Sam’s BBQ the real deal in Austin Texas

While Paolo was here in Austin, Texas, working the market with his Texas broker, we took him to visit Sam’s BBQ — real Texas “low and slow” smoked meats on the East Side of the River City. When you visit Sam’s, you don’t just order you food, pay, and leave. You chat with brothers/owners Willie […]

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Paolo does Dallas…

Signing autographs at the legendary Jimmy’s Food Store in Dallas. Those are cans of Mutti tomato purée in the foreground from Parma. Awesome… Paul Di Carlo and co. always do it right at Jimmy’s. Fresh burrata had arrived from Puglia the day before for our wine dinner. It’s not easy being a rockstar winemaker… uh […]

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A great dinner in Gig Harbor WA and why I started this blog

One of the reasons why I started this English-language blog was so that I could share some of the many wonderful experiences of what it’s like to be on the road in the United States, meeting restaurateurs and fellow food and wine lovers. That’s exactly what I did the other night at Morso Wine Bar […]

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Celebrating six years with Osteria da Primo, Burien (Seattle)

Above, from left: Chef Carlo Guida and Lindsay White, owners of Osteria da Primo, Chris Zimmerman of Vias Imports, and Paolo Cantele. It’s been six years since husband and wife team Carlo Guida (from Calabria) and Lindsay White (who met her husband 15 years ago while studying in Italy) opened their popular Osteria da Primo […]

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Best breakfast ever in Salt Lake City!

The best breakfast EVER! Prepared especially for me and Chris Zimmerman (Regional Manager for Vias Import) the other day by Chef Eric de Bonis at the Sea Salt in Salt Lake City. Eric and his restaurant were recently voted Best New Restaurant 2011 by the Utah City Weekly. Congratulations, Eric and team! It’s not hard […]

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