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”


Romancing The Sauce

Almost everyone on the planet loves Italian food. If you're like me nothing can compare to your grandmother's pasta sauce. Whether you're Italian or not everyone has their own favorite version. That's not so unusual because everyone in Italy has their's too. Nothing says "love" like an Italian red sauce but don't always have time for a "made by … Continue reading Romancing The Sauce

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

Italian MicroMosaic Jewelry – 1500 pieces per square inch

A reminder of a trip to Italy, the ubiquitous souvenir T-shirt is a wearable image that displays a special affinity for a place or brand associated with your travels. Victorian ladies in the early and mid-19th century traveling in Rome were also drawn to wearable images of their trip.  Micro-mosaic brooches made from tiny pieces of glass tile,  called … Continue reading Italian MicroMosaic Jewelry – 1500 pieces per square inch