Vino or wine in Italy is special. Most Italians drink cafè and vino. They are universal drinks in Italy. Cafè is pretty much the same all over Italy. Coffee beans are fresh and roasted to perfection. The people making the cafè are highly trained individuals. You go to a bar to get your cafè and maybe something sweet to eat with it.
Vino is different in different parts of Italy. Italy has many world-class wines like Brunello and Chianti. Their Brunello stands up to the top wines in France or California. It is expensive even in Italy so it is not consumed by most people at the dinner table. Italy has local wines by region. You can find both red and white, dry and sweet varieties. Some are bottled and others are only available in bulk to consumers. Bulk wines are poured from a large cask into what ever vessels the consumer has. They range from water bottles to glass or ceramic pitchers.
Going to restaurants in Italy yields a large selection of wines in bottles and local wines that are served in 1 liter and 1/2 liter pitchers. These wines are usually very good. Italians pride themselves on their wines. The next time in Italy try a 1/2 liter of a local wine. These will vary greatly by region and city within Italy. You could spend a life time sampling all the different local wines throughout Italy. Enjoy …
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Remember that famous line, “Dolce Far Niente”, from Eat, Pray Love? It means the sweetness of doing nothing. Italians love to live life. They have a great culture, better and healthier food than we do and great wine. They know how to relax and enjoy family, friends and life. Most of their cities have little crime (pick pockets). A BLOG, “The sweetness of Doing Nothing” explains what this is from the BLOGgers point of view.
If we Americans want to truly understand this, we have to live it! When you go to Italy, don’t look to be waited on. Be a tourist but be a local as well. When having a glass of wine or something to eat, sit back and observe Italian life all around you. Do not be afraid to partake in it. Stop locals and try to talk with them. This will change your vacation in a very positive way.
Once you transition from a visitor observing life in Italy to a local participating in life, your experience will become memorable. You will never stop talking about it. It will be in the front of your mind until your next trip. Enjoy Italian life as you:
- Have breakfast in a bar. Enjoy a cornetto and cafè
- Have lunch at a bar or pizzeria. Enjoy a panini or a small pizza for lunch.
- Enjoy dinner in a trattoria with the locals.
- Stop during the day or for Happy Hour at a bar. Have your favorite beverage and some snacks.
- Stop for gelato often. Be a kid again.
We wish all of our readers Dolce far niente!
George & Jo Anne
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In italy desert or sweets are called dolce. Italians don’t normally eat a lot of deserts. Instead they will eat fruit or cheese after a meal. They do love their gelato on a hot day. Given a special occasion they break out all the stops. Here are some (but certainly not all) of their dolce:
- Gelato – Italian ice creme that tastes better than ours and has less fat. How do they do it. It is always served soft not hard and icy.
- Tiramisu – A wonderful dolce made with mascarpone cheese (a sweet cheese), cocoa, espresso, wine and lady fingers. We have had it both soft like a cream and firmer like a very moist cake. See picture below.
- Cannoli – A Sicilian dolce made with a crisp pastry and ricotta cheese and chocolate. When these are made correctly they are divine.
- Sfogliatelle – This is one of our favorites. a crust to die for. These are made crispy and flaky like the best Parisian Croissants. It has a light creme inside.
- Amoretti – small Italian cookies made with Amaretto liquor.
- Biscotti – Crisp twice baked cookies that are normally dipped in coffee or wine.
- Pizzella – An Abruzzi dolce that is very popular in America at Christmas time. It is a waffle like desert that is crispy.
There are so many more types of dolce. Garrubbo has a website that lists many of these delights. Each town has special dolce made locally. Try each one you visit. Pastries are made fresh in Italy and enjoyed fresh. Only fresh ingredients, fruits and nuts are used. Breakfast in Italy is one of these delights and a Cafè. Enjoy!
George & Jo Anne
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