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  • Calabria lies at the “toe” of the Italian peninsula. A mountainous region, it is bordered by Basilicata to the north and by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. Ninety percent of Calabria’s wine production is red and most of it is made from the Gaglioppo grape. This variety was once believed to be of Greek origin but recent research seems to point to it coming from another part of Italy.
  • While this recipe could easily be prepared in any Italian coastal town, it is the Italian Riviera that comes to mind whenever I prepare it. Breathtaking Ligurian towns like Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo, and Genoa have magical landscapes that are almost as sumptuous as the local cuisine. The region of Liguria is noted for a very fragrant variety of basil (Genoa, after all, is the birthplace of pesto), as well as wonderful produce and seafood.
  • If you think Italian food is off-limits for people with diabetes, think again. My motivation for writing this book was to change the way Italian cuisine is viewed abroad and to demonstrate ways in which traditional Italian food can be part of a diabetes-friendly eating plan. While thoughts of the bel paese (“beautiful country”) generally conjure up the image of platters of carbohydrate-rich pastas and fat-laden sauces, authentic Italian cuisine is both healthful and delicious.
  • From the wooded mountains to the emerald sea, Calabria’s Ionian Coast is a richly nuanced land with millennia-old traditions. The region has remained largely unspoiled and as a consequence is teeming with fresh goods. In fact, only the freshest and most local products are dished up here. Neither can you talk about this part of Calabria without mentioning its production of Mediterranean-style wines and liqueurs. Not for nothing, in ancient times the region was called “Enotria” (“wine country” in Greek), and Greek colonies were indeed the first to cultivate wine in the region. Read on to find out some of the most noteworthy products and the finest wines from Calabria’s Ionian Coast.
  • Crotone's Castle
    The Ionian coast of Calabria—those looking to escape the crowds are in for a real treat. Less developed than the Tyrrhenian side of the region, this coast offers plenty of archaeological sites, enchanting natural beauty, and gorgeous food and wine.