[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

Nine Years of Blogging, Six of Podcasting

Another year has gone by! After settling down in England, I found myself cooking more and dedicating more time to the podcast. With 17 posts, 10 of which are podcast episodes (four with new guests and six with returning guests), six recipes, and the ... 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 – 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, the ... 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

[Thoughts on the Table – 72] Introducing Kelly Leonardini from Italian at Heart

For episode #72 of Thoughts on the Table, I have the pleasure to interview Cannolo Award winner Kelly Leonardini from Italian at Heart. Being 3rd generation Italian-American, Kelly’s connection to Italy is rooted deep in her ancestry. But her ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 71] Introducing Cooking Instructor Marzia Molatore from Bella Cibo

Originally born in Naples, Marzia Molatore grew up near Valtellina, in northern Italy. About 15 years ago, she moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she teaches traditional Italian cooking. Her case, however, is far more extraordinary than this. Recently, ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 70] Define Culture Shock – Diana Zahuranec’s Take on Relocating and Moving Back

Diana Zahuranec is back on the show to join the conversation on culture shock – whether it’s associated with relocating, and whether it can also occur when going back. During the episode, Diana shares her experience following her six-year ... Continue reading