[Thoughts on the Table – 54] True or False? 15 Stereotypes on Italy, with Nick Zingale

Is it true that Italians drink espresso all the time? Live with their parents until they’re 30 years old? And that they all know how to dress up? In this entertaining episode, Nick and I will try to debunk these and many more stereotypes on Italy ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 52] Italian and American Culture with Nick Zingale

Nick Zingale is an American of Italian descent who lived and traveled in Italy and Europe for seven months last year. He joins me in this episode for a fascinating overview of his experience abroad, which he documented on his personal blog – from ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table Transcript] The Italian Wine Culture, with Diana Zahuranec

Last summer, in a podcast episode Diana Zahuranec discussed the differences between Italy and North America in how wine is produced, as well as socially perceived. Diana also went over Piedmont’s native grape varieties and wine appellations. As part ... Continue reading

The Italian Bar – A Licensed Coffee House for Every Time of the Day

This article hopes to shed some light on another North American misconception. Despite being licensed, bars in Italy are nothing like pubs. They are more similar to coffee shops, but they are actually far more than that: they are a service that runs ... Continue reading

Table Service, an Ocean Apart

The customer experience in restaurants can be radically different between Italy and Canada. Most of my considerations can probably apply to all of North America, but in this article I will be referring specifically to my Canadian experience. Guest and ... Continue reading

Pasticcini, Italian Fine Pastries

Pasticcini are exquisite Italian fine pastries which have been perfected over the centuries to bring the best flavors, textures and fragrances. In the Italian tradition, assorted pasticcini are served as a dessert, as a treat to accompany coffee, tea ... Continue reading

Two Years of Blogging

Another year has gone by, marking Quatro Fromaggio’s second birthday, and the time for me to look back at 12 more months of blogging! With about 30 articles published, I managed to keep my resolution of posting at least once every two weeks, ... Continue reading

Tomatoes and Pomodori

Everyone who has visited Italy agrees – Italian tomatoes are much more than a condiment for burgers or a colorful decoration! Italian tomatoes are indisputably full of flavor. Originally domesticated in Mexico and only brought to Europe by the ... Continue reading

Handmade Tagliolini with Mushrooms

Most Italians would be perfectly happy to eat pasta every day, and some probably do. Everyday pasta is normally dried durum pasta, delicious when of good quality and properly cooked, and also convenient as it can be stored for months in the cupboard. ... Continue reading