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Rowena Dumlao Giardina

Rowena Dumlao - Giardina is the author and photographer of Apron and Sneakers and The Chosen Table. Besides her blog, she's also a recipe developer and a travel writer for other food and travel sites.

Chef Dinner with Korean Fusion Dishes in Rome, Italy

The two-week Italian journey of the eleven talented young Korean chefs of Esprit Chef concluded in Rome after their culinary tour in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Puglia. The capital is the final stage of their traveling itinerary that has led them to discover the genuine Italian cuisine and find new inspiration in creating more innovative dishes.

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Dimora Ulmo Ristorante in Matera: Cuisine and Art in a Paleolithic Setting

In the labyrinth of alleys that lead to unexpected turns amidst ancient stone houses and cave dwellings dating back from the Paleolithic or better known as Old Stone Age, you arrive to the 18th-century Palazzo Torraca (Torraca Palace) where Dimora Ulmo Ristorante is settled in. It is an elegant building previously owned by the Ulmo Family, one of the richest and aristocratic families in the city, flanked by the traditional dwellings of the Sassi of Matera, taking part in the distinctive layout of Matera.

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125 Years of Hotel Hassler Hospitality in Rome, Italy

Hotel Hassler, an icon of the capital for its luxuriant hospitality for more than a century, stands proud just a few meters from the Church of the Trinità dei Monti on top of the Spanish Steps. It has recently renovated and it still maintains its high standard of quality and affluence in perfect balance with its historical past, present and future.

Restaurant Christian Etienne: 30 Years of a Michelin Star in Avignon, France

Restaurant Christian Etienne had been under the control of Chef Christian Etienne for so many years and had maintained its Michelin star from the time he received it in 1988. In 2016, he sold it to his second-in-command for 16 years, Chef Guilhem Sevin. Here’s how they kept their Michelin Star with new menu items and nods to their history.

Per Me: Food Created For You by Chef Giulio Terrinoni in Rome, Italy

Walk your way along Via Giulia then turn towards Vicolo del Malpasso and you will see a charming restaurant with a few modern external tables set on the old Roman cobblestones. Fringed with leafy green plants and flower pots with glass walls where you can see through the restaurant’s contemporary interior. An open kitchen upon entry assures you of transparency in the cuisine of Giulio Terrinoni, Chef Patron of Per Me Ristorante.

The Wines of Emilia-Romagna

The world of Italian wines is vast. Discover just at up the iceberg and read about the wines of Emilia-Romagna.

A Dinner of Eights: Eit Restaurant in Rome, Italy

Eit is a newly-opened restaurant in Rome from one-Michelin starred Chef Luigi Nastri. They don’t have a menu with traditional dishes listed but instead a list of 8 ingredients that the diners can choose from. Everything about the restaurant is about the number 8. Eight half seasons, 8 wine varieties for the wines and 8 tastes and flavors, even 8 tables.