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35 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Deruta Hand-painted Pottery & Ceramics - Episode 72
Deruta hand-painted ceramics and pottery began as far back as the Renaissance and for the past four generations Giovanni Baiano and his family have been a key part of this local artisanal industry. Giovanni's wife, California native and architect Joan Malloy, shared the fascinating Deruta and Antica Fornace Deruta story with me. Giovanni's cleverest creation are his hand-painted ceramic wine glasses. Giovanni creates a hand-painted ceramic wine glass base and stem, with the stem is hollowed out. He then takes a crystal wine glass, cuts off the base and inserts the crystal stem into his hand-painted ceramic stem. I've been collecting these glasses and they are a beloved part of my ceramic and pottery collection. Also the most admired by my guests! Links and photos in show notes.
39 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
Summer Pasta Recipes - Episode 71
Great summer pasta recipes for delicious and easy summer entertaining or family meals: the top 20 summer pastas from Italian food influencers @mangiawithmichele and @flavorofitaly.
42 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
Rome's Trevi Fountain Neighborhood - Episode 70
Ditch your Rome bucket list and explore Rome by neighborhood instead, starting with the amazing Trevi Fountain neighborhood. You always think Trevi Fountain when you're in this area and then you head to other major sites and monuments but honestly you miss out by not slowing down your pace and digging deep into some of the other incredible things there are to see in this fascinating neighborhood. For example in this neighborhood you can find Rome's tiniest church, and in the Rinascente basement - a major department store - there are recently restored remnants of Roman aqueducts. This is just a taste of a few of the things in the Trevi Fountain neighborhood so have a listen to learn more, then head to the blog post for in-depth detail about the Trevi Fountain neighborhood, along with links and photos.
45 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
Best Summer Dessert Recipes of 2021 - "La Vita è Dolce" - Episode 69
For the best summer desserts of 2021 look no further than Letitia Clark's new book, La Vita è Dolce (Life Is Sweet). Letitia wrote the book during the Covid lockdown as a sort of sweet pick-me-up recipe book project because as she says “sweet things make us feel happy”. I read the book front to cover and love every single recipe: her recipes are unique and fresh and tantalizing. Today Letitia and I chatted about the book and lots of its luscious recipes. So get ready for summer entertaining with these new and unique recipes!
28 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
The OTHER side of the Vatican & Saint Peter Square: the Cavalleggeri neighborhood - Episode 68
Don't miss out on Rome neighborhoods like the Cavalleggeri: it's just on the other side of the Vatican & St. Peter's Square & half the price! Rome is full of dozens of neighborhoods to explore, most in areas where visitors to the Eternal City never set foot, like the Cavalleggeri neighborhood. Today I chatted with Teresa Bergamini Forcina about her neighborhood, why she loves it so much and why she’s writing a book about the area. After a visit to Saint Peter's Square and the Basilica almost everyone heads to the Prati area in the direction of the Vatican museums to grab a bite to eat or a gelato. Instead of heading in the Prati direction when you leave the Vatican and Saint Peter’s Square head in the opposite direction to the Cavalleggeri neighborhood for a bite to eat. Eateries are simple and no-frills but you’ll pay half the price and have the chance to experience this historic working class Rome neighborhood.
39 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
9 tips for eating vegan in Italy - Episode 67
Eating and traveling vegan in Italy: the top 9 tips for joyful vegan eating in Italy to make your Italian food experience amazing! Listen to today's episode and my chat with Kate McElwee, lifelong vegetarian and decade-long vegan. Kate has lived in the United States and Italy and has a wonderful perspective on the joys of being vegan and Italy.
28 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Rimessa Roscioli Wine & Food Experiences in Rome - Episode 66
Rimessa Roscioli Wine & Food Experiences in Rome: the most recent delicious addition to the four Roscioli food venues in Rome that opened just a few years back. The Roscioli family is historical in Rome and renowned chef Massimo Bottura says that the Roscioli family IS Rome. Have a listen to my interview with co-owner Alessandro Pepe for an insider's look into this wonderful food and wine establishment. Great photographs, videos and tons of links and information in today's show notes; Head to the Flavor of a Italy website for details.
