Food + Wine

A Culinary Tour of Italy

by Faith Willinger

When in Italy, fashionistas migrate towards Milan, sun-worshippers luxuriate on the Riviera, and history buffs steep themselves in Rome's splendid past. But for epicureans, choosing an Italian itinerary is a more complex process. Should you head north in pursuit of a Piedmontese white truffle? Travel to Tuscany for a rustic Florentine steak? Or stay in the south to sample Sardinia's tasty tuna bottarga? And the decisions don't stop there. It's also crucial to determine which trattoria locals swear by if what you crave is an authentic experience.

To help gourmands navigate the highly diverse cuisines of ten Italian regions, Faith Willinger—cookbook author, cooking school instructor, and Florence resident—advises on must-see culinary landmarks (Venice's Rialto Market), uncovers lesser-known gastronomic gems (organic mozzarella from a Campania buffalo farm), and instructs hungry travelers on how to properly enjoy Italy (one bite at a time).

Published September 2005

Faith Heller Willinger is a born-again Italian, lives full-time in Tuscany, and has spent the last 30 years searching for the best food, wine, and the world beyond the table from the Alps to Sicily. She's the author of the guidebook Eating in Italy, published by William Morrow, and the cookbook Red, White & Greens, published by HarperCollins. Faith is working on another cookbook for HarperCollins, and teaches market-to-table sessions in her kitchen in Florence on Wednesdays, when her favorite farmer is at the nearby Santo Spirito market. For more information, check out her Web site, www.faithwillinger.com.

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