The Rice Smuggler

Jefferson was so interested in Piedmont rice that he smuggled some out of Italy, risking the death penalty to do so. The ultimate epicurean, Jefferson left plenty of advice on foods to sample in Italy, both for enjoyment and with an eye to importing them back home. We discover local produce in the original Eataly near Turin, learn how Italian cheese is made, visit an orchard of heirloom fruit, and tour an ancient pasta factory.

At the original Eataly, Turin
At the original Eataly, Turin

A delicious tomato and basil soup. Legend has it that Jefferson convinced reluctant Americans to eat tomatoes, or "love apples," back home. He needs to come back and teach my own children this.

More from Eataly: fresh melon and prosciutto so soft and piggy-tasting you expect it to squeal and trot off the plate.

The Other Monticello
The Other Monticello

We stay at Il Monticello near Genoa and learn about their winemaking and olive oil production.

At the original Eataly, Turin
At the original Eataly, Turin

A delicious tomato and basil soup. Legend has it that Jefferson convinced reluctant Americans to eat tomatoes, or "love apples," back home. He needs to come back and teach my own children this.

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