[Thoughts on the Table – 27] Introducing Paola (a.k.a. PolaM) from ‘An Italian Cooking in the Midwest’

Thoughts on the Table is back with a new guest! Food blogger Paola from An Italian in the Midwest shares her thoughts on what’s key in defining authentic Italian food and reveals how she sources suitable ingredients in the Midwest. In the second ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 19] Meet Andrea Bini, an Italian Restaurateur in Canada

In this episode, I have the pleasure to interview Andrea Bini, chef and owner of The BiBo Pizzeria con Cucina in Vancouver, Canada. Join me to hear how he manages to remain true to authentic Italian flavors while trying to satisfy a variety of ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 15] Known and Less Known Italian Foods

This week, Jessica takes us through a number of known and less known Italian dishes – starting from Naples and Sicily, through Rome and Tuscany, to northern Italy. Find out what is authentic and what isn’t, and maybe even discover some ... Continue reading

Home-Style Pizza Competition

An unusual post for this blog, today. Three friends of mine have just competed in a pizza cook-off, and I had the honor to be the head judge :) The contestants were responsible for bringing their own ingredients, including their pizza dough (which they ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 10] Parmigiana and Balsamic

I am back with Gino De Blasio for a new episode of Thoughts on the Table. This week, as we dissect two more misconceptions (Parmigiana and Balsamic), Gino and I explain the reasons that motivate us to protect and preserve authentic Italian food. Thanks ... Continue reading

Table Service, an Ocean Apart

Table service, the customer experience in restaurants, can be radically different between Italy and Canada. Most of my considerations can probably apply to all of North America, but in this article, I will be referring specifically to my Canadian ... Continue reading

Italian Myths – 6 Italian Food Staples Unknown in Italy

This article is about “Italian” dishes, products, and terms that don’t actually exist in Italy – true Italian myths like Spaghetti with Meatballs (an Italian-American creation), Caesar salad and Italian soda (successful ... Continue reading