July 24 2015 / Food & Wine

Shrimp and Fruit Salad


The heat wave enveloping Italy during the past weeks has made it too hot for cooking the usual dishes. Here is

July 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Umbrian Lentil Soup


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

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

April 2 2015 / Food & Wine

Spring’s Secret Agent

Sant'Agata de' Goti, Campania

The other day I was walking by the pharmacy in my little town of S. Agata dè Goti. It is

March 25 2015 / Local Interest

The Battle of Pavia

Pavia, Lombardia

On February the 24th, 1525, exactly 490 years ago now, the decisive battle that determined the supremacy over Northern Italy

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

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

April 30 2014 / Food & Wine

The Humble yet Almighty Polpetta

Milan, Lombardia

This note on polpette is related to our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The Revenge of the Milanese Butcher! (Please

February 28 2014 / Food & Wine

Pasta col Nero di Seppia

Cefalù, Sicily

As you know Italian cooking is regional and seasonal, so no polenta down here and probably not much pasta con

February 24 2014 / Food & Wine

Time for Castagnole

Piegaro, Umbria

During the weeks of Carnevale, it is a tradition to eat a lot of sweets because we want to pig

February 17 2014 / Food & Wine

Rita’s Radicchio Risotto Recipe

Rome, Italy

We are proud to present an… Extra Content Note! ..the first in a series, to sincerely say “Thank You!” to

January 30 2014 / Food & Wine

The Torcolo of San Costanzo

Perugia, Umbria

The Torcolo di San Costanzo is a rich raisin, pinon, and citron-laden, sweet bread created in honor of San Costanzo,

October 10 2013 / Food & Wine

In Umbrian Fig Heaven: Figs Everywhere!

Piegaro, Umbria

In the weekly markets, in the village alimentari (grocery store) and hiding beneath the large leaves of the trees surrounding Piegaro,

February 26 2013 / Food & Wine

Persimmon Nut Bread of the Gods


Drive through the late fall/early winter Umbrian countryside and you might be lucky enough to see a tree with orange

February 8 2013 / Food & Wine

Rita’s Carbonara

Rome, Lazio

Pasta, bacon, and eggs. Simple as that. Sum of its parts, right? Or take another work of art, a Caravaggio

September 14 2010 / Food & Wine



There’s quite a penchant around here for bitter digestive liqueurs made with infusions of vegetables or herbs and spices. All

July 29 2010 / Food & Wine

Peppa’s Panzanella

Pian della Pieve, Umbria

In the Mediterranean world – and diet – bread is not only the “staff of life, it approaches sacrality. There

June 4 2010 / Food & Wine

Peppa’s Pasta Primavera


Unusually hot this year and the wild asparagus just keeps coming! Years ago Kerchiefed farmwomen would sell bunches of the

October 9 2009 / Food & Wine

Use Your Zucca

Autumn is approaching. The nights are cooling, the leaves are falling, and the zucca (pumpkin) is on the vine. Besides

July 2 2009 / Food & Wine

Gelato, Granita…and Snow!


We have Emperor Nero, who lived in Rome and ruled around 60 A.D., to thank for his love of icy

March 24 2009 / Food & Wine

Incredible Edible…Weeds

Sant'Agata de' Goti

Caterina was carrying two big plastic bags. I asked her what they were and discovered that she was taking some