Chef Umberto Bombana with another huge white truffle

Gallery: Tartufo bianco d’Alba – Alba white truffle festival

  11/14    Italy

Almost ten years ago I was hugely lucky to be introduced into the world of white truffles following an invite to a charity dinner in Hong Kong. An Italian chef cooked the entire one kilogram fungus, which cost 95,000 euros at auction, over six courses for sixty diners. I had never tried one until then, …


Donna Regina Pizzeria, Naples: The pizza Nazi

  10/14    Italy

Review date: October 20 Overall score: 6.5/10 After a substantial lunch at Europa, Naples’ most famous global export seemed the way to go in the evening. Sorbillo or Da Michele with their famously long lines of Margarita devotees didn’t tempt so somewhere random and local fitted the bill. About 90 seconds walk from my hotel …


Chez Black, Positano: Roger Moore and the Greggs melt

  10/14    Italy

Review date: October 21 Given the stunning vistas and position of Positano, you could probably get away with opening a branch of Greggs and find their sausage and bean melt would rank high in the pantheon of great culinary experiences. (I love their cheese and bacon wrap but the melt is truly grim.) Positano is utterly, comically perfect …


Salone del Gusto, Torino: Top 5 snack stops

  10/14    Italy

The 10th edition of the Salone del Gusto is taking place this week in sunny Torino, a celebration of food that is ‘Good, clean and fair’ for consumer, producers and the planet alike.  It brings together thousands of exhibitors and delegates, public and press to enjoy some of the best food from small-scale producers around …