Italy

Panmarino, or Italian rosemary bread

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Panmarino, or Italian rosemary bread

I made a pain au levain the other week, a French sourdough shaped like a torpedo, and full of glorious air holes, encased in a brittle crust. It was a textbook example of why 'slow is best' when it comes to baking bread. The levain, or starter, was set up the night before, giving it a [...]

Food & drink

Sicily, by the Silver Spoon Kitchen

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Sicily, by the Silver Spoon Kitchen

Sicily is one of the most interesting parts of Italy, not least from a culinary position. The island's position as the biggest in the Mediterranean, the ball to Italy's boot, means that it's endured attack and invasion from all sides, each successive wave of occupation leaving another layer on the island's cuisine. The effect has [...]

Books

Pizzeria da Remo, Rome

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Pizzeria da Remo, Testaccio, Rome, Italy

Remember the other week I wrote about trekking all over Rome to find a pizzeria late at night? The same thing happened the next evening, too, when we yomped across the city to a closed-down restaurant, complete with tumbleweed rolling past the door. Luckily, I'd idly canvassed some twitter opinion on decent restaurants when I [...]

Eating out

Pizzeria Dar Poeta, Rome

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Pizzeria Dar  Poeta Rome

We'd travelled a long way, and when we arrived in Rome, it was late, right in the middle of that strange hinterland where the kids flick from being wide awake and excited to worn-out zombies within a couple of seconds. Not feeding them properly helps to hasten the transformation, so we strode out into Trastevere [...]

Eating out