Every spring, my Facebook and Instagram feeds are flooded with photos of perfect, robust, purple-tinged artichokes from markets in and around Rome. Food writer and Rome expert Elizabeth Minchilli even coined a cute and clever IG hashtag dedicated to the thistle – #carciofogram. I have a pretty uncomplicated love-hate relationship with artichokes. Love to eat […]
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Two summers ago, my family and I stayed at a lovely country inn called La Valle de Vento, just outside of the magnificent Renaissance town of Urbino. Perched on a hill overlooking the lush campagna Marchegiana, the inn is owned by a charming couple named Francesco, who manages the inn and on-site vinoteca, and Sara, who […]
Last week, I ventured across the bridge to visit the Bronx warehouse of Gustiamo, a purveyor of artisanal Italian foods sourced from small producers that continue to stay true to traditional methods. I purchased several bottles of new harvest extra virgin olive oil and a rather intriguing package of 21-inch candele pasta produced by […]
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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