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The loukoumi, a Greek dessert to accompany with coffee – Italian Cuisine


Loukoumi is a delicious sweet of Greek origin flavored with rose, generally served as an accompaniment to Greek coffee

These little ones delicious and exotic Greek sweets they are generally served with Greek coffee. Although famous for being a Turkish specialty, loukoumi actually has Greek origins, in particular its recipe comes from a mix of local products from the island of Chios, and then spread throughout the Greek territory starting fromisland of Syros (Cyclades).

Origin and spread of loukoumi, a Greek-Turkish sweet

To study and retrace the origin of this cake historically was Dina Sikoutri, descendant of an old family of local loukoumi producers from the island of Syros. His research has shown that most producers in ancient Istanbul (Constantinople), came from theGreek island Chio, in the northern Aegean, and that just using typical ingredients of this island, namely almonds, rose sugar and mastic, the resin of the mastic tree, created Turkish rahat loukoum.
The first testimony concerning the Greek production of loukoumi, on the island of Syros, dates back to 1832, the year in which he made his arrival from Constantinople. In the last century the preparation of dolcetto has spread like wildfire in almost all of Greece and loukoumi has quickly become famous also in the rest of the world, from Europe to Asia and even Japan.

A sweet and delicate rose cube to be discovered

There Greek basic recipe provides for the use of sugar, water and starch, to which is generally added therose water but also essence of bergamot, vanilla or cinnamon; there are also variations with dried fruit such as almonds or walnuts, but also those with coconut, chocolate or pistachio. These sweet sugar-based cubes have a consistency reminiscent of marshmallows, although they are more sticky due to the concentration of sugar. They come traditionally accompanied to Greek coffee and are sometimes offered to visitors of Greek-Orthodox monasteries.

In some places in the north of Greece it is also possible to come across a variant beloved by children called biskotoloukoumo, which is nothing more than a fresh loukoumi served crushed between two butter biscuits.

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Emporio Armani Coffee and Restaurant in Milan: renewed design and gastronomic offer – Italian Cuisine


It closed its doors last May, and then reopened with a completely new look both in design and in the kitchen: theEmporio Armani Coffee and Restaurant in Milan he celebrated the reopening last night. Contextually with the Milan Fashion Week, the exclusive event welcomed the reborn local signed Giorgio Armani which, like a phoenix, has returned to give the Milanese and tourists an important point for the food and level hospitality.

Thursday morning, the stylist ambassador of Italian style in the world presented the collection Autumn Winter 2019/20 of Emporio Armani in front of a selected public of professionals e celebrity Which Georgia May Jagger, Olivia Palermo, Ludovica Comello, Eva Riccobono is Serena Rossi. King George, so often called by the foreign press, has imagined the next winter colored red, a color charged and vitamin that "together with white and black, everything that is seen around is so much, it's too much", He told the Corriere. And it is precisely this his search for the discrete good taste and the attitude for timeless elegance that we find in the new local Red Cross street presented the same evening.

Giorgio Armani at the end of the Emporio Armani fashion show (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP / Getty Images)

After the applause on the catwalk, the court of King George has come to discover the renewed space ofEmporio Armani Coffee and Restaurant expanded (a second was added dehors) and completely redesigned by the designer with his infallible team of internal architects. Like the main building, the interior architecture is inspired by some elements of the style thirties, a period appreciated in particular by the designer, going to develop a totally contemporary design. The furnishing elements, the subdivision of the rooms and the choice of colors merge to create a welcoming and refined atmosphere characterized by the Armani lifestyle.

