The Slow Food Movement is the world's most unusual food club. It was conceived in 1986 by Carlo Petrini, after learning that a Macdonalds was to open at the base of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome. As the name suggests the organization was founded to counter the fast food culture. So at a conference in 1989, what had started as an amusing idea, became a world wide movement that now has 30,000 members in 15 countries, including Britain and the US. As well as acting as a club for like-minded food enthusiasts, it publishes four issues of "Slow", the movement's quarterly magazine and the series of guides to osterias and wines. This English language version of "Vini d'Italia", offers a comprehensive overview of top quality Italian wine making available anywhere in the world and provides coverage, region by region, of the country's wines, including profiles of the producers.