I love the Italian custom of adding the word “bello” to describe a mundane action, object or food – thus, elevating “il quotidiano” – the everyday – to something special. “Prendiamo un bel caffe” – Let’s have a nice coffee. “Facciamo una bella passeggiata” – Let’s take a nice walk. “Mangiamo un bel piatto di […]
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When my parents were growing up in Italy, there was no such thing as Halloween. The goblins, ghouls and jack o’lanterns arrived in Italy relatively recently via mass media and the spread of American pop culture. For my parents, there was instead La Festa di Ognissanti (All Saints Day) on November 1st and La Festa […]
Before I left for Italy, I shared the above photo on my Facebook page, with the caption,”Doesn’t Mamma Anna Maria look like someone with whom you’d love to spend time in the kitchen? I hope I get to meet her in Vasto!” A few weeks later, my family and I spent a wonderful day on […]
Michelle DiBenedetto-Capobianco is a corporate lawyer-turned-private chef in New York. Restless in her legal career, Michelle began to spend each summer at her family home overlooking the Majella (pronounced “mah-yel-lah”) mountain in the central Italian region of Abruzzo where she studied real Italian cooking with talented home cooks and culinary professionals. Michelle now organizes creative small group tours of Abruzzo for visitors from around the globe.
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