–INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN WINES
Marco did an extensive class on the Italian grapes, wines and producers.
–BALSAMIC VINEGAR FROM GUIDO PARLA COME MANGI
Guido is an incredible researcher of good Italian products and did a fantastic class on balsamic vinegars from Emilia Romagna. www.parlacomemangi.com
–LUCIO POMPILI MICHELIN STAR CHEF
This Michelin Star Chef joined us straight from his private farm, doing an unique cooking class using the organic products from his garden.
Marco’s mom joined us live from her farm in Piedmont, sharing with us the secrets of the oldest family recipes!
–GERARDO AND HIS SICILIAN RAVIOLI
A top Italian chef, now located in Arizona where he owns a beautiful restaurant, showed us how to make his famous Ravioli!
–FEDERICO & MARCO, SICILIAN WINES & COUS COUS
Marco from his kitchen in Palermo and Federico from the vineyard in Trapani entertained us with a unique wine pairing experience!
-VIRTUAL TOUR OF SICILY: THE SALT WAY/MARSALA
Today, we introduced the first virtual tour, LIVE from Sicily with our historic and natural experts Gianluca and Gabriele!
-GARDEN SAGE, COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH NICOLETTA, DUCHESS OF PALMA
The duchess of Palma will share with us the secrets of her “botanical” recipes starting from the giant sage of her garden, inside a XVII century palace! www.butera28.it
–MARIA GRAMMATICO PASTRY CLASS
Maria Grammatico is a former nun and legendary pastry maker with a small pastry shop on Erice, mountain village above Trapani, Sicily.
–THE JEWISH IN SICILY/EXPLAINED BY ALESSANDRO, PhD IN ARCHEOLOGY
Alessandro, our beloved archeologist in Sicily, explained the origin of the Jewish community in Sicily and specifically the reality of the Giudecca in Siracusa.
-VENETIAN LASAGNA WITH CHEF ISABELLA!
A fantastic experience directly from Venice! Chef Isabella Zambon, owner of Restaurant Oliva Nera, showed us how to make the amazing Lasagna alla Veneziana! www.olivanera.com
-GLI AROMI SENSORIAL EXPERIENCE WITH RITA AND ENRICO
This is an incredible experience with Rita and Enrico Russino inside their herb garden in Sicily with over 1000 different kind of plants. From the virtual tour to a cooking demo!! www.gliaromi.it
-ROME UNDERGROUND VIRTUAL TOUR
An incredible appointment with one of our most knowledgable history and archeology guides, Katia, virtually driving us underneath Rome to find out the most amazing secrets of the past 2500 years!
-UMBRIA REAL FARM EXPERIENCE
From a fantastic farm in Umbria, famous for their TRUFFLE HUNTING, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the fresh pasta! Owner Carol Piermarini, shared a fantastic virtual culinary experience!! www.piermariniristorante.com
-SLOW FOOD FARM TO TABLE EXPERIENCE IN PIEDMONT CASA MATILDA
We virtually joined our host in the garden to pick up organic vegetables and fruits, and watched as they made fantastic preserves and jam inside the first organic farm that also produces a fantastic Nebbiolo wine! www.casamatilda.it
-WINE CLUB FOCUS ON SAGRANTINO DI MONTEFALCO
LORENZO MATTONI, high quality producer in MONTEFALCO, UMBRIA, explained to us the history and characteristic of one of the best wines of Italy, directly from his vineyard!! www.lorenzomattoni.com
-SMALL ISLANDS OF THE VENICE LAGOON
Another amazing virtual tour with our top guide Manola from Venice!
-CERAMIC CLASS WITH LEDA FROM ERICE!
From the clay to the artistic painting with the young artist Leda from the small village of ERICE! www.ledacrea.com
-NICOLA MORCINELLI, CELEBRITY CHEF FROM MATERA
ANOTHER CELEBRITY CHEF!! NICOLA MORCINELLI from OSTERIA SAN FRANCESCO in the amazing town of MATERA!! He is one of the top young chefs of Italy and cooked two of his masterpieces on live zoom!! www.osteriasanfrancesco.it
-BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO WINE FRIDAY
We honored the famous BRUNELLO!! Farmer families from MONTALCINO make incredible wines. We virtually met with LAMBERTO from FATTOI WINERY, who was awarded with 94 points by Wine Spectator and the best BRUNELLO in Italy for Vintage 2011 www.fattoi.it
-PUGLIA, FROM THE TRULLI TO THE BAROQUE
OUR TOP GUIDE DANIELA LOPEZ Y ROYO led us through an incredible virtual tour of Puglia!
