Food Stuff

Visiting Dario Cecchini, the World’s Greatest Butcher

By May 29, 2014 114 comments Permalink

Credit: Donald Bowers / Getty Images Halfway along the Via Chiantigiana, a magnificent byway that bisects vineyards and olive groves on its path between Florence and Siena, sits Panzano in Chianti, a postage-stamp of a town known for its ancient churches, its quaint piazzas, and its butcher. Dario Cecchini, owner of the Antica Macelleria Cecchini just of…

The Best Part of an Italian Road Trip

By May 10, 2014 276 comments Permalink

Credit: Charlotta Smeds / Bloomberg News / Getty Images Fast food and road trips are fellow travelers in America, the nation that opened the world’s first drive through in 1947. But if the U.S. invented the pit stop cuisine, Italy – where cars tend to be fast and meals tend to be slow – has…

Eat Dessert Like an Italian

By March 11, 2014 74 comments Permalink

Anyone familiar with Italian cuisine is aware that the term “Italian Cuisine” means one thing in Italy and something else entirely on the other side of the Atlantic. Endless breadsticks are not a Roman invention and the “Tuscan Bread” you’ll find on upscale menus has absolutely nothing to do with that region’s carbs, which aren’t particularly…

Bob Vila on Restoring Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban Home

By March 8, 2014 43 comments Permalink

Credit: Getty Images Bob Vila is a television icon. For nearly 30 years he hosted the programs – This Old House, Home Again, Restore America, the eponymous Bob Vila – that turned home restoration into an American pastime and made the cottage industry big business. What many people don’t know about the Home Improvement inspiration (and guest star) is how he’s…

Petite Crevette, the House of the Flying Lobster

By January 31, 2014 66 comments Permalink

On a mild night in January, Neil Ganic, wearing a white chef’s coat, his signature porkpie hat tilted low, greeted customers at his restaurant, Petite Crevette. The room appears to be the foyer or staging area of a larger place, but this is pretty much it: maritime curios, tight tables, original artwork and framed photos…