[Thoughts on the Table – 81] Questions Italians in North America Can’t Help But Wonder About

In this episode, Thoughts on the Table goes back to its quintessential nature: investigate the difference in food and food culture between Italy and North America. My new partner in this journey is the multi-talented Sim Salis (radio host, ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 80] Dining Out and Traveling During a Pandemic

This is a timely yet overdue episode on the reality of living in a pandemic. Join me and my returning guest Raffaella De Amicis as we look at how our lives have changed over the last six months, and how we may be able to adjust our strategy during ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 79] Introducing Valeria and Benedetta from Local Aromas

Wine, cheese, and olive oil sommelier Benedetta Bianchini and pastry chef Valeria Bianchini talk about their family company Local Aromas, which specializes in walking tours, cheese & wine tasting, and cooking classes in Rome, Italy, as well as ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 78] A Chat with Award-winning Author Andrew Cotto

Andrew Cotto is an award-winning American writer of Italian descent. His latest novel titled Cucina Tipica tells the fascinating adventure of a young American who falls in love with Tuscany and with the culture of its people. Naturally, food and wine ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 77] Celebrating Memorie di Angelina’s Ten-Year Anniversary, with Frank Fariello

Acclaimed food blogger Frank Fariello from Memorie di Angelina is back on the show on the occasion of his first ten years of blogging! In the episode, Frank talks about his blogging process—from identifying a new dish to sourcing the ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 76] Introducing Food Blogger Tina Prestia from Tina’s Table

Tina Prestia is a food blogger with a fascinating background. She grew up in upstate New York in an Italian-American community (her dad being from Calabria), moved to New York City to pursue musical theater, graduated and worked at the French Culinary ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 75] The Impact of Geographical Indications on the Italians, with Melinda King

As Melinda King puts it, Geographical Indications are a way to legally recognize quality of place, meaning: “it tastes like it tastes because it’s from this place.” In this episode, Melinda breaks down Certification of Origin in its ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 74] Commercial vs. Domestic Kitchens and Italian Food Knowledge, with Simon Pagotto

Restaurateur and Italian food ambassador Simon Pagotto is back for another great chat! In the first part of the episode, Simon talks about commercial kitchens and how they differ with respect to domestic kitchens. For instance, he discusses timing, ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 73] Introducing Francesca Montillo’s new paperback – The 5-ingredient Italian Cookbook

In my chat with Francesca Montillo back in 2016, we talked about her cooking classes and culinary tours of Italy. In today’s episode, Francesca introduces her first cookbook which stems from her experience as a cooking instructor. The ... Continue reading