44 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Violinist Robert McDuffie and his Guarneri del Gesù violin - Episode 65
If you want to experience great music in Rome check out violinist Robert McDuffie (Bobby), his rare Guarneri Gesù violin & the Rome Chamber Music Festival. Almost everyone who visits Rome thinks about the monuments and churches, but for a deep dive into the heart of Italy look to the music. Start with the fact that the most prized violins in the world were made here, and Bobby McDuffie owns one of these. Today he tells us all about his violin and the Rome Chamber Music Festival that he founded 17 years ago. Head to the flavorofitaly (dot) com website for photos and links and a ton more information!
54 minutes | May 31, 2021
The Food of Calabria and Rosetta Costantino - Episode 64
If you’re looking for recipes that reflect the wonderful food of Calabria then the book for you is Rosetta Costantino‘s My Calabria. Think amazing cheeses from the mountains of Calabria, delicious seafood pasta from the breathtaking Calabrian coast, aromatic hot peppers and the umami-rich spreadable pork sausage, 'nduja. Rosetta was the first to share Calabrian cuisine with the rest of the world in her My Calabria cookbook where she spent her growing up years before her family moved to the Bay Area in California. Her book still remains the bible of Calabrian cuisine. Tune in to hear Rosetta's charming stories about Calabrian life and culture, and learn more about the region's cuisine. Find the show notes for this episode on the Flavor of Italy website!
26 minutes | May 24, 2021
Travel to Italy opens up finally! Time to learn Italian - Episode 63
Everyone has missed travel to Italy this past year and a half and lots of you want to take a deeper dive into Italy and the Italian culture than you did in the past. You also want the details on travel restrictions and what to expect once you get here. The top thing you can do to change your trip to Italy from great into amazing is to learn the language. Davide and I chatted all about his course and what separates it from other courses. He digs into cultural details like the ways Italians communicate with their hands and what each different hand gesture means, and a ton of other Italian communication idiosyncrasies like greetings. Listen to our conversation and learn all about his course and what makes it so special. By the way Davide's course registration ends Wednesday May 26 at 6 pm EST! Links to the course in the Flavor of Italy show notes
53 minutes | May 15, 2021
Italian Hand-painted Ceramics - Episode 62
The top 5 places in Italy to buy gorgeous hand-painted Italian ceramics: towns that are a MUST to visit, in five different Italian regions. Learn about what makes each of these towns unique, and the regional items produced in that area. If you are a Patreon supporter of the Flavor of Italy Podcast then you'll be able to share in an insider trip behind the scenes in one of the best Italian hand-painted ceramics producers. Would you like to learn more about it? Just send me an email! Photos, insider tips and more on the show notes that accompany this episode, on the Flavor of Italy website.
46 minutes | May 5, 2021
Black Gold of Modena: DOP Balsamic Vinegar - Episode 61
If you’d like to experience DOP balsamic vinegar, known as the black gold of Modena, there’s no better way than to take a deep dive into one of the local family producers, or acetaia as they’re known in Italy: Acetaia Malagoli Daniele. Sofia Malagoli has taken the family acetaia to a whole new level and her marketing savvy and outgoing personality have helped the Acetaia Malagoli Daniele (named after Sofia’s father) become one of the largest acetaie in the Modena area with roughly 800 barrels. Today Sofia and I chatted all about her family's DOP balsamic vinegar business, how Sofia has marketed this business, and the recently published Black Gold of Modena book.
54 minutes | May 1, 2021
Piedmont Wines - Episode 60
Piedmont is a remarkable wine region and produces more DOCG wines than any other Italian region, including the three outstanding lesser known reds that we chat about in today's episode. If you love Barolo wine but it's a bit too costly to drink on a regular basis then one of the wines we chat about today is a great alternative you want to know about! It's wonderfully delicious and made from the exact same Nebbiolo grape. Patreon is a great way to support this podcast and all our Patreon supporters receive special benefits like the upcoming private zoom event with the fabulous sommelier, Cynthia Chaplin, from today's episode. Contact me directly for further information about this special zoom event through the flavorofitaly.com website.
