Italia magazine May 2020

Italia! is the award-winning magazine for everyone who has a passion for Italy. Each month, you¹ll find a wide variety of beautifully photographed and intelligently written articles to inspire and inform you. Covering every aspect of Italian life, from travel, holidays and property to food, wine and culture, we bring Italy closer to English-speaking readers across the world.

United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 期号



So much has happened since the last time I wrote to you, and sitting here in splendid self-isolation like so many of us, I feel more connected than ever to those who love Italy, all around the world. It is in times of difficulty that everything we hold dear becomes more precious, which is just how we feel about Italy and all our dear friends and family in the country. It’s our sincere privilege to bring you this month’s issue of Italia! which is packed with vibrant features, articles and reviews to inform and inspire your armchair travels until we meet again. From the towns of Valle d’Itria in Puglia and picturesque Cinque Terre to the Renaissance city of Lucca in Tuscany, feast your eyes on beautiful imagery and let our…

this month’s contributors

Join us on FACEBOOK, search for Italia! magazine Follow us on TWITTER at @ItaliaMag Find us on INSTAGRAM at @italia_magazine CHRISTINE SMALLWOOD is a member of the Guild of Food Travel Writers, so who better to write a feature about a trip to the home of Parma Ham? The traditions of this delectable speciality go back centuries, and to ensure its premium quality, production is strictly controlled. Follow Christine as she goes behind the scenes to find out more on page 38. FLEUR KINSON Beautiful Le Marche lies on the eastern side of Italy, between mountains and the sea. Always a winner for its natural beauty and high quality of life, Le Marche continues be a popular destination. Even if property buying is not on your radar for now, our essential guide to the region…

this month news & views

Nice rice: a new name on the London Italian cooking scene Mariusz Jasinski, from London, has won the Riso Gallo Young Risotto Chef of the Year competition for 2020. The award is for budding young chefs from across the UK, and Mariusz, aged 22, cooked a celeriac risotto with chestnut and trumpet mushrooms to take this year’s title. Along with a trophy, Mariusz’s prize included the opportunity for a three-day work experience with Jeff and Chris Galvin at the award-winning La Chapelle, London. “I am thrilled to have won and honoured to be able to work with such great chefs at La Chapelle. It will be a wonderful experience,” said Mariusz. Paul Gayler MBE, consultant chef and chairman of judges said; “We were all highly impressed with the balance of flavours…

five sweet italian treats for you to try

1 It’s a pud that’s beloved both in Italy and beyond, usually made with savoiardi (sponge lady finger biscuits), coffee, mascarpone cheese and zabaglione custard – with cocoa powder to top it off. The name tiramisù literally means ‘pick-me-up’ and this refers to the dessert’s sugar-laden, energy-boosting ingredients! For a dessert so universally adored, its origins are difficult to pin down and various regions of Italy have come up with colourful stories laying claim to this iconic Italian dessert. 2 Where would we be without Italian gelato? Handmade ice cream from Italy is arguably the finest in the world, with its natural flavours and light, creamy texture. Not wishing to separate those Italian frozen treats, we’ve added sorbetto and granita too! 3 Meaning ‘cooked cream’ this dessert is made by simmering together…

you tell us…

We’ve been asking the Italy experts on our Facebook group about their favourite region for food. Here’s what they said: • Veneto, where I first discovered linguine con vongole, the cicchetti, seafood risotto… I could go on. David Washington • The north and the lakes, I think. I like the more rustic, earthy approach… but everywhere is lovely. Maria Paice • I love Puglia. I had my best ever meal there at a buffalo dairy: freshly made cheese, home-baked bread and a simple salad. Allison Bennett • Campania for its seafood. I cannot think of anything better than to enjoy seafood pasta and watch the view in Positano. Also, the old Neapolitan dishes. I got a new favourite this Christmas – pasta e patate. So simple but soooo good! Heidi Kristiansen Send us a letter using the address on…

this month news & views

Rome’s Romulus discovery A new discovery in Rome has thrilled and divided historians. An ancient shrine thought to be dedicated to Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome, has been discovered beneath the Roman Forum. The site includes a 2,600-year-old sarcophagus and a stone structure that may have been an altar. With historians still at odds as to whether Romulus and his twin Remus even existed, most experts are of a mind that the find is not the founder’s final resting place. Director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, Alfonsina Russo, added: “It is not his tomb; as some sources say that Romulus was killed and cut into pieces, while others say he was taken up to heaven as the god Quirinus.”…