Italian food blog, newsletter and magazine

Italian food blog, newsletter, and magazine for Italian food enthusiasts: Gourmet Project is the place where you can find seasonal recipes, cooking tips, stories, traditions, and lifestyle advice directly from Italy.


an Italian food blog

Italian cuisine is not just food & recipes, it’s a lifestyle. You landed on this Italian food blog because a higher power (google, pinterest, facebook?) brought you here, considering you might be an Italian food passionate

A seeker of pleasure, slow living and, probably, wine 🙂

Just like me.


To fulfill your destiny, please note this:

You’ll have to change the way you see your kitchen, grocery shopping, and everyday life.


Italian cooking is about time and dedication.

Italian recipes are about celebrating flavors, about choosing the best damn tomato, about refining your palate.

You don’t need it in your DNA, and you don’t need to live in Italy.

But you need a guide.

And yes, that’s me.



If you want to cook like an Italian (and I can understand why), then cook like an Italian!



Be THAT person:

The one that pleasantly sits on the porch at sunset, sipping from a glass of excellent red wine

…while the salsa al pomodoro is simmering on the stovetop.

The one that enjoys the waiting

(probably nibbling from a charcuterie board).

The one that picks the best leaves from the basil plant, inhales the aroma

…and delicately lays them next to a nest of homemade pasta.

The one that welcomes a few friends for dinner, to share his/her latest find:

an Italian aged goat cheese, to be paired with that exquisite Barolo

…that should have decanted perfectly by now.


how to let your inner Italian out

To become the person you are supposed to be let me propose you a sample path, a starting point for your journey. You can take a step at the time, skip something, do it all together, fully immerse yourself in Gourmet Project’s world, or take a bite at the time, when you want to, or have time for it!



first step: an Italian food blog to introduce you to Italy’s food culture

Explore this Italian food blog: familiarize!

My recipes are seasonal, mostly from scratch and mostly slow food.

Some are authentic, some are traditional, some are the result of modern Italian cuisine…

(read: a lot of olive oil)

Feel free to explore recipes from every category. They’re usually part of thematic Projects, where I explore a regional cuisine, a cooking method or an ingredient.


second step: from the blog to the mag

Get your copy of the Gourmet Mag: explore more, go deeper.

The Gourmet Mag is a quarterly indie publication. Each season you’ll discover something new about Italy: a region, a city, a festivity, a tradition. Italy’s cultural heritage is infinite and charming, a never-ending journey through ingredients, recipes, landscapes, and people.

Plus, photos are gorgeous: a reportage of real life in Italy, the nice part.



third step: a newsletter to keep you in the loop

Keep yourself updated! Sign up for the gourmet newsletter: 2-4 mails per month with foodie finds, tips and juicy stuff.

A little taste of Italy to make you feel like you were always here, enjoying your Italianity :-). Plus, you get a free sample of the Gourmet Mag if you subscribe (and after that, because you’re part of the family ;-)).



fourth step: do!

Put on your apron and pour the wine. It’s time to make something: you have authentic recipes from an Italian food blog, seasonal inspiration from a gourmet magazine and short stories from a weekly newsletter.

You are spoiled for choice.

If you start your journey, in whatever order you decide to, you’ll soon find yourself cooking delicious meals, enjoying your homemade dishes and happily dancing around the kitchen!


about me:

I’m Claudia, an Italian-Venezuelan cooking, eating and dancing in Rome. In love with veggies, suitcases, airports, hats, Christmas & books.

I live here in Italy since I was 8 years old and after a long career in Human Resources, I decided it was time for a change. So I followed my passions. I founded an Italian food blog, the Gourmet Project a few years ago, to write down all I knew about Italian food and cuisine, and most of all, everything I was learning, constantly, on the way. After a while I decided it was time to go a little deeper and give my readers something more, something they could literally take home, handle, and keep in their kitchen for consultation and inspiration, so I published an indie magazine: the Gourmet Mag.

I’m a person in constant search of learning new things, observing real life and documenting what I find. So most of the time you’ll see me taking a picture, noting down what I saw, read or heard. My sources are the people I meet (from the greengrocer to the butcher, from the restaurateur to a friend, or a friend of a friend, or a friend’s mom, nonna or nonno :-)), the books I read, the places I go, the things I remember from the past, and the things that happen in the present.


Claudia Rinaldi Italian food blog

about my pics

I use an iphone for all my photos and I edit them with vscocam.

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have a wonderful Italian experience!


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