In an Italian Weaver’s Cooperative Lives the Spirit of Festa della Donna

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global initiative that celebrates the social, economic and political achievements of women past, present and future. On this day the world joins hands together to support, raise, inspire and motivate women across all fields of work. In Italy the day is celebrated as Festa della Donna and fragrant bouquets … Continue reading In an Italian Weaver’s Cooperative Lives the Spirit of Festa della Donna


Recipes “a occhio”

My real taste of Italy began in America with a gentle coaxing into Nonna's kitchen the day after I married Michael. Michael, her grandson, had a special place in her heart so teaching me to cook Italian was now a priority.  One of the many lessons on the art of "cucina alla casalinga", home style … Continue reading Recipes “a occhio”

An Italian Painter’s Scrambled Eggs Insalata

Inspired by the 16th century Italian painter Jacopo Carucci (Jacopo da Pontormo) Cesare Casella, chef and dean of Italian Studies at the International Culinary Center combines the bright acid of vinegar and wine, salty pancetta, cold crisp lettuce greens and soft scrambled eggs to create a substantial wintertime salad. With typical Italian sprezzatura , Carucci employs a studied … Continue reading An Italian Painter’s Scrambled Eggs Insalata

Italian Cabinets of Curiosities

  Unicorns’ horns, mermaids’ skeletons, dragons and exotic plants, precious metals,  magical mirrors, oddities and antiquities all arranged on shelves in “rooms of wonders” for the intellectually curious. The fascinating collections of the nobility, scholars, artists, scientists and eccentrics of 16th and 17th century Italy on the brink of a European age when exploration was … Continue reading Italian Cabinets of Curiosities