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A true history of Pizza

Across cafes, restaurant chains and chic dining rooms, the UK market is flooded with pizzas. Thin and crispy bases, deep-pan or extra cheesey – but how close are they to the original Italian classic? It’s simple. In Italy, there’s talk of just two categories: Italian pizza and the rest of the world. For some clarity,…

Strike a raw nerve

The rising number of serious restaurants and bars offering natural or raw wines lists indicates that this wine category is more than a passing fad. Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi, for example, has a field blend from Cascina Degli Ulivi in Italy's Piedmont region, a natural, "orange" white wine, as the house pour in his feted…

Ten things you didn’t know about Pasta

Pasta is familiar to us all, one-way or another. The Italian staple features in most of our diets, some more than others. From homemade spaghetti Bolognese to even the canned ravioli. But how much do we really know about pasta? Here are ten things you may not have known. 1. In the 13th Century, the…

Bellavita’s guide to Campari: Everything you need to know

The liqueur or aperitif Campari originates from Italy and has popular in cocktails across the world, as well as holding it’s own with a simple soda water amongst other things. Ranging from 20.5% - 28.5%, the bitter, spicy and sweet Campari is made from the infusion of herbs and fruit with alcohol and water. Dark…

Molise: The Real Land of Truffles

Alba, in Piedmont, is widely regarded as the seat of the truffle. However it is estimated that 40% of truffle production is actually from the Molise, a small region especially rich in white truffles.   White truffles can weigh anywhere between 250 and 500 grams, varying in size from something akin to a walnut all…

Panettone: Lost in translation?

Panettone has long been a main feature on Christmas shopping lists across Britain, providing any table with a spectacular centerpiece. Born in Milan, the sweet loaf is a symbol of Italy – but just how true to the original Italian treat are the reproductions we purchase across British supermarkets? An authentic panettone is classic Italian…

Bellavita Guide to Italy: The Right Wine to the Right Pasta

Matching wine to pasta dishes is all about understanding the sauces and any subtle ingredients that would be lost without a sympathetic pairing. Italian pasta dishes evolved in a country with a diverse wine heritage that will have influenced regional specialities that evolved to suite the local varieties of grapes. So there are two ways…

Bellavita Guide to Italy: The secret ingredient for the real Tiramisu!

Few desserts epitomise the rich and sumptuous flavours of Italian cuisine as well as tiramisu. This absolutely scrumptious dessert is believed to have originated in northern Italy, a region known for being a major producer of first-class chocolate and dairy products, including the delectable Mascarpone cheese, one of tiramisu’s main ingredients. But what is the…

Parma Ham: At the Height of Taste in the EU

Parma Ham has been chosen as one of the key products for a European Union backed promotion targeting the USA. The Parma Ham consortia Consorzio Prosciutto di San Daniele and Consorzio Prosciutto di Parma have been selected to receive €2.7m from a pot totalling €5.4m for a three year promotion. This is derived from a…

Italian Microbreweries on the Rise!

You might not associate beer with Italy, perhaps Germany, Belgium and the UK. Italy is a place where great wines are produced, not beer? But despite this assumption, Italy has recently become home to a growing movement in craft beer.

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