The Gift of Gelato

Allora oggi . . . a brief word about gelato and a couple of photos.  In a previous post I mentioned how the Italians use every day events as an opportunity to elevate life into an art form.  Gelato is a perfect example fruit, sugar and water become a beautiful,...

Name that Dish

Allora oggi . . . let’s play name that dish.  A special Italian surprise for the first person to correctly identify the featured contorni in the...
Anchovies get a bum rap

Anchovies get a bum rap

Allora oggi . . . not many Americans like anchovies and who can blame them.  The stuff that we pass off as anchovies in the U.S. resemble the Italian version in name only.  Anchovies are wonderful when they are fresh and prepared by the skillful hands of Dina.  Last...

All about Dina

Allora oggi . . . it’s about the food.  My host family is amazing and Dina is molto molto stupendo cucina.  That’s Italian for wonderful cook.  Tonight she prepared for us zucchini stuffed with goat cheese, zucchini pulp, and all sorts of other yummy things that I...

Around the World in 80 Plates

Allora oggi . . . one final exam down and two more to go before the grading frenzy begins.  Allora yesterday the international tourism class final was scheduled.  After the students turned in their last paper we held our own version of Around the World in 80 Plates. ...