Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking


February 27, 2017


Calitri Bound

    It’s been a long time coming, but I can finally say that in just a few months we will be headed to Calitri. Since spending one night there 12 years ago I’ve been longing to return and really get to know the birthplace of my maternal grandparents. Both my grandfather and grandmother emigrated […]

January 28, 2017


Come To Italy With Me!

You don’t have to  wait for me to post a trip to Lucca here on my blog. Get a group together with your friends who love Italy and get in touch! Of course I plan on going to Italy every year and I do have a tour scheduled for this spring, but it’s full, with […]

December 24, 2016


Buon Natale

I’ve never been to Lucca during the winter, but I’d like to make believe that I’m there right now sending this Christmas greeting out to you. Form the historic anfiteatro with its gorgeous tree lighting the piazza, to the view from the top of the Guinigi Tower (maybe next time I’ll make it all the […]

May 25, 2016


Eating In San Francisco

It was just a few days, but we managed to squeeze a fair amount of great food. Here are some of the highlights. Since we hadn’t been to San Francisco for some time I thought it best to read up on what restaurants people were taking about. It wasn’t hard to decide that we would […]

April 22, 2016


In The Kitchen

These two lovely local Lucchese women were responsible for an evening filled with lots of laughs and a dinner that we won’t soon forget. Our apartment located in Lucca’s centro was the perfect spot for a cooking class. The kitchen is bright and spacious with a great work space large enough for all of us to participate […]

April 18, 2016


Il Mercato All’Aperto

Why does all the produce look so much better in Italy? One of the reasons that I always rent an apartment is so that I can actually get into the kitchen and take advantage of what the mercato all’aperto (outdoor market) has to offer. There was a sign on this pile of carciofi advertising them 15 for 5 euros! […]

April 15, 2016


Taste Florence

  If you stay in Tuscany at some point you will most certainly make your way to Florence. The city is brimming with history, museums and churches but what did our day focus on-food! We boarded an early train from Lucca and met Tina, our amazing guide from Taste Florence, on a small street not far […]