–JEWISH ROMAN COOKING CLASS
THE OLDEST COOKING TRADITION FROM ROME, INCLUDING THE DELICIOUS ROMAN ARTICHOKE!! www.walkinsiderome.com
–THE REAL LIFE OF A MASSERIA FROM PUGLIA
From the wheat harvest to the fresh focaccia bread, from the burrata cheese to the orecchiette with broccoli rapini, we had a virtual experience of the real lifestyle of the typical PUGLIA farmhouse! www.masseriamontenapoleone.it
–ETNA WINE MASTERCLASS WITH FEDERICO OF FIRRIATO
An incredible MasterClass with Federico, owner of Firriato Winery, and his Pre-Phylloxera wines from Etna www.firriato.it
-THE MAGIC SECRETS OF MATERA
Together with FAI, the Italian Agency for the Environmental Sites, we discovered the stone town in a way you cannot imagine!
-A WALK IN NAPLES WITH STEFANO
Stefano, our beloved tour leader from Naples, led a virtual tour of this vibrant town!
-VISIT CAPRI FROM VINCENZO’S GARDEN
A different way to visit CAPRI, from Anacapri, the small village on the top of the island. Vincenzo is a farmer and a restauranteur, and he transported us inside his wonderful reality! www.columbuscapri.com
-MARCO IN ROME
Marco and Marilena were LIVE from Rome; starting from Piazza Navona and ending at Osteria da MEMMO to admire how the original Amatriciana is made. www.osteriadamemmo.it
–ORGANIC CHIANTI CLASSICO PRODUCER GIOIA CRESPI
The fantastic producer Gioia Crespi, Carlo Ferrini winemaker, the Queen of the CHIANTI!! www.carpinetafontalpino.it
-POMPEII AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!
A fantastic virtual visit of the most visited archeological site in Italy, conducted by the great guide and history expert ANDREA FIORILLO.
-ASCOLI CAFFÈ MELETTI AND DUSTIN HOFFMAN
In the incredibly beautiful Piazza del Popolo, Stefano shared the unique lifestyle of the art-deco Caffè Meletti, famous for the anisette and to be the movie set of Alfredo Alfredo, the movie with Dustin Hoffman and Stefania Sandrelli. www.caffemeletti.it
-PICENO: THE ADRIATIC ROMAN EMPIRE
Stefano from ASCOLI let us discover the interesting history of the Adriatic part of the Roman Empire!
–STEFANO FROM NAPLES INTRODUCES THE REAL PIZZA
Our friend Stefano went to his friend’s historic pizza place in Naples: Pizzeria San Gennaro! He lead a virtual class where we discovered the secrets of the real Pizza Napoletana!!
-COOKING EXPERIENCE AT HOSTERIA BACCO IN AMALFI COAST
From the great hands of Erminia Cuomo, Hosteria Bacco in Furore close to Amalfi became one of the most important restaurants in Campania, focusing on the local traditional dishes. We watched as they made the famous Ndundari, a unique kind of pasta halfway between the gnocchi and the cavatelli! They also own the famous winery Marisa Cuomo, with the Fior d’Uva, which has been voted the best white wine in Campania! www.baccofurore.it
-Virtual Tour of Turin with our top guide Carol Bazzani
Discover the most charming and historic cafes in Turin during the Aperitivo time with our top guide Carol Bazzani! A fantastic virtual tour of the Savoy Capital of Italy only for our Members
-Cooking in Salina with the local ladies!
A great and fun experience, watching the famous caponata and Pane Cunzato made by a crew of local ladies inside one of the most traditional Trattoria in the Island!
-MEET THE WINEMAKER HAUNER IN SALINA
We will meet Andrea Hauner, 4th generation of producer of the super fine Malvasia Wines in Salina, walking in his garden and vineyards.
-Davide Cotugno Executive Tailors! How to make an Italian Tailored suit
Live the history of a family dedicated to custom men’s and woman’s clothing. Davide Cotugno Executive Tailors is a family run business, lead by Davide, his father Master Tailor Giuseppe, wife Francesca and daughter Marisa.
-Tour in the lively BOLOGNA center and MARKET
A beautiful tour of the city center and the vibrant market of the gourmet capital of Italy! Lino, our food-guide in Bologna, will take us around historic grocery stores for tortellini, parmigiano and more!
-A SPECTACULAR WINERY ABOVE THE SEA
This is one of the most spectacular wineries of Italy, literally suspended above the sea along the cliffs of Lipari Island in SICILY! Marco will be there and visit with you this unique estate Tenute di Castellaro!
-MARCO IN PANAREA DOING THE EGGPLANT BALLS!!
I will be in the beautiful island of Panarea visiting the ladies who taught me this recipe over 20 years ago!
