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Alf in Italy – A mid summer’s night, Pescara

It’s August: hot, humid, the still air smells damp. It is evening and the temperature has not started to drop. Paola is driving us to Pescara for dinner. Perhaps by the sea it will be cooler and more comfortable. We wind downhill toward the coast along the serpentine county road, past vineyards trained pergola style,…
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Alf in Italy – Bologna – Lambrusco, Salumi and Pigeons

We have just arrived in Bologna after a relaxing trip on the Freccia Bianca train from Pescara. We are here because we are easily influenced by television. We had watched Italy Unpacked, the program about art and food in Italy with art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli travelling through the north of Italy.…
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Alf in Italy, Eating in Abruzzo Part 2 – Fruits of the Adriatic Sea

The coast of Abruzzo is washed by the azure water of the Adriatic Sea. In summer the wide sandy beaches are extremely popular with locals and visitors. The beach establishments are open, umbrellas and lounges spread across the sand in orderly rows, bathers are enticed by the warm shallows of the Adriatic and everyone on…
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Alf in Italy, Eating in Abruzzo

A few days ago Sandra and I were talking about Italian food. Because of its simplicity the cuisine relies absolutely on using the best top quality ingredients available. My food experiences in Italy illustrate how true this is. Many times I have sat down to a meal where wonderful ingredients, simply cooked, have given me…
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