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April 19, 2020
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Calitri Day Trips

About an hour away from Calitri outside the town of Paternopli is Tenuta Fonzone, a family owned winery. We spent an incredible afternoon here tasting their wines accompanied by plate after plate of local specialties.   You need to make a reservation to visit the winery and I urge you to make a stop here […]

April 18, 2020
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Italy Revisited-Next Stop Calitri

After my week in Lucca last spring we spent a few days in Rome and then took the train across the country and south to Calitri (birthplace of my grandparents). You can’t actually take the train there, which we found out on our first visit. We discovered that what we thought were train tickets ended […]

July 16, 2019
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Calitri-May 2019

    On our first visit to Calitri in 2005 we barely had time to discover the beauty and charm of the town. After taking a train from Rome, a bus from Foggia and then being picked up by a driver when the bus went no further, we arrived for an overnight. We walked from […]

April 23, 2019
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Italian Easter Pie

Making this torta is a tradition in our house and it just doesn’t seem like Easter without it. As a college student my grandmother would pack me a piece to go and I would eat it on the train ride back to school. There are certainly variations on this recipe, some with a lot more […]

May 14, 2018
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Lovely Lucca

We stumbled upon Lucca quite by accident seventeen years ago. Driving from Sienna to Milan at the end of our vacation we saw a sign saying “Lucca Centro Storico” and decided to stop there for lunch. Little did I know that this would be the start of a love affair with this lovely Tuscan town. […]

May 3, 2018
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I Left My Heart In Calitri

It’s hard to describe this magical corner of Italy in words. Yes, it holds a special place in my heart since both my grandparents emigrated from here, but there’s more to it than that. Calitri is definitely off the beaten track and there’s no train service here so you either have to take a bus […]

April 24, 2018
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With The Locals-The Art Of Cingul’

  I don’t really have much of a bucket list probably because being anywhere in Italy is always at the top. I’m happiest when I’m here and when I’m not, I’m dreaming about when I’ll come back. Anyone who really knows me knows that my other great passion is food and cooking so yesterday I […]

April 3, 2018
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Pizza Rustica di Pasqua

  Without fail my grandmother made her version of this torta  every spring during Easter week. I remember her packing up a piece for me to take on the train ride back to college. We always called it Easter Pie. After she passed away it was years before I attempted to recreate this specialty from Campania. One […]

July 8, 2017
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Doors Of Calitri

One evening I decided to go out and take a stroll around the borgo. We walked the same paths every day on or way to and from the bar or the pasticceria and I knew that I hadn’t seen nearly a quarter of the town. It started as a search for a restaurant that I […]