Travel Geeks: Italy food and drink — 27 February 2020

From cacciatore to cannoli, get the lowdown on Italian cuisine for your next gourmet getaway from our expert panel.Thursday, 23 January 2020

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Diving into the history, breadth and regional variations of Italian gastronomy, our panel of experts will help you turn a getaway into a delicious culinary adventure 

We all know there’s more to Italian cuisine than pizza, pasta and red wine, but when it comes to planning a trip to sample the country’s regional food specialities, it can be difficult to know where to start. Modern Italian cooking has so much to offer, too, with an abundance of local ingredients inspiring chefs to draw on their surroundings in innovative and interesting ways. As well as a long history of wine-making, Italy’s reputation as the capital of coffee, Campari cocktails and other tempting drinks make it a place to enjoy a full culinary experience.

In partnership with Nespresso, we'll be discussing how to plan a trip to Italy based around food and drink, touching on regional dishes not to miss; the slow food movement; what to drink wherever you are and buying and cooking with local ingredients. On the evening, Nespresso will also be giving away a stylish Vertuo travel mug worth £19 to every ticket holder — made from double-walled stainless steel for ideal thermal insulation, it holds 13.5oz/400ml.

So, whether you’re passionate about Pugliese bread or Piedmontese truffles, join us to learn how to put together the tastiest trip possible to Italy.

Don’t rush off, join our after-work get togethers.

Top tips, advice, technical know-how, photo ideas… and a glass of something cheery. Our series of informal chats are tailored to fit in with your busy lives. Travel Geeks is just an hour long, and offers you the chance to hear from our experts, share a drink and join in the lively debate.




The panel

Silvia Bifaro, food stylist
Native Italian Silvia is a former fashion designer-turned-professional food photographer and stylist, whose work focuses on telling stories through good in her distinctive, elegant-rustic style. 

Damian Croft, Founding Director, Esplora
Damian heads up cultural tour operator Esplora and has worked or lived in Sicily for almost 20 years. He has a passion for Mediterranean history and culture, as well as deep personal interests in music, literature and the arts, natural history and wildlife. Amongst his jobs on the island, he has been a teacher, a tour guide, a translator, a cook and a travel writer.

Christine Smallwood, food and travel writer
Christine is a food and travel writer specialising in Italy, having been an Italophile since the age of three when she went on a family holiday to Ischia. She is the author of books focusing on the people, places and food of the regions of Lombardy, Umbria and Puglia.

Enzo Oliveri, chef
Sicilian Enzo is renowned all over the world for his Italian cuisine. He has worked in nearly 50 restaurants, cooking for VIPs such as Princess Diana, Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta. His television career includes shows with Gordon Ramsey, Michel Roux, Paul Hollywood and Aldo Zilli. For the past five years, he has been a chef and nutritionist for the Italian national cycle team, reflecting his passion for wellbeing through food. Enzo is president of the Italian Federation of the Chefs in the UK, chef judge for the Young Chef Olympiad and has been honoured with the Cavaliere Ufficiale OSI (the equivalent of a British MBE).

Moderated by

Connor McGovern, assistant editor, National Geographic Traveller
Connor is assistant editor of National Geographic Traveller and has eaten a disproportionate amount of pizza for his 27 years. He once walked an hour for pistachio gelato in Milan, went wine tasting in Valpolicella and drove around what felt like all of Sardinia whilst discovering its traditional sweets. 

Event details

When: Thursday 27 February 2020 from 18.00 to 20.30

Where: Nespresso, 54 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY (nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus)

Tickets: £10 — includes drinks and nibbles.

Buy tickets here

Follow National Geographic Traveller (UK) on social media

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Read More