Machiavelli e Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence (Random House, 2009) is perhaps the most beautifully crafted book in terms of the language and the intricate storytelling that takes place among its main c...
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My Visit at the Bronx Beer Hall!

My Visit at the Bronx Beer Hall!
As I sit at the bar waiting to speak to Paul and Anthony Ramirez,  two of the three owners of the Bronx Beer Hall located in the middle of the Arthur Avenue Market,  I look around and notice my fellow...
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Umbrian Love Cake

Umbrian Love Cake
  Being a region of Italy with a strong agricultural background, Umbrian cuisine is very simple. Take cakes for example. Traditional Umbrian cakes are mostly derived from bread. In the past people did...
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Sorrento with Rossella Culinary Tour

Sorrento with Rossella Culinary Tour
  My Dear Friends, I am so happy to announce my “Sorrento with Rossella” Culinary Tours which will be during the week of Sept. 14-21. To make this dream come true for all of you, I have teamed with my...
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Introducing: Nonna's Healthy Corner

Introducing: Nonna's Healthy Corner
  My Dear Friends, It gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of the Cooking wirh Nonna - Healthy Corner ! When I started my Cooking with Nonna adventure I quickly realized the truth of the ol...
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We are Cooking at Eataly NYC!

We are Cooking at Eataly NYC!
I am s o happy and honored to announce that on Saturday, March 23, 2013, I will be teaching a Cooking Class at La Scuola di Eataly in NYC... yes, in the Lidia Bastianich Temple ! During the class, Non...
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Childhood memories:Il Ceppo di Natale,The strain of Christmas

In the early 50’s, the families, grandparents, parents and children ,used to spent the evening afer eating, sitting around the table to tell stories.   While chatting each other, they also held small ...
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Buon Viaggio! We are going to Italy!

Buon Viaggio! We are going to Italy!
It’s often hard to believe that “good luck” or good fortune really occurs; perhaps it’s just that we believe unexpected and outrageously good things only happen to others. Even after several emails fr...
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WIN a FREE Tour of Italy - 2012

WIN a  FREE Tour of Italy - 2012
WIN a FREE Tour of Italy - 2012 My dear Friends, that time of the year is here again when, thanks to my dea r partner Perillo Tours ,  I get to play Santa Claus and send one of you on a FREE Tour of a...
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Cooking for a Great Cause!

Cooking for a Great Cause!
Some weeks ago, I was asked by my Cooking Buddy, Chef Pasquale Martinelli , if we could team up and put ourselves on the auction block at a fundraiser for a very noble organization: Alexandra’s Playgr...
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Back from the NIAF Gala and Convention!

Back from the NIAF Gala and Convention!
I couldn't have been happier this year to Washington to attend the 2012 National Italian American Foundation Gala.  I had attended two years ago and made a speech about Italian American youth, but thi...
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At the Seattle Festa Italiana - 2012

At the Seattle Festa Italiana - 2012
Hello Friends! With the cool hints of fall in the air, and with the help of my glorious sponsor, Saeco Espresso , I headed to Seattle for the second year last week to be a part of Seattle Festa Italia...
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A Journey to Puglia

A Journey to Puglia
Sunday February 27 in 2000 is a date forever etched into my memory. I was back in Puglia and for the next seven days my life was one comedy act after another – even though I didn’t think so at the tim...
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A Palladian Connection – Venice to Charleston, SC

A Palladian Connection – Venice to Charleston, SC
  When I first spoke to Cooking with Nonna about writing for their blog I was excited because I knew that it would lead to me looking at my Carolina surroundings with a different eye.  I have been con...
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My Love Affair with Coffee!

My Love Affair with Coffee!
What does one say about an espresso machine? Well, when you have a debatable espresso addiction as I do there is a lot to be said.  I've been drinking coffee regularly for at least 15 years now. Espre...
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La Rificolona or Lantern Festival in Florence

La Rificolona or Lantern Festival in Florence
It is one of Florence's more popular tradition: it is called la Rificolona: Lantern Festival and takes place on September 7.   Coloured paper lanterns are on display in the city center, held by childr...
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Il Palio dei Capatosta in Mola di Bari

Il Palio dei Capatosta in Mola di Bari
By Francesco Di Paolo; Translation by Mauro Miccolis After an exciting performance, the “Contrada della Terra” has been awarded with the prestigious title of “Golden Champion 2012” at the Palio dei Ca...
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Duomo of Siena Mosaics

Siena, one of the top hill towns to visit in Tuscany, has two events not to be missed. First is the exciting horse race for the Palio of Siena , run twice in summer around Siena's main square, Piazza ...
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At the Milwaukee Festa Italiana - 2012

At the Milwaukee Festa Italiana - 2012
Hey Everyone! I wanted to share some behind-the-scenes stuff about my trip to Milwaukee for the Festa Italiana.  Let me tell you, I was completely blown away by the unity of this organization.  This w...
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Nonna Denzio's Ravioli

Nonna Denzio's Ravioli
Culinary influences come in many different forms and sometimes it takes the lens of time to focus all the different influences that make us who we are. I must say that I can draw on a variety of influ...
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