Food and Wine – Context Travel Blog

Looking for the latest news and updates about food and wine from around the world? Check here for reviews, recipes, and thoughts about restaurants, wine bars, and other gastronomic delights for those traveling around the world, from Rome to Rio. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for sampling the best food and wine in over 40 cities, put together by local food writers, sommeliers, and chefs, as well as Context staff. From rustic enotecas to cutting-edge gastronomy, we provide an intellectually curious take on food and wine across the globe—or in your home city.

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.

Restaurant 404

A lively Moroccan restaurant, Restaurant 404 offers an excellent alternative for those seeking spicier, more ethnic fare. The restaurant is owned and run by three generations of family members, and between them they speak about 8 languages, so making your…

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Buccone

After passing Buccone twice in the past month, and finding ourselves entranced by the dark wooden stacks of wine and the intense atmosphere of one of the most beguiling enotecas in Rome, my roommate, Federica and I finally decided we…

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Da Lucia

As a recent addition to the Context:Rome office, I was delighted to learn of the Context:Rome monthly ritual: a staff lunch on the company at a restaurant of our choice. Of course, there’s a catch. The main purpose is for…

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Bellini

Set in the historic center, not too far from the Naples Archaeological Museum, in the heart of an up-and-coming artsy, bohemian quarter, Bellini is first call on the local fishmonger’s role. Neighborhood denizens come here weekly for their fish fix,…

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Coquinarius

Finding a restaurant in the center of Florence that doesn’t evoke descriptors such as busy, traditional, or authentic, is rare. So stumbling on this classy little place just a block from the Duomo was quite a find. They forego the…

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Di Matteo

Food in Naples means tradition. Food in Naples stands for simple, fresh products combined in an almost alchemical way. From thick-crust pizza to timballo (Naples’ version of lasagna), from sfogliatelle (Naples’ version of baklava) to insalalta di rinforzo (pickled salad),…

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Pierluigi

Spring here at Context|Rome has been hectic, to say the least ‚ between Paul and Lani’s new baby girl (Cleo Cicero), our transition into the new office (Via Baccina, 40-just a block off the Forum!), and the warm weather tourist…

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