Anna Lebedeva

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Anna Lebedeva is a food and travel writer based in Abruzzo. She runs Italy With Gusto, a blog about culinary travel in Italy, and Abruzzo With Gusto, a food and wine tour company.

Articles by Anna Lebedeva

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:15
Ralph and Ninke Boston learnt about Abruzzo from an old ailing man. “I was looking after this wonderful man in his 80s, who kept telling me about his…
Tue, 02/06/2018 - 04:56
The first time I heard of drogherie shops was while talking to an Italian friend who said: “If I can’t find something in a conventional shop I go to a…
Thu, 01/25/2018 - 02:34
Photo by: Francesco Viti via Panoramio Although Tuscany is not an off-the-beaten-path destination, it is still possible to find some hidden treasures …
Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:15
The chocolate season in Italy has started. Yes, there is such a thing as I have learned over the years of living in the Bel Paese. Italians tend to ea…
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 02:15
When I first visited Sicily, I fell in love with the sun-drenched island, balmy evenings, luscious desserts and excellent wines. I stocked up on the s…
Wed, 06/07/2017 - 00:39
Venice is notorious for overpriced restaurants, bland tourist menus and poor customer service. The daily crowds of visitors, over 60,000 of them daily…
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 03:27
Main photo credit: Turismo.it.  The town of Trivento sits on a rocky hill, above the valleys of Molise. It is one of those places where locals pause t…
Sun, 03/05/2017 - 22:06
Oscar and Lady, two adorable Lagetto Romagnolo pups, wagged their tails enthusiastically sniffing the ground under an oak tree. Oscar started digging…
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 02:31
The most important feast of the year is fast approaching. This is the time when Italian families, proud of their local traditions, prepare the dishes,…
Thu, 12/17/2015 - 02:56
When I heard the expression “heroic wines” for the first time, I smiled and imagined muscular farmers in Superman’s capes tending the vineyards. As it…
Wed, 10/28/2015 - 17:53
I often see surprised faces when talking about how close Abruzzo, dubbed as “the greenest region in Europe”, to Rome is. Just over an hour-drive from…
Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:14
“I just know when it is ready”, says Lucia D’Angelo lightly touching with the back of her hand the curdling ewe’s milk that is heating up slowly in a…
Sun, 06/14/2015 - 17:24
The green region of Abruzzo, where I live, remains off-the-beaten track despite its proximity to Rome. It takes just over an hour by car or bus to rea…