Historic food places

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Historic food places


This section of WebFoodCulture is about all those historic food places that, during time, distinguished themselves so much to become part of the imagination of every true gourmet. ‘Temples of taste’, so rich in charm to infuse part of it in their own specialties, increasing their flavor and forming with them a deep bond.


Historic food places: restaurants, bars, shops, etc. ‘Temples of taste’, so rich in charm to infuse part of it in their own specialties.

Ballotta: Galileo’s trattoria (img-01)

There are places where food, no matter how delicious, manages to acquire additional, unexpected flavor: places like ‘Ballotta’, a ‘trattoria’, serving traditional specialties since the XVII Century to all kind of customers. Among them, very famous people such as Galileo Galilei … and many others! (continue)

Italy – Section: Historic food places

Harry’s Bar Venice (img-02) Harry’s Bar Venice (img-02)

Harry’s Bar is a fascinating place, rightly part of the collective imagination. Over the years, thanks to its customers and their stories, this bar has developed a soul of its own. Two delicious specialties have been invented within its walls: the ‘Bellini’ and the ‘Carpaccio’.

Italy – Section: Historic food places / Veneto / Venice

A villa, Goldoni and the Friularo wine. A villa, Goldoni and the Friularo wine.

There is a place where emotions from a time past, art, culture and taste, seem to blend. A beautiful, ancient villa in the Italian countryside becomes the source of feelings that inevitably ignite inspiration. It’s here that the Friularo wine was born, the fruit of a sensibility slowly acquired over the centuries. (continue)

Italy – Section: Historic food places / Beverages

Empanadas in milonga. Empanadas in milonga.

Empanadas in milonga.

The ’empanada’ is a simple and yet delicious specialty originally from Spain, much appreciated in many countries of South America. It’s often served in the ‘milongas’, the tango ballrooms: the most famous are in Argentina, in the city of Buenos Aires. (coming soon)

Argentine – Section: Historic food places / Street food / Appetizers

'Pescheria': the Venetian fish market. 'Pescheria': the Venetian fish market.

‘Pescheria’: the Venetian fish market.

One of the most interesting places in Venice is the ancient market near the bridge of Rialto. The ‘pescheria’ is the part of this market devoted to fish trading. It’s hosted in a beautiful structure built in the early 1900s.
(coming soon)

Italy – Section: Historic food places


Only the most traditional and fascinating food places.

The Venetian ‘bacari’.

The Venetian ‘bacari’.

Strolling through the ‘calli’, the narrow alleys of Venice, it’s quite easy to come across a ‘bacaro’: a small tavern, very noisy and lively, where it’s possible to spend some time enjoying the company of the nice and colorful local people. In a traditional bacaro are usually served wine and very tasteful appetizers, also known as ‘cicchetti’. (coming soon)

Italy – Section: Historic food places

Bernard Shaw about food (img-04)


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The ‘lake houses’ near the city of Saratoga Springs (US) were among the first places where it was possible to taste potato chips. Their customers could enjoy different types of entertainment, including panoramic excursions, fishing trips … or they could just chill out, drinking aperitifs accompanied by the renowned ‘Saratoga Chips’. (continue).

The Italian ‘friggitoria’ is a particular kind of food shop selling mainly (but not only) fried specialties: not surprisingly, its name comes from the verb ‘friggere’ (‘to fry’). Some of the most traditional ‘friggitorie’ are in the city of Naples: they make exquisite delicacies such as the ‘crocchè’ (continue).

La Bodeguita, El Floridita and Hemingway.

‘La Bodeguita del Medio’ and ‘El Floridita’ are among the most fascinating places in Havana, the capital of Cuba. They were both particularly dear to the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway, who wrote: “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita”.


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