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See Naples and eat.


See Naples and … well, eat! As well as having the reputation for being one of the most lively and naturally beautiful cities in Italy, Naples is also considered by Italians to be one of the foodie centers of the peninsula. I recently spent a weekend in the shadow of Vesuvius and here are my top five must eats if you are visiting the city.

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Piazza delle erbe padova

The Piazza delle Erbe in Padua.


I think it was Woody Allen in his film Midnight in Paris who said that Paris was the only city in the world more beautiful in the rain. Well, unfortunately I wasn’t in Paris last weekend but in Padua and there was a lot of rain. Padua (or Padova as it’s called in Italian) is undoubtedly a beautiful city but when it’s raining you tend to stay under the porticos to keep dry, patiently waiting for the sun to come out so you can see the buildings. I did a lot of patiently waiting over the weekend.

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This recipe is from Tuscany.




Arista is one of the great classics of Tuscan cuisine. People often assume that, considering it is consists of roast pork loin, the name is related to the Italian arrosto, meaning roast. The truth couldn’t be more different and, as with most Italian dishes, there’s a story. Here it is, as told by Pellegrino Artusi—you must know who he is by now, so I’m going to stop telling you. If this is your first time on my blog click here.

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The presepe, the traditional Italian Christmas decoration.

Christmas comes but once a year, but it’s a little known fact that in Italy, children get two bites at the panforte. Another festival, with huge similarities to the festivities on the 25th December, occurs just twelve days later. On the night of the 5th January, Italian children hang up their stockings at the end of the bed and go to sleep having been warned not to open their eyes if they should hear noises in the middle of the night.

When they awake in the morning, they will find their stocking filled with chocolates, sweets, and often presents, if they’ve been good. If they’ve been bad they will find lumps of coal. But it’s not that Santa Claus is so busy with the kids in other countries that he takes twelve days to get to Italy. This time the gifts are bought by a peculiarly Italian character, an old, old lady known as la befana.

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Lunch was performed in the traditional three acts: the ‘primo’ consisting of pasta or risotto, the ‘secondo’ of meat or fish, and then the dessert. Preceded by a prologue of ‘antipasti’, the curtain came down after an epilogue of coffee, espresso of course, cappuccino strictly reserved for breakfast or elevenses.

— From ‘How we Found our Home.’

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