A Mysterious Armenian Island in Venice

So, we’ll go no more a roving    So late into the night, Though the heart be still as loving,    And the moon be still as bright. LORD BYRON San Lazzaro degli Armeni There is a small island just 20 minutes by vaporetto from Piazza San Marco, just in front of that long strip of land […]

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The Last of the Tomatoes

September has been glorious, and I’m trying to make the good season last for as long as I can.  I bought lots of tomatoes, the ripest I could find and trasnformed them in peeled tomatoes, salsa, tomato sauce, marinara sauce, and with the cherry tomatoes even confit! Last February, during quarantine they were so handy, […]

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Please Don’t Go

Summer is ending, and I never felt so sorry to see it going. Usually as cooler temperatures set in, it is with a certain pleasure that we start looking forward to warmer clothing, real shoes instead of sandals, slides, and flip flops. Not This Time This year however, summer was not long enough, or so […]

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Cold Rice Salad with … Whatever You Like

As high temperatures set in, there is a dish that makes its appearance unfailingly at my table, which is the Cold Rice Salad.  It is simple, versatile, good and fresh, and relatively low in calories. A dish that anyone can tailor to his/her fancies like nothing else.   Uncle Ben’s ”Al Dente!” In Italy, there […]

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Brisighella and the Donkeys

Why Visiting Brisighella First because it is part of the “Most Beautiful Villages,” then because it is cute, lot of history, dates back to medieval times, and there is an intriguing story about donkeys! The town—a hamlet really—is located at the foot of three chalk pinnacles on which rest the 15th century Rocca Manfrediana, the […]

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Mussels “Impepata”

Peppered Mussels A simple dish of the Neapolitan tradition, the peppered mussels embodies all the flavor of the sea. ”Impepata” mussels is one of the traditional Neapolitan dishes, simple to prepare and at the same time very tasty. It involves making the mussels open on the stove, and serving them with an (abundant!) a sprinkling […]

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Summertime, and the Living is Easy

The Beauty of Summer Diving in crystal clear waters, golden tans; Bonfires on the beach, walks, excursions in the open air, but also more time for oneself, to devote to hobbies and passions … summer offers unforgettable moments. Listening the chirping in the woods, the sound of the wind moving the branches of the trees, […]

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Ravenna is a Must

Next time you’ll visit Italy—and we all hope it will be soon—do not bypass Ravenna for the big four (or five). Ravenna is where it all began. I know that photographs of the mosaics are everywhere, but this is the place where when you see the real thing you are left with you mouth open […]

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Just a Couple of Drops

Aceto Balsamico The traditional Aceto Balsamico is a precious thing, lovingly cared for years and years before it is ready to enhance our meals.  In fact, the thick and syrupy Balsamico is aged in small barrels from about 12 to 25 years. The years spent in aging could be enough to give the sense of […]

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Agriturismo: What is it?

Officially an Agriturismo is a farm that operates in the tourism sector offering board and lodging on the premises. In other words it is an activity created to support the agricultural and livestock sectors and is regulated by a specific National Law that determines the ways in which the farm must exercise hospitality. In the […]

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Take a Tomato…

Simple The essence of Italian cuisine is its simplicity. Although, it evolved through centuries of political and social changes, with roots dating back to the 4th century BC. Italian cuisine itself was influenced by the cuisine of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, Byzantine, Jewish and Arabic; Italian cuisine maintained its simplicity thru the centuries, always relaying […]

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Missing You

Dear tourist, It has been almost 6 months since you left. It feels so lonely here without you. Yes, true that sometimes there were just too many of you, I felt overwhelmed and could not give you all the attention you deserved, but now it feels too empty. I miss you very, very much, and […]

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