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Via Vitae Travels February Newsletter is ready, fully packed with our latest news, Carnival recipes, wine tips, and more!


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Via Vitae Travels 2017 Passion for Piemonte Tour guests having fun in our cooking class!

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Join Via Vitae Travels in 2021!

Our customized wine, culinary and cultural tours highlight specific Italian regions. Via Vitae Travels will help you experience Italy as a local instead of as a tourist: see, do and taste things most tourists never have the opportunity to experience! Thanks to the deep and direct connections we have established through the years with local wineries, hotels, chefs, and drivers, you can be assured that your experience with us will be as unique as it can be. Small numbered tours and attention to details are the perfect setting for you to build memories that will last forever. And you will want to join us again and again! So why wait, start now and join us in 2021 for the tour of a lifetime!

Let us get you and your family, friends, and co-workers to the best unknown spots in Italy, with your own schedule and at your own pace.

Via Vitae Travels will deliver the most amazing experience!

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Monthly news from Via Vitae Travels!

Via Vitae Travels December Newsletter is ready fully packed with our latest news, winter recipes, wine tips, and more!

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Cabbage Soup – The “Canavesana” Way!

We promised this recipe to you. A very simple dish, out of grandmas’ cooking books, heartwarming and deliciously made with what the vegetable garden can offer during the cold times of year. Cabbage, bread and broth, you cannot go wrong!

A Bit of History

Cabbage soup, or “zuppa di cavolo” is a very well known winter recipe in Piemonte. Tradition wants that on the evening of November 1 each family cooked some cabbage soup and before bedtime, the pot was left on the table, fully prepared for the meal, for the deceased souls of family members that were expected to visit the house one more time and enjoy the food. That is why it is also known as “zuppa dei Santi” (soup of the Saints), because of the day in which is prepared. Tradition also wants that the youngest members of the family, after a night out with friends, coming back home and hungry, were the ones eating the delicacy on the table, leaving every other family member to believe the deceased instead enjoyed the dish!

Cabbage soup is enjoyed throughout the winter, not only on November 1. Cabbage is a very common winter vegetable in Canavese. But what is Canavese? Canavese is a geographical area in the North West of Piemonte, where Turin is located, the first capital of Italy and the heart of the Passion for Piemonte Via Vitae Travels Tour. House of the most famous autoctonous white grape Erbaluce, the first white grape from Piemonte to become a DOC. The vine is an old one, perhaps related to Fiano, and brought to Piemonte by the Romans almost two thousand years ago.

Canavese, geographical area in North West Italy

There are slight differences in preparing the basic ingredients. It just all depends on your personal preference, the taste of your guests, and family traditions. But what makes it a Canavesana soup is the cheese: toma or fontina are the best, as they are local to the area. The bread is the hard, left-over bread, because “nothing is wasted”. But of course you can use fresh bread too! As to the broth, either vegetable broth or meat/chicken stock will do the job. For more richness and flavor, some prefer to use sausage, ground beef, or lard, or a mix of any and all, others no meat at all; some use butter, some olive oil, “Tomato, tomato, potato, potato”! So without let or hindrance, here is the recipe!

The Recipe

Ingredients you will need:
  • Savoy cabbage leaves (4 to 6 depending on how big they are)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Butter, 30 gr or same quantity of EVOO
  • Lard, 50 gr or sausage, 300 gr (omit if you prepare the vegetarian version)
  • Slices of bread, (hard left-ver or fresh, we used 1 baguette, 250 gr in this recipe)
  • Broth, 1 liter
  • Toma or fontina, 100 gr
  • Salt, pepper, nutmeg, bay leaves, and juniper berries to taste
Preparation:

1. Add butter, garlic, and meat in a pan, and sautée until everything is nicely cooked. If you want you can add white wine and/or tomato sauce to taste.

2. Add the cabbage leaves, only the green portion, previously washed, drained and sliced. Stir and add a little broth. Cook for 10-15 min.

3. In a baking dish prepare the first layer with some fried cabbage, then add the sliced bread, add more cabbage, a bit of cheese, and continue with layers of bread and cabbage and cheese until you’ve run out of ingredients, but keep aside a bit (or a generous amount!) of cheese. Add the broth until bread is well soaked and cover with remaining cheese. Make sure your baking dish is big enough and offers some extra room: the bread will soak the broth while cooking and the ingredients will double in volume. Bake it uncovered for 1 hour at medium temperature, so flavors will blend, then broil until golden brown, for the last 15-20 min. Let it cool a little (bread maintains the heat, so be careful!) then serve and enjoy!

