All posts by: Erica Firpo
BARI, Italy – The food — and the people who make it — weave an elaborate sensory fable.
MILAN – An aproned attendant asked for my name, whispered it into a medical cabinet, and walked me through a secret door. This is the other side of things.
SICILY – No matter where you are right now, Sicily is the way better place to be. Don't believe us? Have a look.
PALERMO, Sicily – Whether it's a sultry summer day or a bitter winter afternoon, the city is a tease, a three-dimensional split personality that will tell you one thing and do another.
PALERMO, Sicily – This is the place to catch an avant garde concert in a deconsecrated church or see an installation in a shelled-out 17th century rococo palazzo.
ROME – That was fast. Now that the cardinals have picked a new pope, we suggest a walk from the Pantheon toward spaghetti alla carbonara, fried artichokes, and zabaglione with melted chocolate.
PARMA, Italy – The designer names are (almost) overwhelming: Chanel, Cavalli, Balenciaga, Gucci, Vuitton. But I come for only one: Hermès. I don't know if I should curtsy or applaud.
Everywhere I go, I check out the fish markets, pastry shops, and red pants. See it all or take it easy? Attempt to see it all and then take the afternoon off to test cocktails.
ROME – Roman cuisine is basic, served by rightfully proud waiters. It is not mind-blowing and it is not rude. And it is definitely not Eat, Pray, Love, and even less Eat, Pay, Leave.