La Scala

La Scala

As you’d except from the home of opera, Italy is full of famous, and some even great opera houses – but none surpasses the Teatro alla Scala. Built in 1776-78 with the approval of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, the stage at La Scala has played host to many of the preeminent names in…

Cicchetti in Venice

Cicchetti in Venice

A great way to eat, drink and explore Venice and it’s quieter less touristy parts, is to pick some cicchetti bars to go between. It’s a cost effective way to see the city and take part in something that’s still part of the daily life of the locals but most tourists ignore or know nothing…

Two Days in Milan

Two Days in Milan

The powerhouse of the Italian economy, Milan, like the Milanese themselves, is different to the rest of Italy, the people are just as friendly but more fashion conscious, hardy a surprise, and the city more utilitarian, with the exception of the historic centre. It may not have the same quality of artwork as Florence or…

Recipes from an Italian Butcher

Recipes from an Italian Butcher

First published in 1950 with recipes taken from the length and breadth of Italy, The Silver Spoon has become the de facto bible of Italian cooking. Since the first English language publication by Phaidon in 2005, it has spawned a series of related books published under the authorship of The Silver Spoon Kitchen. The latest…