We kept measurements in grams and liters so you can get used to the local tradition, just in time for your next trip to Italy with Via Vitae Travels! If you do not find neither toma or fontina, asiago or provolone can work, as long as the cheese is not too chewy, your preference will dictate the choice. For a dish the closest to the original, we recommend not to use mozzarella: although easy to find in the United States, the final result as far as the flavor and texture profiles would be just too different. Now – we are firm believers that whatever you like is the best way to cook just (about) anything!

Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to let us know how it goes – have fun e buon appetito!

BY MARIELLA C. ZANOTTI & VANDA ZANOTTO AS THE CHEF


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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

We are grateful for you!

From our family to yours,

Have a SAFE and HAPPY

THANKSGIVING!!

From the Via Vitae Travels’ Team


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Via Vitae Travels October Newsletter is packed of tasty news!

We constantly work to keep you updated on all-Italian things: life, Holidays, recurrences, and news. There is always more to come on Via Vitae Travels’ Blog!

In this issue:

OCTOBER IS TRUFFLE MONTH IN PIEMONTE!

Every year in Alba the International Alba White Truffle Fair takes place, one of the top showcases of “grande cuisine” and Italian excellence.

PARTICIPATE IN OUR RECIPE COMPETITION, YOU COULD BE FEATURED IN OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER ISSUE!

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and we will publish it in our next Newsletter!

REGION OF THE MONTH: PUGLIA

Via Vitae Travels never gets tired of exploring new areas. We are preparing for you the next journey in one of the best-kept secrets of Italy: Puglia.

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BUON FERRAGOSTO!

WHAT IS FERRAGOSTO?

August is a crazy month in Italy. For Italians, it is often the best month of the year – a time for vacation, family, friends, and the beach. But it is also the height of tourist season, and hotel prices soar to 3 or even 4 times their usual rates while restaurants are reserved months in advance. The reason for all this excitement centers around……. ——> read more


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About Via Vitae Travels Passion for Piemonte tour someone said…

This is not a run of the mill touring experience! I have been a chef for over 30 years and these trips changed my life forever.

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SPECIAL EDITION – REPORTING FROM LE LANGHE

This past weekend we went to visit some of our local friends and run a test-tour for you! Read all about it in Via Vitae Travels freshest Blog!

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Special Edition:  Reporting from Le Langhe

Dear Friends – It’s been an interesting year so far, to say the least! Slowly but steadily things have gotten back to normal here in Piemonte and in Italy. As we write, the Italian Government just decided for the next few months’ health policies to keep us all safe and healthy, but we just could not sit around and wait any longer! With such beautiful weather, the flexibility of health emergency rules, and vicinity to the beloved destination of Langhe and Roero, this past weekend we went to visit some of our local friends and run a test-tour for you!

First and foremost: people are as welcoming as we remembered, even more actually: whoever works in the wine, food and travel industry is really looking forward to receiving customers and get back to the social life that is such an important part of what they do every day!

We socialized, ate, and drank, went for walks, relaxed, took naps, and looked at the beautiful scenery. Breathtaking views over the Barolo hills for breakfast, sunset over a wonderful dinner, terraces in Verduno and La Morra that have the most amazing views of the prized vineyards, and a quick pick at the Cappella del Barolo – nothing was missing! We tested it all for you and we are 101% sure now you will have the most wonderful time when you’ll join Via Vitae Travels in 2021 for our Passion for Piemonte Tour!

Here are some pictures of our mini-vacation (by Vanda Z. C. – all rights reserved). Thanks mom for the pics! See it with your own eyes what awaits for you next year. Enjoy!!

 

About Le Langhe and Roero

The Langhe and Roero district of Italy is famous for being one of the most charming landscapes in the Region of Piedmont, and Italy. Rolling hills, quaint villages atop of cliffs,  prized vineyards, and long gastronomic traditions. For food and wine lovers, this area is the height of excellence, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the good life along with nature and art.

About Via Vitae Travels

Via Vita Travels specializes in customized wine, culinary and cultural vacations highlighting specific regions in Italy. Through the years we have established solid local relationships, in many regions of Italy as Piemonte, Veneto, and Puglia. Each package we offer allows you to experience the region as a local instead of as a tourist and it’s crafted for intimate groups, never more than 12 people, to enhance the overall experience. See, do, and taste things most tourists never have the opportunity to experience! We invite you to take this journey of life with us!

BY MARIELLA C. ZANOTTI


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SPECIAL EDITION “STAPPATINCASA”

The Italian wine initiative to cheer us up!

Luca Balbiano and Father in their vineyard ‘Villa della Regina’ overlooking Torino.

We constantly work to keep you updated on all-Italian things: life, Holidays, recurrences, and news. Our BLOG and NEWSLETTER are your best option to stay up to date with what is happening in the country of La Dolce Vita!

Read about the initiative Stappatincasa in our latest newsletter.

Via Vitae Travels is working already to get things set up for you and your group with customized tours in Italy for the year 2021.

See all our 2021 tour dates and information.

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