Eating with Italian grandmothers in Italy

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Special to Newsday

The world can never have too many Italian grandmothers. The proof came with Giustina's pasta.

Her sformata di tagliatelle di Ragu was a small tower of golden, made-from-scratch tagliatelle baked in a ring mold with fresh cream and Parmesan cheese, flipped onto an heirloom serving dish and topped with Giustina's Bolognese sauce. This wasn't the typical tomato-laden Bolognese you find in places...more

Marseille's having a makeover, but keeps its gritty charm

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By Robert V. Camuto Special to The Washington Post

It was about 10:30 on a Saturday night. My wife and I were driving back to our hotel in the picturesque old port of Marseille after a relaxing dinner at an Italian restaurant at the far edge of town.

It so happened that on this evening, Marseille's soccer team was playing for its first league championship in 17 years, and the bars across town were packed with hordes of pastis-fueled young fans watching the match. About halfway down the port, I saw that gendarmes were blocking the road and turning away cars. Behind the roadblock, hundreds of national riot police were suiting up in body armor, helmets and shields.

Wine Spectator's list of "Best New Reads for Wine Lovers"


 In the Dec. 31, 2010 issue, The Wine Spectator reviews its editors' picks for "Best New Reads for Wine Lovers" including Palmento (see below) and nine others. 

Some Question and Answer sessions with Robert


Several bloggers on Italy and wine have conducted question and answer sessions with Robert about Sicily and Palmento, Check them out by following these links. 

Interview with wine author Jordan Mackay at (Nov. 2010)

Palmento West Coast tour photos

Palmento West Coast tour photos

Recently returned from the West Coast Coast swing of the Palmento Book Tour to news headlines about angry American voters and tea party radicals. Well we didn't get a whiff of tea party in what turned out to be a rolling wine party (with the occasional local beer) in San Francisco, Berkeley, Portland (as laid back and bohemian as SF Was 30 years ago) and Seattle. 

"..a beautiful, enthralling work"-- Eric Asimov on Palmento in the NY Times


NY Times wine writer Eric Asimov writes this week (print edition of Oct. 6, 2010) of his recommended Six New Books for Wine and Spirits Lovers including Palmento. I can think of no greater praise for the what I tried to express in Palmento-a work from the heart about this magical land. 

Mr. Asimov writes:

A conversation on Sicily and its magic


 Read the Q & A with Robert on SicilyGuide here


Photos from the Palmento eastern tour NY-CHI-Boston Sept. 2010

Photos from the Palmento eastern tour NY-CHI-Boston Sept. 2010

 Sept 11, 2010 at the Palmento tasting and book signing at Chambers Street Wines in New York. With (from left)  Etna winemakers Frank Cornelissen, Alberto Aiello Graci, and Ciro Biondi and Taormina's restaurateur/hunter/diver and mushroom gatherer par excellence Turi Siligato (of Nero d'Avola). see more...

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