Big fan of Stuart and his kitchen. Can’t make it across the pond to get some Piemontese cooking just yet? If you’re in the Seattle area, Spinasse is a must-try. Get the tajarin al ragu and thank us later! The food here is as close to what you’ll enjoy in Piemonte as *anything* you’ll try in the US. Honestly…we’ve had meals in Piemonte that weren’t as good as what Stuart can offer you. It really is that good.
If you’re looking for some great content in podcast form about wine (with plenty of discussion about the Italian wine biz and the great wines it is making because duh!), you’ll be hard pressed to find a better listen than Val and Steph of WineTwoFive. We’re proud to support their show.
Give their latest discussion with Cathy Huyghe a listen! Pic below from a tasting Val hosted in Colorado Springs a couple years ago. Look forward to tasting with her again soon!
One of our favorite meals in the world is the grilled branzino, filleted table side by our good friend Massimo, and served in the incomparable Trattoria da Romano’s outside seating. A little drizzle of olive oil, a squirt of fresh lemon, and the only restaurant in Venice allowed to cook over an open flame shows you why it’s worth traveling around the world for.
Take heed. You know who you are.
This looks pretty perfect, eh?
When in Venice, one of the tricks to getting the “real deal” cuisine is getting away from the touristy areas and eating as the locals do. Which means skip the shady pizza joints and “menu turistico” places with hawkers begging you to look at the menu as soon as you get off the boat, and dig into the city to find out where the locals are noshing.
You’ll find some amazing treats at bacaro type establishments pouring spritzes and serving up cicchetti that are just to die for. We’ll show you where! Make sure you click to enlarge.