Italy is a magical place for food and wine. It’s as if every time you sit down at a table anywhere on the boot it’s a time for leisurely celebration. Here in the States, Italian restaurant owners like myself try to recreate that experience for you.
We’ve all been in this situation before: you’re out to dinner at one of those restaurants we like to think of as a splurge, and you want to order a bottle of wine, but when the list is presented, you’re eyes turn into saucers, not only due to the list’s size, but also due to […]
Wine is an amazing natural phenomenon that keeps us under its spell. The aromas and “flavors” of wine along with its many hues affects us in such ways that many poems and songs have been written about the wonder that is wine.
As the owner of an Italian restaurant, I always try to strike a balance of offering both delicious hard-to-find bottles for those times you dine with me and it’s a special occasion or you’re looking for a treat, and affordable wines that deliver incredible bang for your buck and allow you to be able to […]
After pining over beautiful, but alas, fictional wine labels, we turn our attention to some actual architectural stunners you’ll find around the wine world. From monstrous cellars to postmodern wineries, we survey some our favorite examples of truly stunning architecture. And wine angels. One cannot overlook the wine angels! Many of the projects below were designed by […]
You know that feeling when you go to a restaurant with your husband or your boyfriend and the server comes right over and shoots you a nice smile and then gives the wine list to your guy? Even though you, too, are a person who may have her own taste and her own thoughts about […]
You’re out at dinner, the wine has been chosen, tasted and drunk. But, when the bill arrives, there’s still one more task at hand: who should foot the bill? Sharing wine at dinner is one of the best parts of dining out, but if you aren’t respectful and aware of your dining companions when you […]
Dinner and drinks with clients should be an enjoyable event. The whole idea behind taking a client out for dinner is so the two of you can get out of the office, relax and connect on a more personal level. Often though, heading out for dinner and drinks with a client can lead to a […]
A few days ago we published some expert advice on ordering wine on a first date from Dan Amatuzzi, who serves as Wine & Beverage Director at NYC’s Eataly. The advice proved pretty popular (and useful in securing some second dates we’ve heard!). To help spread the word, and assist daters around the globe, we […]