-THE REAL STORY OF THE BALSAMIC VINEGAR FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
Umberto Sidoli, owner of the famous Historic Hotel Posta in the center of Reggio Emilia, also owns an incredible farmhouse called Cavazzone, on the top of a hill, and proudly produces there a high quality balsamic vinegar!
-FATTORIA MORETTO LAMBRUSCO DOCG
A family owned winery produces a high quality Lambrusco! Meet the producers!
-GENEALOGY EXPERT FROM THE EMIGRATION AEOLIAN MUSEUM
Our cultural event is with Marcello Saija, Professor of History of International Institutional Relations at the University of Palermo, who will introduce the Aeolian Museum of Emigration, a great example of Genealogy from Sicily to United States!
-CAPERS PRODUCTION ON THE SUNSET LAND, ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CAPERS
From Pollara, the Slow Food presidium, directly with the producers of the famous Cuccinci, the caper fruits!
-THE REAL SICILIAN GRANITA MAKING!
From the world-famous Alfredo’s Bar, we will learn how to make the real Sicilian Granita!
-CULTURAL EVENT “GENTI DI ABRUZZO”
A Unique cultural event in Pescara, together with the director of the foundation for the Preservation of the Traditions in Abruzzo, Mr Luigi Di Alberto, we will visit the ethnic museum of Abruzzi and live the lifestyle of the local people from the prehistoric age to the last emigration of 1950.We will also visit the traditional way to make the famous Pizzelle Abruzzesi!
-TORTE AL TESTO FROM UMBRIA’S FARM!
Marco is in Umbria and will show you how to make the famous torte al testo from a fascinating Umbria’s Farm!
-CARLOS DE ANTONIS CHEF ALL’OPERA
Carlos De Antonis, chef, opera singer, comedian, great entertainer and leader at America’s Got Talent, will be our guest preparing the following recipes and performing an incredible show!
-IN THE HEARTH OF THE BLACK ROOSTER CHIANTI
Marco will be in Tuscany and take you to this very interesting azienda agricola BOSCHETTO CAMPACCI inside the Black Rooster (Gallo Nero) consortium in Siena Province!
-BARBARA SALANI PIANO PERFORMANCE AND BOOK PRESENTATION
This is a fantastic performance from one of the best Italian piano player Barbara SALANI from her home in Boca Raton Florida. She will also present her incredible book! The book is based on the real-life adventure of two brothers, Renato and Giulio Salani, who grew up in Italy in the coastal town of Viareggio, Tuscany. They shared their family’s passion for music which saved them when they ended up in a Nazi concentration camp.
-PODERI EINAUDI A BAROLO EXPERIENCE IN THE HISTORIC PIEDMONT WINE LAND
This is an incredible experience for the Piedmont’s wine lover, inside one of the most historic winery in the Langhe Region that belongs to EINAUDI family, famous for giving to Italy the President of Republic.
-SPIGAROLI THE KING OF CULATELLO
Live from ANTICA CORTE PALLAVICINA, unbelievably beautiful and charming farm close to Parma with a Michelin Star restaurant, where the owner, Mr SPIGAROLI, produces and ages the best Culatello, considered the top of Italian cured meats!
-COLOSSEO PRIVATE VISIT WITH MARILENA
Our top guide MARILENA takes us inside the COLOSSEO in Rome for an exclusive provare visit!
-CINQUE TERRE WITH MARCO!
A fantastic experience by land and by boat from Portovenere to the Cinque Terre!
-CARRARA MARBLE QUARRY EXPERIENCE
Marco and Luca will take you to an unbelievable experience on board of a Jeep inside the famous Carrara Marbles Quarry! From here all the best marbles are extracted and shipped all over the world!
-CASTEL SANT’ANGELO IN ROME WITH MARILENA
Directly from Rome with our super guide Marilena we will discover Castel Sant’Angelo, originally known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian. One of the most controversial story for a monument that was in the years the Emperor Hadrian’s Tomb, a Papal Fortress, a Residence and a Prison!
-CINQUE TERRE WINERY HEROIC VITICULTURE
I will be in the 5 Terre for an incredible visit at Terre di Bargon Winery, famous for the production of the “Sciaccherta’” a great example of heroic viticulture! Mr Roberto and his wife will show us this incredible harvest method from Riomaggiore!
-LIMONCELLO EXPERIENCE IN AMALFI COAST WITH MARCO AND VALENTINO
Right in Positano one of the most educational and fun experience about the best limoncello in the world!
-Saline di Marsala WINDMILLS!!
Marco will be at the famous “Saline Ettore Infersa”, so many memories, how beautiful it is the ritual to extract the salt in Marsala! It will be a fantastic education experience on Zoom for our Members!!
