Italy Translated


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?

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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 years ago. LOOK AT THIS WOMAN! At the time, she was 81! This is just a snapshot, no photoshop or retouching – just a regular pic. She is amazing and an inspiration.

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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. Read More

Piedmont is known for its wine and food. It is after all where wines such as Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto are produced and also where the slow food movement began.  Read More

Fall is here – and I admit (to every Italian’s horror) that it is my favorite time of year. Maybe it has something to do with growing up in Texas where boiling hot summers lasts for at LEAST five months. Read More

This morning my kid woke up with a horrific cough. We decided to give him some cough syrup. Here were the options: Read More

So when I post recipes, I always include a photo of the finished product.  Usually something like this photo above.  And sometimes I even include pics of how to prepare the recipe with a set of photos similar to the group below.  But the reality? Just take a look at the next three photos. Read More