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The Basilica of Santa Croce in Lecce, one of the world’s greatest treasures

Breathtaking… there’s really no other word to describe what it’s like to view the exquisite Baroque façade of the Basilica di Santa Croce in Lecce (above). A Google image search will reveals scores of stunning photos of this unique architectural achievement, completed in the late 17th century at the height of the Southern Italian Baroque […]

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Rosato and meatballs to die for in Houston, Texas

Ever since Pellegrino Artusi completed his landmark cookery book, The Science and Art of Eating Well in 1891, the fine art of great meatballs has become an obsession for chefs across the world. We recently sampled some of the best meatballs we’ve ever had at the newly opened Coppa Ristorante Italiano in Houston, Texas, where […]

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Saved from a muggy day in the City at Gramercy Tavern

Just try to imagine New York on one of those days when “the City” is hot, muggy, gridlocked, grouchy, and dirty. You’re on foot and you’re wearing a suit and tie. And your lugging a heavy wine bag around with you. Your head aches and your knee are tired. You head down a long stretch […]

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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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Sotto (Los Angeles), a new mecca for Southern Italian cuisine

We were thrilled to learn that Sotto — a new Los Angeles restaurant featuring Southern Italian cuisine — is serving our Rosato from Negroamaro and Salice Salentino by the glass. You can see Sotto’s classic Neapolitan pizza oven in the background (the pizza, rigorously traditional Neapolitan style, is FANTASTIC btw). Chefs Zach Pollack and Steve Samson offer […]

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