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October 17, 2014
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Tazza D’Oro-Cappuccino Perfection

Whenever we’re in Rome a visit to Tazza d’Oro is always a must. Years back before I ever set foot in Italy I wasn’t even a coffee drinker. Tea was my morning beverage of choice. That all changed when I experienced a cappuccino in Italy. Gone was the bitter taste that I had always associated […]

October 15, 2014
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Pizza Fritta

Yes, we’re in Rome but I’m showing a specialty of Naples and the surrounding area. For me pizza fritta is one of my fondest memories from my grandmother’s kitchen. One bite and I was instantly transported to my grandmother frying up dough in oil and simply topping it with tomato sauce and grated cheese. We’re […]

October 30, 2013
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Meet Me For A Glass Of Wine

I spied this tiny wine bar last year when I was in Lucca. On my own before my tour group got to town, I decided to stop in for a glass of red wine. I was drawn in by the charming entrance and was immediately welcomed by Walter, who is one of the owners (what […]

October 21, 2013
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Il Vecchio Mulino-Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana

As much as I love hanging out in Lucca, I was thrilled when Heather from Sapori e Saperi invited me to tag along with her friends on an afternoon excursion to Il Vecchio Mulino for lunch. Located in the town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana this eatery has been on my “must visit” list for some […]

October 17, 2013
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Pasta Al Forno With Squash And Pancetta

As soon as I saw this recipe on Food 52 (my “go-to” website for ideas) it moved to the top of my “must cook” list. It’s the perfect dish to celebrate the fall season and the inspiration for it came from one of my favorite restaurants Al Forno-located in Providence, Rhode Island. If you ever […]

October 11, 2013
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Ammodonostro-Lucca

There’s a restaurant directly below my apartment which has tables outside facing the piazza. On nights when I’ve been feeling tired it’s been tempting to run down there for dinner, but thanks to a review by a local I’ve avoided this spot. I’m happy that I did because my new friend I. confirmed the review […]

September 29, 2013
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Amorini Gelato Lucca

I did something utterly out of character yesterday-I ordered a grande rather than a piccolo gelato. B. and I had talked about how we were always left wanting a little more when we were scraping around on the bottom of our small cup and so I decided to go for it. As I watched the […]

September 27, 2013
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A Slice Of Heaven

I’m sort of disappointed that it’s taken me most of a week to pop in here for a slice of pizza. I’ve walked by many times since I’ve been in Lucca and I’ve eaten here on past trips, but this week I guess I wasn’t hungry when I was in the neighborhood. That may be […]

March 8, 2013
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Shortbread Cookies

Ever since I opened my jar of crema di pistacchi (pistachio butter) I’ve been on the hunt for a shortbread cookie to slather it on. You would think that this would be an easy task since shortbread is a simple combination of flour, sugar and butter, but some of the recipes I tried proved to […]