Clauiano—A “Most Beautiful Village”

As we have regained our freedom to roam, we seize every occasion to move around, walk, visit, and just enjoy the freedom and the tardy and unwilling Spring we are having. I’m determined to see many (not all, it may be impossible I’m afraid), of the villages that are part of the prestigious club “The […]

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A Room with a View

Free at Last Italy in now in Code Yellow and so we can travel a bit. Although, the situation in India is worrisome and so very sad.  I shall put the worries away for a little bit, while we all hope for a solution, perhaps with a serious collective effort to put an end to […]

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The Evolution of “Graffiti”

Graffiti From “graffiti” on the metro to “Street Art” to Caravaggio. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. It has become visualized as a growing urban “problem” for many cities, spreading from the NYC subway system in the early 1970s to the rest of the United States, and the rest of the world […]

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Potatoes Skewers

I made these potatoes from a recipe I saw on TV. I confess I didn’t believe it too much, instead, it works well and it is pretty good.  A super-easy way to serve potatoes along with other grilled food.  All you need is some good potatoes–new potatoes work best–some skewers (1 per potato ), a […]

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Cute Details for Everyday

I received these little ceramics just recently. Some attentive reader may have noticed them in my last post about the all time classic “Spaghetti Aglio & Olio,” looking pretty next to my plate.  They are little “cutlery rest” when setting an informal table for everyday,  to brighten up the table with a touch of class, […]

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Time to Think About Reservations?

Can We Travel Yet? Now some light started to appear at the end of the COVID tunnel, maybe it is the time to think about travelling again. That is what we all hope.  Piano, Piano There is still time ahead of us, but it is nice to think about vacations and logistics, maybe an alternative […]

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Last Minute Spaghetti that Never Fails

There are a few dishes that  ever fail to save the day.  The first one  is “Spaghetti Oil & Garlic, ” from there it can be upgraded to “spaghetti oil & garlic AND peperoncino” the spicy one 🌶, best if fresh; then “spaghetti with the above + anchovies.” Eventually, add capers, and freshhly chopped parsley […]

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Monte di Pietà or “Pawnbroker”

Something not to overlook when visiting any Italian city are the Monte di Pietà buildings. Often they are the most prominent buildings of the city. The “Monte di Pietà” was nothing more than the common “Pawnbroker.” What makes it very different in Italy is the beautiful, richly decorated building that once was the “Pawnbrokers” of […]

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All Those Zucchini

What can we do with all those zucchini now that the season of plenty is coming up? A Tart We can’t feed the ducks with the overproduction, therefore I always look for new ways to cook them, and if I do not find a new one, then I adapt liberally from others, substituting one ingredient […]

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Are We Open for Travel?

Not Quite! With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, it may not be a very good idea to schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer season 2021. A “third wave” of coronavirus infections has been spreading across Europe; although Venice is not the most COVID-infected area, but there have been plenty enough of COVID-19 cases, and deaths have […]

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Easter Sunday

Another Easter in Lockdown Per se it is not that bad, it is just Easter but less pretentious. More intimate, no travel to fashionable places, nothing much. It is even less stressful. I recall I thought the same about Christmas, and NY Eve. Some traditions can be maintained nevertheless, like having the typical “Colomba Pasquale” […]

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Highlights of the (Lockdown) Day

Italy and the EU is struggling with high numbers of infected people, hospital emergency rooms are full, and the vaccine is not coming in fast enough.We are living last year situation all over again, and we are expecting even more restricted rules for the upcoming Easter weekend. Roaming the Empty Streets We still can go […]

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