April, 2011


    Thursday, April 28th, 201125 Comments

    I am going to Chianti! I’m sipping Chianti! Chianti wine tasting… Chianti love tour… Chianti grapes… Chianti on a bicycle… A Chianti Experience
    Is Chianti a place? Is Chianti a name for a wine? Is Chianti a grape variety? Is Chianti a glass of Love?
    Nowadays, Chianti is a red Italian wine produced [...]

  • Pasticceria de’ Cenci – Arezzo

    Tuesday, April 26th, 20118 Comments

    Hello from Arezzo! As I sit here writing I’m listening to the sound of church bells ringing all over the city. I am lucky to be staying in a great apartment with a huge giardino (garden) right in the center of town. I love that I can walk out my door and be in [...]

  • Farinata

    Tuesday, April 19th, 20117 Comments

    I frequently have a running list going of things I would like to make in the kitchen. Ages ago I read about “Farinata” a crepe-like snack that comes from the Liguria region of Italy. Made with chickpea flour, water with a little bit of olive oil, salt and if you like, fresh rosemary, it is [...]

  • My Full Story…Why I Love Italy So Much

    Saturday, April 16th, 20114 Comments

    When I grew up in Torino, Italy I would dream of other places, better places. My house was located right in front of the first FIAT factory, the Lingotto factory where Mr. Agnelli, Giovanni’s grandfather, built the very first automobile plant in Italy. The view from my balcony was not very appealing and as a [...]

  • Grandpa Went for a Stroll

    Thursday, April 14th, 20119 Comments

    Suddenly, anticipated only by a crescendo of silence, Grandpa Amedeo materialized from the back door of the kitchen. He came from his stanzino (his little shop in the basement in Montopoli, Tuscany.) He swiftly crossed the kitchen, a quick and quiet appearance in the dining room, totally ignoring every human being different from himself, [...]

  • When I Grow Up I Want to be like Francesco…Francesco Travaglini!

    Saturday, April 9th, 201114 Comments

    The wiser I get the more I want to live in a farm, close to the animals, away from the city but close enough to Italian nonne (grandma’s) that can teach me the true Italian good cooking. By good, I don’t mean elaborate, I just mean, tasty, fresh. I think my state of thinking is [...]

  • Pesto with Fennel Fronds

    Tuesday, April 5th, 20117 Comments

    I’m a farmers’ market devotee. I’ve been going to the same Saturday market for twenty years. I go to the market even if I really don’t need anything. There’s just something that being surrounded by all that gorgeous produce that I can’t bear to miss.
    In Italy the weekly markets are a way of life. Everyone [...]