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Cesare Zucca is a travel, food and lifestyle writer/photographer who was born and raised in Milan, Italy, and now splits his time between New York and Milan.

Cesare’s career as a photographer and image consultant includes collaborations with remarkable entertainers, such as Madonna, Annie Lennox, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Williams and Elton John.

While cultivating his artistic pursuits, he never abandoned his passionate interest in food and wine, a passion passed on to him by his family. His great-great-grand father was the creator of the Rabarbaro Zucca, rhubarb-based digestive bitter liqueur, which is still one of the most traditional and popular drinks of Italy. His mother, Margherita, was an excellent cook who wrote a weekly column for the national magazine Domenica del Corriere.

While in Italy, Cesare travels extensively searching for the culinary secrets of Europe. He then writes about, and photographs, his discoveries for publications including Italian Vanity Fair and Conde’ Nast Traveller.  He loves to travel off the beaten path and report on his blog, nontouristytourist.com.

For Zester Daily readers, Cesare loves to bring something special, interesting and delicious from the beautiful country where he was born.

Buon Appetito!

Fossa cheese can be eaten simply with piadina and figs. Credit: Photo Courtesy of Caseifico Pascoli

Cheese lovers may want to travel to Italy's Sogliano al Rubicone in November. This little town in the Romagna region is famously known for the

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Matteo Cocchetti’s innovative version uses lake sardine, beef filet slowly cooked and parsley sauce. Credit: Copyright 2016 Arianna Mora

Italy's beautiful Lake Iseo is the venue for artist Christo's latest project, "The Floating Piers," a 52-foot-wide, 2.7-mile pathway on the water from the town

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Repurpose old bread into polpette, made with Italian bologna. Credit: Copyright 2016 Cesare Zucca

"Never throw out leftover bread!" our Milanese mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers used to exclaim. Milanese cuisine has its roots in simpler traditions, and that

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The classic Colomba di Pasqua by Loison. This dove-shaped cake is a wonderful addition to an Easter brunch or dinner. Credit: Copyright 2016 Cesare Zucca

Italian celebrations always involve food, and Easter is no different. The yeast bread cake, Colomba di Pasqua, shaped like a dove (colomba), is often

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Panettone has long been a traditional part of Italian holiday festivities. Credit: Courtesy of Loison

There are several legends about the birth of the Milanese panettone. The most common dates back to the 1476. It tells of Ugo, a

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Carlo Rocca making a Piedmont Hot Pot Credit: Copyright 2015 Cesare Zucca

The flavors of the mountains were something to celebrate at an international Slow Food event that brought together chefs from throughout Europe. Bra, a charming

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The "Eat & Learn" experience with chef Matteo Panfilio. Credit: Copyright 2014 Claudio Sabatino

As the 72nd Venice Film Festival opens in September, a platoon of celebrities are gracing the city. Would you fancy a drink with stars

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Classic meets contemporary at the 56th Biennale di Venezia. This year's theme is "All the World's Futures," and one chef in Venice has taken

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