46 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Vatican Museum Art Access for Blind & Deaf Visitors - Episode 59
Many may think that art access to the wonders of the Vatican Museums from the paintings to the sculptures and the gardens can only be enjoyed by sighted visitors. At the Vatican, thanks to the magnificent work done by The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, blind and partially sighted visitors can also enjoy art access at the Vatican Museums. In today's podcast episode I chatted with Sabrina Zappia, Chair of this fabulous Vatican patron organization. Have a lesson to find out how are the Vatican makes art accessible to all including blind visitors.
44 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Discover Sardinian Food: Letitia Ann Clark's Sardinia-inspired cookbook, Bitter Honey - Episode 58
Discover Sardinian food: Letitia Ann Clark, gifted painter & illustrator, & author of the acclaimed Sardegna-inspired cookbook, Bitter Honey. Letitia has a new cookbook, La Vita è Dolce, and is working on a food-themed memoir - all the while continuing to paint and illustrate. Find her illustrations in the New York Times and other prestigious publications. Head to the Flavor of Italy website for episode show notes and Letitia's contact information, all her book details and photos of her fanciful and whimsical illustrations.
67 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Cookbook author Domenica Marchetti & Abruzzo Food – Episode 57
Cookbook author Domenica Marchetti is all about Abruzzo food, her Abruzzese heritage and her cookbooks, classes and food tours to Italy. Domenica is an Italian American with 100% Italian blood lines that trace back to her family in the Abruzzo and Lazio regions of Italy. Domenica says that she’s not a chef but rather an accomplished home cook educated by her mom, grandma and aunts in the best of Italian food traditions mostly stemming from the Abruzzo region. To learn more about Domenica's books, classes and tours, plus tons of information on food from Abruzzo head to the Flavor of Italy website. And please don't forget to subscribe to the Flavor of Italy podcast; thank you!
48 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Andrea Smith: still-life paintings of Rome's market produce - Episode 56
Andrea Smith's still-life paintings feature wonderful seasonal vegetables like artichokes & fava beans for Vignarola. When I came across her Instagram profile full of still-life paintings of Rome's market produce it was heaven because she paints all of the most beautiful fruits and vegetables you can find in Italy, and especially Rome. I’ve been to one of Andrea‘s painting studios and seen how she sets up her paintings, and her workflow, so I was thrilled to chat with her about her still-life paintings of Rome's market produce, her outlook on painting, what brought her to Rome, the courses she teaches and what she is working on now.
28 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
A Chat with Tina Prestia: 3 Emilia Romagna regional recipes + Classic vs Tweaked recipes + Ideas for your Easter table - Episode 55
In this Flavor of Italy Podcast episode Tina Prestia and I chatted about three classic Emilia Romagna regional recipes, Classic vs Tweaked recipes and a few ideas for your Easter table. Tina lives in Bologna and loves to travel around the Emilia Romagna region, and throughout Italy, tasting and experiencing the very best of local cuisine wherever she goes. Lots of recipe links and photos in today's show notes on the Flavor of Italy website. Listen, subscribe and leave a review: thank you!
33 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Interview with Teri Turner- No Crumbs Left - Episode 54
Listen to this deep dive interview with food and lifestyle blogger Teri Turner of No Crumbs Left, and the secret sauce of her success. Photos and links in the show notes at flavorofitaly.com.
41 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Author Andrew Cotto & Italian Food, and his latest book: Cucina Romana - Episode 53
The driving force behind everything author Andrew Cotto writes is food, and almost exclusively Italian food. This week Andrew and I chat about his latest book, Cucina Romana, plus lots of other things Andrew has written. SHOW NOTES HERE: Links, great information and photos in the show notes at flavorofitaly.com website.
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