Category Food and Friends

Time for Dinner in Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy will steal your heart – in so many ways! One of those ways is the familiarity of people that we’ve been so lucky to meet, and thus become friends with, over our years of visiting. Included among those friends are the family at Trattoria Roberto, one of our favorite dinner spots. Here’s the […]

Hungry For Lunch?

How about a peek at some of the delightful dishes served in one of our favorite little lunch spots in Florence, Italy? Delighted to share just one of the reasons we never can get enough of Italy – the food, the wine, the friends….If only we had this “fast food” as a lunch option during the work week […]

Squash Madness!

What do you get when you combine 3 different varieties of squash with butter and cheese? A winter squash gratin that tempts you to eat it all alone….not. share. one. single. bite…….But I digress. Here’s the scoop. My blogger friend, Marie, over at Proud Italian Cook blog, posted this recipe for Butternut, Delicata, and Acorn Squash Gratin […]

Simple Appetizer Magic

Sometimes, the simplest of items make the best dish. Take this for example… Simple ingredients allowed to do what they do best – that is: entice us to eat a small sampling to get our tummies ready for dinner! And this sure fit the bill, when our friends joined us to cook out. Juicy, ripe […]

Lusting For Dessert In Italy

Why, hello, everyone! Yes, it’s been a while…sure hope this was worth the wait! Last time we met, we were just about to lick our plates finish our dinner at Black Bar and Restaurant at the StarHotels – Anderson in Milan, Italy. (In case you missed it, click here for the post.) Yes, I know….I left you hanging […]

Let’s Get This Holiday Started!

Cin cin! Salute! Cheers! A scene from our last visit to Rusticanella 2 in Lucca, Italy seemed the appropriate way to say: Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy Memorial Day. Now – get out there and get your grill on!

What’s on the Menu at Cooking School Today?

Curious about what goes on at Cooking School in Lucca? How about a behind the scenes look at the action-packed kitchen? (In case you missed our last post about our cooking adventures, take a look here.) Today, we’re ready to cook and (of course!) eat the results. Today’s menu consists of L’uovo magico (and when I show […]

Taking an Italian Lunch Break

Tired of the Leaning Tower, hawkers trying to sell you a cheap souvenir, and way too many tourists in way too many lines? Then it’s time for a lunch break where the “locals” eat – Ristorante Galileo. Perfect for lunch (or dinner), in Pisa, Italy. With an ever-changing selection of homemade “fast food” for a set price […]

Friends and Food – My Kinda Evening!

Our friend, Ellen from Boston, was in town recently. Lucky for us, she had time to come to our house for dinner and a few adult beverages – Imagine that… Here’s the fun part: We met Ellen a few years ago in Italy during a visit, and exchanged email addresses. We’ve stayed in touch, reaching out once or […]