“Make sure you eat it all up!” cries Dino as he sprints past his brother Tony before disappearing into the frantic kitchen of Hostaria Dino e Tony. These are words that I only associate with my mother as she struggled with the petulance and disobedience of my childhood self. But this is the first time these words have not followed with: “or you will not have any dessert”. Perhaps this is because only clean plates return to Dino’s kitchen, but I suspect he makes no such threat mainly because he has no intention whatsoever of not bringing dessert. The finest of hosts, food and hospitality run through the DNA of these two brothers. Those fortunate enough to enter their home will learn there is one rule: overeating is compulsory.
“l`ultima osteria di modena” is one of the many accolades Trattoria Ermes proudly wears on its rustic walls. Translated in English to mean “the last osteria in Modena”, Ermes Rinaldi and his wife Brunella have put their life and soul into creating the quintessential Italian dining experience. The result? Unshakeable smiles on the faces of many throughout an astonishing 56 years of being open. It is a privilege to be one of those people
Imagining a pizza without meat was just about tolerable. Imagining a pizza without cheese, too, was just not something I was prepared to entertain. What a silly idea. But on the advice of a very trustworthy Italian, I gave Purezza a go. I left impressed, surprised, and most importantly, proven utterly wrong
Most stories of people’s favourite burgers are probably quite unlikely to feature Brighton. More likely are tales of that legendary burger devoured and forever imprinted in memory from various states in America. I, too, had it not been for a visit to Burger Brothers, would be in this category.
Back in 1963, Rina de Franceschi opened a small pasta shop in Casalecchio di Reno, on the outskirts of Bologna. Today, her nephew, inspired by Rina's vision, runs one of the finest pasta restaurants in Bologna.