Author Archives: Flavor of Italy

Oysters at Nick’s Cove, Tomales Bay – Marshall CA

Oysters aside, the drive up to Marshall is enthralling; a stark and beautiful coastline with a back drop of mountains and blue skies. You occasionally pass through charming, yet humble towns that appear to have been  untouched for decades: a small white clapboard church with its steeple reaching up to the sky, a general store,…

Homemade Pasta….a picture says a thousand words

On our way home this morning we stopped to visit some neighbors and before we left they gave us a precious gift; five freshly laid eggs. So I decided to use two of them to make fettuccine for our lunch. The recipe for pasta is simple: 100 grams of flour + 1 egg = 1…

Tomino Cheese

Tomino cheese

Braised radicchio with pan seared tomino cheese (radicchio brasato con tomino appena sfuso, saltato in padella). It’s a perfect meal served with a nice crusty bread.

Pipero al Rex – masters of Spaghetti alla Carbonara

You’d probably miss Pipero al Rex if you weren’t specifically looking for it, but inside the Rex Hotel on Via Torino is a rather special restaurant. Diners beware: it also has very special prices.

Flavio Viola’s shop in Monti

There’s a charming little shop in Monti that bills itself as an antique shop cum furniture restoration location (Restauro mobili, Antichità), but in reality it’s mostly a shop selling a mishmash of antiques, dishes, art work, old publications and more.

De Santis Artisan Wines and Products of Rome

There’s a tiny little shop that opened up a few weeks ago on Via Monserrato, just a sliver of a place you’d hardly notice if you were taking anything but a leisurely stroll down the street—which we were.

Spaghetti with Gorgonzola Sage Sauce

Spaghetti with Gorgonzola and Sage sauce

One of my favorite pasta dishes which, guess what, happens to be just about the easiest dish–and quickest—to make, is pasta with Gorgonzola sauce.

SensofWine (and Porchetta).

Porchetta at Sensofwine in Rome

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day with wine maven Robbin Gheesling of VineyardAdventures sampling some of Italy’s fine wines at the Luca Marroni 2012 wine show.


Pasta at the Osteria in Rome

This centro storico restaurant’s simple and spartan ambiance is what makes it elegant. For example, the lighting: bulbs on wires hanging in staggered arrangement from the ceiling.

New Year’s Eve Cenone

Zuppa - New Years Cenone

The classic Italian New Year’s Eve celebration is simple and mirrors how Italians celebrate everything: with great food. We ate well, very well, and sampled just about everything on the Cenone menu at Frantoio. Cenone, from the word cena or dinner, simply means big dinner. It’s a meal that can have as many as twelve…