4 Simple Tips to Learning Italian

Learning Italian: Four Simple Tips

Learning Italian is, and continues to be, a challenge for me. While I can get by with basic conversations that allow me to buy food, read recipes in Italian, and run simple errands, I wouldn’t say I am fluent. So when I came across the YouTube channel “Learn Italian with Lucrezia”, I was impressed by the […]

La Festa di San Giuseppe and Bigné di San Giuseppe

Bigne di San Giuseppe - Festa di San Giuseppe

Buona Festa del Papà! (Happy Father’s Day) You may think I have the wrong date but here in Italy, Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19th which coincides with St. Joseph’s Day (La Festa di San Giuseppe), who happens to be the patron saint of the Church, fathers and carpenters. And is it then a […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays in Rome, Italy _ Piazza Venezia

After spending a month in S.E. Asia , we are back in Rome in time for the holidays and to wish you and your family “Happy Holidays and an Amazing 2013!” Rome is evidently ready for the holidays and although the hot and humid weather in S.E. Asia doesn’t foster a feel of the holidays, […]

Rome for Hungry Travellers: How to Taste the City’s History

Fresh ingredients in Rome markets

While you’ll find the most obvious relics from Rome’s past in the city’s squares, basilicas and ancient ruins, the food here also has a story to tell. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients have ruled Rome ever since there were laws governing how extravagant (or not) a meal could be – and over the years food has […]

Easy Italian Recipe: Gnocchi di zucca alla romana

Easy Italian recipe: Gnocchi alla romana - ready to be baked

When my sister-in-law made this dish late last month, I asked her for the recipe as it was perfect for a chilly autumn’s day. I’ve made potato gnocchi before but never tried making gnocchi alla romana and this version makes it even more alluring as I love pumpkin. It is a surprisingly easy Italian recipe and […]

Easy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Soup - Perfect for autumn

First let me apologize for the lack of posts lately. While I was tied up with work in September, I was hoping October would give me a breather. Not quite so as I was still busy with work as well as baking chocolate desserts for my niece’s birthday, going on a hike, getting a cold, […]

To Enjoy the Italian Food Experience – Do Your Homework


When traveling to Rome, it’s easy to know which attractions to check out but knowing where to eat well is always the bigger challenge. If you want a good cappuccino with cornetto, a slice of pizza or a place for an aperitivo, you will need to do some research. Doing so means you won’t get […]

Lemon Pull Apart Cupcake

Pull Apart Cupcake Collage

The original recipe I saw was for a Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake but as my nieces have left for their summer holidays, I had to find a way to make small batches which I can freeze. My go-to idea here always ends up being cupcakes or muffins as I can easily store them and just […]

Easy Italian Appetizer: Baked Lemon filled with Mozzarella

Easy Italian Appetizer - Baked Amalfi Lemons

This week I met up with my friend Gillian who had just returned from a trip to the Amalfi Coast. Loving Amalfi lemons as much as I do, Gillian mentioned that while she was there, she made an easy Italian appetizer from Jamie Oliver’s book “Jamie’s Italy” using Amalfi lemons. Thanks again, Gillian. Due to my […]

Simple Pasta Recipe: Tagliolini al Limone

Simple pasta recipe - Tagliolini al Limone - Fresh Pasta - Tagliolini

Confession. I love lemons and everything with lemons. While my favorite lemon recipe last summer was the Crostata con Crema al Limone (Lemon Tart), this year I was looking for a new lemon related recipe. And I found one. A simple pasta recipe – tagliolini al limone. Please allow me to digress for a second. […]

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