getting on the sauce

With Vinitaly approaching, ‘getting on the sauce’ could refer to the days and nights of tasting, tasting and tasting some more. But this sauce is real, real tomato sauce. Next time you are at the supermarket, buying canned tomatoes or …


Christmas menu

I’m making a list and checking it twice. Perbellini Pannettone, check. Marcarini Moscato, check. Prawns, check. Bellavista, check. Whilst our Italian friends will be making their way through the snow and gathering around the fireplace, we’ll be playing beach cricket …


tartufo bianco

Late Autumn in Italy’s Piedmont is a sublime time of the year. The rush of harvest is over, vines are bare and the air is crisp, with snow beginning to fall on the Alps. The buz in Alba shifts from …


Osteria Mozza Singapore

恭喜發財, or Happy Chinese New Year, and welcome to the Year of the Rabbit. Here in Singapore, I asked the taxi driver about the significance of the rabbit and he said that come May, people will start behaving like rabbits …


special guest blogger, Stefano Manfredi, visits Fèlsina

Stefano Manfredi, a good friend of slp, is one of Australia’s leading chefs. Stefano heads up the kitchens at Bell’s at Killcare and Pretty Beach House and, in 2011, opens a new Italian diner at Sydney’s Star City. He visited


Christmas drinks in Melbourne, Montalcino, Soave & La Morra

Thankfully, Australia has (mostly) moved beyond the absurdly traditional turkey with all the trimmings and plum pudding for Christmas lunch. When it’s 30 degrees, it’s a big ask to eat like that, especially before a swim and backyard cricket. We …


North Melbourne truffles

This time last year I was in Alba, eating just about anything and everything that you could shave a truffle on courtesy of Bruna Colla, my favourite home cook (sorry Mum). Needless to say, I made someone back home very

pizza e birra

People who know me know I’m not much of a beer drinker. In fact, my idea of a great pizzeria is one with a killer wine list where you can spend 5 euro on the pizza and 45 on the …


Poggerino wins GOLD

Big news from Tuscany just in. Poggerino have won a gold medal for their…….delicious Chianti Classico 2008 you ask – no, what about their mighty Riserva Bugialla 2007 – no. They won gold in the National Giant Pumpkin Championships with …