Tarte Tatin Came to Italy

When traditions cross over to another country and meet new traditions, something delicious usually happens. TTTโ˜บ๏ธ = Tomatoes Tarte Tatin Same goes for the very ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท French Tarte Tatin when it encountered ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italian traditions of tomatoes and cheeses. Therefore we got Tarte Tatin with ๐Ÿ… tomatoes, ricotta, and shavings of Parmesan. It makes a […]

Read More

Pisa, at Last

Finally the time for travel is back. I had Pisa on my list for quite sometime and I was glad we could finally travel although with mask on entering all public places. Starting August we (the vaccinated population), shall have a QR code on our devices, or, for the traditional type, printed on paper, called […]

Read More

Danteโ€™s Inferno, โ€ฆ Itโ€™s an Ice Cream!

Isnโ€™t that a relief?  700 years after the death of the Supreme Poet, there are three limited editions ice creams dedicated to the three Dante canticles, for an engaging and surprising experienceโ€”created by Magnumโ€”a trio of ice creams to transition from the provocation of Hell to the purity of Paradise. Magnum X Dante The journey […]

Read More

Small and Cute Cividale

Italy has a great number of small provincial towns, often overlooked in favor of other major destination. Quite understandable though; the big five (Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Milan), are a must see in anybody’s travel list. But for the habituee, or the discerning art lover, there are small โ€œsleepyโ€ provincial towns that are worth […]

Read More

Ready for Venice?

The COVID pandemic has been a 24+ months of anguish; Italy without tourists seems incomplete. There is so much art and beauty to share, it is a pity to keep it only for us. The past years were also spent in thinking what can be done better once things get back to normal again.  Italy […]

Read More

Italian Churches

A couple of years ago I was talking with an American friend that was about to fly to Italy for a couple of weeks visit. He told me that he seldom goes to museums, instead he prefers to visit the churches. Churches, he said, have great works of art, tickets are cheaper and easier to […]

Read More

Carbonara, The Real Thing

About Carbonara there are plenty of annedocts, old and new, and sometimes quite funny! It is one of those dishes that one will get it right, once every four tries! First myth to dispel; the story of humble and industrious shepherds (or charcoal burners) who since the dawn of time have seasoned their spaghetti with […]

Read More

Salute or Deliverance

Another unmistakable landmark site of Venice is Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as the Salute. One cannot miss it with the grand dome and the fancy spiral scrolls with statues of top which act as buttresses for the dome. It stands on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana, […]

Read More

Sailing on a Sea of Plastic

A couple of years ago, Liz Milan, an artist, a turist guide, and a friend, began a journey to raise awareness about the plastic ocean pollution, with a very interesting and though-provoking exhibition called โ€œPlastic-ocene.โ€ I visited her exhibition this weekend, and it was surely a gripping and provocative artwork. The intent of the exhibition […]

Read More

The Other Patron of Venice

St. Theodor He was the original patron of Venice. He is in fact that guy on one of the two columns in Piazza San Marco, next to Palazzo Ducale.  One is the Saint Markโ€™s Lion and the other San Todaro (in Venitian), having killed a dragon. The dragon is nothing like Viserion—the scaring dragon of […]

Read More

More on Pistachio

I just said that there is a pistachio mania lately, and it just so happen that I saw another recipe with pistachio that I had to try. I read it carefully and what I liked was the use of lemon zest, which–I thought would make the dish fresh and zingy, just right for the season […]

Read More

The Bovolo Staircase

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, it is a spiral staircase (or like a โ€œsnailโ€ which in Venetian translates a โ€œbovoloโ€), is part of Palazzo Contarini, a secluded corner of Venice a little off the touristsโ€™ trails. It is actually not too far from the famous Rialto Bridge. Palazzo Contarini has known several owners. There were many […]

Read More