24 hr Chianti Soaked Ragù
Nov17

24 hr Chianti Soaked Ragù

Back in 2000 when I moved to Ferrara, North Italy I began my true passion for all things food as I would regularly sit with my neighbours learning the language, both the spoken and the language of food and wine. As you will read in the Rules of #ParlezPantry (of which there are very few):  Wine: Don’t cook with it if you wouldn’t drink it. Wine: I have no rules regarding whether white wine must accompany fish or whether a...

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Perfect Thin Crust Pizza Dough
Nov03

Perfect Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Back in the year 2000 Her Majesty saw fit to send me to north Italy for 3 years, I was gifted an apartment in a small city called Ferrara, some 45 minutes north of Bologna in the heart of Emilia Romagna. My apartment was dubbed the British Embassy by my colleagues due to the marble floors, the chandeliers and the flock wallpaper; I also had access to an apartment in the centre of Rome, one in Venice and an additional one just off Via...

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On Tour – Rome Part Two
Nov03

On Tour – Rome Part Two

Achille Al Pantheon by Habana 120, Via dei Pastini, 00186 Roma RM, Italy Great value, good food, friendly welcoming. Having walked past Habana Café several times during the week on our way to, and from various sites in the city, I was keen to try out the various claims from the staff, especially considering it is located but 40 yards from the Pantheon. Firstly the claim of ‘no service or cover charge’: FACT. Secondly the...

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On Tour – Rome
Nov03

On Tour – Rome

Panico Ristorante, Via Di Panico, 42, Rome, Italy. Overpriced, poor quality, mediocre service, disappointing. Great location, everything downhill from there. The restaurant was empty yet we were shown to the rear by the toilets which soon became a major passageway for people and I had to keep moving my seat inwards. We ordered an evening meal of spaghetti al pesto, spaghetti al mare, and two pizzas along with mineral water, sparkling,...

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