Italy

A European Whirlwind

by Maggie Battista
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I made a promise to myself when I embarked on writing a cookbook. The promise was simple: I promise to do whatever I need to make sure I appreciate and even enjoy this cookbook writing process.  And no matter how busy I get, I am making sure to do just that. In March, I had the

Rustic Fennel Apricot Bread

by Mary Swenson
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Old Italian uncles, a much-loved and much-tested bread, and some killer apricots? Count me in! – Amy I have this really, really cute great-uncle. His name is Evo, and he’s 100% Italian – which, waaaay back when, apparently wasn’t a “favorable” trait when it came to courting my aunt. But since he’s really, really cute,

Harvesting Olive Oil in Tuscany

by Amy McCoy
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Most of us daydream about whisking away to Tuscany to soak up the sun on a gloriously lazy day, feasting on freshly pressed olive oil.  For Amy, a certain Tuscan dream has been realized, but to get her own fresh olive oil, she did the hard work of harvesting the olives. Let Amy’s story inspire

Enzo Restaurant

by Maggie Battista
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Italian food is pretty easy to come by nowadays. Good Italian food, well, not so much. In Paris, there isn’t much of either, so now that I’m home in springy-New England, I want to put together light Italian fare brimming with onions, peas, rhubarb and fresh, young cheeses… Having grown up in New Jersey in

The Best Coffee Ever… in Nice?

by Maggie Battista

I just spent a fabulous long weekend in the Cote d’Azure with a friend who was born there, on the end of a work trip to London. I have way too many photos and stories to share, but for now, I will say – I may have had the best coffee in the world in

Lunch on Lake Como

by Maggie Battista

I had some fantastic adventures in Italy in April. That weeks feel a bit like a distant dream that I am now remembering in bits and pieces as I pour through photos. This meal was definitely a dream. My friend Davide has a sister who lives on Lake Como with her husband and daughter. Giovanna

Little Dog Steers Clear of Big Shoes, Venice, Italy

by Maggie Battista

April 16 in Venice. Loads of people getting on and off the boats on the canal. This little dog focused on steering clear of all the heavy-bottomed shoes.

Coffee in Pavia, Italy

by Maggie Battista

When I landed in Milan on April 14 of this year, my host Davide zipped me down to his home in Pavia and immediately invited some family over for coffee. I was a bit dazed from two long flights and decided to nestle in with some coffee, a bit of cake and my camera. As

Italy: Como

by Maggie Battista

I’ve only now had a few moments to download my 800 photos of Italy, New York and so many meals. No meal photos here today, just a glimpse into where I was a mere week ago. Part of me feels as if Italy was a dream, a delight I’m remembering only bit by bit. The

Fennel, Orange and Olive Salad

by Maggie Battista

This salad made me so happy. I devoured it the moment I stepped into Venice, while sitting along the Grand Canal with my friend, drinking a glass of Prosecco. After four hours on a train, I was tired and hungry but didn’t want to over-indulge. This gentle salad fit the bill, dressed simply with olive

Life is a Bowl of Cherries

by Maggie Battista

Venetian glass cherries, that is…

Lunch at Osteria alla Carcheri

by Maggie Battista

Spaghetti con vongole (baby clams) at my friend’s restaurant in the old town of Pavia. Sweet and salty bursts of the sea over homemade pasta, with a heavy dose of chopped parsley. Simple and perfect. I hear you can only have better seafood in Venice. I shall find out tomorrow.

Day 1 in Northern Italy

by Maggie Battista

This is me standing under old wisteria vines that are in full bloom, vines that encircle the walls of the oldest university in Europe, in the small village of Pavia, just outside Milan. Pavia reminds me of certain nooks of Paris, only far more relaxed, such an unintentional scene. This may be my favorite place

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