebrated as one of the world's prominent Blue Zones, where longevity is a defining feature of life. It's a destination that beckons exploration, not only for its captivating past but also for its vibrant present.
Join me  on a journey through Sardinia's rich history, tracing its origins from ancient times to its present...

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April 23, 2024 32 mins

Looking for something unique to do on your travels to Italy, totally tourist free? 

One thing I'm asked all the time is: "what can I do while I'm in Italy that's unique and tourist free?" I always suggest getting involved in an initiative that will benefit the Italian community and get you immersed in an activity with Italians. 
Most everyone is familiar with the Komen Race for the Cure, an initiative to raise breast cancer awarene...

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April 16, 2024 42 mins

Packing Tips for International Travel
+ Mastering the Art of Packing Light: Essential Tips for Stress-Free International Travel

In the fast-paced world of international travel, the ability to pack efficiently and travel light is a skill that can make or break your journey. In my latest Flavor of Italy podcast episode, seasoned traveler Sarah Murdoch shared her packing tips for international travel including the art of packing light...

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In the heart of Brooklyn, amidst the bustling streets and diverse communities, lies a treasure trove of culinary heritage. It's here that Daniel Paterna, a proud Italian-American with deep roots in his ancestral homeland, has crafted a masterpiece that transcends mere recipes - it's a celebration of family, tradition, and Daniel's rich Italian-American culture. 
In "Feast of the Seven Fishes," Daniel shares not just recipes, but st...

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An intriguing article in a supplement to the Italian newspaper, the Corriere della Sera, highlighted Porto, Portugal as the top European travel destination of 2024. Coincidentally I was heading there soon after I saw the article.
Porto unveiled a delightful array of delicious wines, and seafood delicacies, from succulent grilled cod to savory sardines. However, what truly stole the show was the Portuguese bread, and especially the ...

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Homes for sale in Tuscany Italy? + A Tuscan Home Makeover 

In this week's episode of my Flavor of Italy podcast, I chatted with Dena Fenza, a prominent figure on Instagram known for her recipes, style tips, and lifestyle content. With nearly 150,000 followers, Dena has captivated audiences with her unique blend of Italian-American heritage and New York living. 
During the interview, she shared her fascinating journey, from her roo...

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At cheesemaker La Maremmana in Tuscany, just 2 hours north of Rome, buffalo milk is transformed into a myriad of buffalo cheeses by master cheesemaker Francesco, hailing from the famed dairy region of Battipaglia. La Maremmana produces a range of fresh buffalo cheeses, including hand-stretched buffalo mozzarella, ricotta, yogurt, and burrata. Additionally, inspired by French traditions, aged cheeses grace their repertoire.
Rūma: A ...

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Traditional Italian Risotto Recipes at Tenuta San Carlo.
In this episode Tenuta San Carlo owner, Ariane Lotti, and I explored the Organic Marvels of Tenuta San Carlo: A Journey into Sustainable Rice Farming.
Normally we think of rice growing and production in Northern Italy, in the Po Valley, but just two hours north of Rome along the coast you'll find the Tenuta San Carlo rice farm, a wonderful agritourism, and delicious risotto r...

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Unlocking the Charms of Molise: Italy's Best-Kept Wine Secret

Italy, renowned for its illustrious wine heritage, harbors hidden gems beyond the well-trodden paths of Tuscany and Piedmont. Among these treasures lies Molise, Italy's second smallest wine region, nestled between the Adriatic coast and the Apennine Mountains. Despite its diminutive size, Molise boasts a rich viticultural history dating back to ancient civilizations and ...

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February 26, 2024 22 mins

The Historical Narrative of Horse Meat Recipes & Cuisine in Italy:
When it comes to culinary customs, the journey across different cultures often presents moments of profound divergence. These encounters with unfamiliar foods can evoke a sense of cultural shock, prompting reflections on the intricate relationship between food and society. 
Horse meat holds a unique place in the culinary landscape of Italy, where it is revered as a ...

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