Cheese lovers celebrated cheese during a four day event in Bra

Cheese lovers celebrated cheese during a four day event in Bra

Cheese 2015 is just concluded. It has been a successful edition attended by over 270,000 visitors in 3 days, from 18th to 21th of September. Bra, in the province of Cuneo, has held this international celebration. It has hosted over 300 exhibitors from 23 countries by promoting opportunities for education and entertainment, inspired by Slow Food values. This year’s event theme was focused on the mountain’s ecosystems related to cheesemakers. In the last fifty years many traditional cheesemaking activities have been stopped and pastures have been abandoned, with a lack of transmission of precious knowledge. So it seems urgent...

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Discovering the world of Glass Dinnerware

Discovering the world of Glass Dinnerware

When we think of glass, the mind leaps instantly to Venice, Murano and the gorgeous blown glass created there. What we perhaps don’t think of are the other techniques apart from glass blowing – like fusing, casting and glass sculpture, to name a few. The results of these applications are often surprising, such as when a glass plate appears to made of ceramic. To understand how this is done, we filmed Emanuela, one of the artisans at Studio Forme Roma, through the process of making a sculpted glass plate from our Bambù collection. The video below shows just how...

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Summer food: 3 tomato-based recipes

Summer food: 3 tomato-based recipes

Yes, there really is a World Tomato Week, and it was celebrated at Expo 2015 from June 14-21 – in Italy, appropriately, the world’s third largest tomato producer. The tomato is the quintessential summer food. Its reassuring, refreshing presence accompanies practically every summer dish, and not just in Italy: garden salads, pasta and rice salads, insalata caprese, Greek salad, sandwiches, burgers, soups like gazpacho in Spain or Manhattan-style clam chowder in the States, tomato mousse, even tomato ice cream. And let’s not forget that summer brunch classic, the Bloody Mary – which, if you’ve never had one made from...

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Style suggestions for your al fresco dinner parties

Style suggestions for your al fresco dinner parties

During the summer, eating outdoors is a must and we are always looking for inspiration on how to set an eye-catching table for our gatherings. Here are three suggestions for your al fresco dinner parties and a checklist to set a summer casual table with casual dinnerware wherever your getaway is: at the seaside, on a lake, in the countryside, or in the mountains. Never forget: 1. KISS (keep it simple and straightforward) Don’t overwhelm your dining table with bulky centerpieces, flowers, candles, or other accessories such as napkin rings or place cards. Less is best. 2. No plastic! If...

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How to make a homemade parmesan ice cream

How to make a homemade parmesan ice cream

Who could ever create a Parmesan Gelato if not Italians? The creation of this innovative artisanal ice cream taste, made of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, became a “cult” during the Beijing 2008 Olympics, conquering all the Chinese! Savory ice cream is a recent fashion in food. Some people consider it as part of the “experimental cuisine” or “molecular gastronomy”.  Ferran Adrià and other famous Chefs have launched the trend of creating cold desserts made with parmesan cheese. New flavors are spreading as appetizer dishes or as desserts: pepper, garlic, rosemary, tomato, celery, carrot, pumpkin, olive oil. There is no limit to...

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How to choose ceramic dishes: tips and tricks

How to choose ceramic dishes: tips and tricks

Passau is a pretty baroque town in Lower Bavaria – Germany – at the crossway of three famous rivers: Danube, Inn and Ilz. That is why it is also called Dreiflüssestadt or “City of Three Rivers”. Home of a notable University, the town is surrounded by rolling hills and forests. Driving up one of those narrow country roads, we reach Hans Fischer’s house where, until some times ago, you were welcomed by sheep, goats, chickens and a horse. Next to the house, in Hans’ workshop, there is always a coming and going: his five children visiting, students from all over...

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Rose, the Queen of flowers

Rose, the Queen of flowers

“ If Zeus had willed it so Tha o’er the flowers one flower should reign a queen, I know, ah well I know The rose, the rose, that royal flower had been! She is of earth the gem, of flowers the diadem; And with her flush The meadows blush Nay, she is beauty’s self that brightens” Sappho, C.600 B.C.   The rose may rank with the lily as the oldest of cultivated flowers. Unlike the chaste lily, which has only recently been  intermarried, the rose is a wanton,very happy to be polled by others and bring forth new forms...

