Category: Italy

Wine & Truffles….My Simple

My simple is going from ordinary to extraordinary in less than 20 minutes, what’s yours?  A great combination  of tilapia, arugula, a delicious bottle of 2012 Fiano di Avellino and a shaved  “Black Truffle” turned what would normally be a simple dinner into an amazing one.  Having purchased several black truffles flown directly from Italy just

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Silversea – Day 6, July 13 – – Livorno (Tuscany), Italy – Savini Tartufi

Now that tartufo bianco season is in, I felt this was a great time to post this piece. Savini Tartufi     Above Cristiano Savini holds the 2.13 pound white truffle which sold at auction in 2007 for $330,000.  This find is a symbol of the family’s commitment to providing some of the most exquisite

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Silversea – Day 5, July 12 – – Florence, Italy

In route to Florence I began anticipating another delightful gastronomic experience at Dino’s.  Since my first encounter in 2003 with the Cinghiale in Dolceforte (wild boar in a chocolate sauce), I make sure every trip to Florence incorporates a grand serving of this amazing dish and this return was no exception. But first a little

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Silversea – Day 5, July 12 – – Livorno, Italy – The Four Moors

Back in Livorno today and I decided it was time to post this pieces after visiting several times and ending up with several different opinions / interpretations on this dominating and very powerful monument. Statue of the Four Moors – Piazza Micheli     This monument commemorates the victory over the Ottomans in North Africa

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Silversea – Day 4, July 11 – – Portofino, Italy

Last evening after a very filling dinner and dessert under the stars with Champagne, the captain informed us that we were heading to Genoa instead of Portofino.  Rough seas caused this change which would have made it impossible to dock in Portofino and tender to the shore.  This was somewhat of a repeat from cruise

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Silversea – Day 2, July 9 – Olbia, Italy – Vigne Surrau

  Ahhh…Olbia, Italy – –  Welcome to Porto Cervo. Situated in northern Sardinia, this oasis is considered to be one of many playgrounds for the ultra wealthy and elite connoisseurs of the best life has to offer.  My time here was just what I needed to reinforce Glacon’s desire for life’s sweet relishes.  Enchanted by

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Silversea – – Rome to Nice!!!! How I Spent My Summer

After spending three days in heavenly comfort at Cavalieri,  it was time to set sail on Silversea.  The scenic forty-five minute drive to Civitavecchia was as peaceful and uneventful as one could hope to experience.  Securely strapped in and gazing upon the horizon as our driver tested the speed of the elegant Mercedes E350,  I

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