Category Archives: Events e Festivals

Polenta and Pangiallo festival in Riano

Riano centro storico, stemma at municipal building entrance

A beautiful and brisk, and very windy 7C Sunday is the perfect kind of a day for the heartiest of Italian comfort foods: polenta. We’re one of the smaller towns immediately north of Rome; our tiny historic center is composed of two streets that meet at a small piazza where the polenta festival took place….

L’Occhio Ammira e Rimane Incantato; In praise of the Merangola orange

The Merangola orange

Yesterday Isabella della Ragione’s book, L’Occhio Ammira e Rimane Incantato,  was presented in Terni. Isabella Dalla Ragione has spent her career as an agronomist protecting rare fruit tree varietals, many that she and her father located and began to propagate with care. Together they dedicated their time to scouring the Italian countryside searching out these rare…

Crema di Caffè

Crema di Caffè. Served in a small cup, not much larger than an espresso cup. It’s almost like a soft ice cream, and each coffee bar makes its own. This one, in Sacrofano north of Rome, was delightful. A blend of espresso, milk, cream and sugar freshly made and constantly churning to maintain its delicious…

Broken tableware becomes art

Broken tableware becomes art

So, what do you do with mismatched plates, teacups, broken china? I throw it away or else it hangs around forever in my “to repair” box. My local morning coffee bar has another take on these throw-aways: they turn them into a work of art. Clever, charming and in the end perhaps a nicer way…

Summer in the Cellar – Jazz & Wine at Vinoroma

There are many food and wine professionals in Rome, each one offering something slightly different and interesting, some better or worse than others. I don’t generally feel compelled to write about fellow professionals but every once in awhile something stands out far above the rest and I want to share it with others. I met…

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…

Christmas Dinner

Two Christmas dinners this year: one with friends in Rome, one in San Francisco with family. The San Francisco meal is a wonderful collaborative affair with my sisters and extended family and the other a feast I offer up to my friends. I’ll tell you about our Rome Christmas, starting with the table. A great…

Panettone packages

Panettone Christmas packages

One of the signs that Christmas is around the corner is that panettone sales start popping up everywhere. I love them and I love looking at the vast array of packages, each one more beautiful than the next. It’s true that Italians don’t go in for a lot of holiday decor, but they do love…