April 9 2009 / Food & Wine

Girlfriends: Cheesecake?


What with the Easter holidays coming up, I decided to inquire with my girlfriends about the recipe of one of

March 13 2009 / Food & Wine

Girlfriends: Q&A


Armed with laptop in hand, your editor had a date this morning with his girlfriends. They were all a-twitter (old-school,

June 7 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Wedding gift!?

Florence, Tuscany

So, Nastagio comes into a load of money via some deceased relatives, and decides to spend it on lavish banquets

November 15 2012 / Food & Wine

Pasta Varieties


With the pasta taking an entire six shelf high row or aisle in any Italian grocery store (just like children’s

May 2 2012 / Food & Wine

Carciofi, Artichokes

Rome, Lazio

Yes, ’tis the season for artichokes. The market abounds with them, everyone is eating them, and if you want to

February 8 2012 / Places


Collepino, Umbria

With the recent snow, the roads to Collepino will be impassable. Maybe not the last of the many castle-villages in

April 12 2010 / Local Interest

Mamma: More than a Mother


Although the lifestyle of italian families is rapidly changing, la mamma, particularly in the South, is more than a person,

January 26 2010 / Food & Wine

The Botched Batch

Rome, Italy

Good thing the girlfriends weren’t consulted about this one. They would have had your editor for lunch. Here’s what went

May 6 2009 / Local Interest

The Man Behind the Mask

Rione Sanita', Napoli

Brunello Leone was an architect who gave up his career in 1978. He did not win the lottery, nor did

August 5 2008 / Food & Wine

Saltimbocca alla Romana


Just in time! With friends coming for dinner I needed to get the recipe from my girlfriends, so I was

May 20 2008 / Food & Wine

Pasta ai Fiori . . with Flowers


My girlfriends have come through for me once again. Paid a high price though . . . they cackled at