Where Pesto is King!

There are few dishes that recall the bel paese as easily as pasta with pesto alla Genovese, or pasta with basil pesto sauce. Perhaps one of the simplest and most deliciously fragrant sauces for pasta, even though pesto is made with only a few ingredients they must be of the highest quality. This is a traditional […]

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May Events in Bologna, Italy…and Beyond

May is probably one of the most lovely months here in Bologna. The weather is warm, walks to San Luca and picnics in Giardini Margherita are more enjoyable, and Piazza Maggiore and the tiny streets of the historic center are teeming with locals and tourists alike sharing spritz, Pignoletto (local white-wine) and taglieri of cured […]

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April Events in Bologna, Italy…and Beyond

Can you feel it? Spring seems to finally be here (at least I hope)! With April now in full swing, sunny days, full piazzas, long passeggiate (walks) and lots of outdoor dining can be expected and enjoyed. Let’s hope the weather cooperates and those April showers remain at bay, since there are some interesting events […]

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March Events in Bologna…and Beyond

Even though I have been living in Italy for a few years already (can’t believe it…time is flying!) and have been to my fair share of wine tastings, food festivals, cultural events, farmers markets, and all that good stuff that Italy is known for, I still get excited to see what’s being organized every month […]

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Autumn in Italy…Truffles

Growing up in New England autumn for me became synonymous with carving pumpkins, apple picking, the warming sun and low hanging gray skies, and the crunch of golden yellow, deep ruby, and tawny orange foliage under my feet. The later is one of the few things I miss most about living in Connecticut. Now that […]

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‘Tis the Season….for Truffles!

The highlight of my weekend jaunt to Torino, which in reality I saw very little of, was a Saturday lunch in the Piemontese countryside. I had never been. Driving about an hour and half south-east of the city, the scenery becomes vastly different. The air feels different. You feel different. Rolling hills, soft slopes, raised […]

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Hitting the Streets at Salone

One of the best things about the Salone del Gusto & Terra Madre, in my small opinion, is the food. And there was a lot to be tasted. The show dedicated a small space to street food from various regions of Italy. In case you didn’t know, Italy has some really great street food, tasty […]

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Salone del Gusto & Terra Madre

Last weekend I headed to Torino for the international show, Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre. One of the largest in the world, the show happens every two years and is organized by Slow Food. It is estimated that over the five days there were 220,000 visitors, 16,000 participants at 56 conferences, and 8,000 students […]

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Getting to the Heart of It

(An old post I never shared, but wanted to! I’m not exactly a timely individual.) There are few things that I love more than artichokes. I could eat them everyday. Prepared any way, in any shape. An addiction? Perhaps. But one I’ll gladly keep. I love that it takes work and effort to get to […]

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Olive Notes

No matter how short my trips to Italy have become I always try to make time to go see my family. When I was much younger, I used to spend weeks on end there during the summer. My love of Italy is deeply rooted in those moments and in those memories. I often wish I […]

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