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The Flavors of Genova

Genova is a city of contrasts, of grand palaces and of narrow maze-like streets called caruggi, of Baroque cathedrals and of hole-in-the-wall fish fry joints. Like Naples, the city spills down towards the water and sprawls up into the hills. You can ride the funicular or a lift to take in the view from above, and […]

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Anchovy Love in Genova

I was expecting to be wowed by the Italian Riviera, but as it turns out it was Genoa ~ Genova in proper Italian ~ that won me over, starting with a tiny trattoria. One of my rules when traveling, especially long distances, is that there ought to be a nice meal ~ or at least the […]

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Beautiful Liguria

No doubt there is a place in the world that owns your heart, as Italy owns mine. Most of my heart (as we all know) belongs to Abruzzo. But I have a feeling I’m about to leave a piece of it in Liguria, where I’m headed for a few days of R&R&R (research and rest […]

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Abruzzo Adventure

Somewhere between the arrosticini and the zafferano, the porchetta and the pasta, the truffles and the torta nera; somewhere between the city of Sulmona, ringed with mountains, and the blue waters of the Adriatic, I thought to myself: this culinary tour thing just might work. We were eight: five intrepid guests, two gracious hosts and […]

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Mackinac Island Blueberry-Lemon Muffins

I’m taking a quick vacation from Italian cooking to bring you this recipe for mini sugar-dipped blueberry-lemon muffins from Mackinac Island. I’ve been making them for a couple of decades, long before I ever set foot on the island. It never occurred to me to post the recipe here. But the other day I shared the […]

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Postcards from Abruzzo

La ginestra, the fragrant and spiky broom plant, is in full bloom right now, lighting the foothills of the Majella mountain on fire with its glorious yellow flowers. It takes a lot of sightseeing ~ and eating ~ to plan a culinary tour of Abruzzo. Here are a few more snapshots from my recent trip: […]

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In Giro: Italy and More Around the Web

It’s time to take another spin around the web for some (mostly) Italian link love. Andiamo: 1. First, a short history of the Colosseum and restoration efforts (video). 2. This video reminded me that it actually is worth standing in line for hours to see the miracle of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel (though I wouldn’t expect a canonization […]

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In Giro: Italy and More Around the Web

In giro is an Italian expression that roughly translates to “around.” It’s a common answer that young people give their parents or friends when asked where they’re going. Dove via? In giro. It’s usually sufficient because at some point everyone ends up in the piazza anyway. The verb girare means to turn, and the phrase […]

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Ode to Sicily and Blood Orange Crostata

I took one magical trip to Sicily back when I was 18 or 19. It was magical because life was pretty magical in those days. I was in college, but still under the protective wing of my parents, who themselves were still young. Summer days were gloriously long, and summer itself seemed to last forever. […]

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Italian Artisan: Francesca Di Nisio of CantinArte

Meet Francesca Di Nisio, a woman after my own heart. I mean that literally because Francesca is a producer of olive oil, which as we now know, is one of the “good” fats. But Francesca’s oil isn’t just good; it’s some of the best I’ve had the pleasure of tasting, made form organically grown olives […]

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