I had almost lost hope for Italian food blogs. For more than a year now, the number of enjoyable food blogs in Italy could be counted on the fingers of a hand... of a clumsy one eyed lumberjack. My own decision to post in English came mainly from the hope to communicate and get in touch with people around the world, yet a part of it also came from the less than encouraging situation of food blogs in Italy. Had it not been for Ronald and Katia's Via Ritiro no.7 Diary and Carlo's My latest supper, both in English, I would have felt rally alone.
And then, low and behold! In the past few weeks Italy seems to have woken up and finally discovered food blogs; the number of new ones joining the few existing a few month's ago has dramatically increased. Suddenly the Italian blogsphere has become much more interesting for anyone interested in food. (Note, all of the blogs mentioned below are in Italian... I did warn you!)
Most of the blogs following in the steps of pioneers like troppobuono and gli onesti piaceri have been a very pleasant discovery, and range all over the food blog spectrum. Gustoblog, for example, is a handy resource, announcing events throughout Italy and keeping an eye to the latest food, wine and kitchen trends. They recently started a series of interviews with food bloggers, in both Italian and English: the very first one starts Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks. Cavoletto di Bruxelles (i.e. Brussel's sprout), as the name tips off, is written by Sigrid, a Belgian living in Italy; it is definitely the most graphically pleasing of the bunch thanks to its simple and elegant layout, great pictures, plus it continously tickles my appetite with seriously mouthwatering recipes.
When I feel like reading a few musings about food and gastronomy I get plenty of chances from blogs like Pecoranerablog, the last addition to the roma nel piatto (an independent guide to dining in Rome) website, and Di Vino e Cibo, after all we Italians love to discuss about food, and our blogs make no difference. The re-launched Gastronomo Riluttnate, by my friend Muccapazza, deserves a special mention: it is a smart and strongly opinionated blog, if there ever was one and among the first ones I look at every day. Likely Peperosso written by Massimo Bernardi: a sarcastic, intelligent and polemic blog that has a go at the Italian food's world establishment. It tries a bit too hard at times, but definitely worth following. (Plus, he spend very kind words about this blog, how not to like him?)
Blogs also seem an irresistible temptation for a few food celebrities, maybe a sign of how trendy this means of communication has become in Italy. I'm not particularly taken away by this kind of blogs since there is always the risk of them becoming a self promoting spiel, yet a few are worth at least a mention. One of the longest standing is the graphically minimalist (i.e. in serious need of a graphical makeover) Papero Giallo, the blog of Stefano Bonilli, co-editor in chief of Italy's foremost food and wine magazine, Gambero Rosso. At times a very interesting blog , especially if you're interested in Italian gastronomy, the posts can be a bit obscure to those unaware of Italian food press relations and gossip. Also mention-worthy is Carla Latini's (of Latini artisanal pasta) Il Retrocucina. Rumors suggest these are not the last ones: other celebrities want to join the fun.
Last but not least my latest disocvery, Kitchenstories, the tales and thoughts of a young passionate chef, a real blog from the restaurant kitchen... nice stories, and with a few more gruesome details it could become an Italian Kitchen Confidential ;-).