Simposio is an independent magazine about Italy’s food culture, traveling, and traditions.
It is an Italian cooking and living magazine, made in Italy and published quarterly, in English. A perfect Italian gift idea or treat.
about the SIMPOSIO magazine
Each issue of SIMPOSIO will bring to your house gourmet, authentic, and traditional Italian recipes, slow travel guides to visit unique places – from wherever you are -, and immersive Italian cultural experiences.
The food culture in Italy is deeply connected to history, traditions, and regional customs, both related to geographical peculiarities, products, and, consequently, cuisine. Southern Italy’s food culture is different from Northern, and Central, just like traditions, produce, and history. In this Italian food magazine, you will discover, region by region, city by city, the history, the evolution, and the facts that led to the infinite Italian gastronomy panorama.
In Ancient Greece and Rome, philosophers, artists, and aristocrats gathered for sumptuous banquets. After eating superb foods, they were served wine, they enjoyed singing, dancing, and plays, and they engaged in cultural conversations. This last part of the soirè was called Symposium, Simposio in Italian.
SIMPOSIO is an Italian recipe, travel, and culture magazine with the aim to create a world of meaningful conversation, inspiring learning, and dionysian pleasures for the readers.
This magazine about Italy will catapult you into one of these encounters to read, learn, cook, and travel the country from wherever you are.
Every seasonal issue of this food and travel magazine about Italy is built around a topic: an Italian city, town, region, season, or color to capture the country’s essence and immense socio-cultural heritage. Italian art, landscapes, stories, linguistic expressions, and people are the perfect elements to plan a memorable trip – or virtual traveling adventure.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, place a few olives and dried tomatoes on a cute plate, play some jazzy music, and browse through the pages of SIMPOSIO: you’ll fly to Italy and live it like never before.
An authentic Italian food magazine
Simposio is an Italian cooking magazine with authentic Italian regional and traditional recipes. Servings are for two – duplicable as desired -, and measures are in oz, gr, and cups whenever possible. Next to the recipes, you will also find Italian food culture traditions, facts, and history.
A travel magazine about Italy
Simposio is also an Italian travel magazine. According to a slow travel philosophy, you will discover a selection of magical places in Italy: majestic art cities, tiny perched towns, wine regions, and unique coastal destinations. Beautiful pictures, city guides, interviews with locals, and historical figures will lead you to dreamy and authentic Italy.
An Italian Culture magazine
Finally, Simposio is an Italian culture magazine. Topics cover food culture, of course, but also symbols, music, jokes, art, and popular knowledge. For example, in each issue, you’ll find a seasonal bucket list with book and movie suggestions, activities, links, and videos.
You can subscribe to this quarterly Italian food and travel magazine for print (USA, UK, Italy, Canada, and more) or digital issues.
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A note from Rome
A long time has passed since my brother and I put mayo and ketchup on our spaghetti under the scandalized look of our Italian grandparents, who would label us like little Venezuelan savages, unable to capture the art of Italian cuisine. But let me say they didn’t capture Venezuela’s adventurous spirit either – just to be fair.
Everyone had made an effort. Every time they visited, Nonna and Nonno packed their suitcases with the finest chocolates, pasta, anchovies, olives, etc. Our parents had instituted homemade gnocchi or pasta nights and made us part of the process. My mother had learned everything she could from my Sicilian grandmother’s cooking lessons.
And we did love the Italic food… really.
But there was something we missed, something we didn’t understand…
Living in Rome
Then, the time to redeem our palate came, time to experience authentic Italian cuisine, in loco.
We packed, learned the basic vocabulary (fame, mangiare, buono), and settled in Rome. A city where everything would’ve been an adventure, where we would forever be half and half (mango-lovers and pasta-devourers). Where we would be eternal newbies, with the excitement and the sensibility that comes with it.
We finally understood what we hadn’t captured until then: Italian cuisine is not a technique or a few recipes: Italian food is the center of Italian culture. You’ll understand Italy when you understand Italian food, and you’ll understand food when you’ll interiorize the lifestyle.
Cooking real Italian food
After 30+ years of cooking Italian and living, in Italy I can share with you a few fundamentals of Italian cuisine:
- Cook only if and when you want to. If not, make a Caprese salad.
- Take your time: for evaluating and selecting ingredients, for cooking, for setting the table, for letting red wine decant, for intensely savoring the food…
- Listen to your suppliers – butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger… -: they’re an inexhaustible source of knowledge and inspiration.
- Always opt for fresh and seasonal ingredients.
- Enhance the flavor of every single ingredient: don’t let one overcome the other.
- Use many herbs, spices, onion, and garlic, but remember: they’re supporting actors, not the main character.
- Use only good quality wine for cooking: it matters.
- Cultivate your palate: keep it trained by periodically tasting new flavors or combinations, and be aware that only when you are used to quality, you can distinguish good from bad food.
Enjoy your new Italian life!
The magazines are a breath of fresh air, beauty and ideas. Cheers to the team
Claudia has a way of describing the daily rituals of life in Puglia in the words of a friend. As though written in a letter, tucked in your drawer from the past, her musings on the variations of water one can order in a restaurant, pumos, and falling ill from “humidity” left me in Salento peeling almonds while sipping a caffe leccese on the sand. A side of Italy you won’t get anywhere else. I cannot wait to try the ricotta recipes. I have cooked Italian all of my life, but have never seen some recipes she has carefully curated for the Lecce issue. Brava Claudia!
I ordered this magazine not quite knowing what to expect. I was looking for Winter recipes and toughtful tips. Well, this was the most pleasant suprprise of the year. This magazine is drop dead beautiful. Photographs, creative, clever words. I absolutely love it and cannot wait to experience the recipes. This is more than a magazine about cooking. This is a soulful journey through an amazing writer’s mind. Thank you for developing such a wonderful product.
My wife and I tried several recipes from this magazine/cookbook. Everything we made was more than delicious! The recipes are easy to follow and the measurements seem true. We enjoyed the relaxed lighthearted attitude of the author as well as the way she shares Italian culture. This is not something you buy and put away, this is the one that stays on thte kitchen counter. We cooked artichokes for the first time because of this magazine and it won’t be the last. The recipe for the Villanella Artichokes will make you swoon, and if you’re ever cold the Minestrone from Milan will warm you to your soul! I have cooked for many years in many different countries and have never enjoyed a cookbook more! This book is like a vacation to Italy! The attention to detail and inside look at Italian regional culture is fantastic! Grazie Claudia!
This quarterly magazine is very well done. Beautiful and large pictures; lots of information about the region. And recipes that look really tasty. Many many pages, for several hours of enjoyment.