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How to Throw the Perfect Cocktail Party

How to Throw the Perfect Cocktail Party

On one of my recent talent scouting trips around Italy, I met Maurizio Gallo.  When I travel, I am searching for the finest ceramic artisans and boutiques. I met Maurizio in Sciacca, Sicily, which is known for its artistic ceramic production.  Sciacca also boasts Sorelle Perconte, creators of Arcobaleno, an exclusive collection for DishesOnly. Maurizio is the Chief Barman of the Verdura Resort’s Granita Bar.  While watching the sun set on the Italian sea from an exquisite outdoor terrace, Maurizio opened up about his job. Everyday he meets many people, including tourists from all over the world.  “The Bartender...

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To Every Mum her own Dinner Set: Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

To Every Mum her own Dinner Set: Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

As Mother’s day gets closer and closer, it is now time to choose a gift to show her your love. The dilemma often is: “Should I go for a useful present or for a showy one?”. Our answer is: you don’t have to choose! Let us suggest you several gift ideas for Mother’s day, each suitable for a particular “type” of mum. Styles, shapes and materials differ, but there is something in common in all of our gift ideas: each is useful and beautiful at the same time. We propose you dishware, tableware and kitchenware that your mum will love for both their functionality and...

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The Smartest Spring Cleaning Ever

The Smartest Spring Cleaning Ever

Are you ready for the spring-cleaning marathon? Yes! Because every year, between March and April, no matter if you live in Rome or in Boston, there is a recurring event: clean up the whole house! And for this effort you absolutely need athletic preparation, strength, agility and power. Climbing up and down the ladder, scrubbing the floors, washing window screens, shampooing carpets and waxing parquets is a healthy exercise 😉 and makes you save the money at the gym. Turn up the volume of your favorite playlist and sing sing sing while getting the job done. Whether you have...

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Shabby Chic Dishes and Tableware: Tips & Ideas

Shabby Chic Dishes and Tableware: Tips & Ideas

The shabby-chic style first became known in the US and in Europe in the 90’s, thanks to the effort of a few enthusiasts; nowadays, it is so fashionable that even large retailers propose it in a vast selection of furnishings, home accessories and even clothes. The style is rooted in the Mediterranean culture, as it is heavily influenced by the traditions of Provence, Tuscany and Greece. While it was originally applied to furniture, the shabby-chic design is now extremely popular in tableware as well, as we will see below. A shabby-chic object is usually painted using light colors, often...

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6 Spring Table Decoration Ideas

6 Spring Table Decoration Ideas

Days are finally getting longer, temperatures are shyly, yet steadily, increasing and we begin to “feel and see” the sweetest and fragrant season of the year: Spring. Spring makes everybody feel a little sweeter, arising “pastel feelings” and cheering us up. Just like bears coming out from hibernation, we are much more willing to spend time with friends. And even the home table cannot wait longer to cheer up the guests with warmth, freshness and joy. After eight months of the orange and grayish colors of autumn and winter, there is an explosion of more than a thousand flowers–...

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4 Tips to Choose a Dinner Set for Your Wedding Registry

4 Tips to Choose a Dinner Set for Your Wedding Registry

Choosing the best dinner set or kitchenware to include in your wedding registry can be a daunting task. Let us help you with useful advices that will make your friends and relatives eager to contribute to your happiness! 1) Think Long Term Your wedding registry represents a once-in-a-lifetime occasion to treat yourself and your partner. Thanks to your wedding registry you will finally have that elegant and exclusive dinner set you have been dreaming about for so long! When you choose a dinner set for your wedding registry, bear in mind that it is meant to last in time. A quality dinner set will not...

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Porcelain Enamel Cookware: everything You Need to Know

Porcelain Enamel Cookware: everything You Need to Know

Discovering Porcelain Enamel Nowadays porcelain enamel kitchenware makes a beautiful impression in kitchens all over the word. Porcelain enamel indeed seduces both food enthusiasts and design lovers because combines performance and aesthetics. But… which is the difference between porcelain and porcelain enamel? As many of you may know, porcelain is a type of ceramic that is composed mostly of a white clay called kaolin with the addition of feldspars, quartz, steatite and other substances. The whole compound is cooked at 1300-1400 degrees. As well as clay and glass ceramics, porcelain may be glazed or not. The porcelain enamel cookware is made by melting the porcelain together with a...

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