Giorgia Surina at the opening of the Emporio Armani Caffè e Ristorante (Instagram)

New structure

On the ground floor with access via the Red Cross is the new large bar cafeteria where it is possible to taste and buy both fresh pastries of own production and products Armani / Dolci by Guido Gobino. From here (or from the new entrance of Via Giardini) you can access a versatile space, designed for entertainment at any time of the day, from breakfast to Sunday brunch until the aperitif or after dinner. Like an urban sky, the walls are covered with fabric panels of a special iridescent shade between green and blue and are reflected on the dark green of the large square slabs with a 'seeded' effect on the floor. Around the long ribbon bar in champagne-colored lacquered wood, round or rectangular tables take place, accompanied by colored, slightly padded chairs in blue, green or red fabric for an effect of liveliness and movement.

EA Caffè and Ristorante Milano – Caffè interiors (Photo by Beppe Raso)

From the spectacular dark green and gold staircase, you access the upper floor to get to the Restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, preceded by an elegant one champagne bar at the entrance. Here, the color palette continues with softer hues between light blue gray and sage green, enhanced by gently screened natural light. The rectangular tables along the walls are separated by small glass screens with a delicate palm motif, one of the most significant patterns in the collection Armani / Casa. Particularly pleasant and engaging is the visible kitchen thanks to the shaded effect glass. Not a small one is missing private room to allow VIPs or those who wish to have lunch or dinner in an intimate and intimate atmosphere in front of the large dark marble fireplace.

EA Caffè and Ristorante Milano – Restaurant interiors (Photo by Davide Lovatti)

The Emporio Armani Caffè e Ristorante menu

In the fashionable and tourist center of Milan, theEmporio Armani Coffee and Restaurant promises to satisfy the tastes of its international audience through a wide and varied gastronomic proposal. How to Giorgio Armani, the kitchen is Mediterranean and continues to offer a all-Italian menu, where simplicity and lightness give life to a sophisticated and unique taste.

Spaghetti with Volcano Tomato (Photo by Federica Bottoli)

To the Coffee, more informal, the offer is based on a modern and fast card with the most classic, genuine and tasty dishes that have always distinguished the Emporio Armani Caffè – the Saffron risotto, i Spaghetti with tomato sauce or the Milanese cutlet they are made with a care that enhances the simple and special flavors at the same time. Gourmet it is instead the menu of the Restaurant, which mixes tradition with innovation with great skill. And it is in this paper that Italian philosophy is enriched with more typical features and traits of northern, Lombard and other cuisine, always maintaining a balance between meat and fish.

Whole cooked pigeon, red fruit sauce, celeriac puree and apple chutney (Photo by Federica Bottoli)

The research of the highest quality raw materials, the careful preparation of even the simplest proposals, the elegant and essential presentation and the dishes, reflect the pleasure of the table according to Giorgio Armani and are the elements that identify and unite all the Armani restaurants in the world.

Emporio Armani Caffè today it is present in Bologna (we talked about here), Dubai, Milan, Monaco, Paris, Tokyo.

From oil to coffee, small Italian producers come home with Amazon – Italian Cuisine


For Prime Time customers in Milan, a new service is active that allows start-ups and small agri-food companies to make their products known (and to us to taste them)

Taste the excellence of start-ups and small agri-food producers and do it by ordering with a click and receiving the products directly at home (and immediately). It is the new service launched by Amazon and active from 20 February for the Prime Now customers in Milan. Pugliese oil, Sicilian coffee, healthy and sustainable soups are just some products that you can try immediately.

To participate as a producer in the Amazon project

The "Start-up and small producers" program is proposed as an opportunity for small businesses Italians to promote and make known their food excellence, taking advantage of a fast delivery service. To join, companies must meet at least two of the requirements following: must be established for no more than 5 years, must have a turnover of the last year of less than 10 million euros and must sell 100% Italian products, with production in Italy. With the program, the companies will have three weeks of presence on Prime Now in the city of Milan and will monitor the appreciation of their products by customers (for more information and to register for the program write to primenow-startup@amazon.it ).

To try the products

Prime Now customers in Milan can choose between the products available in the program and take advantage of the delivery service active seven days a week, from 8 am to midnight, with delivery time of 1 or 2 hours.

Browse the gallery to find out what you can order!