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Inspiration Italy

Perhaps no cooking style speaks to tradition as much as Italian cuisine. And perhaps no culture on earth holds food as closely as the people of Italy. From pesto ground from basil leaves in the north to the sweet cannelloni found down south in Sicily, Italian foods are much adored for their regional flair and their down-home characteristics.

A Taste of Italy

Italy is composed of 20 regions, each holding its own venerable culinary traditions shaped by geography, climate, and history. Milan-born Micol Negrin, who runs Rustico Cooking in New York City and is the author of the James Beard–nominated book Rustico: Regional Italian Country Cooking, provides a snapshot of each region’s culinary character.

Decadence Done Right

Of all the holidays, Valentine’s Day is perhaps the most indulgent, especially when it comes to decadent desserts. Lately, mixologists and chefs have introduced chocolate into every daypart, on beverage to pastry lists.