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Strictly Italian: Traditional wine paired with 4 pastas

PIO Cesare wines paired with pastas by Quartana

I consider myself fortunate to have welcomed to my home Pio Boffa—a fourth-generation winemaker of Italian descent whose family’s wine heritage dates back to the 1800s.

Posted: April 25th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Food | Read More »

Gambino: Classic Italian cooking with modern twist

Chef Giorgio Bucciarelli (far left) and owner Marvin Agustin (rightmost) with Chef Elaine Sanchez (second from left) and the rest of the Gambino team. Karen Boncocan/INQUIRER.net

Italian mobster Carlo Gambino has quite a reputation, having led one of the infamous crime families in his homeland and New York.

Posted: February 13th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Food,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Zuppa Pavese–hearty soup from Italy

Zuppa Pavese, as served in Tosca, Dusit Thani Hotel Manila

Recently, while reading “Amarcord,” the life story of the much-revered Italian cooking teacher Marcella Hazan, I suddenly felt a deep longing for good, proper Italian food. I guess that’s the same effect the book has on other readers, too, what with the way Hazan described Italian dishes.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Prestigious Italian cooking school opens in Manila


I was an eager 20-year-old young woman learning the ropes as a lifestyle segment producer, but even sooner getting jaded and bored. So my then-boss at GMA Network Inc, Joel Jimenez, wrote me a note I will never forget: “Never lose your sense of awe.”

Posted: June 20th, 2012 in Columns,Food | Read More »