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A Toast to Fabrizia Lanza

A tribute to Fabrizia Lanza for having the foresight and creativity to manifest her ideas into projects that inspire. She’s a bit of a professoressa and loves to teach. Well studied and articulate she breaks things down into intellectual fractions that we can understand when it comes to why certain …

Dear Aunt Sarah

Ida Sarah Burroughs 10/30/1914 – 11/15/2016 This picture brings tears to my eyes, even though it was taken 4 years ago, I call this picture dried apple Sarah. Sarah lived four more years after this shot and lived to be 102. Not unwell. Never unwell. None of us can remember a …

For the love of real chocolate…

This is an empty bench where Franco Ruta used to sit outside of Antica Dolceria Bonajuto with his stubby Toscano. His presence is sorely missing in Modica. @bonajuto is the oldest Dolceria in Sicily, famous for its delectable chocolate since 1880. Franco brought the attention to this small Baroque town …

Tasting Rome with Frasca Food & Wine and Katie Parla

Nice evening at @frascafoodandwine with @katieparla and her new book, “Tasting Rome”. Our artichokes are a bit nouveau compared to the globes of Rome, but tasty.. and the suppli, a fried rice croquette with warm melted pecorino and mozzarella that strings ‘al telefono’ when you bite into it, brought up memories …

Italy, in many ways, has taught me how to love

Italy, in many ways, has taught me to love. In Tuscany, I think of chefs like Fabio Picchi, who radiates an eccentricity and passion for everything he touches. Or Giorgio, my favorite farmer at the Sant’Ambrogio Market, cupping a fresh artichoke in his dirt-covered hands, bundling up a bouquet of …