January 29 2016 / Food & Wine

Cicerchie: A Filling Breakfast Soup

Assisi, Umbria

– Recipes and stories such as this are the heart and fun (and taste!) of Anne’s U.S. Cooking and Lecture


December 18 2015 / Events

Abruzzo Mountains, a Pastoral Gala

Campo Imperatore, Abruzzo

With brightly-luminous blue eyes and a twinkling grin, bare-chested, bearded Sergio was one of the shepherds showing sheep flock (450


November 20 2015 / Events

Arcidosso’s Festa della Castagna

Arcidosso, Tuscany

In late fall, chestnuts pop in the night in the medieval backstreets of Arcidosso, Tuscan mountain village on Mount Amiata.


November 5 2015 / Food & Wine

The Devious Temptress of San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito lo Capo, Sicilia

For the ancient Greeks and Romans, la sirenetta (“the mermaid”) was the devious temptress wooing sailors off course, leading them


October 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Marettimo’s “Fish-Bait Wreath”

Marettimo, Sicilia

As you approach the Marettimo trattoria with leaping blue dolphins painted on the side, you know you’ve found the right


August 11 2015 / Food & Wine

Tips from the “Virgil” of Sperlonga

Sperlonga, Lazio

(…cont’d from here.) …and Rocco, my “Sperlonga Virgil,” was right about Il Bistrot (and not only). After my first dinner


July 27 2015 / Places

Finding “a Virgil” in Sperlonga

Sperlonga, Lazio

“No time to leave fruit in your apartment, Anna, but try these,” dark-haired Rocco urged, as he plucked juicy midnight


July 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Mozzafiato Lenticchie di Castelluccio

Castelluccio, Umbria

(…cont’d from here.) …and no visit to Castelluccio is complete without a bowl of hearty zuppa di lenticchie, accompanied by


July 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Umbrian Lentil Soup

Umbria

For about 6 persons Ingredients: 1 lb lentils 1 carrot, finely-chopped 1 medium-sized stalk of celery, finely-chopped 1 small white


July 10 2015 / Events

Mozzafiato Majesty of il Piano Grande

Piano Grande, Umbria

Only mozzafiato (literally, “cutting off, truncating your breath”; more visceral than the English, “breathless”) can describe your first site of


June 19 2015 / Food & Wine

Spezia’s Sublime Seafood

La Spezia, Liguria

As we pushed open the osteria‘s dark green wooden door, lace curtains on the windows, our spezzina friend Monia asked


June 1 2015 / Events

A Glorious Festa della Repubblica

Gubbio. Umbria

Dear friends, we’re republishing this from last year in case anyone is in central Italy and free tomorrow. This is


May 19 2015 / Events

Floral Passione Explodes in Bucchianico

Bucchianico, Abruzzo

Floral eruption? Floral euphoria? An explosion of flowers? Floral delirium? Futile attempts to describe Bucchianico’s chromatic splendor, la Ciammaichella procession


April 28 2015 / Food & Wine

La Dea della Porchetta

Pie' di Moggio, Rieti, Lazio

There’s Ceres, goddess of grains, Minerva, goddess of wisdom and Flora, goddess of flowers, springtime and fertility. Demeter watches over


April 17 2015 / Events

In Foligno, “a Galileo Universe”

Foligno, Umbria

Where else can you join a Saturday night rapt crowd ranging from teens to the elderly in a 14th-century frescoed


March 20 2015 / Local Interest

The Singing Friar of Assisi

Assisi, Umbria

You’d probably re-think “re-incarnation” if you ever met Frate Alessandro, Assisi’s “singing friar.” Short (St. Francis was about 5’4”) with


March 12 2015 / Food & Wine

More than a Snack, this “Ciancino”

San Macario in Piano, Tuscany

West of Lucca in this nondescript village, you’ll note a rotund wine cask on the right with vino sfuso (wine by


March 2 2015 / Food & Wine

Nocera’s “Gourmet Corner”

Nocera Umbra, Umbria

Just peek into the kitchen and you’ll know you’re in a family-run restaurant: high school student Andrea is studying near