N°2 Improvising in Positano

~the following is N°2 in the series, Un’estate senza fine // An endless summer~ While staying in Sorrento, we knew we had to set some time aside to visit the Amalfi coast. Located on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula, it is an enchanting place, dotted with pastel-colored villages. The last time we visited the Amalfi […]

Un bel panino // The perfect sandwich

As a young girl, I spent many summers in the Campania region of Italy. One of my favorite everyday things to eat was a panino. A panino is the Italian word for sandwich, but it is nothing like the sandwiches that are often called “Italian” in the United States. It is easy to make, tasty […]

N°1 Torna a Surriento // Come back to Sorrento

~the following is N°1 in the series, Un’estate senza fine // An endless summer~ It was the trip of a lifetime, and we enjoyed every minute— and every bite. There is something about the sights, sounds and smells of the Campania region in Italy that instantly charms you. Even in the intense summer heat and humidity, you […]

Un posto a tavola // Autumn 2016

I love this time of year— it’s my favorite, actually. I love that it’s starting to get a little cooler and a bit more crisp out. I love the excitement of going back to school and the hope that comes with it…   More than anything— this stems from my parents. They were both immigrants and […]

Inviting Bruschetta

Italians have a way with words. Even one of the ways they say I love you, ti voglio bene,  translates to… I want good for you, implying  I care so much about you, that I wish the best for you.  Now that is a beautiful way to love others. They use words like bellissima, dolcissima and carissima to let you know […]

Truffle Bruschetta

a guest post by LeAnn Brown of l&l – {linenlavenderlife.com} ON A SIX-WEEK STAY IN TUSCANY and while making my way through several recipe books in the cucina of my wee appartamento, I came across the English edition of “How to Make Bruschette.”  It is a small, paperback book unremarkable in its appearance, but with […]

A family gathering…Ciamella Party!

As part of our “market research” (okay, mostly an excuse to make yummy food with family and friends) we recently threw a Ciamella party!   What is Ciamella, you ask? A delicious bread that has the consistency of a bagel but with Italian flavors. {See Recipe here!} Making the bread can be quite the process— […]

Zia Ninuccia

This is my aunt, Maddalena Santoro, or as I affectionately called her, Zia Ninuccia.  She was the beloved owner of her own market in Casagiove, Italy, and the inspiration for Casagiove, California. I loved my zia.  I loved the way she embraced us when we came into town, and I loved how she made everyone […]