-SANT’ELMOS CASTLE IN NAPLES WITH MARCO AND LORENZO!
A panoramic view of Naples and the gulf from a military fortress above the highest hill of the town!
-INTO THE HARVEST IN PUGLIA
Wednesday you will have the privilege to be inside the harvest time inside a small family-owned winery in PUGLIA, close to Ostuni, famous for Negramaro, Primitivo and Susumaniello! It is also an organic farm that supplies legumes and greens to the local markets and restaurants!
-HOW TO MAKE ORECCHIETTE WITH SIGNORA MELINA
An incredible experience from a tiny restaurant called Le Monacelle, inside the old town of Ostuni (the white town). Signora Melina and her friends will let us know how to make the famous orecchiette Pugliesi!
-DISOVER NOTO WITH MARCO AND ALESSANDRO
The Baroque Capital of Sicily, together with our top Archeologist Alessandro, visiting the most beautiful spots including a stop by Corrado, a famous restaurant owner, to know the secret about his incredible Sarda a Beccafico!!
-FAMILY RUN WINERY CLOSE TO NAPLES FOR THE AGLIANICO, FALANGHINA AND GRECO DI TUFO!
We are harvesting with Mr Alfredo inside an authentic old vineyard of Aglianico in the center of Campania Region
-PRIVATE VISIT TO PALERMO’S OPERA HOUSE
Thanks to the director of the Teatro Massimo, we’re having a private visit to the largest theater in Europe!
-AN INCREDIBLE VISIT AT BONAJUTO CHOCOLATE PRODUCER IN MODICA MEETING THE OWNER
Together with Pierpaolo Ruta we will discover the history of this iconic chocolate producer in MODICA-Sicily
-SUNSET FROM THE CASTLE IN CALABRIA
Sunset from the Castle!! I will be at my mom’s property in Calabria and we will enjoy together this unique military defense castle from the 1200 and view the amazing sunset!!
-Marco’s cousin’s family-owned winery in Calabria!!
A family owned winery inside the mountain of Calabria, producing the Magliocco, one of the oldest grape coming for the Ancient Greece
-COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH OUR FRIEND CLAUDIO AT CAUPONA RESTAURANT IN TRAPANI
Many of you appreciated the great cooking of Claudio and Antonella, in the hearth of Trapani! Pesto alla Trapanese, Cous Cous, Tuna steak and much more!!
-The Best Gelato in Sicily from Cefalú
Together with our friend Jerry Baiamonte, we visit what’s considered the best gelato in Sicily, inside the famous Gelateria del Duomo in Cefalú!
-Marco and Alberto Galluffo Olive Harvest in Trapani
Tomorrow I will be with Alberto Galluffo harvesting the olives and make an extraordinary extra virgin olive oil inside this enchanted Sicilian Farmhouse!
-THE OLDEST WINERY IN THE WORLD
Probably one of the most spectacular winery in the Planet! An old abbey form the XII century, produces wines since them and in the northern spot of Italy, inside the beautiful Dolomites scenario
-CULTURAL EVENT WALKING TOUR OF VERONA, RHE CITY OF ROMEO & JULIET AND THE ROMAN ARENA
With our private guide we will visit this magnificent town,founded by the Roman and with a lot of Medieval and Renaissance art.Also famous for being the town of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet!
-The magic moment of Pomegranate Harvest!
This Friday will discover the magic ritual of the pomegranate harvest in Marsala! This historic and good luck symbol is very well known for its antioxidant property and the fantastic juice full of vitamins and delicious taste!
–THE MIRACLE OF SANTA ROSALIA
Sunday we will visit the famous Sanctuary of Monte Pellegrino in Palermo and discover the Miracle of Santa Rosalia. We will also enjoy a great view of the town and Mondello at Sunset!
-Discover Palermo history from Halloween to “Il giorno dei morti”
Thanks to one of our top guides in Palermo, we will explore the town following the tradition of our Halloween or “giorno dei morti”, visiting the main locations connected with this celebration and telling about the famous “pasta martorana”, unique fruit shaped pastries typical of this time of year!!
–REAL TRUFFLE HUNTING IN PIEDMONT
This week is dedicated to his majesty THE TRUFFLE!! The white truffle from Alba!!On Wednesday a real session of Truffle Hunting in the hills of Le Langhe close to Alba looking for the famous white truffle!
-CHEF BATTAGLINO FROM PIEDMONT KNOWS HOW TO USE TRUFFLES
Don’t miss this cooking show directly from the Chef Battaglino in Langhe. Hunting truffle the day before and then prepare fabulous dishes in his kitchen only for our enjoyment!!