Originally published in Roads & Kingdoms: Almost 200 years later, Pintauro’s pastry shop on the Via Toledo is still in place. Locals gather there for sfogliatelle on Sunday afternoons though legions loyal to “La Sfogliatella Mary” crowd around it in the Galleria Umberto.
Christian Galliani's signature wine tour of Southern Italy's Irpinia region which, unlike the rest of Italy, is cool and dry in July. Sit down and taste wine with the winemakers themselves, eat at Slow Food restaurants, Michelin starred Marenná and spend 2 days in Naples.
Instead of taking a tour of Italy, this is your chance to live in Italy. For one week, you'll see how the past meets the present, eat the true Mediterranean diet and be safely in the care of an Italian family.
Swim at the beach of Santa Maria Castellabate on the Cilento coast, then explore the medieval streets of Borgo Castellabate, a UNESCO World Heritage site also named one of Italy's Most Beautiful Villages where tour guests discovered an abandoned chapel.
Egidio's Pastry shop has been in business since 1912. Join Feast On History for a cannoli class with baker Carmela Lucciola in this historic Southern Italian style bakery in the Bronx's Little Italy neighborhood.
My feature for Kathy McCabe's November Dream of Italy newsletter is all about Irpinia, the cool, lush region east of Naples. Food and wine lovers will find paradise in this sub-region of Campania that offers the best of ancient and contemporary Italy.
The Museo di Capodimonte in Naples is the largest art museum in Italy. Housed inside a former Bourbon Palace in the center of a public park, the museum is full of treasures, but not crowds of tourists.
In Italy pomegranates rather than pumpkins are a sign of fall. In the Cilento region of Southern Italy where Greek ruins are everywhere, pomegranates recall the cult of Hera which later became the Madonna of the Pomegranate.
When Chianti is scorching hot and crowded, Irpinia is lush, green and cool with hardly a tour bus in sight. See why Irpinia, with 4 DOCG wine varietals, is Italy's best destination for summer wine tours.
Cappellacci dei Briganti are a unique pasta that are shaped to look like the hats worn by 19th century guerrilla fighters called brigands. Get Chef Joe Cicala's recipe "brigands hats" or try them at his Philadelphia restaurant Brigantessa.
If you want recipes for the food we enjoy on our Feast on History tours, look no further than Arthur Schwartz's "Southern Italian Table." Many of them were honed at the cooking classes Schwartz led at Baronessa Cecilia Baratta Bellelli's farms.
Go on an Arthur Avenue food tour where you'll discover one of the last enclaves of truly artisanal food shops in NYC, Little Italy in the Bronx (aka the real one) is full of 100-year old pastry, bread, cheese, fish and butcher shops, many owned by descendants of the original owners.
Cookbook author Domenica Marchetti tells us how her years as a reporter influenced her cookbooks, how a medieval monk brought saffron to the Abruzzo and why her mother's pasta dough recipe is the very best.