Le Logge del Vignola: Culinary Excellence in Montepulciano

Massimo, the owner of lovely Le Logge del Vignola in Montepulciano, shared some of the secrets with us for preparing traditional . Most importantly, Massimo and Federico, the head chef, insist that you start with fresh, seasonal ingredients from the local area. And most importantly, they insist quality and excellence in every aspect of the experience…

Ristorante Miky in Monterosso: Fresh Goodness from the Sea in Cinque Terre

We were excited about visiting Ristorante Miky in lovely Monterosso, the northernmost of the 5 villages making up Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. Rick Steves is quoted as saying that Ristorante Miky is, “Quite possibly the best cuisine in Monterosso.” Although I obviously have not been to all of the restaurants in Monterosso, I…

Hilltop Cafe: Heavenly Blues and Food in the Texas Hill Country

For people who love great food and that touches your soul, an endearing décor, and friendly folks that make you feel right at home, the Hilltop Café is the place to be. When Grammy award winner Johnny Nicholas and his wife, Brenda, packed their bags and moved here back in 1980, the old roadhouse and…

Florence’s Foody Farm: A Tasty Blend of Trendy and Traditional

With the memorable name of Foody Farm, this very popular restaurant about 10-15 minutes southeast of the Duomo is a great addition to the Florence food scene. The simple but effective guiding concept of Foody Farm is “The right food from the right places.” The staff is constantly researching for the best local suppliers for…

The Gristmill: New Braunfels’ Home for Great Home Cooking

The Gristmill Restaurant, in the historic Gruene district of New Braunfels, has it all. Great food, picturesque views of the Guadalupe River, an intriguing history, casual atmosphere and a friendly and professional staff.  New Braunfels is widely known for its summer water activities, German festivals, great food, shopping, and Gruene Hall, the oldest dancehall in ….

Monument Cafe: Fresh Goodness in Georgetown, Texas

The Monument Cafe is an institution in Georgetown, Texas. Just a block from “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” owner Rusty Winkstern has created one of the most popular restaurants in this Texas Hill Country town. Locals and tourists flock to The Monument Cafe for breakfast and lunch, and to its sister restaurant El…

Founding Farmers DC: 47,000 Farmers Feeding DC

Owned by more than 47,000 family farmers, the values of the American family farmer are at the heart of everything done at Founding Farmers. Started in 2005 by members of the Farmers Union, Founding Farmers chose to showcase their philosophy of making food from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients supplied by hundreds of farms….

I Pizzicaroli: Cacio Fiore, Umbria’s Gift to Rome

You could easily pass by I Pizzicaroli without giving it a second look. But that would be a mistake. As you stroll through the streets of Piazza Navona, this small cafe tucked away in the center of Rome is waiting for you. With its small but satisfying menu of delectable cuisine from Umbria and Abruzzo,…