Italian Food Week celebrates Italy’s diverse culinary culture with a lineup of 40 events taking place across Japan. Don’t let the name fool you – it actually runs until mid-December. Free webinars and panel discussions focus on topics such as food waste, the influence of gastronomy on the environment, healthy lifestyles, and food circulation and recycling. You will also find workshops with recipes to try at home or you can sign up for a panettone tasting. Check out the list below for our top picks.
Join the free webinar at November 22, which will focus on sustainability, zero waste and loss as well as traditional Italian cuisine, urban agriculture and sustainable fishing methods. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Zoom.
Also on November 22, you can participate in a webinar on balsamic vinegar and its role in the history of Italian art. The event is free and takes place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Zoom. Note that you will need to register in advance here.
Discover the similarities between the Mediterranean diet favored in Cilento in southern Italy and the Okinawan diet through an online panel curated from 5 p.m. to November 25. The event will be streamed live on YouTube, but note that you will need to register in advance.
Brand November 27 in your diary to enjoy a panettone tasting session in Shinjuku. You can taste six different types of this traditional Italian Christmas bread at the Osteria dello Scudo restaurant. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Be sure to make a reservation in advance (¥8,800).
From November 22, you can access a number of easy and sustainable Italian recipes created by Italian and Japanese chefs.
Included between November 22 and 28, you can watch chef Davide Fabiano show you how to prepare homemade spaghetti with lamb sauce, a traditional dish of Abruzzo cuisine (central Italy). You will also find a video on the preparation of a seasoning with anchovy oil, a recipe from the village of Cetara on the Amalfi Coast. Watch both events for free here.
At 30 participating restaurants across Japan, you can taste special dishes and enjoy tasting events between November 22 and December 5. For the full list of restaurants, see here (in Japanese only).
Also, be sure to check out this restaurant guide for authentic Italian cuisine in Tokyo.