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This blog's goal is to describe the difference between what is known as Italian Food and the real food of continental Italy. To read more about me and my motivations, please check out the About page.
Latest Podcasts
[Thoughts on the Table - 35] Introducing Valentina Lombardi from Experience Italy Travels
Valentina Lombardi announces her new project: Experience Italy Travel, and my collaboration: a fun section called 'Italy: instructions for use'. Read more...
[Thoughts on the Table - 34] The Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle, with Diana Zahuranec
Diana Zahuranec returns to talk about the Mediterranean diet. In this episode she walks us through the differences between Italian and American food cultures, flavors, and health. Read more...
[Thoughts on the Table - 33] A food photography primer with Raffaella De Amicis
Raffaella De Amicis talks about photography - from basic principles to the various techniques used in portraying food. Raffaella also shares her thoughts on culinary authenticity. Read more...
[Thoughts on the Table - 32] Jason's special on San Francisco, technology and food culture
My friend and original podcast partner Jason talks about San Francisco and innovations in the food culture. Read more...
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Latest Recipes
Mediterranean Pasta with Capers, Olives, Cherry Tomatoes, and Mozzarella
A deliciously balanced pasta dish ready in fifteen minutes! Read more...
Roasted Green Beans
Roasted legumes are something else! This preparation makes for a satisfying side-dish which is ideal to accompany meat, fish, or cheese. Read more...
Shrimp, Zucchini and Saffron Linguine
This dish is a summer classic featuring an incredible flavor combination: roasted zucchini, shrimp and saffron, in a creamy wine sauce. Read more...
Truffles Uncovered
What gives truffles their characteristic aroma? Why do people use pigs to find them? Read all about truffles in this informative post written for Turin Epicurean Capital, a food lit event that will take place in Piedmont this coming fall. Read more...
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Latest Articles
[Italy: Instructions for Use] How to Shop for Groceries Like an Italian
Learn how to get by in grocery stores: how to line up in crowded stores when there's no visible queue? How to get the freshest products available and the desired amounts? Read more...
[Italy: Instructions for Use] How Italian Restaurants Work
What time do Italians have dinner? Is it OK to check out the menu before sitting at the table? Is bread included with service? How about water? Is tipping expected? Why doesn't someone bring the bill??? All you need to know on Italian restaurants and the culture of dining out in Italy. Read more...
Il Mercato - The Tradition of the Italian Street Market
The word 'mercato' means 'market', but what's a mercato to the Italians? I asked several friends from various parts of Italy to help me define it - this article includes their collective observations. Read more...
Truffles Uncovered
What gives truffles their characteristic aroma? Why do people use pigs to find them? Read all about truffles in this informative post written for Turin Epicurean Capital, a food lit event that will take place in Piedmont this coming fall. Read more...
More articles...
Cannolo Award
Do you blog about authentic Italian food? You may qualify for the coveted Cannolo Award! Check out the details.

Congratulations to the latest winner:
Lisa from Italian Kiwi.