Our Italian Grand Prix

There is no more storied race track in Formula 1 racing than the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, Italy.  Construction of the track was completed in 1922, and it has been the site of the Italian Grand Prix since the introduction of the Formula 1 championship series in 1950.  This years’ Formula 1 Championship has featured a fierce battle between Lewis Hamilton of Team Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel of Team Ferrari.  After 12 races this season, Sebastian Vettel had a slight lead over Lewis Hamilton, setting the stage for an epic battle at Monza, the home track of Ferrari. Continue reading

The Great Truffle Hunt

The town of Alba in the Langhe region of the Piedmont in Northern Italy is famous for its truffles, which are a form of fungus that grows in the roots of specific types of trees, primarily oak.  Truffles are highly prized by chefs and foodies all over the world, as an exotic addition to pasta, eggs, potatoes and other foods.  There are two truffle seasons in Alba – black truffles in the summer and rare white truffles in the fall.  White truffles from Alba normally sell for over $1000 per pound, reflecting their rarity.  Continue reading