This past weekend and maybe the upcoming weekend (for rebels looking to vacation right up until the last-minute), is known as the “rientro.” When using this word as it relates to vacation, it would mean, “returning home” or “going home.”  Everyone hates this word because it means a return to the routine life.  The end of the summer fun.  And as you might recall, Italians really know how to do summer up right. Read More

I have been pretty much MIA all summer long.  Time just flies so fast.  But while there is still a little of summer left, there is just enough time to make this easy zucchini frittata.   Read More

Lately I have been catching some fun photos of gli anziani – seniors.  Most anziani are nonni – grandparents.  Grandparents play a very important part in Italian culture.  This usually comes in the form of giving out insightful advise, Sunday dinners,  spoiling grandchildren but even raising their grandchildren. Read More

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I have not done a music post in a while, and today I thought I would focus on great Italian music found in the movies.  Most of the songs here are classics, and when put together with great visuals, they can make you love the song even more. Read More

The amount of art in Rome is completely overwhelming. Where does one even begin when trying to plan a trip on what to see. Much to the horror of my art historian sister, on my first few visits to Rome, I completely skipped the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery. Instead, I opted for the free art in Rome that blankets the city. I love to sprinkle my Roman day with masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and many others. This is a fabulous option if you are a lover of art, but also a lover of the dolce vita. Why?  Because there are no lines, no reservations, no tickets. You can stop for an aperitivo and take a stroll down the street to see some of the most priceless works of art for free. Read More

In Italy, we often have lots of leftover panettone after Christmas.  The question is – what to do with it all? Read More


Today I ran into a friend I have not seen in a long time.  In Italy usually your friends greet you with the double kiss – one on each side of the cheek.  But since she is Swiss,  she gave me three kisses (because apparently the Swiss do three kisses).  Read More


A few weeks ago, we had a big birthday celebration for my son with lots of his friends.   So how exactly do you keep a bunch of 10-year-old Italian boys happy at a birthday party?  With pizzette of course!  These mini pizzas will make just about anyone happy – – adults included.   Read More


My dear friend Alida over at My Little Italian Kitchen recently interviewed me for her blog. She is an Italian living in England and wanted my perspective of an American living in Italy. She asked me about some of the challenges I encountered when I first moved to Italy.   Read More


Recipe – Homemade Nutella – I came across a recipe in an Italian cooking magazine for homemade Nutella.  I was so excited about making the candy bar in a jar on my own! Read More

Here is a photo of hubby’s uncle taken with Sophia Loren a few weeks ago.  LOOK AT THIS WOMAN!  She is 81!  This is just a snapshot, no photoshop or retouching – just a regular pic.  She is amazing and an inspiration. Read More

Polpette di Carne are just meatballs.  AGAIN the Italians can make something so crude sounding in English sound so fab in their language.  Anyway, these polpette are often served with a tomato sauce, but in my house, they are fried up and served as is, usually with a side salad – after the pasta of course.  Speaking of which, Italians do not eat spaghetti with meatballs.  They don’t mix the two.  More on this subject can be found  in this excellent article from the Smithsonian  Make sure to scroll down to the end of the page to have a look at one of the sweetest scenes from the Disney movie, “Lady and the Tramp.”


24 ounces ground beef

6 ounces Italian sausage (casing removed)

2 cloves garlic minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

3/4 cup Pecorino or Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 egg yolk



oil for frying


1.  In a large bowl, mix ground beef and sausage.

2.  Add garlic, parsley,  breadcrumbs and cheese.  Mix by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.

3.  Add cream, egg, salt and pepper working again by hand and making sure all ingredients are mixed.

4.  Form meatballs into the shape of a  somewhat flattened tennis ball.

5.  In a large skillet, heat cooking oil on medium-high heat.  Add the meatballs, working in batches if necessary, cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Lower heat to medium and cook until golden, about another 5-8 minutes.

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Italian Meatball Recipe - How to Make Polpette