The Eve of Easter in Milan

I wrote this post several years ago but the memory is as vivid now as then.  A must see under the Duomo if you are in Milano. Even though we have 40 days to prepare, celebrating Easter seems to be more about bunnies and brunch then it does about a life changing transformation. For if … Continue reading The Eve of Easter in Milan

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Italian Bread Winners

The fascinating story behind two legendary Italian breads. Coppia Ferrarese,a bread whose twisted shape was first served at the ducal banquet tables of Ferrara. Coppia Ferrarese is a regional bread particular to the province of Ferrara in Northern Italy.  With IGP (protected geographical indication ) status similar to Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma you … Continue reading Italian Bread Winners

What Do Anthony Bourdain and I Have in Common?

What do celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and I have in common? Absolutely nothing until I spent a Sunday afternoon in late October drinking wine and sampling porchetta and salumi at Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti. Now I am part of a select confraternity of those whose motto is “meglio spendere soldi dal macellaio … Continue reading What Do Anthony Bourdain and I Have in Common?

A Venetian Shadow

Just returned from from Venice whose fatal charm is still as strong as ever despite the crowded vaporetti and tourist hype. The reflected light off the water still shines as unique and beautiful reflecting onto the colors of the buildings and still magically morphs into shadows. The light of Venice is legendary. Canaletto’s 18th century scenes of … Continue reading A Venetian Shadow

Let’s Get Smashed in Bergamo

You like polenta right?  . . . and you like cheese. Then you're ready to smoosh the two together in a Northern Lombardian dish from Bergamo called schisola (schisol) which means “squished” in the Bergamascan dialect. Bergamo is located in the scenic Italian foothills, a 45 minute train ride from Milan. The town is both modern and … Continue reading Let’s Get Smashed in Bergamo

Meet Hugo – The Alpine Spritz

A recent trip to Ikea for a bottle of elderflower syrup was needed to complete my reminiscence of Hugo.  If you've traveled in the Trentino- Alto Adige region of Northern Italy you've probably met up with him at an aperitivo bar where he can always be found making everyone happy.  He is refreshing and light, popular … Continue reading Meet Hugo – The Alpine Spritz

A Rite of Passage for the Taste Traveler in Italy

The white cattle Vacca Chianina (kya-NEE-na) of the Val di Chiana may be one of the oldest breeds of cattle. They were used as models for Roman sculptures. I have  seen them grazing in pastures outside the town of Citta’ di Castello in Umbria and the hillsides of Tuscany near Abazzia San’Antimo. They are very impressive … Continue reading A Rite of Passage for the Taste Traveler in Italy