July 20 2015 / Local Interest

Puglia + Olive Oil = An Ancient Relationship!

Squinzano, Puglia

60 Million Olive Trees… One for Each of Italy’s 60 Million People… But Who’s Counting? Puglia’s relationship with olive trees

June 30 2015 / Places

The Italian Dolomites, Summer and Winter

Dolomiti, Trentino Alto-Adige

As a place to visit, the Italian Dolomites have everything to recommend them no matter what season you visit. Located

June 4 2015 / Local Interest

Exploring Scheggino

Scheggino, Umbria

Inspired by Anne Robichaud, intrepid guide to all wonders Umbrian, we hopped in the car and travelled to Scheggino. We

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

May 1 2015 / Events

Primo Maggio

Rome, Italy

In Italy il Primo Maggio (May First, aka May day) means many different things depending on whom you’re asking. To

April 3 2015 / Events

Auguri di Pasqua


Hardly an interaction with someone occurs today without a heartfelt exchange of wishes. Auguri di Pasqua (Easter wishes) are exchanged

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 11 2015 / Local Interest

Valter’s “Magnetic” Miniatures

Rome, Lazio

FYI: ItalianNotebook is selling the items mentioned in this note on our online store, ItalianConnections. Given the amount of products that

February 19 2015 / Events

Finita la Festa…


That is not snow, but Carnevale detritus. Throughout town every crack in the sidewalks and space between cobblestones have become

February 13 2015 / Local Interest

Heart and Soul of the Farmhouse Kitchen


Winter weather predictions warn: “le irruzioni fredde sull’Italia potranno risultare particolarmente intense” (to sum it up, intense cold due). More

February 5 2015 / Food & Wine


Rome, Italy

Uh-oh… nothing in the fridge except the usual suspects. Some bread, half a lemon, a miserable piece of butter (in

January 13 2015 / Local Interest

Gli Avanzi Natalizi…


For weeks they were the pride of the aisles! Front stage center, there was no doubt about who played the

December 9 2014 / Events

Sorrento Off Season

Sorrento, Campania

Traveling off season has many perks, among them unexpected meetings and discoveries such as those enjoyed in Sorrento a few weeks ago. Thanks

December 5 2014 / Food & Wine

Savouring Venice

Venice, Veneto

Last week I joined a Venice food tour of the Rialto Markets and cicchetti tasting with wine. Many of you

December 4 2014 / Places

Piazza Nuova

Bagnacavallo, Emilia-Romagna

The ever laborious and pragmatic Romagnoli are responsible for this commercial real estate development. In this case, the Anziani (Elders)

November 25 2014 / Events

Celebrating l’Albero del Pane

San Martino, Umbria

Rural people baptized it l’albero del pane (“the bread tree”) for this tree grew on the mountains where wheat would not grow (and if

November 17 2014 / Food & Wine

Fall Flavors – Pappardelle

Palombara Sabina, Lazio

No autumn is complete without at least one trip to the countryside north of Rome to catch some fresh air,

October 28 2014 / Food & Wine

The Art of Ordering Prosciutto…

Rome, Lazio

Easy, right? Hmmm… but do you want crudo or cotto? (cured or cooked, respectively) Do you need it for cooking,

October 24 2014 / Food & Wine

Gorga – Milking Time!

Gorga, Lazio

A bandana on his head to hold back dripping sweat, Giulio sat on the steps just outside the family caseificio

October 14 2014 / Places


Arborea, Sardegna

“Nieddittas” our friendly host told us, “Take the cozze di Arborea, those are the best.” We had asked him which

October 13 2014 / Local Interest

Ottobrata Romana

Rome, Italy

To this day people refer to the ottobrata romana (Roman October) when speaking of a mild, still warm autumn day.

October 9 2014 / Places

Ventotene Checklist

Ventotene, Lazio

Before you leave for a few days on paradiso, aka the island of Ventotene, you’ll probably want to jot down a

August 7 2014 / Food & Wine

Make it Peachy!


Back in our “farming years,” we’d ride our old Gilera motorcycle to nearby Bettona for peach-picking in July. I’d rather