Insalata di Bistecca // Steak Salad

On an especially frustrating or long day, I love to ask for dinner ideas to help inject a little more “buy in”. Many times, the requests revolve around some type of meat and this particularly sultry summer day was no different. Ben injected just a little twist to address the fact that it was hot […]

Pasta d’Estate // Summer Pasta

Trips to my local markets, pasta memories from when I spent my summers in Italy and beautiful tomato pictures on my Instagram feed (like the ones below) inspired this summer pasta recipe. View this post on Instagram [Palette dell'orto] Infilarsi tra le piante di pomodori, sporcarsi le mani di verde rame, gioire per un grappolo […]

N°1 Estate a tavola // Summer at the table

~the following is N°1 in the series, Tutti a tavola // Come to the table~ Although summer of 2020 may look quite different than past summers, one thing remains the same– our need for gathering around the table as a family each evening. In fact, the warm Italian invitation, Tutti a tavola! // Come to […]

Carne alla Pizzaiola

I will always treasure the time I spent in Casagiove with my Zia Ninuccia and her family. They had a way of making me feel so special. My Zia was sure to make all of my favorites while I was in town. At the top of my list was Carne alla Pizzaiola. She knew that, […]

Un bel panino // The perfect sandwich

As a young girl, I spent many summers in the Campania region of Italy. One of my favorite everyday things to eat was a panino. A panino is the Italian word for sandwich, but it is nothing like the sandwiches that are often called “Italian” in the United States. It is easy to make, tasty […]

Un posto a tavola // Transitioning to spring

I have noticed a little “spring” in my step. Yes, it’s that time of the year and I feel myself yearning to make the transition to warmer weather, lighter clothes and fresher fare. I am enjoying the dark mornings, knowing that my evenings will be bright. It feels great to wear my trusty jean jacket, […]

My word for the year is…

Andiamo! Wait…ANDIAMO? When the new year arrived, I realized I hadn’t decided what my word for the year would be. Last year, it was present, and having that word as a frame of reference proved to be helpful. Referring to it became the gentle nudge I needed when I started to revert to worrying again. […]

Un posto a tavola // Autumn 2016

I love this time of year— it’s my favorite, actually. I love that it’s starting to get a little cooler and a bit more crisp out. I love the excitement of going back to school and the hope that comes with it… More than anything— this stems from my parents. They were both immigrants and the […]

Un posto a tavola // Summer 2016

Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy dining al fresco with family and friends. Dining al fresco is simply eating outside; it requires very little and has the ability to top off a beautiful day perfectly, to make an ordinary day more special, or to brighten up even the toughest of days.  In the spirit of […]

Un posto a tavola // Spring 2016

Just the other day, I came across the phrase “deliziosamente verde” which translates to “deliciously green” and describes my appreciation for spring perfectly. Spring always makes me think of all those “deliciously green” things like fresh herbs growing near my kitchen window, classic Italian green sauces, yummy grilled salads, big juicy artichokes, and beautiful olive trees.  […]