Category Archives: Various & Sundry

Pasta, gnocchi & risotto: luscious Italian primi, Snaps’n’Snippets

Penne with zucchini, pancetta, Parmesan and onion

Snaps’n’Snippets of Italian primi! Italy is characterized by starting off each meal with delicious first courses, or primi. Oftentimes a primo and salad can be enough for a whole meal. Only rarely will you see Italians skip their scrumptious primo! For example… It’s September, so we’re now enjoying the last of our summer zucchini; we can…

Herbs & Spices


I use a lot of herbs and spices in my cooking, mostly what is growing on our property, both planted & foraged. Fresh is my preference; the flavor is richer and I love the colors of  fresh herbs. I buy spices from all over the world at Rome’s largest market in Piazza Victoria to make…

The Best of Sperlonga

Sunset Sperlonga

Sperlonga captured my heart more than three decades ago when we first started spending the month of June here each year. Some of Sperlonga’s appeal is intangible, it occupies your senses in ways you can’t even describe. Yet, so much of what there is to love in this amazing coastal hill town is easy to quantify….

Cooking Classes at Flavor of Italy: Snaps’n’Snippets

Making ravioli and gnocchi

Take a look at what we do in our cooking classes: they’re fun, you learn a lot, enjoy great food & wine, and take home a host of new, simple to prepare, delectable recipes. Our cooking school is based in Rome, but we also offer cooking classes throughout the year in the United States and…

Gelato & Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts: Snaps’n’Snippets

Neve di Latte Gelateria

Delicious photographs and hints on where to go to find the very best cold treat! Mostly Rome and Lazio. Neve di Latte (Via Luigi Poletti, 6, Rome) is just about as good as it gets! A tad off the tourist track, but near the MAXXI museum so do a double header. My personal fave is…

Appetizers: Snaps’n’Snippets

Clams and mussel Sauté

Photographs of tasty beginnings to your meal! Delicious clam & mussel appetizer with lots of sauce to slurp up or dip your bread in:

Rome Views: Snaps’n’Snippets

Fiat 500

Life in Rome: from monuments to people to pets to fashion. Just about anything that depicts the eternal city and its lifestyle! These photographs are a touch of the beauty and character that is Rome. Side view of Rome’s breathtaking Piazza Venezia & its rich colors… Breathtaking sunset view of the ancient Egyptian Obelisk of…

Pasta, Gnocchi, Risotto: Snaps’n’Snippets

Gorgonzola and sage spaghetti

Every Italian meal begins with a delicious “primo”. Sundays in Rome are family lunch days and call for homemade pasta; Thursdays are gnocchi day in Rome. Every town and region has its own specialty and tradition. What they all have in common is simplicity and delicious flavor! I’m addicted to the easiest pasta dish on…

Pinterest Pics

Buratta stuffed ravioli

Buratta-stuffed ravioli, on a swirl of pesto & topped with lightly caramelized cherry tomatoes. At Garibaldi Ristorante, Rome. Making homemade ravioli. Tropea onions from my garden lent themselves beautifully to these onion ricotta tarts. Arch of Malborghetto, whose core structure is datable to 4th century, sits on Via Flaminia right at Sacrofano train station. And…

Tomato Ricotta Tarte Tatin


  It’s that delightful time of the year when our vegetable garden is exploding and yielding scrumptious produce in spades. We always plant lots of varieties of tomatoes; it’s the true staple in Italian cuisine and we won’t settle for anything but the best in the tomato department. Maurizio’s favorite snack is bread, tomato and…