Truffle Market Exhibition in Valtopina

Truffle Market Exhibition in Valtopina

Mostra Mercato del Tartufo This year was the 38th edition of the truffle market exhibition“Mostra Mercato del Tartufo” in Valtopina. In 1981 the exhibition was started by truffle hunters and local companies to present products of the territory. Now more than 90 exhibiting companies are involved. During the last two weekends of November many people come to Valtopina to visit the market to taste delicious dishes […]

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Eurochocolate Food festival in Perugia Umbria

Eurochocolate Food festival in Perugia Umbria

This year was the 25th edition of Eurochocolate in Perugia, its silver anniversary. Eurochocolate is a free food event and is one of the most important chocolate events of Italy! The main attraction of this year was on the centre stage of the Piazza IV Novembre: a huge box of different kinds of chocolates that is 4 meters high. The box of chocolates contains 25 […]

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Festa della Cipolla Cannara

Festa della Cipolla Cannara

La Festa della Cipolla in Cannara is a big food event at the end of the Umbrian summer. It has become quite famous amongst Italians who travel from far to participate. The small village of Cannara is situated in the valley not far from the famous town of Assisi and near the cosy village of Spello. Every year the smell of baked and cooked onion […]

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Restaurant Bistro Porta Senese in Castiglione del Lago

Restaurant Bistro Porta Senese in Castiglione del Lago

Castiglione del Lago Castiglione del Lago is on the eastern shores of lake Trasimeno. It used to be an island, the fourth island of Lake Trasimeno. Now it is a peninsula with its castle overlooking the lake. The town is surrounded by its fortified and castellated walls with three gateways, a main street and a piazza. In high season many tourists spend a lot of […]

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Umbria Blog | UNTO event in Assisi

Umbria Blog | UNTO event in Assisi

UNTO stands for Unesco, Natura, Territorio, Olio and is an event in Assisi where the new DOP Umbrian olive oil is celebrated. UNTO is organised around the Frantoi Aperti from October 28 to November 26, 2017. In Umbria this is the period that the olives are picked and the new olive oil is being pressed. Olive oil mills open their doors and  many activities are […]

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Pizzeria Calandrino in Castiglione del Lago

Pizzeria Calandrino in Castiglione del Lago

Marco comes from Rome and since this summer season he works as a waiter in pizzeria – osteria Calandrino in the centre of Castiglione del Lago. My apartment is situated just above this restaurant. When passing by the good smells stimulate your appetite  but in the four years I live here, I have never eaten in this restaurant… until today. The cook is from Sicily […]

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Umbria Blog | Massimo’s Truffle Book

Umbria Blog | Massimo’s Truffle Book

Massimo Fignani is chef-cook and he owns an organic farm in Tuscany. The farm produces Italian products like truffle and Lardo di Colonnata IGP. Massimo was present at the yearly Christmas market in Siena, Il Mercato nel Campo. On a portable electric cooktop he prepared the most delicious pasta dishes with truffle sauce. I have made a video of Massimo in which he explains the story of the […]

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Typical food from Trentino Alto Adige

Typical food from Trentino Alto Adige

Some years ago I lived in Trentino, in Arco at Lake Garda. The local cuisine in Trentino Alto Adige is everything but boring. The food of this region is flavoured by other cultures. Many years ago Trentino used to be Austria. Many Trentini speak Italian as well as German, and the further you move to the north the more people speak German. The local food […]

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New Year’s drink with Dutch residents in Umbria

New Year’s drink with Dutch residents in Umbria

Last week we received an invitation for the Dutch New Year’s drink in Mugnano, Umbria, the town of the painted walls. All Dutch people who live in Umbria and Tuscany were invited. A very nice initiative! Sometimes you see posts on the social media from Dutch in Italy, but you don’t actually know these people, until yesterday. After my morning run in Assisi I went […]

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Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina is a typical Umbrian pasta dish. The name derives from the small village Norcia. Norcia is in the Sibillini mountains and famous for its sausages, cheeses and cold cuts. People here are quite proud of their local kitchen and rightly so! Umbria also produces the best DOP olive oil of Italy, they say. Tonight I’ve prepared Pasta alla Norcina which is very […]

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