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. 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

Here is an “Italy, so hello to America” recipe.  A true crostata is NOT made with pie crust.  The crust is almost the same, but there will be eggs added to the mix and sometimes even vanilla.  I love, love, love pie crust, so I make mine with pie crust. Read More

Language lunedi’ – La Famiglia

It has been ages since I put up a language post.  But having just returned from visiting my family, I thought what could be more appropriate than a little lesson related to center of Italian life:  la famiglia? Read More

Cancun, Isla Mujeres

Mexico – a country I love.   Having grown up in Texas, I used to go there a lot, but since living in Italy, I have not been there in a long time.  We recently made a trip to Cancun – a Mexican destination I have never visited.  Read More